The Sound of Something New
Sometimes, all it takes for an old group to take on a new wave of fans is a simple change in the act.
Disturbed, the Chicago-based heavy metal band that formed as “Brawl” in the mid-90s, has been experiencing a musical renaissance since the release of their newest album, Immortalized, in 2015.
Though the album had many triumphs, among the most recognizable was the band’s foray into a crossover success that had old and new fans alike lauding them for months afterwards. Their inspiration? Simon & Garfunkel’s 1964 chart-topping song “The Sound of Silence.”
“I couldn’t be more flabbergasted by the whole thing,” said lead vocalist David Draiman. “My parents can play [the song] for their friends with pride without having to warn them not to be frightened ahead of time. I have fans saying, ‘Finally, me and my mom can actually agree on music for once!'”
But why this song? And why the immense popularity that followed?
Here’s how the unlikely cover became such a hit.
Hello darkness, my old friend.