Disturbed has released the latest video from its new album Immortalized, for its cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence.”
The powerful and intimate black and white clip was directed by Matt Mahurin, focusing primarily on frontman David Draimain's face as he performs the song. Draiman tells us that the idea of the cover was suggested by drummer Mike Wengren:
"It was Mike's suggestion. That was one of the acts he had been raised on with his family, and I had loved it as well. I remember my uncle, my mother's brother, was a huge fan and introduced me to them (Simon & Garfunkel) as a little boy, and I remember singing the song. He (Wengren) raised that suggestion 'cause...we had pulled a bunch of stuff previously from the 80s. We had done classic rock songs. Why not go back a little further? What about the 70s? What about the 60s? We were looking, and you've got to be very, very careful. You have to tread very carefully because people are very sentimental about these songs, those old, classic songs. There's almost a, 'You can't touch them. They're untouchable.' Don't you dare try to cover them because they're holy works of art' so to speak. This song almost kinda falls into that category, so it was very, very daunting."
Immortalized debuted at No. 1 when it was released in August. Disturbed begins a world tour on January 14 in Springfield, Ill., before heading to Australia for the Soundwave Festival tour. The group's North American run begins February 10 in Fargo, N.D., and will include spring performances at festivals such as Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock, Carolina Rebellion and Rock on the Range.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.