Disturbed Frontman David Draiman and Jams Pantera Classic With Breaking Benjamin
(Metal Hammer) Disturbed frontman David Draiman joined Breaking Benjamin onstage at their Dallas show to cover Pantera song Walk. It was filmed at Texas' Gexa Energy Pavilion on their co-headlining North American tour, which features support from Alter Bridge and Saint Asonia.
Draiman also sang Simon & Garfunkel's The Sound Of Silence with Alter Bridge vocalist and guitarist Myles Kennedy at their Houston show last night - a cover which earned Disturbed chart success on both sides of the Atlantic after it was released earlier this year. Both videos can be viewed below.
When asked how he felt about seeing their version of The Sound Of Silence do well, Draiman said: "It feels great. Everyone and anyone is welcome to come on board. Music is meant to cross boundaries.
"I think that people have become genre snobs. Many people have eclectic tastes. Many people like to listen to all kinds of different music. I mean, I do - I'll listen to many different styles inside a day, a week, a month, a year. It doesn't matter. So why not?" Watch the video here.
Single Review: ‘The Sound of Silence’ by Disturbed
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Rarely does a cover come along that it not only impresses the original artist and songwriter of the song but is even appreciated and heartily endorsed by him. This is the case for heavy metal band, Disturbed, with their beautiful, moving, and haunting cover of “The Sound of Silence”, a classic Simon & Garfunkel song that was released in 1964.
Disturbed DID secure permission to do a cover version of “The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel and to include it in their latest studio-release ‘Immortalized’. A mighty task on its own this is by Disturbed given that “The Sound of Silence” is one of the most beloved and lauded folk-rock songs ever in modern music history.
This timeless hit is very much part of the popular culture of America as it captured a chaotic and tension-filled era in the 1960’s through the lenses and words of the legendary duo Simon & Garfunkel.
What is the production value of “The Sound of Silence” ?
David Draiman, the lead singer of Disturbed, who is well known for his powerful and raspy vocals temporarily trades his signature singing style for a very delicate and refined vocal approach in “The Sound of Silence”. The transition he did here with his style of singing is amazing and proves without doubt that his vocal prowess is at a master level.
David Draiman’s voice simply glides over the soft notes of the piano, the weeping of the acoustic guitar, and the inclusion of the orchestral setting with the string section and light percussions that come into play with each succeeding verse. By the time you reach the last verse which is the 4th one… you will be hearing a masterpiece of a cover by Disturbed in all its glory.
On an added note, David Draiman’s intensity and fierceness he is so known for as the lead singer for Disturbed are also projected and heard in their cover of “The Sound of Silence” because nary is there an attempt on his part to sound like Simon & Garfunkel. Rather, he gives his own vocal take, a version of what he envisions “The Sound of Silence” to be, artistically.
For me, Disturbed’s “The Sound of Silence” is more than a cover. It has transcended to become a remake of Simon & Garfunkel’s original piece. Why so ? Disturbed not only manages to keep the integrity of the original version intact because they completely understand what the classic “The Sound of Silence” meant to Simon & Garfunkel and their generation in the 1960’s, so that they are able to convey that same powerful message to today’s listeners.
Despite the fact that Disturbed represents an entirely different genre which is heavy metal, versus the folk-rock of Simon & Garfunkel, this has not prevented Disturbed from successfully crossing genres and connecting to a generation that came decades before them and completely unknown to them, too.
Disturbed have put their heart into this remake of “The Sound of Silence” and their intentions are of an honourable cause and that is to pay homage to the musical genius of Simon & Garfunkel.
“The Sound of Silence” by Disturbed is taken from the band’s fifth Number 1 album ‘Immortalized’.
Things don’t get metal-heads sweating quite as much as a good old Pantera song, and a live cover of the groove metal pioneers is just about the closest thing fans will have to the real thing. So the veteran headbangers of Dallas who secretly listened toBreaking Benjamin would be thanking their lucky stars that they had forked out on their guilty pleasure for an evening when the band dropped a cover of the band mid-set.
To make the moment even more testosterone-charged, the band brought the master of covers, David Draiman of Disturbed,out onstage to accompany them in their rendition of the band’s classic Walk from the seminal Vulgar Display Of Power album.
Draiman and co. went on to produce a faithful rendition of the song, with Breaking Benjamin’s front-man Benjamin Burnley allowing Draiman to take lead vocals and providing some extra drum grooves towards the end. Watch below.
Despite all members onstage having short hair, the final result was energetic, heavy and ticked all the metal clichés with a crowd chant, a sentimental onstage hug between vocalists and multiple cries of “I can’t hear you Dallas!”
Disturbed themselves are no strangers to pulling out covers, having recently got the world talking for all the wrong reasons over their cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Sound Of Silence. Listen below if you can stomach it.
Whilst Breaking Benjamin will probably never visit Australia due to Burnley’s phobia of flying, you can catch Disturbed in all their metal glory when they tour the country in November. See details here.
“Re-spect! Walk!” Yes, Dallas, they’re talking to you. If you’re going to cover a Pantera classic, what better place to do it than in Dallas! And that’s what Breaking Benjamin did, with the help of Disturbed‘s David Draiman, during their performance at the Gexa Pavilion this weekend.
Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin have been touring together for a good portion of the summer and Disturbed previously welcomed Breaking Benjamin’s Ben Burnley to the stage at the Download Festival to perform during their rock covers medley. But in Dallas, Burnley returned the favor inviting Disturbed’s David Draiman to the stage.
As Draiman arrived onstage, the familiar guitar licks of the Pantera favorite “Walk” clued the audience in on what was about to transpire. Draiman handled vocals for a majority of the song, with Burnley providing backing vocals while initially playing guitar and later adding some extra heavy beats by joining in on drums. Watch it play out in the video above.
Disturbed have a long road of touring ahead of them. You can see their full run of dates here. Breaking Benjamin’s time with Disturbed is winding down, but look for them to continue this fall sharing stages with Korn. Dates can be found at this location.
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Disturbed’s David Draiman Plays ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’ Pt. I
Musik Universe conducted an interview with DISTURBED singer David Draiman at this year's Heavy Montreal festival, which was held August 6-7 at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked if he thinks streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music help the music industry, Draiman said: "Absolutely. What hurts the industry is piracy, which has always been the problem, from Day One. Platforms like Spotify were created to combat piracy, to give the fans the opportunity to listen to whatever they want, whenever they want, at a higher level of fidelity than you'll get off a BitTorrent site and at a very reasonable price, so that there's still a revenue stream going back to the artist. It was never meant to replace physical sales. Physical sales are going the way of the VHs tape too [laughs], unfortunately, whether we like it or not. And that really goes back to one thing and one thing only."
He continued: "Back in the day when [Napster co-founders] Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning approached the music industry with a little baby they had called Napster, and the music industry refused to entertain any kind of deal with them on any level. Instead they open-sourced it to the world, and that changed the face of music. And so the industry's reluctance to go with technology back in the day is something that we're all, unfortunately, suffering from to this very day. Thankfully, the industry has seen the error of their ways, and they are embracing digital and technology on an unprecedented level, and we're going through an adjustment period. It'll take time."
DISTURBED's latest album, "Immortalized", became the band's fifth effort in a row to enter the chart at No. 1 — a feat shared only with METALLICA and DAVE MATTHEWS BAND.
DISTURBED version of SIMON & GARFUNKEL's "The Sound Of Silence" has been a huge hit for DISTURBED, with Paul Simon sharing his approval of it publicly after watching the band perform the song on "Conan" and also exchanging e-mails with singer David Draiman.
DISTURBED's record label, Warner Bros., credited the song's popularity to the video for "Silence", which was released in December 2015. To date, the clip has been seen more than 82 million times, a record number of views on YouTube for the group.
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“That very first jam ended up becoming our very first song, Want, offThe Sickness,” says Draimain.
Thanking “the most passionate and dedicated fans in the world” for their support since then, he adds: “Hard to believe that was 20 years ago. What a crazy ride it’s been, and how far we’ve come. Here’s to another 20 years!”
Disturbed – who released debut The Sickness in 2000 and launched sixth album Immortalized last year – are currently touring North America with Chevelle, before joining Avenged Sevenfold on their UK road trip in January.
Disturbed tour dates
Aug 08: Toronto Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, ON Aug 12: Dallas Gexa Energy Amphitheatre, TX Aug 13: Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, TX Aug 15: Denver Red Rocks Amphitheatre, CO Aug 17: Albuquerque Isleta Amphitheatre, NM Aug 19: Concord Pavilion, CA Sep 23: Las Vegas Joint, NV (support TBA) Sep 27: West Valley City Maveridk Centre, UT Sep 28: Colorado Spring World Arena, CO Sep 30: Des Moines Wells Fargo Arena, IA Oct 04: Raleigh Red Hat Amphitheater, NC Oct 05: University Park Bryce Jordan Center, PA Oct 07: Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, NJ Oct 08: Huntington Big Sandy Superstore Arena, WV Oct 09: Reading Santander Arena, PA Oct 17: Austin Moody Theater, TX Oct 18: Midland Horseshoe Pavillion, TX Oct 19: El Paso Speaking Rock Arena, TX Oct 21: Glendale Gila River Arena, AZ
Jan 10: Glasgow SSE Hydro Jan 12: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena Jan 13: Birmingham Genting Arena Jan 15: Sheffield Arena Jan 16: Manchester Arena Jan 18: Nottingham Motorpoint Arena Jan 19: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena Jan 21: London O2 Arena