David Draiman “Couldn’t Be More Flabbergasted” by Success of Disturbed’s “The Sound of Silence” Cover

Credit: Travis ShinnDisturbed's cover of "The Sound of Silence" found yet another audience this week when a contestant on ABC's Dancing with the Stars used the song to soundtrack his routine. As the metal band's version of the Simon & Garfunkel classic continues to find success in unexpected areas, frontman David Draiman continues to be surprised.

"I couldn't be more flabbergasted by the whole thing," Draiman tells The Wall Street Journal.

"The Sound of Silence" previously reached number one on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart, but it's also found audiences in places outside of the rock community. The track peaked at number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100 -- a career high -- and it's the first Disturbed song to be sent to Top-40 radio.

"[It's a song] that my parents can play for their friends with pride without having to warn them not to be frightened ahead of time," Draiman says of "The Sound of Silence." "I have fans saying, 'Finally, me and my mom can actually agree on music for once!'"

Draiman also feels that Disturbed's approach to songwriting has allowed new fans to find something familiar in their version of "The Sound of Silence."

"We pride ourselves in being rhythmic and aggressive, but we also have been intensely melodic," says Draiman. "Any of our root melodies, you could pull from our bed of music and place in any other bed and it will make sense. There's still big hooks and I think that's what they are discovering."

"I'm not a screamer," he adds. "I'm a singer."

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