Disturbed are not the worst band in the world, but I’m struggling to come up with a justification for the existence of their The Sound Of Silence cover.
I’m trying to remember the last time I heard something as competent yet simultaneously terrible as this. Seriously, the low end of the vocals sounds…silly. I can’t think of a better word than that. For one thing, dude breathes really loudly, and he does it a lot. Seriously, and I mean this in the nicest way, if you can’t sing like that without inhaling after every third word, don’t sing like that, because you can’t sing like that. Not to mention that when he does sing like that, it makes me wonder if the guy from Creed and The Champ had a son together and he sings in a cover band now.
And even though you could argue that it gets better once he stops singing like that, it really doesn’t. This is in no small part due to the $16 worth of orchestra equipment they trucked in to help out. It doesn’t help. It just makes it even more obvious that you’re torturing an already emotional song by stretching it to long past its breaking point. And what’s up with the random giant drum? That thing just makes me laugh…or something like that. I’m not even sure anymore.
But I do think I know what may have happened here. Disturbed heard Limp Bizkit’s version of Behind Blue Eyes one day, agreed with this hasty post writing version of me from 13 years ago that it was devoid of anything resembling real talent or emotion, decided to cover a different classic song to show them how it’s supposed to be done and then took it waaaaaaaay too far in the opposite direction.
Yup, that’s still horrendous. Not so horrendous that I need to apologize to Disturbed, but sweet Jesus I had forgotten just how bad this is.
When I’m in charge, rap metal bands from the turn of the century aren’t going to be allowed to cover classic songs anymore.