Shazam! Another Frankensteining the Talent Pool idea! This one sparked by my husband playing a couple of videos by the band Disturbed on YouTube this evening.
The kicker was Disturbed’s version of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.” The way Disturbed performs this song made me listen more carefully to the lyrics because they start slowly and quietly, with the music becoming louder and more emotional as it continues, until there is a pause that gives me goose bumps near the end. The lead singer, David Draiman, has a voice that sounds almost operatic to me. And it was that quality that brought to mind …
Devin Townsend … another musician who can bridge rough metal and melodic, soulful tunes.
Okay, let me find an example of a Devin Townsend song that shows off some of that operatic quality …
There’s “Ih-ah!” from the Addicted album that shows off a softer Devin Townsend sound, but it’s not the one I was thinking of.
Ah, here it is … “The Way Home” from the same album. That’s got the operatic section in it.
So, if I could arrange it, I’d like to see David Draiman and/or Disturbed perform with Devin Townsend just to see what the result would be.