As seen in its debut on TV last night (and with its official release online), the latest trailer for the upcoming Gears of War 4 is meant to evoke a melancholy take on the hardship of war as seen through the eyes of JD Fenix, and part of that comes from the evocative cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” performed by Disturbed frontman David Draiman, as he spoke on his love of the series in an interview.
Speaking in an interview with Inverse, Disturbed’s David Draiman explained a bit more on his involvement with performing the cover of “The Sound of Silence” that was used in the new cinematic trailer for Gears of War 4, marking a more somber take on the series that’s comparable to the iconic “Mad World” trailer used for the original game ten years ago.
Specifically, Draiman explained to Inverse that seeing the trailer “gave me the chills,” adding that using the cover of “The Sound of Silence” “seemed very, very appropriate for the storyline, for what the main character is going through, and it seems to set the stage perfectly,” with Draiman also saying that “it seemed it was a marriage that was meant to be.”
Draiman in particular has been a big fan of the series since its debut, saying that the storyline for Gears of War “was always so dramatic,” saying “it’s definitely one of my favorites” and adding to his excitement in being involved with the game by contributing to the trailer. Following a recent performance of the cover on Conan, Draiman said that the reaction to the song has “really been way above and beyond our expectations,” with him and the group being “blown away by the reaction people have had to the song.”
Gears of War 4 will release for Xbox One on October 11th, 2016 – the full cover of “The Sound of Silence” performed by Disturbed (and featured in the new trailer) can be heard below: