If you have a mom, an aunt, a Facebook account, or any combination of the three, there’s a good chance you’ve come across reformed metal band Disturbed’s cover of “The Sound of Silence.” Their take on the Simon & Garfunkel classic went viral in 2016—with undertones of look at how beautifully this chin-pierced dude can sing—scoring the band a performance on Conan, 16 years after their best-selling track, “Down with the Sickness,” entered the greater musical consciousness. And because of two hot French figure skaters (Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres), who skated to Disturbed’s “The Sound of Silence” cover during an Olympic routine on Wednesday, the nü-metal band might have another moment. Here’s hoping!
Thanks to the International Skating Union’s relaxed policy toward figure skaters performing routines to music with lyrics, it’s opened the door for some truly inspired pairings: “Turn Down for What,” Beyoncé, “Despacito,” a bedroom cover of U2, Coldplay deep cuts! But we’ve reached true social media singularity with this “Sound of Silence” routine. It’s a pure fusion of dizzying elements that shouldn’t work (and honestly, I’m not sure if they do?), but what makes a better internet phenomenon than an ounce of irony, unexpected grace, and beautiful people doing things that normal humans can’t pull off?
Watch a clip of this bizarre moment below, and count down the days until someone attempts a triple axel to “OOOH AH AH AH AH.”