Muses by Tom


Korn is peachy

Posted in Music,Reviews by Tom on July 14, 2010
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In the mid 90’s, the music world was grabbed by the horns and forever changed as nu metal pioneers Korn appeared on the scene.  Korn’s sound was new, exciting, experimental, dark, and heavy. With the release of their 1994 self-titled ablum, Korn quickly found success and made a name for themselves.  With the subsequent releases, Life is Peachy (1996), Follow the Leader (1998), and Issues (1999), Korn showed the world they had something interesting to offer and were one of a kind.

As all bands do, Korn eventually evolved, and this was evident on their 2002 release, Untouchables. The album saw Korn change their style quite a bit but not enough to take away from their individuality. It was with the release of their next three albums and the loss of Brian “Head” Welch and David Silveria that Korn started to change more and more dramatically.

Korn started to lose what made them unique, that dynamic sound was no longer there, and the music just lacked.  The Korn everyone had fallen in love with had faded away. Thankfully, though, this was not the end.

With the release of their ninth studio album on July 13, Korn are back.  The album, the appropriately-titled Korn III: Remember Who You Are is a huge step in the right direction for the band.  As far as I’m concerned, this is the band’s first album since Untouchables. Tracks such as Move On, Pop a Pill, and Never Around are reminiscent of early Korn and show the band “remembering who they are.” The sound on the album is very old-school-Korn for the most part and Jonathan Davis‘ lyrics are as impressive and emotionally charged as when the chorus of Kill You was blasted in every angry teenagers room over a decade ago. JD is one of the most emotionally available frontmen I have ever seen and his energy on this album is perfect. It sounds like JD, Munky, Fieldy, and new drummer Ray Luzier are back and here to stay.

Any fan of Korn’s older work should definitely give this album a listen. Korn will be touring as a part of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival throughout the summer.

Korn performing Olidale (Leave Me Alone) from the new album on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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