- Follow the Leader
Me Who's Hot, Who's Not
kids, the time has come. The time has come for an overall
quality release from Korn. It is about time after their
last two releases. Sure, they have a strong following,
but their last two albums still left much to be desired.
They broke through onto the music scene with their single
"Shoots and Ladders" from their debut album Korn
(1994 - Sony). They followed up that album with Life
is Peachy in 1996. That album included singles
such as "No Place to Hide" and the classic "A.D.I.D.A.S."
Yet, there was still much to be desired.
The crunch of the
band is one thing that really hits hard. They do have
7 strings on their guitars which leads to quite a fucked-up
sound. Coupled with Jonathon Davis's completely original
voice, there is no mistaking Korn. The only problem
with their early CDs is the repetition in songs. Many
of them sounded very similar. Also, there was a kind
of lack of rhythm in some tracks. Don't get me wrong,
I love the band and own all three of their CDs, but I usually
couldn't ever handle listening to one of them straight through.
No such problem
with the new CD. Now this is quality shit here.
The tracks have a new drive to them, making each one individual
in its own right, yet not losing the quality of the music.
Songs such as "Got the Life" (the first single)
showcase the musical artistry of the band - especially with
the slap bass from Fieldy. (The video is also cool as
hell - I recommend checking it out).
If you want a song
to scare the crap out of you, be sure to check out "Dead
Bodies Everywhere". The first time I heard this
song was when I had a funky shuffle going on with my music.
Anyways, I had some Men Without Hats set in the shuffle with
Korn. When this song came on I thought it was "Pop
Goes the World" (I haven't heard the song much - so lay
off). It starts with a little piano-esque sound with
a ding-ding-ding single key hit musical riff. Starts
out sounding pretty happy, that is until it kicks in.
Once it does kick in, you are blown away. This has to
be one of the best tracks on the CD - Korn got across the
exact feeling they wanted to with it. Come on, who else
can start with a happy little piano tune and take the song
into Davis screaming "DEAD BODIES EVERYWHERE," ending
it with the little piano riff again - pure evil
I hate to continue
raving about this CD, so I will be brief with my explanation
of why the rest of the CD continues the streak of kicking
ass. The next track "Children of the Korn"
features a guest appearance by Ice Cube. Cube's voice
is set through an effect to make it sound like it is going
through a hand-held radio. The duet - style between
Ice Cube and Davis makes this song hard as hell. Once
Ice Cube kicks in with lines such as "Fuck the law with
my dick in my hand" and "Fuck authority".
The song is at its epitome. While Cube is kicking out
lines, the music in the back is spanking it just as hard.
There is a wicked scratch effect back there, along with what
sounds almost like a jack-in-the-box. When Davis gets
back in there is the hard guitar chords to back him up.
All the rest of
the tracks are about as high in quality as the ones I described
above. "All in the Family" features a guest
appearance by Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit. Tres Hardson
of The Pharcyde also makes a guest appearance on the CD in
the song "Cameltosis."
The CD just blows
me away though, there is nothing on here I don't
like. Usually there are only a few tracks I really dig
into on a Korn CD, but this one doesn't have one. Gotta
send the props out to Korn for that one. Be advised
though - if you haven't figured it out from the review alone,
this is not for the weak hearted. If you are easily
offended you best stay away. I am pretty sure not just
anyone can handle lines like "Getting butt-fucked by
your Uncle Chuck" (All in the Family) and "I see
your pretty face smashed against the bathroom floor"
(Pretty). If you aren't offended by shit like that,
get the CD. The only other problem I have is that Korn
put 12 empty tracks (4-seconds of silence each) before the
actual musical tracks on the CD. If anyone knows why
this is so, email
me. Otherwise, this is definitely on my list of
favorites for '98.