Korn
Collected


1.0
awful

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
March 23rd, 2009 | 74 replies | 15,843 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: one of those collections you won't hesitate in throwing out.

12 of 14 thought this review was well written

As if we needed another reminder of the atrocity known as ‘nu-metal’, Korn, or at least their label, has deemed it musically (financially) worthy to release yet another compilation of severely used and abused material. One wonders at the ultimate purpose behind this particular release; the band has already released a ‘greatest hits’, along with other collections containing prime examples of their ‘illustrious’ career, and Collected seems to be nothing more than a blatant money grab on behalf of the record label.

For the uninitiated, Korn’s brand of watered down heavy metal is nothing more than a mediocre assembly of poorly executed riffs, awkwardly held together by an industrial-influenced aesthetic. To say that the majority of their music is lifeless and void of any feeling would not be an overstatement, and even with a compilation of what is considered their better songs, Korn still fail to impress.

The album opens with ‘Blind’, a fan favourite from their debut, and although the song has potential in its eerie tones and quirky nature, it does little to lighten one’s mood of the forthcoming monotony. The genre’s attempt at fusing metal and rap is very much apparent in Korn’s music, with ‘All in the Family’ built around spoken interludes and final track ‘Play Me’ featuring rapper Nas. Despite the bad taste rap metal leaves in one’s mouth, Nas is a very well reputed rapper and his average performance on the track is one of the better portions of the album.

It would be unwise to completely degrade the band; they have on the rare occasion gotten their shoddy formula right, as can be heard on what is probably their most well known song ‘Freak on a Leash’. However, that particular track is mysteriously absent from Collected, the album’s description as ‘a selection of their finest tracks’ notwithstanding. If you’re a fan of the band, you already have these songs. If not, Collected does not offer anything remotely interesting from a musical perspective, and thus should be avoided at all costs.



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rasputin
March 23rd 2009



14540 Comments


I wrote this tonight for my university’s magazine and thought I’d post it here as well, despite the length. Absolutely awful album.

taylormemer
March 23rd 2009



4917 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Yeah this was a complete waste of time. I mean ok you had a good Greatest Hits, but another one disguised as another release. Blah.

jingledeath
March 23rd 2009



7104 Comments


sup rasputinarian, haven't seen you around in a while.

Ace review. I remember enjoying these guys a lot. Also this review reminded me that I have to down rate a few of their albums.

Willie
Moderator
March 23rd 2009



15914 Comments


What a waste. As far as I can tell it doesn't even feature anything from the last two albums either...

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae

taylormemer
March 23rd 2009



4917 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

It doesn't need to - those two albums are awful anyway.

Willie
Moderator
March 23rd 2009



15914 Comments


It doesn't need to - those two albums are awful anyway.
At least that would justify (a little) another "best of" collection.

taylormemer
March 23rd 2009



4917 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Yeah true. But we aren't talking about a justified release. Obviously who ever devised this never listened to http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=3038

Thor
March 23rd 2009



10186 Comments


Most of these are quality Korn songs, but releasing these again is just retarded.

Willie
Moderator
March 23rd 2009



15914 Comments


Most of these are quality Korn songs, but releasing these again is just retarded.
Quality, Korn, Retarded > > > Which one of these words does not belong?

Thor
March 23rd 2009



10186 Comments


I understand Korn is a dirty word now but they've still got a few songs that I don't mind listening to every now and then.

Phantom
March 23rd 2009



8930 Comments


I CAN SEE
I CAN SEE
I'M GOING BLIND

crazycobs
March 23rd 2009



114 Comments


im a big korn fan...but damn, thats just not good.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
March 23rd 2009



7326 Comments


I've only got their first two and thought both were crap.

Burn2Burn
March 23rd 2009



2378 Comments


Well, this is just unnecessary. Beat it Upright is probably their worst song they've ever done.

taylormemer
March 23rd 2009



4917 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

All in the Family has to be worse.

Burn2Burn
March 23rd 2009



2378 Comments


You can't eat that shit everyday, Fred. Lay off the bacon.

ConorMichaelJoseph
March 23rd 2009



1870 Comments


I still have some fondness for Korn, but this is an unnecessary release, another shitty contractual obligation compilation album.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2009



8328 Comments


agreed with ConorMichaelJoseph and all the others that this release is absolutely pointless. I do still listen to some Korn every now and then and I'm one of those people who think that they make fairly decent music but yeah this album is pointless.


Chewie
March 23rd 2009



4531 Comments


at least give it the pity rating of 1.5

rasputin
March 23rd 2009



14540 Comments


it would get a pity rating if they didn't already have a greatest hits. 1.5 for content, -0.5 for purpose.



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