Korn
Korn III: Remember Who You Are


4.0
excellent

Review

by SOUNDOFF USER (5 Reviews)
July 6th, 2010 | 142 replies | 37,368 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Korn return with an album that really rocks fists.

13 of 15 thought this review was well written

Korn is a band from the nu-metal era and they pioneered the genre of it. Nu-metal gets a lot of crap for being angsty and emotional, but on the surface, isn't that what music is about? I mean, would we have the Beethoven's 9th Symphony if he hadn't been so pissed about being deaf? Would we have Heartbreak Hotel if Elvis wasn't madder than *** that his heart had been broken at a sleazy hotel of all places? Answer me that, and enjoy the genius of Korn.

This go-around, the band Korn have returned with much of the same Korn-y stuff. And I definitely do not mean corny. I mean korn-y because this album is very good. Jonathan Davis whines his heart out and he talks about getting swirlies back in school and how, even in his late thirties, no one will ever like him, not even his wife or children or countless (and I mean countless) fans. They just aren't good enough for him. Davis was and will always be a tortured and lost soul, trapped in an agonizing world where family and love and support just doesn't cut it. So, in a mere vasporation, Davis is the Nick Drake of our time; his songs a true tour de' force of sadness and emotion, so raw and real and true that even Morrissey would shake a leg at them, and even still, the songs maintain a disguise (yet shallow one at that) of normalcy and cheerdom, much like Black Francis and his Pixies before him.

The muscianship is just as tight as ever. As technical as Tesla and as heavy as Hanoi Rocks, the gritty, grimy guitars paint an image of an old playground, untouched for years, yet an old lady and her dog go out there everyday and just waste away, and kill time until the grim reaper himself comes knocking; a day that they indeed know is truly inevitable, and will be both a blessing and a curse, much like Korn's music.

The only flaw is that the bass just isn't there. While Korn's previous work was known for it's prominent and edible bass, providing the flavor on reocords such as Life Is Peachy and Unotuchables, on III, we get lacking bass which is nearly non-existent, and defintely doesn't help the songwriting. Which just reminds us all of how we miss the good old days of when Head (or Bryan, as the fans know him) was in the band. Ah, the 90's and early 00's...

Yet even without getting some Head, Korn has proven one thing: All you need is Jon. Becuase Jonathan Davis makes, nay, breathes the mere spirit of Korn, of what it was, and of what it is today; a hurt man just letting it all out, backed with heaviness. And come on, metal guys can be soft too, right?


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  • Otaku (5)
    This is not just a review, this is a tribute to KoRn....

    hsw186 (3)
    Some songs deliver, but others lack bass parts, second guitar parts, good lyrics, and emot...

    willhun (3)
    Not "old school", but still good as it is....

    djon96 (1.5)
    ...

  • Maniac!s Main. (Broba Feiticeira) (2)
    Seriously? Yeah, seriously......

    MrKitesMusical (4)
    More akin to the first Korn albums due to a lack of catchiness and a dark tone this is an ...

    dude527 (4)
    A truly focused and motivated experience, Korn have finally succeeded in what they set out...

    CasualListen (3)
    "Remember" is good, but it's still very average compared to the band's older work. I like...

  • Jeremy Bentham (3.5)
    A definite return to their roots, but it still doesn’t change the fact that they are run...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Powerban
July 6th 2010



2380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ELIMINATOR

Thor
July 6th 2010



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

mods, default this

Thor
July 6th 2010



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

please tell me you're joking

Ire
July 6th 2010



41753 Comments


Thor is the super important news mod.

Thor
July 6th 2010



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I haven't been a news mod for about two years lol

Bitchfork
July 6th 2010



7584 Comments


Eliminator iz srs biznis

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2010



20856 Comments


I reckon Davis just edged out Presley & Beethoven to become lead singer of Korn. Only just though.

DiceMan
July 6th 2010



7068 Comments


This review is funnier than the lolocaust of 2007.

RosaParks
July 6th 2010



14836 Comments


I love sausages.





And Tesla

TheyTookOurJobs
July 6th 2010



1318 Comments


Sick.... I might download this, I cant see myself buying a nu metal CD

JacobGudge
July 6th 2010



56 Comments


Good review, but your point on Elvis is completely invalid, seeing as Elvis did not write Heartbreak Hotel, or any of the music he performed for that matter.



AtavanHalen
July 6th 2010



17927 Comments


Umm.

taylormemer
July 6th 2010



4916 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol so tic.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2010



7351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this one a lot. The Past and Are You Ready To Live? are my favorites.

Digging: Royal Blood - Royal Blood

HumanGenome
July 6th 2010



195 Comments


known for it's prominent and edible bass


delicious

eggsvonsatan
July 6th 2010



1087 Comments


When did the Korn fans come out of the woodwork?

TheFantasticDangler
July 6th 2010



1154 Comments


lol

Digging: Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

Helvete
July 6th 2010



1354 Comments


sup sonic good review

Sethcanes
July 6th 2010



45 Comments


I love edible bass, almost as delicious as crunchy riffs.

HumanGenome
July 6th 2010



195 Comments


glad to hear you share my tastes man, we should hang out sometime



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