Korn
Korn


4.0
excellent

Review

by lostforwords USER (36 Reviews)
March 29th, 2013 | 26 replies | 1,518 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


10 of 11 thought this review was well written

“O tempora, o mores”. Not having to deal with any real problems, Generation-X was unjustifiably whining. It claimed that it would make rock serious again (as opposed to glam’s “rock and roll all night” attitude), yet suddenly, problematic relationships between spoiled kids, pseudo-alienation and resignation from anything that was actually important, had replaced war, injustice, poverty, racism and loss, that troubled previous generations. This way, Jonathan Davis in Korn’ s self-titled debut is a perfect example of everything that Generation-X was; he yells, he screams, he shouts, complaining about society’s brutal imposition over him and declaring that he felt alone, backstabbed and abused. Not in the classy way Metallica judged their Friends of Misery or their Gods that Failed, not even in the sarcastically brilliant way Tool treated sexual abuse in Prison Sex, but, in a “wait and you’ll see” kind of way. Sometimes, he feels as dangerous as a little barking dog; all noise, no real threat. But was he Korn’s weak link indeed?

First of all, it’s no secret that Korn revolutionized heavy metal, however the critical hit was musical rather than verbal. Surely they were inspired by Rage Against the Machine and Faith no More, but they introduced a heavier-than-earth sound that made good use of funk’s grooves, hardcore’s directness and rap’s rhythmic stability, all seen through the distorted prism of death metal bands such as Morbid Angel (does anyone remember their cover of God Of Emptiness?). Munky and Head were competing in heaviness through a barrage of sick, bouncy riffs, while their interplay was so flawless in its austerity, it made solos seem dated and redundant. As for the melodies, well, this was Davis’ duty, and for Korn circa 1994, if vocals were melodic nothing else needed to be. Still, backed up by alternative metal’s most skilful rhythm section, that made the grooves effective and the heaviness tolerable, the result was amazingly catchy (but not at all pop) and undeniably original. The nu-metal hybrid was born.

Korn’s new experiment depended very much on Jonathan Davis. Instead of him being the weak link, this whole new sound orbits around his voice and personality. His outbursts in “Blind” made it the hit it became, while “Faggot” would have just been an uninteresting series of riffs if it wasn’t for the constant tension he created. In “Shoots and Ladders” he turns kid songs into nightmares in a unique, disturbing way. Exactly because he was showing signs of being unable to actually argue (a symptom that tantalized pretty much that whole generation), he was cruel in personalizing everything. “I have been through this, so you need to listen to me”. Did this make him more believable? Even if the answer is negative, Davis’ screams and cries in the end of “Daddy” give the word “theatrical” a whole new meaning.

Korn’s debut album was an experiment that bore bands like Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach, but it also brought forth Deftones, System of a Down and Slipknot. For more than a decade, metalheads needed to write lyrics that dealt with angst and despair, solos became unnecessary and heavy grooves obligatory. To see how big this was, just think if albums even like Aenima lack any of the above. The times were clearly changing. And if “Korn” could not be considered a classic as far as actual quality goes, then the very same term is poor to describe “Korn” s influence and importance.



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lostforwords
March 29th 2013



443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

By the way, I need to inform you that I do respect the big 4 of grunge, AIC and Pearl Jam, are among my favorites, but most of those that were latter called Generation-X were disorientated.
The way I see it at least

YoYoMancuso
March 29th 2013



10817 Comments


First of all, it’s no secret that Korn revolutionized heavy metal


neg

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
March 29th 2013



1767 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review dude, pos from me, although try and mention some negatives too

lostforwords
March 29th 2013



443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First of all, it’s no secret that Korn revolutionized heavy metal


neg

Ok, but why? "Revolution" doesn't only have a positive meaning. On the other hand, when the Seps, Machine Head, even Slayer start reconsidering their sound because of what you made, it inevitably means you are important. For better or for worse

YoYoMancuso
March 29th 2013



10817 Comments


it's just really awkwardly placed, especially when you talk about the vocalist sounding like a little barking dog and one of the songs having a series of uninteresting riffs.

ReturnToRock
March 29th 2013



3448 Comments


And Korn isn't heavy metal...

joshieboy12345
March 29th 2013



5370 Comments


Korn heavy metal lol.

Digging: Rise Against - The Black Market

lostforwords
March 29th 2013



443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well, you didn't see the funniest, I mention Morbid Angel and death metal in a Korn review.

ChopSuey
March 29th 2013



2392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice!

FearThyEvil
March 29th 2013



12196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

262 classics Damn

Anyway, I still enjoy some old Korn from time to time. However, they're a load of shit now.

CaptainAaarrrggghhh
March 29th 2013



159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wonder why reviews of this one keep coming. All has been said already.
The review's alright, I'm glad to see the album is still appreciated for what it did, only there's nothing new in the text, to be fair

FearThyEvil
March 29th 2013



12196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It brings the nostalgia

Kris.
March 29th 2013



12146 Comments


you guys clearly don't know how to spot a skele alt when he rears his ugly head

Kris.
March 29th 2013



12146 Comments


wait nvm reviews from all the way back to 2009??? CANT BE SKELE?? =O

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2013



5903 Comments


Excellent and informative review, pos.

May pick this up.

Digging: The Golden Grass - The Golden Grass

ksoflas
March 30th 2013



343 Comments


Good job man!
Pos'd.

lostforwords
March 30th 2013



443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks guys!

People seem to hate Korn so much they underestimate their importance for the 90's metal scene.
I' m not crazy about Korn either (this album and a couple of others are really cool though) but it's one thing to like them and another to accept them for what they did, whether you like what they did or not.
I believe I kept that level of objectivity.

lostforwords
March 30th 2013



443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks guys!

People seem to hate Korn so much they underestimate their importance for the 90's metal scene.
I' m not crazy about Korn either (this album and a couple of others are really cool though) but it's one thing to like them and another to accept them for what they did, whether you like what they did or not.
I believe I kept that level of objectivity.

ProtossTheHero
June 20th 2013



167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Korn changed shit, people nowadays don't remember/weren't old enough

zakalwe
June 20th 2013



6451 Comments


Korn changed changed shit (2) it was the beginning of the end when these turned up.



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