KORN - III: Remember Who You Are - Reviewed
And then there were four, and then there were three... oh wait, now itís back to four
Produced by Ross Robinson
Korn sure have gone through a troubling last few years. Guitarist Brian ’Head’ Welch (arguably the band’s centre of creativity) left to pursue his new found Christiandom, followed shortly by drummer David Silveria who departed to concentrate on running his restaurants. The end product of these factors led Korn to the ulbum ’Untitled’, which fans deem unsatisfactory and too experimental. Personally, I don’t see a problem with a band trying to expand their sound - it’s called evolution.
But, such was the outcry from fans for the band to return to their Nu-Metal roots that they called up producer Ross Robinson, the man who practically gave Korn their sound that introduced the world to a new era of heavy, to help them reignite the passion fans think they may have lost. The result is Korn’s ninth studio album, ironically sub-titled ’Remember Who You Are’. It also marks Korn’s first album with the leading label of heavy music: Roadrunner Records. The new edition to the band is drummer Ray Luzier who, while not quite as organic as Silveria was in terms of style, has certainly given the group a backbone that is solid and potent.
While the songs on this album certainly do hark on the band’s earlier efforts, the lack of Head’s presence is blatantly evident, but, that loss hasn’t made the band softer by any means. The opening track ’Oildale’ has enough of the familiar bass and guitar fusions and epic chorus melodies to keep any late-20-summin-Korn-kid happy. Most of the album pretty much follows suit and rarely deviates from their tried and tested sound - favourites Let the Guilt Go and Are You Ready to Live will certainly create a frenzy in the moshpit. The only song that seems to be the odd one out is ’Lead the Parade’, which has a vibe that could have been heard on ’Untitled’. It’s schizophrenic pace and vocals are unsettling on the first listen (and to be honest one of the tracks I would skip), but after forcing myself through it I began to enjoy it for what it is - a song that seems to want to break out of the genre while staying in the game. And I think that pretty sums up the album: they want to stay relevant and evolve while keeping fans happy.