Live Review: Fear and the Nervous System – The Roxy, West Hollywood
Mon, 22 Oct 2012 09:00:51
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Last night, Fear and the Nervous System opened up a gateway into their twisted world at the Roxy on Sunset Blvd.
It's a world where legendary Korn guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer's punishing, polyrhythmic riffs warp and weave through noir-ish soundscapes unlike anything out there. Shaffer's been a musical nerve center for Korn since day one, and his approach to the guitar is forever doused in blood and flames. That said, he left everything on the stage last night with a transcendent performance.
Kicking things off, "Beautiful Side" exploded from staggering percussion courtesy of Elias Mallin and a jagged bass warble from Tim Kelleher. Zac Baird punctuated the pummeling with airy, elegant keyboards and synths as singer Steve Krolikowski schizophrenically oscillated from vicious screams to a vital wail. Shaffer's fiery fretwork entranced as everything steamrolled seamlessly into "Chosen Ones". The vocalist's inimitable vocals resounded potently on the chorus as Baird's keys proved enthrallingly dangerous.
A woozy beat stomped through "Chinatown" as Krolikowski belted out some of the evening's darkest musings, "I'll still break you into two where you became my sweetheart".
The evening's most impressive riffing came before "No Secrets" as Shaffer ignited an invasive and infectious solo that slipped from David Gilmour-style enigma into metallic hypnosis all his own. "Ambien" expanded the dreamscape, "Choking Victim" brought everything to a violent boiling point.
In the end, Fear and the Nervous System's world has opened for good, and it's one hell of a place to be.
Photo Credit - Sébastien Paquet
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