Live Review: J Devil
Mon, 13 Feb 2012 07:01:32
"You might know me from Korn, but when I DJ I go by the name J Devil," declared Jonathan Davis as he grabbed the mic in front of a packed industry crowd at the Paramount Lot this past Friday.
The screen behind Davis flashed a giant "J Devil" logo as he immediately snapped into his electronic sorcerer persona for the next hour. That hour proved to be utterly raw, raucous, and riveting—just like everything else the Korn frontman has done.
Well past the witching hour at 1am, countless curious onlookers at the "Friends 'N' Family" Grammy party closed in on the stage anxiously awaiting their formal introduction to J Devil. Clad in black from head to toe with black teeth and black contacts in, Davis took the stage to his tripped-out "I Saw Satan" intro. Smoke machines filled the room with a haze and then a warbling, warped wave of sound emanated from Davis's decks. He flawlessly tweaked and twisted these otherworldly sounds into devilish dubstep brilliance.
Intently manning the machinery, J Devil ignited the dance floor as everyone began moving. Jumping out from behind the podium he owned the crowd screaming "Good God" in between the drops, seamlessly oscillating from frontman to DJ unlike anyone else in the EDM game. When you see J Devil, expect to move because, just like in Korn, the show is a physical experience for the man on stage and the crowd. Screaming cathartically over infectious and irresistible dubstep grooves of his own design, Davis has arrived as the most exciting modern EDM artist. You haven't seen anything like this…
Fast heavy electro sounds entwined with maniacal grooves during J Devil's Steve Aoki remix as he crossed the stage and proclaimed, "Get your fucking hands up! Let's do this!"
Suddenly, a wave of hands reached for the sky. Smiling, he asked, "Any girls in the house?" Then, he chopped and screwed Bel Biv Devoe's "Poison" into a 21st century anthem as various women jumped on stage to dance along. Davis stomped along with a primal energy that transformed the audience into one of the wildest Paramount's ever seen.
Everything climaxed during the J Devil original, "I'll Fuck It". A raging guitar riff rolled alongside jungle drums before another dubstep explosion started. Davis powerfully screamed the refrain as the track pulled more girls on stage and got everybody moving on the floor. It's an earth-shattering, entrancing crossroads for EDM and metal, and it has "revolution" written all over it.
J Devil is exactly what electronic music needs. He's hyper energetic and infuses the genre with a level of intense showmanship that it's never played host to. At the same time, his music incorporates both crunching guitars and well-placed screams, making it unlike anything out there.
Let J Devil possess you, and you'll be dancing well past dawn…
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