Live Review: Korn — Jimmy Kimmel Outdoor Stage, Hollywood
Fri, 02 Jul 2010 11:42:03
Korn may be from Bakersfield, but they've always reflected a certain darkness that's strictly Los Angeles.
Like other groundbreaking L.A. acts of the early '90s—Tool, Jane's Addiction and Rage Against the Machine—Korn burned down all obstacles and conventions in front of them and carved a niche that was undeniably theirs, from the first flames cast on their legendary debut to the pure sonic inferno that is their latest masterpiece, Korn III — Remember Who You Are [due out July 13, via Roadrunner Records].
That said, it's always pretty special when the band plays in Los Angeles. Last night, Korn treated fans to a fiery seven-song set on Jimmy Kimmel's outdoor stage, and it was so explosive it could've burned down all of Hollywood Blvd.
Korn began with their latest single "Oildale (Leave Me Alone)." A jackknife riff courtesy of James "Munky" Shaffer slit through the screams of adoring fans, and the band immediately entered full-on headbang mode. Jonathan Davis screamed the refrain with the same violent vibrancy that made Korn so crucial and impactful at the get-go. However, that howl has been shaped into an even more dangerous demon. Davis sounded simply pristine while powering through the undeniable refrain. Fieldy slapped out an inimitable bass groove, while drummer Ray Luzier hit each beat with a charismatic chaos.
"Let the Guilt Go" is another new classic. Davis growled mid-song with a raw intensity that was impossible not to be moved by as Shaffer picked each note like his life depended on it. The song's hook conjured Life Is Peachy's darker moments while illuminating a freshly toned psychosis. Immediately, the crowd sang along despite this being the song's official live debut. The orchestra of riffs and screams evolved into an evil and eerie jam post-song. With a haunting and hazy industrial style guitar buzz, Korn sounded like the choir for a Dario Argento film. The instrumental could've easily served as the score to any classic horror flick.
"Freak On A Leash" ignited another massive sing-a-long, while "Coming Undone" snapped into a bridge of "We Will Rock You" that proved perfect for that moment of Korn's rapturous Hollywood parking lot set. "Got the Life" sent a surge of energy that could've shattered Disney's El Capitan and the whole Hollywood and Highland complex. The opening riff of "Here to Stay" swung with the kind of gusto that made Pantera's "Walk" so catchy and brutal all at once. Then "Falling Away From Me" took everyone back to the dark little place Korn introduced us to sixteen years ago.
After the set, a countless throng of fans lined up outside Hot Topic for Korn's meet-and-greet and walking down the Blvd, it was clear Korn needs a star on the walk of fame ASAP…
Were you there?