Live Review: Korn with special guest Kill The Noise – Jimmy Kimmel Live! Hollywood, CA
Fri, 03 Feb 2012 09:54:39
The first four Korn records unanimously remain heavy music landmarks.
The band became more revolutionary at each turn, embracing funk, hip hop, industrial, and metal like no one prior had—or consequentially ever would. Ask anyone who was in high school from 1995-2001, and they've got a story associated with Korn, cherish Korn, Life is Peachy, Follow the Leader, or Issues, have a friend who's obsessed with the group, or the band personally resonated with them on some deep level. We're going to be saying the same thing about 2011's children of the Korn in ten years…
The band's performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night illuminated the power of their tenth masterpiece, The Path of Totality, tenfold. A sold out crowd—many young fans—surrounded the stage behind Hollywood Blvd. clamoring for Korn. On the garage across the street, another thirty fans stood on the roof overlooking the fray. There was a palpable energy coursing through the air before the the quartet even appeared. As they sauntered out one by one, a roar of applause cracked through the cool night sky.
In all black, ready for war, frontman Jonathan Davis grabbed the microphone from his custom H.R. Giger mic stand and began writhing with a visceral intensity during the opening strains of their current single, "Narcissistic Cannibal". Collaborator Kill the Noise churned through the futuristic dance groove as Reggie "Fieldy" Arvizu's signature bass thump wove through drummer Ray Luzier's calculated bounce. Davis carried the song's elegantly entrancing chorus with a punishing, pop bliss. Over the chaotically hypnotic dubstep backdrop, guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer perfectly powered through earth shattering riffs that punctuated the tune's biggest grooves.
"Get Up!" sent shockwaves through Hollywood as Davis once again exorcised the most memorable demons imaginable in tune with Shaffer's flawless fretwork. "Way Too Far" stands out as one of Korn's best songs ever. It evinces just how brilliant Davis truly is. On the bridge, he roars a death metal growl and then quickly slides into Motown humming, just before another immortal refrain. He deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Trent Reznor and Robert Smith—and he continues to get better. The neck-snapping groove of "My Wall" saw the singer's patented freakout emanate a volatile violence that surged through the streets nearby. It was like attending the hottest party for the apocalypse…
"Falling Away From Me" sparked a moshpit as Shaffer's guitar mastery resounded in tandem with Davis's screams. Guitarist Wes Geer eloquently added heavy flourishes as keyboardist Zac Baird widened the soundscapes. "Ya'll ready for an old ass song?" Davis asked with a smile.
Fieldy's bass cackled through the funk death march intro of "No Place to Hide" as the group collectively commenced the craziest headbanging Hollywood had ever seen. After one final atomic explosion of sound on "Blind", Shaffer slid in a scorching solo. Like Randy Rhoads or Dimebag Darrell, he took different genres and grooves and made them his own within a metallic landscape. That's why he's one of the greatest to ever pick up the instrument.
Ultimately, Korn delivered like they always do and everyone will continue to Follow the Leader on their path for a very, very long time to come.
Were you there?
See our review of Korn's record release show here!
See our review of The Path of Totality here!
Jonathan Davis talks the album here!
See celebrities and musicians share how they discovered Korn here!
See our exclusive video interview with James "Munky" Shaffer of Korn about The Path of Totality here!
Watch our video interview with James "Munky" Shaffer of Korn about "Narcissistic Cannibal" here!
Watch the lyric video for "Narcissistic Cannibal" here!
Watch Munky remember his favorite Edgar Allan Poe story here!
See Jonathan Davis and Munky remember Life Is Peachy in this exclusive interview here!
Read our exclusive interview with Jonathan Davis of Korn about electronic music here!