Earlier this year, Korn fans welcomed news that Brian Head Welch was returning to the band for a tour and news came later that an album was in the works. For a life-long Korn fan, this news is amazing. While James Munky Shaffer has been doing his best to fill in both guitar slots, something has been noticeably missing from their sound. While Korn III: Remember Who You Are was the closest thing to the gritty, dark albums that we fell in love with in the 90s, their most recent release Path of Totality was the furthest thing from. As a fan, I embraced the album although Im not much of a fan of dubstep. It was cool to see them integrate the electronica into their sound but it wasnt Korn. By all means, branch out and do what you want. I can imagine playing the same stuff for 2o years gets boring. On June 23, drummer Ray Luzier announced on his Instagram that Korn press Konference in France, we played them parts of 2 new songs off our SIC new record coming out Sept 24th. When I saw it I went into schoolgirl mode, running around my house all giddy and excited for whats to come. Most of the music I listen to is the same stuff Ive been listening to since the 90s, with Korn and Deftones my top two bands. One thing thats been missing, and one of the reasons I dont listen religiously to much newer music, is heart. Most of the lyrics seem like theyre forced. The music has no guts. Overall it just lacks emotion. Growing up I identified with the emotion that lead singer Jonathan Davis puts into his vocals, and the dark, heavy sound that backs it pulls on my heart strings. As a fan, Im hoping that this album is what the metal world has been missing, and based on the teaser that was published in early May, Im ready. What do you think? Comment below!
Andy Lyons is a journalism major at the University of Central Missouri where he is the managing editor of the school newspaper, The Muleskinner. He covers breaking and investigative news and does TV show and concert reviews for digitalburg.com. Since 2001, he has been to over 30 concerts in Missouri. Visit his blog at marchionofchaos.wordpress.com.