Korn's still got the life (Tallinn. 10.02.08)

Event: Korn: European Tour
Written by: destroyah
Published: 16.02.2008


Korn - Saku Suurhall, Tallinn, Estonia, 10.02.2008 by Ivor (24)
There are a precious few bands that really manage to leave a lasting bootprint in the face of history. Sure, the airwaves are teaming with awesome bands but there is an elite club with memberships reserved only for the best of the best. They are the sprinkles on your cappucino, the frosting on your cupcake and the "F" in your fission bomb. The last euphemism may have been a tad bit obscure but rest assured - These bands are the top of the food-chain. And surely, Korn is one of them.

Needless to say I was psyched when I found out that that Korn were gracious enough to perform right at my doorstep. As a cherry on top they were gonna be supported by Deathstars, so the gig seemed like a sure thing. However, I did have my doubts. The thing is I haven't really listened to Korn since "Issues" came out in '99, which means that I'm not exactly up-to-date with the band's latest work, save for the obvious hits of course. Nevertheless a lot has changed since then and the venue they were set to perform at didn't exactly have a good reputation as far as acoustics go. Bringing Korn there together with their background band seemed like an overkill. Still, unable to deny the huge importance of Korn I decided that missing out on them would surely be a decision I'd grow to regret.

On the day of the gig I woke up rather late with only a few hours to spare. I did so purposely cause the anxiety had set in the previous day and the best way to kill that is of course by sleeping. You can also cure anxiety by excessive drinking but that rarely ends well. Therefore I turned down an invite to a warm-up tequila party and opted for a much more conventional (and safer) pit-stop at Woodstock. Since Ivor is a relatively responsible human being, we managed to get out of there early and after a swell twenty minute ride in a tightly packed kelbasa-on-wheels that was the trolley we arrived at Saku Suurhall. Now, despite all the criticism, Saku Suurhall is not an entirely horrible place. It holds 10,000 souls, thus being the largest indoors venue in the country. On the downside, little has been done to increase it's sound qualities since the building's completion in 2001.

I was sipping on yet another beer (I held out on it as long as I could!) when Ivor called me shortly before Deathstars were supposed to play and announced that the band's canceled due to the singer having broken his leg. This was of course a major disappointment cause I hadn't seen Deathstars live yet and I was eager to check out their performance. Anyhow this incident left us with only one more warm-up act - Flyleaf from USA. Since they were touring with Korn I assumed they'd have to be either quite well-known or at least damn good. I hadn't heard from them so the first option was out (I don't really care what floats the many teenage boats in the States these days) so the second option would have to hold water. Now if I was a reasonable person I'd have checked out Flyleaf prior to the show, however the mere words "alternative metal" left me paralyzed and unable to even type in their Myspace account in my browser. Not that I'd absolutely despise the genre, on the contrary, but recently I've had the great misfortune of hearing several seriously lousy acts of the kind, Boy Hits Car being the prime example here. Still, using the manly excuse to get more beer from the floor stand I sneaked down the stairs to get an optimum spot for Flyleaf and lo and behold - they did not suck. Alas, they weren't too impressive, but the use of a female vocal and the occasional cool riff ranked them as "not half-bad" in my book. Rest assured, I won't be buying their record any time soon though.

Flyleaf may have had something to do with me abandoning my plan to get as close to the stage as possible. I was too tired to fight for a good position so instead I teamed up with a friend of mine and together we headed on a routine beer patrol - to "monitor" and "enforce" a stable flow of quality beverage, of course. The obvious downside of the tactic was that when Korn finally took the stage, it was virtually impossible to penetrate the immense wall of people between us and the stage. We decided to take a bold step and actually enjoy the concert from higher ground. The plan, however, was flawed. You see at a good venue you might indeed get an awesome experience even if sitting down but in Suurhall's case a different rule applies - get to the front if at all possible. If not possible, get as close as you can, because the only way to walk away from that place with your panties wet is when you're right in the middle of the vortex, kicking and screaming. Still, even from our unprivileged perspective, Korn did put on a hell of a show. From the very beginning, the entire crowd on the floor was jumping up and down in perfect rhythm, as Korn treated them with "Right Now". By the time the band got to "A.D.I.D.A.S." I was seriously longing for some moshpit action. "I should be at the front. Goddamn it, I should be at the front!" I told my friend to which she replied, summing up my thoughts about the entire event quite aptly: "It wouldn't be a good gig if you didn't want to be at the front!" Korn had no intention of cooling the crowds down, even after playing "Falling Away from Me", a fusion of "Coming Undone" and the legendary Queen hit "We Will Rock You" and hailing their old-school fans with songs like "Faget" and "Freak on a Leash". And even though the bagpipes failed to impress due to the sound issues, "Helmet in the Bush" surely pleased Korn's fans.

I don't know if it was because I usually don't watch bands from a distance, therefore lacking comparable experience, but I'd say this might just have been the most hardcore gig this venue had ever seen. The amazing flow came to a halt after "Evolution" and "Ass Itch", the last songs before the encores. Now anybody who knows Korn, probably guessed what they had in store next, and surely enough after a short wait we heard the all too familiar cymbal intro to one of the greatest songs ever conceived - "Blind". As a worthy ending to an energizing event, "Got the Life" was unleashed on the weary, albeit ecstatic horde, resulting in a prime example of organized chaos.

Soon enough, it was all over. The concert was actually surprisingly short, clocking in at just over an hour and a half. Frankly I expected a slightly longer set from a band of this magnitude but fair enough, I digest. So what to make of the whole gig? Well, Deathstars canceling at the last minute probably put a small dent on the night but Korn did make it all up later with what was surely one of the liveliest concerts this place had ever seen. Sure, by the time the tour made it to Estonia, their original line-up had reduced to just Jon Davis and Fieldy which sadly affected their stage presence a bit, but I don't think anybody was seriously bothered by that. The sheer mind-blowing energy that Korn produced was enough to level a small city. As for me, I once again learned a painful and a valuable lesson - if you go to a Korn live, never-ever under any circumstances lag behind - always follow the leader!



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GT - 16.02.2008 at 15:50  
As always a good review from you destroyah and great pictures from Ivor as well
Deadsoulman - 16.02.2008 at 16:06  
Good to see you enjoyed the show I haven't been able to see Korn since the Issues Tour in 2000, and their show then was not particularly memorable, but I'd still like to catch them again. Even though I really don't like their last two albums.

And I really enjoy the way you write
destroyah - 16.02.2008 at 16:13  
Thanks guys. As I said the only regret I have is that I didn't get up front.
Bad English - 16.02.2008 at 22:13  
Ehhh I dont feel sorry that I didnt went to show in Rīga but I like your rewiews
Ernis - 17.02.2008 at 13:24  
Awesome! I don't listen to Korn but reading the review I wish I could've been there as well....
Warman - 17.02.2008 at 14:48  
Whiplasher broke his leg?
Baz Anderson - 17.02.2008 at 16:38  
shame they didn't play at Hellfest after all last year, I was curious to see them - I haven't listened to them properly for a number of years either so I don't know how I would like them live now, but looking at some of the songs here I think I would have enjoyed it
destroyah - 17.02.2008 at 17:09  
Written by Warman on 17.02.2008 at 14:48

Whiplasher broke his leg?

Yeah, I guess it happened just before the gig, otherwise he may have been able to perform.
Marcel Hubregtse - 17.02.2008 at 19:18  
There is ONLY one thing I like about Korn and that is Davis' mic stand, which was designed by H.R. Giger
wrathchild - 17.02.2008 at 19:50  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 17.02.2008 at 19:18

There is ONLY one thing I like about Korn and that is Davis' mic stand, which was designed by H.R. Giger

Ah so that's it! I was mermerized by the pic and thought: "gosh, it would be so great that a band whose music would be Gigerrish had this!"
Because even though I admit I've heard only a few Korn songs so far, I think none of their material reflects the art of H.R. Giger.

Anyway, after reading the concert review, I feel like it would have been interesting to see them at Hellfest last year. If only they'd chosen to play...
Ivor - 17.02.2008 at 20:53  
The mic stand was pretty awesome, especially from up close. The concert itself was, well a concert. I'm not familiar with Korn but that's not an obstacle. Somehow the atmosphere of Saku Suurhall didn't make this a memorable event. The floor was packed and coming out of the photo pit I couldn't get anywhere even remotely close to where I'd have liked to be. As destroyah said, you gotta be pretty close to make proper sense of acoustics. From that point, I was way off. Up front it was impossible, the contorted faces of the people at the fence was even painful to look at, I don't want to know how it felt. Anyways, I'd prefer they didn't cancel the Hellfest show last year, otherwise I would have already seen them. But if they happen to come again, most likely I'll go again.

destroyah - 18.02.2008 at 00:43  
Written by wrathchild on 17.02.2008 at 19:50

Because even though I admit I've heard only a few Korn songs so far, I think none of their material reflects the art of H.R. Giger.

The only material that reflects the art of Giger is the voidness of Space.
dancingdecember - 19.02.2008 at 08:45  
i was able to see korn with their original line up in a fest few years ago.we thought "yeah you know we shall watch them for their nostalgic value.like good ol' days".korn wasn't our primary motive when going to that fest...BUT when the show kicked in we had a LOT of fun really.it was like we were back in junior high again(or middle school whatever they call it) that was the only show i jumped senselessly like the kids in MTV

by the way,respects to giger
AnGina-- - 19.02.2008 at 10:04  

A great review but what really got my attention to read it is the pix!!! OMFG These pics are amazing, I mean, Jonathan isn't exactly johnny depp in the looks department, but damn he looks hawt there!

Wish to say I don't envy you... But I do. I wanna see KoRn too. Too bad Deathstars didn't show up, that would be one hell of a concert!
Ivor - 19.02.2008 at 18:38  
Written by AnGina-- on 19.02.2008 at 10:04
A great review but what really got my attention to read it is the pix!!! OMFG These pics are amazing, I mean, Jonathan isn't exactly johnny depp in the looks department, but damn he looks hawt there!

Glad you liked the pictures!

Paradox0 - 19.02.2008 at 19:00  
I've heard of fly leaf, the only reason being that there video was playing in the background in the movie "Live Free or die hard", and I wondered what band it was.
Born-2rise - 19.03.2008 at 15:57  
this review has bn on the homepage since like a month ago, it shows how little concert reviews are psted
dave77 - 13.11.2008 at 05:10  
Korn is a totally great band with a bunch of awesome songs i have not seen them personally but i love their music , on 1 cd the first 13 tracks are bogus, kind of cool

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