Korn - Korn III - Remember Who You Are review
|Album:||Korn III - Remember Who You Are|
|Release date:||July 2010|
02. Oildale (Leave Me Alone)
03. Pop A Pill
04. Fear Is A Place To Leave
05. Move On
06. Lead The Parade
07. Let The Guilt Go
08. The Past
09. Never Around
10. Are You Ready To Live?
11. Holding All These Lies
12. Trapped Underneath The Stairs [Special edition bonus]
13. People Pleaser [Special edition bonus]
14. Blind [live] [Special edition bonus]
15. Oildale (Leave Me Alone) [live] [iTunes bonus]
16. Freak On A Leash [live] [Japanese bonus]
Disc II Special edition DVD
+ In-studio music videos for every song on the album featuring behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the album.
Korn's latest magnum opus is an ugly ear-sore that is not only almost completely devoid of merit but also reeks of true evil. In another reality, Korn III: Remember Who You Are could pass as a compilation of out-takes from the Korn and Life Is Peachy sessions that didn't make the cut. That is, only if the tracks here were not only sub-par but also performed with zero conviction. How is it possible that what was supposed to be a comeback album of sorts for what is, after all, an accomplished band, turned out to be such garbage?
I'll tell you how. Say what you will about them, Korn always used to grow and mature with each release. Over time, inspiration began to fade and something needed to be done. The band's answer is a return to their initial raw sound. Huge mistake. Maturity was never the problem! It was lack of inspiration! The result is an album that is still uninspired and also forcedly immature. Truly, the worst possible outcome.
Indeed, it seems that any fleeting seed of a good idea is immediately uprooted here. There are some instrumental flourishes, "Pop A Pill" has an appealingly immediate riff, "Move On" a moving breakdown, "Let The Feeling Go" a fun, rhythmic refrain etc. Nevertheless, all of this is always interrupted by some ridiculous attempt at pretending to be children, with nursery rhyme melodies, juvenile lyrics and horrendous singing making sure everything sounds dumbed down. No, actually - just dumb. Also - creepy and fake. Elements such as violent teenage angst, spastic rage and the lingering shadow of nightmarish child molestation that made the first few Korn albums so hauntingly endearing in the first place just sound completely inappropriate now.
In other words, Korn III's subtitle is completely off base. Do you really remember who you are, Korn? You certainly don't sound like the valiant survivors who conquered adversity and used pain as motivation to constantly grow. No, your music is currently the equivalent of a pedophile using WTF, WOOT and OMG to chat up a 14 year old in a chat room. Stop being inappropriate, creepy, old men and act your age!
||Written on 27.07.2010 by With Metal Storm since 2002, jupitreas has been subjecting the masses to his reviews for quite a while now. He lives in Warsaw, Poland, where he does his best to avoid prosecution for being so cool.|
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