I remember when Korn first started coming out in the mid 90’s, they were like the most controversial band at first. They were the most talked about band in the mid 90’s, I’ll never forget it. The band had good things and bad things said about them. Why were they controversial back in the day? Well, probably because of their down-tuned 7 string guitars and their look… the long braided hair, tattoos, pierces, eye-liner and all that stuff. People never saw or heard anything like them. They are still a bit controversial even today but it took a while for people to be able to accept them.
Love Korn or hate them all you want to, they are hit makers. They have plenty of songs that are considered mainstream hits. Obviously, they are still active as a band. They’ve had slight lineup changes ’cause I believe their guitar players Head and Munky been in and out of the band over the years, correct me if I’m wrong… but Head and Munky, they’ve been back in for a long while and they are still killer guitar players.
I think Korn’s past couple of albums have been really good shit but I think their newest album that they just put out “Requiem” is pretty slamming and it’s the best album in their career in my opinion. It’s a shorter album, it’s only about a half hour long but it still rocks. On “Requiem”, they still sound like Korn like they always do but it does sound slightly different than previous albums. They are maturing as songwriters for sure, I can tell. They get better every album.
I listened to their new album a couple of times and I’ve noticed that Jonathan Davis is really focused on his singing this time around. I am noticing lesser screaming and growling. There’s a lot more actual singing from Jonathan which he sounds amazing. There’s still a little screaming and growling on this record but not as much as their previous records… Jonathan doesn’t over do the growling this time. I guess Jonathan wants to prove that he can sing and not be just a growler which he did beautiful.
It’s also a tight as hell album, too. The guitar playing of Head and Munky, they still got the rhythm chops and they sound great. Brian “Head” Welch had always had my respect and he’s beginning to become one of my favorite metal guitarists.
I’d definitely recommend it for you metal fans. I love Korn, been listening to them ever since the 90’s. Have like 8 albums by them. Trying to get all their stuff too.