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CD Review: Korn - Korn III: Remember Who You Are.

Posted by DG on July 13, 2010 at 10:56 AM



Fifteen years ago, Korn became the new face of hard rock, a fresh image to the metal scene and did they ever make an impact. Their first single, Blind, off their self-titled album back in 1994 immediately launched them high up in the music industry. Their sophomore album, Life is Peachy, was no less than fantastic. A few albums later, they were still riding the rock and roll train. In 2002, Untouchables revealed a new direction for the group, which was needed and somewhat well-received by the fans. Years later, Korn underwent a few more changes with the departure of two founding members and slumped with the release of mediocre efforts such as See You On The Other Side [2005] and their untitled album [2007]. The band desperately needed something fresh, something youthful, something that would bring them back to the good old times.

What better way to achieve that goal then to go back to your roots, right? In Korn's case, the intentions might have been good but the results are left to be desired.

Unfortunatly, this might be one of Korn's most shallow albums in their decade and a half long history. Sure, they in fact did try hard to turn to their roots with raw and electronic-lacking riffs, but whatever Jonathan Davis and company wanted to protrude felt empty and weak. Speaking of Davis, no matter how hard he tried to recreate his signature moans and cries, they indeed felt forced and powerless.

Don't get me wrong, the core of this album is still Korn at its purest. The tracks Oildale (Leave Me Alone) and The Past are quite catchy and eerie. Their distinctive style and uniqueness are instantly recognizable. Remember Who You Are's album cover pays hommage to the band's first two efforts in style. Yet, none of it is enough the justify the lack of power of their latest release.

Overall, Korn III: Remember Who You Are is far from great and close enough from being terrible. Perhaps Korn's next release will make up for this disappointing ninth studio album.

RATING: 2.5 out of 5.

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