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One of my all time favorite vocalists has always been Jonathan Davis of Korn ever since the first time I heard him on the self title debut album. I have always wondered what direction Jonathan would ever go in if he decided to go solo and we may have the answer right in front of us. Jonathan according to one article that I read has been at work on solo material since 2008 and we will all see how different his music will be from Korn’s music. The track is called What It Is and it was featured on the American Satan (Starring BVB’s Andy Biersack and Asking Alexandria’s Ben Bruce) Soundtrack. The song is very haunting in nature which shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to fans, but the music itself is like a well planned symphony. The song is driven by the piano as it becomes more haunting in nature with every note, but it’s a beautiful haunting sound. It’s definitely an industrialized symphony as one article described it, but Jonathan’s voice is always the centerpiece of everything. We don’t know any information about when a solo record will materialize and land in stores, but I am sure that I will be paying close attention to it. Check out the single below:

Korn has been hard at work promoting their newest album The Serenity of Suffering already releasing the tracks Rotting In Vain and Insane for all of us to hear. Now the band is back with yet another single for all of us to hear and this time it has a very special guest on the track. The name of the song is A Different World and it’s a track on the album that features Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor who sneaks right into the track after the second chorus. Jonathan Davis talked about the track saying, “We were trying to figure out who we wanted to collaborate with, and I’m like, ‘You know, that’s the one, that’s the guy,’. And I texted him, I’m like, ‘Do you want to be on a new Korn track?’ He’s all, ‘Hell yeah! When and where, what do I do?’ So he did great on the song. I already did my parts, I’m like, ‘Do what you do, man.’ And I like the way he did it, the approach: he starts creeping in underneath the song, you can start slowly hearing his voice under mine, and it crescendos up into the middle part where he sings, and then it’s just full-on at the end, so the song came out great.” Corey Taylor was equally pumped for the effort and he bragged about the album a little saying, “This whole album, and I’m gonna brag now, because I’ve heard 11 songs of this, it is such a great throwback to the first three Korn albums and mixed with that maturity that they have now. Like, it’s, really, really heavy. People are gonna lose their minds. It’s that good.” Check it out below:

 

This past week (September 12TH) Metal Hammer Magazine released a special CD to commemorate 30 years that the magazine has been around called Decades Of Destruction. The magazine acquired the likes of bands like The Devin Townsend Project, New Years Day, Asking Alexandria, Sabaton, Hacktivist, and today’s band that we are featuring Korn.  The band covers a Faith No More track, but not what you think they would (or maybe you would). The band covers the classic We Care A Lot track that featured original singer Chuck Mosley. Korn does an amazing job handling the music part while Jonathan Davis shines on vocals. The band pretty much makes the track their own by updating the sound of the track with that heavy bass slapping from Fieldy. You should definitely check this one out as well as the rest of the record which also features a killer cover of an Accept song by The Devin Townsend Project.

IssuescoverThere have been several weeks on here where we missed out on giving you an album of the week. So to make all of that up to you guys, we are going to be giving you two for the price of one and we are starting that this week. For the first album of the week, I was inspired by a recent live show that I attended that featured Nu-Metal giants KoЯn. So, I have decided that for album one, I am going to review KoЯn’s fourth album Issues. Issues is an interesting album because it’s a much darker album than what we were used to from the band that once again featured Jonathan Davis (Vocals), Brian “Head” Welch (Guitar), James “Munky” Shaffer (Guitar), Fieldy (Bass), and David Silveria (Drums). The album was also the first to be produced by Brendan O’Brien (Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam) and it was the second album overall from the band to peak at number one on The Billboard Top 200 charts as it has sold over 13 million worldwide to date. The album also went number one in Australia and number two in Canada and New Zealand.The other interesting thing about the album is that the band let the fans design the album cover for it. The album cover that won was designed by Alfredo Carlos, but the other three versions were made available.

korn_-_issues_-_back1. Dead– A intro track featuring the bagpipes and a simple drum beat. 4/5

2. Falling Away From Me– A very dark and melodic track from Korn that addresses the topic of domestic abuse. Jonathan Davis has said, “The song is about domestic abuse and that there are ways to get help whether it’s telling someone or calling a help line, there are ways to get out of those situations. No one has to be treated like that.” 5/5

3. Trash– The track starts off heavy before it calms down with an eerie riff before the band explodes into an all out sonic assault for the chorus. The lyrics talk about a person who is in a relationship that he doesn’t value because he treats the partner like trash. 5/5

4. 4 U– Another intro track that leads into the next. 4/5

5. Beg for Me-A cadence like drum riff opens the track before Fieldy’s bass playing followed by an explosion of sound that totally engulfs space. The track is Jonathan’s song for the crowd. 5/5

6. Make Me Bad– One of my favorite tracks on the album that deals with Jonathan being sick and tired of alcohol and drug abuse.

7. It’s Gonna Go Away– Another track that is an intro or segway to the next track on the album.

Korn Issues8. Wake Up– An all out blitz right from the start that has Jon screaming “Wake The F**k Up” in the beginning. A track that reminds me of something that would have been on the first two albums. The track is commentary on internal issues within the band. 4.5/5

9. Am I Going Crazy– Another intro or segway track 4/5

10. Hey Daddy-A kind of funky track during the track before the choruses which is an all out sonic assault on your hearing. Lyrically a very dark track from Jonathan. 4/5

11. Somebody Someone– Another of my favorites from the album that has a killer chorus section that is just heavy and reminds me of a later track they would record called Right Now. 5/5

12. No Way– A very heavy and melodic track at times that deals with feelings of bitterness towards maybe how your life has turned out. 4.5/5

13. Let’s Get This Party Started– A very dark track whose riff is very eerie and makes me think that it could be in a horror movie. A cool bass riff from Fieldy drives the track forward. It could be interpreted as someone trying to get over their issues, but they want to do it on their own terms. 4/5

14. Wish You Could Be Me– Another intro track on the record that has more of a hip hop feel to it. 4/5

kornbandpic15. Counting– A cool bass riff from Fieldy starts off the track before the guitars come win with their groove laced chugging riffs. 4/5

16. Dirty– A very toned down track for the most part until the chorus comes and then it’s lead by Jonathan’s amazing vocals. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– Calling it a dark record is kind of a ridiculous set of words to use, but it was true considering the vibe from the previous record to this one. It’s definitely a heavy record compared to the others and definitely a top 5 album. I remember the day I picked this up from my local record store. I had to walk three or four miles just to get it, but I did and I never regretted it. I am giving the record 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

lbFor this week’s album of the week, I chose due to the fact that Limp Bizkit was back in the news again, but not for the reasons they would choose. The band was back in the news due to someone posting that the band was going to perform at a gas station in Ohio. Nevertheless, I chose to revisit an album that I have always thought was a classic in the band’s sophomore effort Significant Other. The album was released to the masses on June 22, 1999 and it would temporarily change the world. Significant Other which once again featured Fred Durst (Vocals), Wes Borland (Guitar), DJ Lethal (Turntables), Sam Rivers (Bass), and John Otto (Drums) would cement the band as a legitimate threat for the throne. They literally went from openers to headliners overnight and the album generated so much buzz due to an incident that would scar the band later on. Supposedly one of the tracks off the album sparked all the violence at Woodstock 99 that you think would hurt the band, but it did the opposite as the album peaked at number one on The Billboard Top 200 Charts. The album also went number one in Canada and Number One on the internet as well as 83 on the decade end charts (1990-99).

Limp_Bizkit-Significant_Other-Trasera1. Intro– features some funky beats while a voice that is slowed down introduces the band. 4/5

2. Just Like This– A cool as drum beat from John kicks off the song while Sam Rivers keeps you hooked with his sick bass playing. The song basically proclaimed that Limp Bizkit was in the house which they certainly were. 5/5

3. Nookie– A sick bass riff comes from Rivers once again before Wes comes crashing in like thunder with some power chords in a track about trying to get a girl just for sex. 5/5

4. Break Stuff– The Power Chord heavy track that just makes you want to break something, this was alos the track that supposedly caused people to get violent at Woodstock 99. 5/5

5. Re-Arranged– The slow track off the album with another cool bass riff from Rivers in a track that talks about how sometimes life can be too much no matter the situation you’re in, but you have to fight through it. 5/5

LB 2 copy6. I’m Broke– Pretty self explanatory kind of track that features some heavy riffage from Borland. The track has a Jane’s Addiction feel to it at times with the melodies4.5/5

7. Nobody Like You– A very cool collaboration on the album that features both Jonathan Davis (Korn) and  and the late Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots). One of the best riffs on the album from Wes Borland by the way. 5/5

8. Don’t Go Off Wandering– I love Wes’s playing on this track and I love the lyrics to the track which deal with one-sided relationships. 5/5

9. 9 Teen 90 Nine– Prince once proclaimed that we should party like it was 1999 and Limp Bizkit brought it with this track. I love how during the verses it’s just a bass line and drum beat as Fred raps over it. Then during the chorus, Wes kicks it up a notch with the assault. 5/5

10. N 2 Gether Now– This is one of the best collaborations Fred ever did in his career that has legendary status with Method Man from Wu-Tang. The track was produced by DJ Premier. 5/5

Limp-bizkit611. Trust?- A hellacious track with some sledgehammer like riffs that has a little flavor of the first record. 4.5/5

12. No Sex– One of the most unexpected tracks from the band, but a brilliant one. The slow tempo track that talks about how relationships suck when all that is left is the sex. 5/5

13. Show Me What You Go– A cool party track where Fred drop name drops cities all over America in the song. 5/5

14. A Lesson Learned– a track featuring production mostly from DJ Lethal about how fame and fortune can change things for the worse. 4.5/5

15. Outro- An outro track that features a couple of hidden tracks with one being Matt Pinfield and the other being with Les Claypool. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– Just like the music video for Re-Arranged when the water is drained all that is left is the album and Fred’s hat signifying that no matter how much you trash the band, their legacy is here forever in the form of their music. This was definitely an awesome record that opened door for other artists in the genre and it made an impact on me. I am going to give the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

In our first piece of new for the day, Dave Mustaine offered fans today an update on the new album via his Twitter account regarding what he still had to do for the record. Check out the tweet below:

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In other Megadeth related news, the band did announce that they will perform one show with Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler behind the drum kit. According to Blabbermout.net, the drummer confirmed that he would be behind the kit for Festival D’été De Québec on July 18TH. He has stated that he would play as many shows as Lamb Of God will allow him to. David Ellefson recently commented about Adler at Comicpalooza saying, “Chris is such a fan of MEGADETH. Chris playing with MEGADETH would be like me joining KISS. We’re, like, his favorite band ever and the band that got him into music. I mean, he’s so humbly appreciative of the opportunity and being part of this. And so, anyway, we’ve talked about shows coming up, [and] Chris was, like, ‘Dude, I’ll move anything I can anywhere to try to make it happen; I just wanna play with MEGADETH.’ He may play one show with us and go, ‘That’s it. I’m done. I don’t ever wanna do that again.’ So we’ll find out as it’s coming up. But the goal is Chris would like to play with us as much as possible. And we are still looking to where is the best time to release this new [MEGADETH] record, so as we’re looking at some dates coming up, they’re not necessarily predicated on the new album being out. And I guess it’s kind of cool thing with MEGADETH — we can play shows and not necessarily have to have a new album to go play those [dates].”

In other news, Jonathan Davis of Korn has confirmed that he is working with shock rocker Marilyn Manson on an album or project. Manson had hinted many times in the past that the two may be collaborating, but I guess Jonathan couldn’t hold it in anymore. It is not known what the project will exactly be, what it will sound like, or who else will be on it, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough. Two of my favorite artists collaborating on one project, I hope this sounds good.

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mariaIf you’re a fan of Maria Brink or even In This Moment then set your DVR’s up for Monday Night because you are not going to want to miss this. The Season premiere of Murder In The First airs on TNT this upcoming Monday night (June 8) and guess who has booked a guest spot on the first episode of season 2? If you guessed In This Moment then you are correct. The band revealed it via their Instagram page saying, “We are so proud to announce that In This Moment will be featured on the TNT show ‘Murder in the First’ on June 8th. We are so excited for the premiere!!!” Check out the trailer for the episode here which also features a few moments of Maria Brink.

Bullet For My Valentine definitely has my respect after the band agreed to do one of the coolest things this summer. While the band is on the road in North America, they agreed to take the ashes of a couple of fans on the road all summer long. James Simmons, 18, and Corran “Coz” Powell, 21 were huge fans of the band and they passed away back in December in a car accident together. Simmons passed away at the scene while Powell passed away after being put into a medically induced coma. It was Powell’s brother who contacted the band about possibly paying tribute to the two and they agreed. They’ll be carrying a specially crafted urn with a couple of Jewels that were custom made in the two’s honor. Powell’s Mother stated about one of the jewels, “We made a piece of stainless steel jewelry inspired by the Gears of War game.” This is a really cool move on the band’s part and they have my respect. Catch the band all summer long with Slipknot, Lamb Of God, and Motionless In White.

download (3)This is a new segment on here that I am going to try and do even though it takes me a while to read books, but I have read some already and so here is the Heavy Metal Book Report. Motley Crue started the trend of dishing out all the dirty secrets in autobiographies and that is what catches our interests. For Reginald Arvizu a.k.a. Fieldy of Nu-Metal pioneers Korn, it was natural to come out with a book telling everything about his life, but it was definitely one that was unexpected or at least not the first one to respond in the band with a book. He teamed up with Laura Morton to write the book Got The Life: My Journey of Addiction, Faith, Recovery, and Korn. which was released back in February of 2010 right on the heels of (at the time) former member Brian “Head” Welch’s tell all book. Fieldy was laying it all on the table so that we could better understand the man with that iconic bass slap who was heavily involved in the debauchery of heavy metal and how he overcame it to become the better man he is today no holds barred style. It’s a journey that will intrigue every Korn fan young and old. The book kicks off right away with a story that will definitely catch your attention as he thinks back to a time when he and his wife Dena got into a major fight that was fueled by jealousy and a day of drinking. It’s only the prologue, but it definitely catches your attention enough to continue to read.

kornThe style of the book is exactly as the title would describe it to be, it is a journey that you go on with Fieldy as he starts right from his childhood all the way to his life in Korn. You find out right from the beginning that it had to be destiny that brought these guys together considering Fieldy’s mom babysat Jonathan Davis whose dad was in a band with Fieldy’s dad. He talks about the early days of not having money as he struggled to stay a float until they met the man that would complete Korn in none other than Jonathan Davis who was a member of a band called Sexart at the time. It didn’t take much for him to agree and Korn was officially born. One of my other favorite stories is hearing how somethings were done. They recorded their first album at the Indigo Ranch with Ross Robinson and it was time for them to record the song Shoots & Ladders. In order for Jonathan to record his part with the bagpipes, he had to record them on top of the mountain. Of course as the book goes on, you hear all these stories of how difficult of a person he was to deal with when he was on drugs or alcohol. He openly admits in the book to firing people for not bringing him beer or firing bus drivers for driving over too many bumps. It gets so bad that he even mentions that the guys in the band were thinking about throwing him out of the band. Things do get better and Fieldy’s appoach to finding God was a lot different to Head’s because he wont force anyone to feel the same as him. He feels that you need to find your own way to becoming a better you.

The book is a decent read and I had a lot of fun reading the book and learning so much about my favorite band in the whole world in Korn. His writing ability is om target as he is able to shock you with stuff that has happened to him and of course indulging in the type of information about tours that we all want to know about. It’s not all fun and games and he certainly makes you know that just because you are signed, doesn’t mean that everything is going to peachy. I find that sometimes, these guys dive way too much into their drug problems and that it becomes the main topic of the book, but by the title you can see why he indulges in it. I would definitely recommend the book to any fan of Korn or fans of rock autobiographies. I am going to give the book a 3.8 stars out of five for a final grade.