Posts Tagged ‘Jonathan Davis’

Collaborations are a thing in music that has been happening for a very long time like that time when Roy Harper came in and sang Have A Cigar on Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here album in 1975, but in the late 90’s collaborations started to become more of a thing. One of my favorite bands that got looped into the whole Nu Metal scene was the  Industrial Rock band Orgy all because they were signed to Jonathan Davis of Korn’s new label Elementree Records. In fact if you look at some of the releases from the label, Jonathan made an appearance somehow, but I definitely do not have a problem with that at all. In fact, I am here to celebrate that by naming Revival which comes off Orgy’s debut album Candyass as this week’s Collaboration of the Week. Orgy was a band that was anything, but Nu-Metal with their industrial rock sound that was taking over the scene with bands like Dope and many more. The track is power chord heavy in guitars while having that industrial feel to it as Jay Gordon carries the song vocally before Jonathan Davis comes in during the chorus (the only time he appears is in the chorus) and Davis is also a co-writer of the track. Check out the track below:

55711In 2007, KoЯn had released their Untitled 8TH album which was the first without longtime drummer David Silveria and it faced a lot of backlash at the time. So, the band eventually decided that they were going to take a year off to refocus their minds and work on solo projects to help replenish their minds. The band eventually decided that for their ninth studio album that they wanted to go back to their roots of the first two records so they swore off pro-tools & editing and they hired the man who originally produced their first two records in Nu-Metal’s favorite producer Ross Robinson for what would eventually be titled KoЯn III: Remember Who You Are. The album once again featured Jonathan Davis (Vocals, Bagpipes), James “Munky” Shaffer (Guitars), Fieldy (Bass), and for the first time ever on record and as an official member of the band Ray Luzier (Drums). The album was released on July 13, 2010 and it was a huge success for the band as it peaked at number two on the Billboard Top 200 Charts, but the album scored number one status for US Rock Albums, US Alternative Albums, and US Hard Rock Albums as well as finishing in the top five in Canada, Austria, Germany, and New Zealand.

51-tkiy6h8L._SY400_1. Uber-time– An intro track that features some audio that leads right into the next track 4/5

2. Oildale (Leave Me Alone)– A punishing track that just absolutely rips from the get go that has that old school feel to it. I thin the track has something more to do with his dislike for religion and God. 5/5

3. Pop A Pill– A very Life Is Peachy like track that is all about drug addiction if you couldn’t tell from the title. 5/5

4. Fear Is A Place To Live– One of my favorite tracks on the album that is all about those people claim to be your friend or family, but they wear a mask in front of you and a different one when you’re not around. 5/5

5. Move On– a little bit of a Follow The Leader/Life Is Peachy feel to the track that is all about no matter what you do you can’t please everyone so you have to just move on. 4.5/5

6. Lead The Parade a raw in your face, take no prisoners track that is all about how depression can make us think crazy things that can drive us to insanity. 4.5/5

imgbin-korn-iii-remember-who-you-are-music-issues-album-korn-LtPm1jFajBMRxc9NsHi4zKLnf7. Let The Guilt Go– Another track on the album that is underrated because of it’s intensity about someone who just keeps messing up because they can’t let the guilt of something go. By the way, this track was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the Grammy Awards, but they lost to Iron Maiden. 5/5

8. The Past– a very dark and melodic creepy intro starts the track before Luzier brings the thunder that helps kick off the track that is all about how no matter how badly we want to forget our past, it’s always there to remind us. 4.5/5

9. Never Around-This track reminds of something that would have been released on Take A Look In The Mirror with it’s big bass riff that matches the big bombastic guitar riffs and melodic verses. The track is about a relationship that has gone bad. 4.5/5

10. Are You Ready to Live?-This has to a be a very personal track for Jonathan Davis because at the crop circle performance you could tell it took a lot out of him especially with the mic drop and the “I fucking hate that song”. 4.5/5

11. Holding All These Lies– a very Raw and self titled debut feel to the track that according to something I saw Ross made Jonathan’s wife come into the studio to have him sing it in front of her. I don’t know if that is true or not, but Jonathan did say the album was torture to record. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This was certainly a great look back at the raw intensity that was KoЯn back in the day. This was definitely my favorite of the post David Silveria era KoЯn albums with The Serenity Of Suffering being my other favorite. It’s a complete album with very little filler if any at all which is why I am giving it 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

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.