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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.

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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.

download (1)Nu Metal giants Korn have been having the time of their lives since the return of Brian “Head” Welch into their lineup which includes the brand new album they released called The Paradigm Shift which was the first in eight years with the guitarist. The band also went on the road with the 2014 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Fest and the band along with their videographer Sebastien Paquet recorded everything on the road documenting the bands experience on the festival. The documentary also features appearances from Ice T (Body Count), Upon A Burning Body, Avenged Sevenfold, Islander, Texas Hippie Coalition, Emmure, Trivium, as well as you’ll see various radio interviews the band does, and some intimate moments they share with other bands and vice versa.

kornThe documentary is actually pretty amazing even though it just seems like a continuous video after another rather than a documentary. One of my only problems with the doc is they show footage in Boston (which is really Mansfield), but the live footage is from Dallas, Texas that follows. The doc features some really cool behind the scenes stuff that you don’t really get to see if you’re on the outside looking in. Of course, the doc features the band running through hits like Somebody Someone, Got The Life, Falling Away From Me, Shoots & Ladders, Blind, as well as some of the newer material like Spike In My Veins, Hater, and Never Never. The footage that was shot is absoultely amazing especially when the band is in Colorado, that was definitely one of my favorite spots that they shot in. One of the other things I liked is how supportive they are of other bands on the bill, it’s classy! If I was you and you were as big a fan of Korn as I am , I would definitely check this out. I wonder if it’s going to get a release somewhere in the future? I am going to give this video an A- for a final grade. Check it out below:

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For this week’s album of the week I chose one of my all time favorite KoЯn records that the band released. It’s their fifth studio album and was follow up to 1999’s Issue which at the time was the darkest KoЯn album to date. It was also the most expensive album KoЯn had released at the time ranging in the 4 million range. Michael Beinhorn at the time was known for producing Hole’s Celebrity Skin and Marilyn Manson’s Mechanical Animals. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard Top 200 selling 434,000 copies in it’s first week and as of January 2013, it has sold 1,612,602 copies in the US and over 4 million worldwide. Things weren’t always easy for the group though. They are reports that tensions were high amongst the five of them causing them to write music in Arizona to see if the change of scenery would help. During the tour that followed the release, the band even contemplated firing Fieldy due to his drug habit, but obviously they never did. Let’s check out the album.

a2The first track on the album which was also the first single, Here To Stay, starts off like a guitar making noise until it’s very brief pause. Then out of nowhere it explodes and the music hits you like a ten ton hammer. My favorite thing about the song is the groove because man does it ever groove and Jonathan’s voice matches over it perfectly. Make Believe is the next track on the record and KoЯn was always known for making unique sounds come from their guitars. Jonathan comes in after the eerie guitar riffs and he sort of raps and sings over the riffs before they explode into the chorus. Blame starts off much like Here To Stay before exploding into the track. The best is the riffs played during the verses because it’s almost like the calm before the storm as it’s real mellow before the rage shines through in the chorus. Hollow Life is a very dark track on the album in that it starts off slow and ominous. The chorus gets a little scarier as Jonathan screams about living a hollow life. Bottled Up is one of the heaviest and grooviest songs on the record about keeping hatred all bottled up. It’s also a song that I took to heart because I at one time had insecure feelings about my appearance and I always felt Jonathan spoke to me. 

File:Korn thoughtless.jpgThoughtless is the next track and the lyrical themes to the song are dark. It was the second single released off the album and it was about an experience where Jonathan Davis was bullied in school and he dreams of seeking revenge on those who bullied him. Hating is one of my favorite tracks on the whole album and it starts with this cool guitar riff as the drums start to kick in, you get this eerie feel to it and then Jon takes over. It’s another track on the record that deals with the ever growing theme of hate that Korn has explored. One of my favorite parts is the pre-chorus where David and Fieldy are doing their best with the groove. One More Time is the next track on the record and it has a Nightmare On Elm Street like groove to it, at least that’s what I hear. The harmonizing on the track is cool as you can hear they tracked Jonathan’s vocals a bunch of times to get the effect. Alone I Break was the third and final single off the album. They traded in the distortion for clean guitars and some funky bass lines. I saw the song described as a haunting power ballad which is such a true description. Apparently, Head and Munky used custom built 14 string guitars for the track to create that wide chorus effect.

a3Embrace is another track that is just pure metal with the screaming vocals and big power chords. It sort of combines elements of early Korn which included that hip hop influence with metal grooves. Beat It Upright has a major bass groove that feels like their just bouncing the sounds off the ground. It’s all about the bass in this track that is just hoppin and it you’ll be bobbing your head to it. No One’s There is another one of my favorite tracks on the record that is just dark to the core. It’s another one of those tracks that I felt really spoke to me on all levels of my life. I really love this album and I would say that it’s one of my top three KoЯn releases. I told my brother that KoЯn to me is what Motley Crue was to him when he was growing up in the 80’s. It’s funny, before this album was released I had never had the chance of seeing KoЯn live and when I heard they were playing I made my brother go to Connecticut with me to see them. It was the greatest experience of my life. I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five.