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Remember Who You Are: Korn III - Korn

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Korn / CD+DVD / Audio CD released 2010-07-12 at Roadrunner records

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      23.06.2012 12:35
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      Good album, but not Korns best

      If this was KoRn's debut release, it would be an incredible album but the fact is KoRn have done so much better than this, which makes "Korn III: Remember who you are", one of their poorer albums. KoRn will never really be who you want them to be anymore but I have been able to look on the bright side of things. "Remember who you are" is KoRn's attempt to give us what we wanted the most: the old KoRn! Obviously, we wanted the old KoRn back and this album is a shot at going back to their "roots". They got back with the guy who produced their first two albums and the sound we're hearing here feels as though there is effort at taking us back vocally and musically to the quality of albums we knew like"Life is Peachy" and their debut album "Korn". But, something is missing - there is nothing really outstanding about this album and it's probably down to a lack of a proper idea making the creation of this album pretty really lazy and half-asd.

      In case you were not aware, KoRn consist of four guys, Jonathan Davis former morgue attendant, James "Munky" Shaffer, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu and Ray Luzier Ray (Ray, the drummer and newest member since 2009), all of them responsible for their own song-writing, creating their own music and sound and nu-metal itself - since they created it and was named after them. But KoRn lost their way during the point after Brian Welch (founder and guitarist) left the band and David Silveria (drummer) left too. And even though they weren't the strongest at that point they pulled through. Since then they have released albums "Untitled" and also reached their big 10th and current album release "Path of Totality" where they got back to giving us something fresh and totally new and different, maybe more along the lines of what we might expect from koRn - revolution, originality...etc (Check out my "Path of Totality" review?? It's a better album as well).

      As far as "Remember who you are" goes, the album definitely has its highs and lows. As soon as you as you go through the album, track by track, it's unlikely you will be totally thrilled by most of the tracks, at that very first instance. They are slightly unmemorable, ordinary and nothing really stood out like anything exciting or just completely out there. Another thing you'll notice is how short the album is. It only contains 11 tracks. The album consists of the following 11 tracks: 01. Uber-Time / 02. Oildale (Leave Me Alone) / 03. Pop A Pill / 04. Fear Is A Place To Live / 05. Move On / 06. Lead The Parade / 07. Let The Guilt Go / 08. The Past / 09. Never Around / 10. Are You Ready To Live? / 11. Holding All These Lies.

      A big contribution to KoRn's early success was down to the bands personality, characteristic, all really distinctive, and this could all mostly be picked up in what they are express in lyrics and performances. This album goes back to those days, when Jonathan Davis expressed the pain and emotion for people who he hurt him back then. What I don't get is, why they need to go back to those times again, and why renew those Jon Davis issues expressed in albums like "Korn" and "Peachy" such as the high school bullying, the child abuse, the homophobic teasing, the alienation, the haters etc, (the list goes on...) all experienced when he was younger, like when he was 12. It seems unnecessary to do that all over again - isn't that like one big bad nightmare revival? Or could it be therapy. Is it even progress though? I'm sure Jonathan Davis has million and one other issues today that he can incorporate into his newer work.

      But then again, am being too hard on KoRn (?) since whatever they do, they do in the most incredible way, and slowly you start to feel what the band feel - this album is a journey rediscovering and reuniting the old times, going old-school for the sake of remembering who they are. So forget comparing it to their other more superior work, this album still rocks. Musically the tracks are amazing. The nu metal guitar riffs are heavy and infectious as ever, and Fieldy on bass - real extreme. One of the most outstanding tracks of the album has to be "Lead the Parade" track 6 - this track is worth listening to if it's the only one of the album you hear. It is like a schizoid, completely insane track, chillingly dark, chaotic, so appropriate - this is probably an example of what it sounds like when you cut open Jon Davis's head - and it is one of the heaviest tracks of the album which has so much more to offer that we cant find it all in one go. This then leads right into track 7, the successful single release "Let the Guilt Go", and an awesome track. Yes, it's repetitive and catchy, but who cares, its genius. This leads to "The Past" which completely takes you back to "Life is Peachy", because of the eerie vibe of it, with the bass work as incredible as always and practically violent drum pounding. Another of the tracks to check out is track 10 "Are you Ready to Live" - this track is almost at the same kind of place as the really disturbing track "Daddy", of the debut album "Korn", though lyrically not really the same message, where he gives it all to the point of emotional breakdown in the form of his agonising cries. To end with, "Holding All These Lies" is another really emotional track for Jon Davis and again more crying.

      So basically "Remember who you are" is an album that is consistent as all tracks flow from one to the other effortlessly - but it only allows you to relate it to the first and second album. This album almost makes a trilogy out of those and without being familiar with those earlier albums, "Remember who you are" will seriously be a weird one. Like I said before, the whole idea of singing about those early issues seems strange without getting what those first two albums were about. And of course it was always going to be difficult to feel as though the old koRn are back again just by getting into this album, since this band are not even the same original line-up they used to be back then. But the important thing luckily is that we can sidestep that fact since this album is clearly not ALL about its lyrical content and the band's history; the sound, the vibe and atmosphere musically is of a really good standard, and that KoRn trademark sound is apparent throughout. Either way, I think this album will always have mostly varied views - you'll either love some things about it, dislike other things, and no two people will have the same view about it - this album messes with your mind and I still havent been able to decide what I truly feel about it, but one thing I do know is that "Remember who you are" always seems to get lost somewhere far away while the other KoRn albums don't...


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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Uber Time
      2 Oildale (Leave Me Alone)
      3 Pop A Pill
      4 Fear Is A Place To Live
      5 Move On
      6 Lead The Parade
      7 Let The Guilt Go
      8 Past, The
      9 Never Around
      10 Are You Ready To Live
      11 Holding All These Lies
      12 Trapped Underneath The Stairs
      13 People Pleaser
      14 Blind

      Disc #2 Tracklisting
      1 Oildale (Leave Me Alone)
      2 Pop A Pill
      3 Fear Is A Place To Live
      4 Move On
      5 Lead The Parade
      6 Let The Guilt Go
      7 Past, The
      8 Never Around
      9 Are You Ready To Live
      10 Holding All These Lies
      11 Making Of The Album

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