Remember Who You Are: Korn III (Special Edition - Includes DVD) CD+DVD
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Limited CD/DVD Edition digipak with expanded artwork, three bonus tracks and a DVD that contains in-studio videos of the band playing each track on the album live. 2010 release from the Alt-Metal outfit. With Korn III - Remember Who You Are, Korn unleash their ninth studio album in an impressive career which has send them sell over 32 million albums worldwide. On the album's quasi-concept theme, frontman Jonathan Davis explains "It comes down to one question: 'Who the f*** am I?' It's about remembering where we came from. The title sums up everything I'm talking about lyrically... People get so wrapped up in social communities, the Internet and technology that they forget who they are and what life's really about. I f***ing forgot who I was until I did this record. I look at the records we've done as slots in time, and I believe Remember Who You Are is very special."
With their chunky riffs, funk-tinged five-string bass work and angsty lyrical content, Bakersfield, California's Korn had a revolutionary effect on the international metal scene when they released their self-titled 1994 debut. It was not, of course, the first time that musicians had set out to marry metal with hip hop and funk, but Korn's synthesis of down-tuned guitars, choppy grooves and serial killer shtick–not to mention the recording acumen of producer Ross Robinson–was perhaps the key influence on the style that would become known as nu-metal.
Fifteen years later, and while Korn have displayed appealing eccentricity–singer Jonathan Davis remains unafraid to whip out a set of bagpipes–and occasional experimental impulses (best seen on 2005's See You on the Other Side) their sound remains largely stuck in that 90s formula. To be fair, Remember Who You Are–the group's ninth album–is pitched as a back-to-basics effort, reuniting the band with Robinson and stripping away Pro Tools production for a raw, deliberately gloss-free feel. And at times, it's a recipe that still yields results: it's hard to argue with the abattoir chunder of Pop a Pill, which matches busy, tumbling percussion and atonal guitar clangs with a surprisingly yearning, new romantic tinged chorus: "This is way beyond me / I can't live without you today," sings Davis, almost sweetly.
Regretfully, though, Robinson's production is not the shot in the arm that Korn need. The shock of the new that the band had back in the mid-90s is long faded, and while the group approach the new songs with vigour, the likes of Move On and Never Around suffer from their limited palette. Songs like Lead the Parade, which hitches light, skippy verses to a dirgey, bagpipe-slathered chorus, play to the band's strengths. But it's hard to shake the feeling that whereas some of Korn's peers–the likes of Slipknot and Marilyn Manson–have produced focused, engaging twists on a formula, Remember Who You Are is the sound of a band not so much rediscovering their past as recycling it.--Louis Pattison
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So did all of this work? Hell yes it did.
Korn III - Remember who you are literally wipes the floor with every album since Issues. Jonathan's lyrics are as deep, meaningful and disturbed as when he first took to the microphone all those years ago. Jonathan definitely deserves a special mention because this album represents the best vocal performance of his career. He holds his old sound but allows room for experimentation with what he can now do with his voice. It is breathtaking to listen to.
Ray is an amazing addition to the band and a breath of fresh air that they needed. What feeling really struck me with this record was one of union. Korn are a united front again, and they are ready to do some damage.
Having said that, the additional tracks on the bonus version sound a little too similar to other songs on the album. I think they were added as a bit of an afterthought. However, that is not the reason why I bought the special edition album.
The reason was for the in studio music videos. For some stupid reason, it's been edited by what looks like a high school video project. I wanted to see the emotion on Jonathan's face when he screams out his lyrics, to see Munky and Fieldy having fun and Ray going for it on the drums, and it is hard to see with stupid animations going over the top of it. I wish there was an option on the CD to get rid of it!
Despite that flaw, they are still worth the money. It is wonderful to see Jonathan crying for his music again, that is the Korn the fans fell in love with. I'm hoping that they can keep this unity and passion going, and this album definitely says that they can. If you have ever liked Korn at any point in your life, you need to hear this.
The album title itself however is interesting because there are many connotations to the meaning "Korn 3". It could be the 3rd album with their original sound; the 3rd "era"-1st being up to Head's departure, 2nd the experimental stage and David's departure and 3rd this return to the roots with a new drummer; only 3 original members left perhaps! It would be interesting to know what the meaning is intended to be, but that's about the only interesting thing about the album. Korn 3 certainly doesn't mean 3 stars. The only reason it even gets 2 is because it's Korn. Glad i bought this using an itunes voucher as a gift, would not have been happy spending my money on this!
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