For those going to see Korn on their “Prepare for Hell” tour, there are many reasons to be excited, but recently, they have announced that they will be playing their self-titled debut album in its entirety. It’s always exciting when bands return to their roots, but even more so in relation to bands that have been around for as long, and have evolved as much as Korn. So, now that they’ve announced their set, what does it mean for the show itself? Well, Korn’s self titled debut album is as dark and heavy as modern music can get It experimented with so many different elements from different genres, and it has been said to have really popularized the nu-metal genre. There is something amazing about the raw aggression with funk and hip hop sounds had never been seen at the time it was released. Jonathan Davis, on the reason they wanted to return to this type of sound said
“We're gonna play the first album in its entirety. We're gonna start doing that. We're even gonna play [the song] 'Daddy' [which Jonathan wrote about his painful experience of being molested as a child and not being believed]. And I said I would never do it, but I'm gonna do it anyway. So we're gonna do the complete album in its entirety and then tag on some songs at the end of the show. So it should be pretty cool. But it's gonna be very stripped down. I think we will recapture what we were doing at that time, when we were coming up. It was our first album, we didn't have any production, it was just one backdrop. So I think it'll be kind of like that down-and-dirty, cool, old-school vibe, and we'll do the first record… [We'll start doing that later] this year. Once the 20th anniversary hits [on October 11], we'll start doing it.”
For those fans of this record, this is huge news. This return to the old, aggressive sound of Korn will be a delightful nostalgia trip, and an intense experience for those who aren’t familiar with their older sound. If not, it will be a nice, delightfully twisted set with all the moshing and aggressiveness people love in a hardcore show.
Besides the music itself, the most interesting part is that Jonathan Davis is okay with playing the album, despite saying previously that he wouldn’t. Specifically the song “Daddy”, which is 17 minutes long. The song is broken up into 5-6 Minutes of music, a big gap of silence, and a hidden track, and feature some very dark and personal themes. It’ll be interesting to see how the show pans out, and how fans will react to it.