Friday, April 01, 2005

Drivel of the Month - Korn

There's no better band to receive the inaugural award upon Band Chat's return than Korn: those who made teh suck that is Nu Metal what it is today. Yes, Faith No More probably started it with their rap-type lyrics on "Epic" and the alternating between singing and shouting on King For a Day, Fool For a Lifetime. Rage Against the Machine no doubt popularized the genre with their blending of hip-hop and metal.

But those bands had something that Korn doesn't have - cool guitar riffs. Jim Martin and Tom Morello r0ck. What we have in Korn's guitar lines has become a staple of the feeble genre - low tuned guitars that rumble so far below the Richter Scale that that you don't know what the guitarist is doing. In most cases, he's probably doing nothing, thus, the big cover-up by playing crappy "riffs". Metal rhythms should have defintion. He sucks so much that I've never bothered to learn who he is (and I pride myself on knowing this sort of crap).

Want final proof? It's so lame that even Korn's guitarist acknowledged it: he's thrown it all away to devote his life to religion. No big loss; he couldn't play anything that rocked anyway.

About the only thing Korn did right was hire Todd McFarlane (of comic book Spawn fame) to do some cover art and make some videos. But even Iced Earth beat them on that one by cutting to the chase and making a concept album, The Dark Saga, about Spawn.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think it's Todd McFarlane, not Tom.

1:48 PM  
Anonymous cole said...

heh, like the name matters. the hm said what needs to be said more often, what with all this newfangled NU METAL becoming popularized.

you might as well have even lumped limp bizkit in with korn here, they struck the same vane of crap a few years back and have been milking it for too long..

11:28 PM  
Blogger Hollow Man said...

Oops, bad typo. Fixed.

12:09 AM  

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