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Story and photos by Matt SchwenkeWith founding drummer David Silveria still absent from Korn's lineup for their Bitch We Got A Problem Tour, in support of their 2007 release Untitled, Joey Jordison of Slipknot filled in for the acclaimed drummer, and Korn's stop in Milwaukee was as heavy as any recent show in the last few years, but less dynamic at night's end.
The performance began with the foreboding "Intro" from the new album shooting a bolt of energy into the crowded ballroom, and "Here To Stay" followed with its intensity delivering the aforementioned impending sonic assault. "Fake" from the group's self-titled debut featured bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu and guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer propelling frontman Jonathan Davis through the song's chaotic turns, and "Dead Bodies Everywhere" lived up to its eerie title with lurking electronica and effects setting up the dark tone.
Korn's new material continues to test new ground and the tracks "Hold On" and "Kiss" revealed a deliberate, heavy strut and a slow, rock ballad, respectively, but the latter of which seemed to be a bit of uncomfortable new kilt for Davis as the song pined on. The show would then waiver in intensity as the night moved on and as the backup group of musicians on stage (who were brought in to fill the void created by founding lead guitarist Brian "Head" Welch) too often combined to create a mush of sound that took away from the raw aggression of the songs. Other tunes from Korn's debut album, "Faget" and "Blind" showed glimmerings of Korn's original raw power, but were blurred together in a constant barrage that never seemed to peak, despite laser lights and an extremely animated band.
Here To Stay
Dead Bodies Everywhere
Falling Away From Me
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