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Korn - MTV Unplugged

In the early 90's the MTV Unplugged series was in full swing and bands that were on the runway towards stardom and the great success were part of that series of shows. It was even a kind of certification that show gave to the talent and ability of the bands at the time. After the 1990s the series of performances had already lost its stardust and became a kind of "comeback" of bands that had lost their place at the top.


The members of the band Korn decided that they wanted to do MTV Unplugged in 2007, long after their great success and at a time when they were not really at the top. The beautiful thing about Korn is that because of their large and close fan base, they never lost their power, they were always there, sometimes we listened to them more and sometimes we listened to them less, but they were always part of the playlist.

But for the mainstream or "other" audience it was very surprising that a band like Korn would decide to make an MTV Unplugged performance in the middle of nowhere.


Another interesting point is...

If you remember we talked recently about Breaking Benjamin's new album called "Aurora" consisting of only acoustic songs, for a band whose sound consists mainly of heavy walls of guitars and distortions.

The case here is very similar, Korn has two heavy guitarists who use powerful riffs with mass that is not in the chemical marking table, with a bassist hitting the bass strings as if they were trampolines in iJUMP.


So how did they make their songs ecstatic? Did they use the technique Benjamin used?

Did it work?


The December 9, 2006 performance at New York City MTV Time Square Studios consisted of only three band members. Singer Jonathan Davis, bassist Reginald Arvizu "Fieldy" and guitarist James Shaffer "Munky". Two years before the show, guitarist Brian Welch "Head" left the band to focus on his Christian strengthening and drummer David Silveria left the band that year to focus on other interests.

So the three members decided to perform an unplugged performance and to make up for the lack of electric guitars and distortions, joined the set many weird instruments.


No joke... there is even a vessel there that consists of a revolving glass bottle, yes you will laugh at us, we have no idea what it's called. We do not even know how to pronounce some of the tools, so we will write their names in English and you will look for their pictures on the web...

So what did we have there according to Richard Gibbs:

“four celli, two basses, two cimbassos, two bass/contrabass trombonists, a saw player, a glass harmonica player, choir bells, and a six person taiko ensemble”


Except for Korn's three members, all the other musicians wore masks and their faces could not be identified...

The variety of instruments and musicians were supposed to make up for the shortage of guitars, bass and drums but at least in our opinion it did not happen!

The sound was anemic and failed to rise despite Davis' dramatic tone of voice, sometimes sounding like a whole salad of unconnected or synchronized instruments and sometimes sounding empty and meaningless.


But... there are also beautiful moments in this album...

It opens with the powerful and one of Korn's most famous songs, "Blind" which is an example of all the bad things on this album/show, it opens awfully, continues awfully and ends awfully, what's the point of the Spanish solo in the last part of the song? It was hard for us to understand.


The great luck is that the second song is simply stunning, another huge hit called "Freak On A Leash" when the performance is joined by Amy Lee (Evanescence) and is an amazing addition to the song, the collaboration of the two gives the song a different perspective, pleasant, soft and caressing, great pleasure.



The third song on the album, "Falling Away From Me" is a nice sequel but no more than the first song, it has nice parts mostly in the chorus but the verses sound a bit anemic, and there are some moments that Fieldy beats on the bass as if he plays his electric bass and the acoustic screams.


From there they get to the cover of Radiohead's song "Creep" and here we are a little divided, it is sometimes intriguing and surprising and sometimes a little boring.


Another highlight on the album is The Cure's mashup featuring Robert Smith. He and Davis do a mix between "Make Me Bad" and "In Between Days" and it's an amazing combination. Two singers with a very unique vocal style combine the all-too-familiar sounds of the sink with radiant, simply stunning.



The album is sealed by "Love Song" which has so much weight, like a lot of Korn's songs, only here it sounds unusual and prominent in its charged atmosphere, perhaps because of the absences of the guitars and drums.


The album consists of 11 songs, three more songs performed at the show did not enter the album. So contrary to what Benjamin did, here Korn have not been able in our opinion to fully express themselves and despite all the many and varied tools, it feels in many songs the lack or the confusion. Davis undoubtedly holds the show here with his amazing voice, which penetrates and excites in every form and way possible.


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