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Korn - Korn III: Remember Who You Are Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 8.5
Musicianship 7.25
Lyrics 5
Production 9
Creativity 5.5
Lasting Value 5
Reviewer Tilt 6
Final Verdict: 66%
Member Ratings
Vocals 3.45
Musicianship 3.31
Lyrics 3.19
Production 3.51
Creativity 3.04
Lasting Value 3.14
Reviewer Tilt 3.06
Average: 32%

Korn - Korn III: Remember Who You Are

Reviewed by: eatbabiesyum (07/21/10)
Korn - Korn III: Remember Who You Are
Record Label: Roadrunner
Release Date: July 6, 2010

I was born in 1991 and by the time I was old enough to actually get into music, I was surrounded by the nu metal craze. Quite the interesting genre that was, as it abandoned many traditional metal elements in favor for strong hip hop, funk, and grunge influences. It was also notorious for containing some of the most terrible vocalists known to man. After Korn and Deftones pioneered it, second and third generations butchered their ideas into watered down clichés. Nu metal became a breeding ground for bad vocals, terrible lyrics, stale ideas, over production, and bands craving quick fame. For a genre originally full of honest emotion, it became one of the most dishonest forms of music ever witnessed. Things weren’t looking any better for the genre with established artists moving away from it. Some bands were praised for their progression (Deftones, System of a Down), while others fell into obscurity. Korn was initially met with positive feedback for their new material, but things got awkward for the band with more recent experimental and industrial influenced albums. Many thought their sound and energy became diminished in a slump they thought the band would never return from.

But then something unexpected happened. Korn returned three years later with original producer Ross Robinson to go back to their original sound. Not only is this album as great as their first two were, it has a progressed sound that makes it not only a huge comeback, but a big step forward.

The album starts with “Uber-Time”, an intro that sets the mood for the album perfectly. The band has made many attempts on previous records to reach a more atmospheric sound, but in doing so lost their trademark aggression. Abandoning the synthesizers of more recent records, the band has actually obtained a more sophisticated sound through approaching ambiance with percussive-like rhythm and sounds. In doing this they created a raw atmosphere that’s uniquely Korn, a progression that was very much needed.

The guitar work on this album is the best this band has ever had, and because of the lack of a second guitarist and electronics, guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer plays a lot fuller than usual. This approach combined with a welcome return to heavier guitar work keeps things fresh. Bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu also shines as his unique slap style compliments the raw sound perfectly. New drummer Ray Luzier is the perfect replacement for David Silveria, and adapts to the band well. Musically they’re back into a very organic and grooving sound, again taking advantage of their funk and hip hop influences. This raw and alive sound makes most of the heavy bands in recent memory seem stale and lifeless.

Jonathan Davis matches the rest of the band with technically fantastic vocals consumed in emotion. As far as expressive vocalists go, Davis is one of the best, and is no longer held back by over-production. Ross Robinson’s production is phenomenal, and everything was recorded with an analog 24-track machine without any editing. This is rarely done nowadays, and gives the most raw and honest sound a recording can have. Davis also had to record one vocal track per song, another very rare and commendable feat. Lyrically he doesn't match the vocals well, as they often come across as a little too blunt and simplistic. The lyrics also don't break any new ground for the band, or even the genre.

Something that has plagued past Korn albums was filler, and I’m happy to say that this album is without it. At eleven tracks, this album is as long as it needs to be. It neither drags on, nor is it over too quickly. Overall this album is a huge success for the band, an unexpected comeback that does more than return to previous quality. It might not reach a level of sophistication as deep as Deftones’ Diamond Eyes, but this record is instead as raw and full of emotion as Diamond Eyes is artistic. I advise you not to look at this as a nu metal album, but instead as a breath of fresh air in the very stale world of heavy music.

[edit: I've been meaning to edit this for a while, I just never got around to doing it. A few weeks after I posted the review, the album really started losing it's luster. It's overall a bit forgettable, and while vocally and musically it's solid, the lyrics and overall song quality falls flat. So while I still think it's a solid album, it's most definitely not the comeback I claimed it to be. In the future I'll try to spend more time with albums before reviewing them so quickly.]

Recommended If You LikeKorn's first two albums, Deftones, Slipknot, System of a Down
 
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10:50 PM on 07/22/10
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There's no way in hell this is a 91%.
10:52 PM on 07/22/10
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There's no way in hell this is a 91%.

the album has been getting all fantastic reviews. mostly 4 to 5 stars on average
10:54 PM on 07/22/10
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There's no way in hell this is a 91%.
guessing you were the one who gave it all the 0.25's before me


i still dont understand reviewers tilt, is a high score on that gonna drop the score u give or the opposite
10:56 PM on 07/22/10
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lmao, Korn is and has always been shit. Shows what a joke AP reviews are.

And fantastic reviews all around?

http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/korn/korn3

Hmmm....
10:56 PM on 07/22/10
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guessing you were the one who gave it all the 0.25's before me


i still dont understand reviewers tilt, is a high score on that gonna drop the score u give or the opposite

that's what i was wondering at first when i joined this site, but i found it's if someone asked you to rate from 1 to 10, what you would say. so it's an overall score off the top of your head
10:57 PM on 07/22/10
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the album has been getting all fantastic reviews. mostly 4 to 5 stars on average

Doesn't make it good.

guessing you were the one who gave it all the 0.25's before me


i still dont understand reviewers tilt, is a high score on that gonna drop the score u give or the opposite

No, I didn't rank it. It doesn't deserve it.
10:59 PM on 07/22/10
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lmao, Korn is and has always been shit. Shows what a joke AP reviews are.

And fantastic reviews all around?

http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/korn/korn3

Hmmm....


last time i saw the metacritic score it was like an 80, the other reviews must've been added recently
and i've also seen other reviews not included on metacritic (but still substantial reviews) that gave it praise
11:03 PM on 07/22/10
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I know this is off topic, but why the hell is it called Korn 3?
11:04 PM on 07/22/10
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I know this is off topic, but why the hell is it called Korn 3?

because it's supposed to continue off of their first and second album, like a sequel
11:08 PM on 07/22/10
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I, solely out of morbid curiosity, went to their myspace to see if anything had changed and guess what: they've, YET AGAIN, made the same CD. They're going 20 years strong now and, like, 8 CDs, which in a sense is pretty impressive but sad all the same.
11:10 PM on 07/22/10
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I know this is off topic, but why the hell is it called Korn 3?

I think it has to do with there only being three original members left in the band.
11:11 PM on 07/22/10
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I, solely out of morbid curiosity, went to their myspace to see if anything had changed and guess what: they've, YET AGAIN, made the same CD. They're going 20 years strong now and, like, 8 CDs, which in a sense is pretty impressive but sad all the same.

presonally i think they all sound very different (for good and for bad), but i actually don't care about that because...you like the venetia fair?!
they're one of my favorite bands :D
11:12 PM on 07/22/10
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I think it has to do with there only being three original members left in the band.

maybe, im just going by what i read
11:16 PM on 07/22/10
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last time i saw the metacritic score it was like an 80, the other reviews must've been added recently
and i've also seen other reviews not included on metacritic (but still substantial reviews) that gave it praise

Hey man whether it got good reviews or not. You felt it was a good album and you gave it that score. If anybody else feels the score is to high the album isn't for them. Reviews are weird because people attack the reviewer and say that score is to high and the reviewer is not credible. When in fact if you like an album, you give it a score, and whether or not anyone agrees with your score is irrelevant.

To anyone dissing this review or disagreeing you won't find me arguing I'm with some of you. I'm not crazy about the album, but lowering a score to please you guys would make this a bogus review to the reviewer.


I listened to this album. I felt like it wasn't great. I can understand the appeal of some of the earlier albums. Being a teenager around the nu metal craze I would say most people found themselves enjoying a little Korn or Limp Bizkit on at least one occasion (not saying those band are anything alike they were just really popular around the same time). I just couldn't get into the album. The sound just seems dated and my interest in this genre is pretty low.

Keep reviewing though because I like hearing different opinions on albums. It makes you second guess your own listen and want to find what the person thought was so good.
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