This is the kind of CD which comes out very rarely. The kind of CD which all of the garage bands try to sound like. Artists like Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Faith No More, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Misfits, Mr.Bungle, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Sex Pistols, and Green Day are among the elite group who have done this. All of these bands as well as korn create this buzz for a reason and it isn’t because they know how to attract an audience, the music is truly innovative and revolutionary. I have noticed there are many reviews claiming this CD is nothing more then “the backstreet boys with guitars” , “made so angst teenagers will feel accepted and hardcore” or “guys who picked up instruments and made noise”. Now Follow The Leader may not have profound lyrics, technical guitar solos, or vocals about death or fantasy books, but it does have a great blend of guitar, drums, bass, and vocals as well as combining many genres of music into one sound that works. On Follow The Leader Korn manages to take the commotion of heavy guitars, the funk of hip hop, the intoxication of industrial, and the emotion of Emo and create one excellent sound. The creativity on this album is amazing. The sound will both excite and upset you. vocalist Jon Davis sings mostly about his troubled childhood, while it may not provide many different subjects for listeners to enjoy it captures what children(and abused adults) have had to endure for years and helps them deal with it. If you are looking for the loudest, fastest music or complexity this cd may not be for you. I would recommend looking into “speed/thrash metal”, “progressive” and other genres… “Nu-Metal” is a genre which shares little in common with what is consider “true” Metal. usually the biggest similarity is how loud the music is. Metal is based around guitar, yet Korn and Nu-Metal in general are not. There are no guitar solo’s, most songs are made up of power chords, and guitar is only a piece of the puzzle. Korn’s sound is about the whole band, upon listening to this album you should see that they rely on the whole band to be creative and it shows. This third CD of the quintuplet which is Korn has many songs with a sound that is worthy of a party. With most hard rock the need to dance (not mosh) is low, with this CD you want to groove. Songs which feature other artists provide a nice blend of sound on this album and allow nearly any young music fan to enjoy this cd. The collaborations include: “Children Of The Korn” with rapper ice cube, “All In the family” with Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, “Cameltoesis” with Tre Hardson of The Pharcyde, and the secret track “earache in my eye” which features Cheech Marin of the Cheech and Chong movies and covers a song from one of the movies. To me korn is like the Metallica of Nu-Metal/ Alt metal. They started off with a very loud sound that was popular underground, but not accepted in the mainstream and then had one breakthrough album which was suitable for the radio. Korns was “follow the leader” and Metallicas was the black album. many fans of Follow The Leaderstarted enjoying Korns older albums and claiming them better as did fans of the black album. Both still make some good music, but it is not the same as when they started. This cd is not the same as “Korn” and “Life As Peachy” and some may like it less because they have made a few songs that will provide the radio support they needed to get attention by making some quieter songs. The complexity has been turned up and you can see how Korn’s artistry has improved. The vocals no longer sound like Davis is struggling, the guitar is not as repetitive, the bass is clearly more present, and the drummer is right beside them. If you have ever heard Korn and were interested or have ever been told about Korn this cd is worthy of your collection. Right now 80% of the hard rock you hear on TV or the radio is inspired by korn and much of it is just an attempt to be Korn. 5 stars for innovation.
First 12 tracks are blank…music begins on track 13.Love ’em or despise ’em, you’ve got to give Korn props for kick-starting a new metal movement that blends aggressive hip-hop rhythms with roaring hate-metal riffs. In the wake of the band’s 1994 debut, many like-minded groups cropped up, including Deftones, Snot, and Limp Bizkit. But with the release of Korn’s disappointing 1996 sophomore effort, Life Is Peachy, the imitators seemed likely to usurp the innovators. Maybe that’s why Follow the Leader is so crafty and inspired. Instead of continuing on cruise control, Korn have diversified their formula, experimenting with mood and dynamics while intensifying their melody and noise thresholds. ”Got the Life” blends a seductive disco beat and vocals reminiscent of ”Epic”-era Faith No More with oppressive guitar chimes and squawks. ”Children of the Korn” features a propulsive rap beat, throbbing bass lines, and angry guest vocals by Ice Cube. But just when Korn’s groovin’ psychedelic fury starts to make listeners see red, the band lashes out with ”All in the Family,” a hilarious rap-metal diss-fest duet with Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst, that proves Korn are much more than the sum of their rage. –Jon Wiederhorn
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Having been nurtured on good ol’ 70’s and 80’s rock and metal (Aerosmith, Sabbath, Ozzy, Priest, Maiden, etc.), I have to say that when I first heard KoRn, I was COMPLETELY dumbfounded. I had never HEARD anything like it before. The guitar, usually an instrument of MELODY, had become a roaring instrument of percussion. The vocals, in some brilliant passages, becoming the jittering and throbbing rants of a mental patient before receiving his meds. After listening to the CD a few times, thought, I’m genuinely IMPRESSED. KoRn represents a completely NEW genre of music. It’s NOT metal, rap, hip-hop, or rock. The best way I can describe it is that it is the most TRIBAL, EMOTIONAL, ANGRY and INNOVATIVE music that I’ve ever heard. Sure, It’s easy to just call it noise. But this is the kind of stuff that represents what music is all about – the naked expression of feeling, emotion, and experience. You might not care for the emotions or experiences communicated on KoRn’s CD’s, but you have to sit up and take notice. This is REAL. This IS new. And, unfortunately, that RAGE, ESTRANGEMENT, and ANGER effectively communicates how lot of young people are feeling today. Try it a few times. I DARE you…
Let’s forget for a second that you saw them a million times on MTV. Forget that they “represent the birth of nu metal” and, with it, all that’s wrong with society in this day and time. Forget how it’s apparently cool to hate on popular bands that make it big time.
The men of the KoRn have an ability to create a wall of sound kind of effect. 7-string Ibanez guitars, and a loud bass that makes for a secondary drum kit sometimes. And who could forget the uber catchy, constantly changing, tribal drumming by David.
Try to *consciously* listen to any song in this album, and pay attention to what they do in the background. The small sounds, the subtle strumming here, a loud bass line there.. the constant change in rhythm. The breakdowns (yes, breakdowns, emo idiots).
KoRn are as experimental and creative as they get.
They may not be the most talented band in the universe, but they obviously put effort into not sounding repetitive, or boring the listener, and I appreciate that.
Every song in the album is worth a listen, but highlights include “Freak on a leash” (duh), “Seed”, “Got the life”, and the awesome “Reclaim my place”.
Oh, and another thing. Stop comparing them to Megadeth, or Metallica, or any other metal band of their time. They’ve never tried to sound like them, and that’s quite obvious.
As I had just gotten used to being one of the only kid’s in my school who like Korn, this cd came out. I knew from then that this would be an instant hit. Korn had so much of a fan base building up behind them, it was only a matter of time before people started noticing them. Which is just it: Korn get accused of “selling out” by people that helped them build that popularity. Instead of actually taking time to look into the depth of this release, people look at pety values surrounding it. This album is an undeniable 90’s classic. It combines Metal with Rap and with a little bit of funk. Munky and Head work out their best guitar riffs yet on songs like Seed and B.B.K. Jon’s voice get’s more mature on songs like Freak on a Leash and Justin. Let’s face it, the band grew, both in popularity and in skills. Back in ‘94 this album could not have been made because of the maturity put into this that Korn hadn’t developed yet. One funny thing I thought of was, at the time of this release, everyone was listening to Third Eye Blind and Matchbox 20 and crap like that. That stuff was mainstream. Korn broke in with an album that goes against every rule of mainstream, pave the way for every nu-metal band on the horizon, get rid of all the junk like the above mentioned and get accused of selling out and giving into the mainstream (mb20, 3rd eye blind)? Oh yeah, that’s right, cuz this album is *just* like a Third Eye Blind album, isn’t it? Korn didn’t give into mainstrean, they created an all new mainstream.
This was the first CD I bought from KoRn a few weeks after it was released. Words cannot describe how truly amazing this album is. This is a must for everyone to own whether you are a KoRn fan or not. KoRn hit big making platinum with this CD and listening to it will sure explain why! It’s remarkable. The band has matured since their self-titled debut album back in 1994. KoRn’s experimental mixture from different genres of music are absolutely stunning. Besides sticking to Heavy Metal, KoRn play around in Hip-hop, funk, rap, and Disco music. Particularly in songs such as “Got the Life”, “Children of the KoRn” with Icq Cube, and “All in the Family” with Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst. In my opinion, none of the tracks were boring. Head and Munky’s guitar riffs; David and Fieldy’s heavy drum, bass hits; and Jon’s stunning vocals all manage to keep you far far away from the stop button on the stereo. The dark, eerie stories about Jon’s life in each song leave a big impact at the end for everyone. In fact, they are so intense that “All in the Family” helps give out some comical-relief that can give out a few good laughs. If you are unfamiliar with KoRn or do not own any pf their CDs, then I recommend buying this CD first. You’ll be as stunned as I was! It’s brilliant! Go stick into the shopping cart!