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  • 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.

    Posted on February 8, 2010