I don’t know whether it was the deep bass lines vibrating through my stitches, but my back tingled all night… hell maybe it was nostalgia.
The 16th of December saw the unofficial return of the original infamous Family Value tour of 1998. As I mentioned on my review of The Serenity of Suffering, Korn is a massive favourite band of mine and their newest album is a great return to form for the group.
While on the other hand Limp Bizkit, who is one of my guilty pleasures, has had a quiet last couple of years, releasing Gold Cobra back in 2011 and their latest record has been in development hell for 2 years now. Korn has had a busy year, Serenity came out and they hit the road to promote it, including the Return of The Dreads tour with Rob Zombie, but it was when it was announced they would be coming to the UK and bringing friends Limp Bizkit along, I decided I would be going no matter what.
Fred Durst had one mission all night… to set the crowd off as much as he could and he succeeded spectacularly, proving that he is still a master of his craft.
Wes Borland was a man possessed on the stage, dressed in his usual weird get up, he even went as far as throwing his guitar at the drums during the fan participation during ‘My Generation’. I saw Bizkit last year in Brixton and I was wowed by their stage presence then and this time they out did themselves.
Korn needed to step up to the plate after that Limp Bizkit performance, but of course there was never any doubt about it. Fieldy’s iconic bass slap playing style was prominent and truly awesome the whole way through. Munky and Head were on point, keeping the riffs coming all night long. Ray Luzier didn’t miss a beat and has really earned his place within the band.
As for Jonathan Davis, the man is like a fine wine, just keeps getting better with age. I had seen Korn years ago, when they were promoting Take A Look In The Mirror and even though that was the full original band and during their heaviest Nu-Metal days, this night was still the better evening. I pray Korn never split, I sense many more awesome tours in their coming years.
A lot of people and music journalists have written off Nu-Metal, while I agree its day in the sun is long gone, it is nowhere near dead and this night proves it. Two of the noughties greatest Nu-Metal acts took to the stage and showed that not only did they still have it, but they aren’t going anywhere.
Limp Bizkit has recorded the majority of a new record but is in production limbo at the moment and while I enjoyed more of their old skool stuff better I’ll still be interested in what they dish out. And Korn’s latest release The Serenity of Suffering was pure musical gold and a fucking amazing return to form from the boys from Bakersfield.
Yes Nu-Metal’s days as top genre are far gone, but the cataegory itself isn’t going anywhere, Nu-Metal is here to stay and to kick some fuckin arse.
We didn't take any footage that night, and we couldn't find anything on YouTube, so here is some classic Korn and Bizkit.