I know I’m putting myself in the opposition, but hear me out on this before the mindless among you start flinging out f-bombs and removing us from your bookmarks or RSS readers. I grew up on Korn, and they’re the band that got me out of more mainstream music and into heavier listening. I think it’s safe to say that without Korn, I might not have jumped ship from radio rock and hip hop. For years, they were my favorite band, so I still hold them in high regard as far as being influential and so forth. They’re by no means my favorite band anymore, but I still respect the dudes.

That being said, I disliked their latest album Korn III. It just felt like a soulless attempt at reaching back to an older sound—it just didn’t work for me. I still enjoy their later industrial-tinged work in See You On The Other Side and Untitled, though. The thing I liked about Korn is that each album sounded a bit different from the last, and to retread and backtrack like they did on Korn III messed with their evolution as a band.

So next month, Korn will be releasing a new EP with at least one song being a collaboration with dubstep artist Skrillex called “Get Up.” The riffs of Korn work well in the context of a dubstep influence, and admittedly the song is pretty catchy. “Get Up” is by no means intellectually stimulating or a bastion of musicality, but to me, it’s a step up from Korn III. It kind of reminds me of their Untouchables-era stuff with synth, and I don’t mind it at all. I know a lot of you are going to hate it before you even press play, but I can’t say I blame you.

I have no idea when the new EP comes out specifically because I didn’t look too far into it, but it’s not like anyone here cares anyway, so there you go.

– JR


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