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Korn: Live (2002)

DVD Cover (Sony Music Video)
Genres:
Concerts, Music, Vocal Music
Director:
Jim Gable Jim Gable
Starring:
Jonathan Davis Jonathan Davis
Reginald 'Fieldy' Arvizu Reginald 'Fieldy' Arvizu
James 'Munky' Shaffer James 'Munky' Shaffer
David Silveria David Silveria
Brian 'Head' Welch Brian 'Head' Welch

7.9 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Crispy
Added: November 14, 2012
Confessional: back in the early 2000's while I was in high school, I was totally into the goth scene; so naturally, I was all about nu-metal. The genre's initial boost is universally credited to the California-based band, KoRn, a staple of my CD rotation.

Our feature here is their first live concert release. Touring in support of their fifth album "Untouchables," the boys chose their New York City date (06/10/02 at the Hammerstein Ballroom) to catch on film. After all, if you're going to release a concert DVD, might as well use the show from the biggest city in the world. Anyway, the show features KoRn's original line up of Jonathan Davis on vocals, Brian "Head" Welch and James "Munky" Shaffer on guitars, Fieldy on bass and David Silveria on drums. The eighteen track setlist includes:

-Here to Stay
-Twist
-A.D.I.D.A.S.
-Trash
-Blind
-Embrace
-Faget
-Falling Away from Me
-Blame
-Make Me Bad
-One (bridge / Metallica cover)
-Justin
-Freak on a Leash
-Somebody Someone
-Thoughtless
-Shoots and Ladders
-Got the Life

Love 'em or hate 'em, there's no denying that the quintet put on a high energy show, and that's fully evident here. In 2002, the band was riding the peak of their popularity, and their live shows have been the band's greatest asset since day one. Granted, I would have liked to see a bit more stage banter between songs, but the lack thereof wasn't a total problem. It's one of those omissions that doesn't hurt it, but it being there would have helped tremendously. I've seen them twice myself, and I'd say this is certainly a fair representation of what KoRn has to offer. Plus, they put together a nice list of greatest hits along with a few lesser known songs (i.e. "Trash" or "Justin"). Again, the show was in support of their newly released Untouchables album, and while it's duly represented, it thankfully doesn't overwhelm the set. With that said, I have no idea why they only played the bridge from "One". Cover song or no, it definitely should have been played in full.

So you've got a decent setlist, a high energy performance, sounds pretty good. What could go wrong? Well unfortunately, there is a glaring problem that could easily have been avoided. You see, it seems nobody was told that you could just film a live show and release it without having to turn it into an hour-long music video. For starters, the constant cuts is border-line seizure inducing. We're talking one second tops between them. Obviously you've got to catch all the different members and angles to make the show worthwhile, but at this point you can't make out a thing. Also, they got a little too computer happy in post-production. Random little squiggles and lyrics are randomly thrown on top of the screen, flashing at that same epileptic pace as the cuts, and every here and there the concert was completely forgotten in favor of some acid-induced trip. For example, at some point the camera zooms into Munky's ear, where we're "treated" to a fully CGI shot of a brain. From there, the scene travels through the body, organics become bionics and the camera suddenly zooms out of some port on his guitar. Again, it would have been a great shot in a music video, but this isn't exactly what I want to see in a concert DVD.

All of that nonsense aside, this is still a damned fine pick up for KoRn fans. Whether you're a younger fan wanting to see what you missed out on, (maybe I'm just old, but that dubstep album they just kicked out is a sad piece of work) or an older fan looking back on the good-old days, Live delivers. 7/10.
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BuryMeAlive #1: BuryMeAlive - added 11/15/2012, 07:49 PM
I was a big time Korn Kid (fan) up until the "Untouchables" album. I did not like that album or any after that. With that being said, I haven't seen this DVD, I have however seen various other live videos (like the Family Values Tour) and live audio from CD's and I am under the impression that Jonathan Davis really can't deliver live. Am I wrong on this?
Crispy #2: Crispy - added 11/17/2012, 09:12 AM
Eh, the technical part of the music kind of takes a back seat to them jumping around and shit. Given that nu-metal's main strength is the anger in it and, let's be honest, it's not really that technically impressive to begin with, I'd rather have a high energy show instead of them making sure they hit every note properly.
Griffinheart #3: Griffinheart - added 11/21/2012, 08:26 PM
My one Korn story involves a high school trip to an amusement park. A bunch of kids got onto a ride consisting of a bunch of seats that would spin around a central bar while the whole bar spun in an even larger circle. Before the "technician" started up the ride, he ran out in front of us and shouted, "Do you guys like Korn?!" We all shouted, "Yeah!" and he promised to spin us extra long. After we stopped spinning, he walks over to one girl on the ride who had vomited all over herself and said "Dude, what happened to your shirt." He then, without letting the girl off of the ride, shouted, "Another time around for the Korn fans! Whoooo!" and spun us again.
Lucid Dreams #4: Lucid Dreams - added 11/30/2012, 02:16 AM
The last Korn album I bought was Issues and that got a lot of hate from what I remembered. They are pretty much dead now, but this DVD looks like it might be a pretty good watch.
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