If you grew up in the 90’s it’s very likely that you listened to, or at least heard of the Nu metal bands, the most popular (arguably) being Korn. With the release of their album
Follow the Leader, in 1998, it sent the band and the genre into the stratosphere of popularity. Even the artwork on the album achieved recognition as it was illustrated by Todd McFarlane and his fellow artists over at Image Comics who were responsible for the Spawn comics.
These days, Nu metal has had a decline as a popular music genre, as a relic from the 90’s and early 2000’s. However, Korn has released a new song, complete with video called Insane, from their upcoming album The Serenity of Suffering coming out October 21st, and I have to admit my teenage self is a giddy with joy.
The sound is classic Korn with a brief intro that seems like the song could be influenced by some of the modern alternative bands, but the guitars come in smashing that idea, delivering the sound that has always been, and seems to say, always will be, Korn.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the video. It is a horrific glance into the world of the old
time tradition of post-mortem photography, which seems appropriate for the band. In the video a photographer is photographing a dead girl. As the photographer looks through the viewer she seems to haunt his mind, warping it, as she takes on new life in his mind, making him question the boundaries between life and death. Soon he thinks he sees the subtlest movement which, prompts him to sit in front of the camera and become lost in it.
The video and the song seem to be a metaphor for the band itself; are they dead, is this video and album just post-mortem photography for Korn? Hard to say, maybe this album will be the jolt that rises them back from the dead, like Frankenstein’s monster. And, maybe I’m insane, but I can’t wait to hear more.
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