Korn and Sluggo at Comerica Theatre, 3/1/12

Korn and Sluggo
Comerica Theatre
Thursday, March 1

James Blake would've been in absolute hell watching Korn last night. The waifish English electronica producer, who's loudly decried the overflowing machismo and thuggish aura of Americanized dubstep, would've seen his worst nightmare writ large and lit with high-tech spotlights.

More than 4,000 of the Valley's Korn faithful were in full-on aggro mode as their godhead Jonathan Davis used his H.R. Giger-designed mic to howl the angsty lyrics of "Narcissistic Cannibal," "Get Up," and other songs from its new-fangled dubstep-drenched sound, as heard on their newest LP The Path of Totality. The smoked-filled air was assaulted with unrelenting flurry of knockout punches and whipped with dreadheaded locks when five tracks from the Kornstep-filled album were trotted out during the heart of their set.

See the full slideshow of Korn at Comerica Theatre.

It was a manic, certainly, but not nearly as berserk as when the opening wails of "Freak on a Leash" pierced the air at Comerica Theatre. The roar was deafening and the message was resounding: The emperor's of nu-metal's new clothes were good, even great at times, but they weren't classic Korn.

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.