Korn - Comerica Theatre - Friday, December 10As a band, Korn is the master of musical reinvention. Jonathan Davis' songwriting is notorious for reaching deep into the bucket of taboo topics, putting his suffering, loneliness and pain on display like no other heavy metal vocalist. Right alongside guitarist Munky's raucous guitar talent and bassist Fieldy's funky finger-plucking and slapping, it's no wonder the band has developed a sound that has drawn several million fans for the better part of two decades.
But this past year has proved to be one of rejuvenation for Korn, rather then reinvention, starting when original guitarist Brian "Head" Welch joined back up with the band in 2012. Welch is responsible for helping craft Korn's unique sound combination of shrill shredding, dissonant guitar, and down-tuned riffing, which all helped create the almost turntable-like effects that defined nu metal.
In October Korn released its 11th album, The Paradigm Shift. While it received great reviews by critics, it hit mixed emotions with die-hard fans. The mix of old and new style Korn might not have appealed to everyone, but there's no doubt that the band's live show is impeccable. It's musically accomplished, with acute attention to detail, and during 2013 in particular all of the members have looked healthy and refreshed. Plus, you can never go wrong with the insanely still-effective "Freak on a Leash." -- Lauren Wise