Silent gods to fall away with

A bottle fight rages. People stand in groups grumbling to themselves. Korn may end up with a tough crowd to crack. However, as soon as the band appears on stage, Jonathan Davis taking his place behind a large microphone shaped like a naked woman, the crowd forget to fight and instead turn to adore this band who have become so much from so little.

The set we’re treated to covers their large career. It contains all of their most popular songs, gloriously presented. Despite audience interaction being kept to a minimum, Korn do still put on a very good show. By avoiding the standard “Are you ready to ROCK!?” type banter, they remain focused in on their music and so manage to give the fans gathered a stunning set that is loaded with talent and style whilst boring the underwear off of people watching simply out of interest.

Korn are at the top of their game, far above the others. It’s taken them years to perfect that wonderful sound they’ve grown, but now they seem comfortably certain that it’s as good can ever be now. Their newer albums may have been a little disappointing, but the songs fit in new to old favourites like ‘Falling Away From Me’ which, it has to be said, was one of the best tracks played during their set. Everything played by Korn is real; they don’t take the easy way out of creating their sounds no matter how tempting it may be to sample. Even the start of ‘Shoots and Ladders’ is there in the flesh, Jonathan playing his legendary bagpipes as he struts around on stage. He’s a silent god for many of the people assembled and the howls of approval from the fans at the start of each song are similar in volume of that before a blood sacrifice.

Korn are hot stuff, if you already like them, that is. If you’re not already under their spell tonight’s set may have left you feeling slightly bored.