Wednesday, 31 August 2011

My elaborate thoughts - Korn to record Dubstep album

 Despite being in exsistance sice at least 1998, 2011 has seen a considerable rise in poularity of the genre known as Dubstep, a style electronic dance music, charecterised by its syncopated and shuffled rythm and it's use of an extended bass note which is manipulated rythmically, known as a "wobble bass" (Yeas, I can copy off of Wikipedia as well.) Anyway, As an all time rock fan, I've never cared too much for electronic dance music, however, there is something about this type of music that is very intreguing. It's grimier, darker and overall slicker than most of the hectic mindless ance music that enters the charts and seeing it gaining more mainstream popularity than ever before is an indeed positive sign, in the hope that it shall see the downfall of the frankly retarded dance music. I first gained an interst in Dubstep after hearing it used extensivley to accompany the jagged and heavy riffs and metallic breakdowns that made up Enter Shikari's 2010 single Destabalise which to date remains my favourite song by the St. Albans quartet. Hearing the genre mixed with the hard hitting thrash of Enter Shikari was intreguing, howeevr on hearing Dubstep songs on the radio afterwards, when the style was played on its own, it was very underwhelming. Dubstep simply seemed weak without having any style of rock music to accompany it.
 And so, my interest in the genre died down a bit, except for when listening to the various works of Enter Shikari. However, it was to my surprise when seeing on the Kerrang! website and in the gig list in the magazine, some details were published about a Dubstep musician. This, and the the most likely reason why Kerrang! featured him was former vocalist of hardcore group From First to Last, Sonny Moore, who departed from the band, following serious vocal problems in 2006, and after a succesful surgical procedure, went on to pusue a much more succesful and popular career as a Dubstep musician playing under the psuedonym, Skrillex. Things seemed a little more exciting towards the Dubstep scene, perhaps Skrillex would use his hardcore roots to add a little more of a harder edge to the Dubstep scene, however, and it could be seen as biased, after listening to two tracks Kill EVERYBODY and his remix of Bring Me the Horizon's The Sadness Will Never End,  I was left unimpressed, as it was not really any different from what I heard on the radio previously.
 However, interest in the genre has once again been ignited after perhaps discovering at a late time that Nu Metal titans Korn are to release their new album The Path to Totality which will be made available on the 15th of November, and it is to be entirely Dubstep inspired.
 Repirts have stated that the Bakersfield quartet have been experimenting and collaborating with a number of Dubstep musicians including Kill the Noise, Excision, 12th Planet and of course Skrillex.
 Speaking to The Pulse of Radio earlier in the year, frontman Jonathan Davis stated "I thought it would be fun to experiment again and see what we come up with, and maybe come up with something like this that we're really, really excited about", a statement providing much anticipation and excitement given the harsher view towards some of their more recent releases. Indeed, creating a Dubstep  album is one of Korn's more experimental and unexpected moves.
 I remain excited and awe inspired by the news of the album and it's release, after all it will be good to see some more musicians giving Dubstep a greater set of balls, like Enter Skikari did. What's more, I have reason to be excited since being able to hear a track from the album, Get Up! which features an electronic contribution from Skrillex, who really amnages to redeem himself. However, Korn remain the standout feature of the track. Many may have imagined they would sound withered and out of place on the track and Skrillex would steal the show, but this is absolutely not the case, with hard hitting riffs, Davis' soaring and furious vocals, and even a good dose of Fieldy's instantly recognisable bass slapping, all of which is raised to higher levels of intensity and insanity by the slick electronic work of Skrillex, and really manages to capture the band at top form.
 Thus, the news of Korn taking a new musical dirction continues to thrill and impress. Howvever, one thing to rise from this is that, in many ways this truly marks the end of Nu Metal. With the genres godfathers moving on to something new, Slipknot having redefined themselves into a true heavy metal group, Disturbed venturing onto a temporary hiatus, Papa Roach sounding more like Mötley Crüe and Linkin Park, doing... God knows, all that is lef is the rap metal sounds of Limp Bizkit, who have really become a guilty pleasure band. To like Limp Bizkit has always seemed to be something of a social faux pas, and admitting it today would seem almost shameful, and thus the reputation of Nu Metal appears in a rather grim state.
 However, seeing Korn moving on to something different as admirable and I can only hope that such actions inspire various other rack and metal acts trying something similar, thus making Dubstep more extreme and giving way to a new era of popularity for rock and metal.

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