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Follow The Leader

Korn

1998

Follow The Leader

Album Summary

Follow the Leader (stylized as FOLLOW The LEADEЯ) is the third studio album by American nu metal band Korn. The album was released on August 18, 1998, through Immortal/Epic. This was their first album not produced by Ross Robinson. Instead, it was produced by Steve Thompson and Toby Wright. The album peaked at number one on four charts, including the Billboard 200 with 268,000 units sold in its first week of release, Follow the Leader is the band's most commercially–successful album, being certified five-times Platinum by the RIAA. Its singles, "Got the Life" and "Freak on a Leash", both charted on more than three charts, and their music videos are considered to be the first music videos retired from MTV, most notably the MTV show Total Request Live. The album generally received positive reviews by critics and sold around 14 million copies worldwide. Korn was praised by AllMusic saying the album is "an effective follow-up to their first two alt-metal landmarks."The Family Values Tour promoted the album, along with its five singles. The song "Freak on a Leash" was nominated for nine MTV Video Music Awards, and won for the Best Rock Video award, as well as Best Editing. The music video for "Freak on a Leash" won Best Short Form Music Video at the 2000 Grammy Awards.

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Rating

2.68

Votes

3700

Genres

  • Metal
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Oh no. Nu-Metal. Sweet Gary. Call me a freak on a leash because this is prison. This has "Edgy, Weepy Teen" written in neon green spray paint all over it. It's like they took all the cool parts of metal and then added all the worst parts of industrial and goth rock. I blame southern California for this. Plus, the lead singer is using that weird nasal tone that everybody used in the 90s. It's like Dave Matthews got put into the Microwave and then was forced to watch The Crow over and over again. Not a fan. Trent Reznor probably regrets inspiring these guys. How the hell did they get Ice Cube and Cheech on this turkey?

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This album is every bit as enjoyable as I thought it was when it was originally released. Which is to say - not very. The longer the album goes on the more it becomes something akin to an aural military endurance test. About half way through I’m tapping out with the same ferocity as I would if I found myself in a Ronda Rousey arm bar inside the octagon. I love the concluding statement on the write up from the book… “So did this angry, twisted music do anything positive? It certainly made a truckload of money.” If that is your take - why the hell put it in the book? If I am being completely fair - Freak on a Leash is definitely a unique sound that lended itself to a lot of other music and I shouldn’t discount that simply because that particular sound is almost certainly the soundtrack in my own personal version of Hell. Still - the “beat box/scatting” is atrocious and I’ll die on that hill.

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What appealed to this 14 year-old, hidden beneath his Korn hoodie on the bus to school? Where to start? How about: "I cannot every love another cunt / You trick ass slut / Look twice and you'll get fucked"? Truthfully, no. I didn't hate girls, didn't actively enjoy them being brutalised in the music I liked. I even skipped Kim back then, not yet able to parse its brilliance. I knew Korn (probably, hopefully) didn't mean it. But 50% of their appeal for me was simply that they said things my parents wouldn't approve of. You know that adolescent itch, the one that has to be scratched. So from a personal point of view, this garbage is defensible. And so too from an artistic one... in theory. Flirting with danger and taboo is an important function of art. There are too many great examples to name. This just happens to be a shit one. So why did I latch on to Korn's danger dance and not the good ones? Simply, partly they did it with no subtlety and I was almost as dumb, partly the other 50% of their appeal: dick bick energy riffs, creepy gimmicks, occassional breakbeats, basslines that spend most of the time building up to a letdown--I mean breakdown--and, of course, Davies' spastic yip-yapping. But those two elements, 100% of the appeal to me, are only 50% of KoRn's sound. The rest is characterised by emotionally-stunted morons who've chosen the hinterland between self-pity and self-aggrandisement because they don't have the... I don't know what... to grow up. Teenagers get a bad rep for being intolerant, so fair play to me for putting up with that side of a crappy bargain for so long.

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Not for everyone, but one of the best examples of its genre. Also helped popularize extended range guitars in metal.

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There is only one Korn album that should be anywhere near this list and buddy, this ain’t it. They are so sonically limited as to sound no different from song to song, album to album. The stuff they’re peddling now aged 50 is the same as they were peddling at the start of their careers, same as here. Whatever way you cut it, it’s all self-generated angst, pseudo-hip-hop stylings with zero comprehension or cohesion and (of course) bagpipes. There is a song on here called Cameltosis - these songs written by men in and around their 30s - which tells you all you need to know. Truly stupid.

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Holy crap this is terrible. Literal sonic garbage. I would rather go completely deaf then listen to this album again.

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I don't leave many reviews but I wanted to say that I definitely did not need to hear this before I died. I'm glad that the list is exploring different genres but isn't there better nu metal out there? I particularly found the vocals and lyrics very annoying. And the instruments weren't doing anything interesting to hold my attention.

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5

This album goes hard.

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5

hs favorite

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4

Not my favorite Korn album but was definitely groundbreaking for it’s time and was super influential in molding modern metal.

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I had a thoughtful review written about this album and how while we may not like it, we have to reckon with the fact that Korn and bands like them made it onto mainstream radio in this era, but it all got deleted and i'm crestfallen. || Its easy to dunk on, but this sound changed rock and metal. Thank god it has continued to change and we're past it though.

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Surprisingly enjoyable in places, the drums are lively, the tunes are catchy. But some of the lyrics - especially the hip hop cameos - have not aged well. It also gets very samey by the end. Absolutely non essential, but better than I expected.

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No. Just no. This almost makes me wish I gave Slipknot a 2 so this could inhabit it's own tier of awful.

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This does not deserve to be on the list for any reason. What the f***?

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Oh man. You know what... I'm not going to even listen past the first song. That's right. I'm not even going to give it a chance. I just can't stomach this right now.

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This was so bad that I have to assume it was just a mean joke, right?

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Dreadful. I'd rather peel my own skin off with a broken bottle than have to sit through this again.

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5

Simply magnificent album, the best of the band. Powerful, with many hip hop influences....magnificent.

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5

Très bon album, la bass est vraiment novatrice, les vocales sont pesant mais émotifs. On y retrouve des gros hits, par contre quelque tounes ou interludes inutiles. Je trouve que c’est de la musique pesante mais accessible et c’est vraiment ce que Korn fait de Mieux! Un groupe qui a influencé beaucoup de groupe de nos jours. Je lévite; Got the Life, criss the chef d’œuvre ça même Pierre va aimé ça. Freak on a leash, its on, BKK, my gift to you Je l’évite; Children of the korn la toune n’a pas rapport et c’est très moyen, le battle entre Davis et Fred durst aussi c’est pas nécessaire (all in the family)

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5

Really like the album as an intro to metal. Favourite songs are "Freak on a a Leash", "Children of the Korn" and "Seed"

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🌽

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no me gusta

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4

Hard rock isn’t entirely my jam, but it was a solid album

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4

Didn't expect to like this but I did. It has a nice grooves some heavy guitar riffs and is innovative. Too long though

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4

A classic from the 90s that I only just listened to front to back!

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4

Wild ride, this one is. Some creepy shit, but also good jams

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4

Interesting intro to Metal for me. This is apparently "Nu Metal" which is a good entry point to metal for people that are interested. I still feel metal is quite boring in it's composition and melody, but I also thought the same about hip hop until I found good hip hop. This could be the same for metal. Korn is certainly a good intro for me, but I still feel there could be more to be done to make this interesting.

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4

No voy a andar dando explicaciones >:(

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4

It aight.

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4

As good as I remember. They can play the shit out of some music!

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Parfois le monde décrive le métal comme du ''criage'', et ça existe certainement, mais j'ai vraiment pas trouvé que ça s'appliquait à cet album. J'ai même trouvé l'album assez lyrical et intéressant. Beaucoup de chansons que j'ai adoré et c'est pourquoi ma note est élevée. Par contre, je ne peux pas donner 5 étoiles à cause du vibe du groupe. Les chansons sont hargneuses, fâchées. C'est des émotions importantes mais je n'ai pas nécessairement le goût de me faire mettre dans ce mood là quand j'écoute un album. Même dans le featuring avec Fred Durst, ils font juste s'envoyer chier tout au long de la toune. Je suis trop de bonne humeure pour leur donner un 5.

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false

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125 albums and we finally get a decent metal band 🤘 This album massively reminds me of university days and "Freak On A Leash" is an undisputed banger 🤘 Some cool guests on this too: Ice Cube, Fred Durst, SlimKid3 from The Pharcyde. That said, it's not my fave metal album. It might not even be my fave Korn album. Still worthy of 4 stars tho. 7.5/10

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this was surprisingly really good

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Still the jam!

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Je suis vendu d’avance, j’adore leur style. C’est heavy mais ça me fait méditer. Ils font une recherche incroyable pour les mélodies, aweille la cornemuse!

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4

Great album - really took me back to my youth.

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4

Brought back lots of teen angst memories. Really liked the hip hop collaborations on this album. It kinda loses its lustre towards the end but it opens about as strong as you could expect.

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4

Stor överraskning hur bra även alla icke-singlar var. Bästa skivan so far

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4

Forgot how much I actually listened to this album when it came out. Few forgotten belters. Opening 3 tracks are all time. Glad I got the chance to go on a journey I never knew I needed.

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4

Solo conozxo una cancion y me gusta mucho, no me dio tiempo a escuchar las otras :(

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4

Amazing record. Good mix of metal and some rap parts. Some songs can get really dark while some other songs can be more "fun".

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4

3.5 Buen disco, pero le doy las 4 solo por Freak on a Leash

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4

Stronger in the first half bit still good overall.

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4

Oh, middle school edginess. I can't hate it. It's unironically cheesy fun.

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4

shouty good

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4

Yet another classic, though I like Issues best

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Very aggressive, I like it. Favorite track is either Freak on a Leash or Dead Bodies Everywhere.

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4

Korn was one of those metal bands I never really got into because I only liked maybe two of their songs. I never listened to any others except when I did I didn't like them. Hearing them in the context of this album, which I know some of these songs came on in the football locker room, I have more appreciation for them. I really liked Freak on a Leash and the rest kind of just flowed. I still wasn't a fan of some of it, but the ones I liked I really liked. And that's a fantastic album cover too.

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4

Quite fun! Definitely nostalgic

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Was going to give 5 stars except for the noises in the songs that made me worried my car was going to fall apart.

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4

Maybe not the best cross-over around, but a good album still

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Look, Nu Metal gets a bad rap (ha, pun unintended). And it deserves most of it, being deeply emblematic of the aggressive edginess of the late 90s and the aughts. But damn if it doesn't still go hard at times. 4 stars for the iconic Freak on a Leash

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Ehkä yks tai kaks hutia, mut muuten erittäin viihdyttävä

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Voi juma! Itse olin Kornin suhteen myöhäisherännäinen ja sen aikaisessa kaveriporukassa tämä oli kovaa kamaa. Jykevä basso ja voimakkaat kompit yhdistettynä ruumishuoneella työskennelleeseen ördäilyyn kykenevään laulajaan sai erektion aikaiseksi teini-ikäisessä nuoressa.

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Pretty good! Not as heavy as I expected!

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Korn have always been one of those bands where I like a handful of songs, but never really fell for any of their albums. Of course this has Freak On a Leash, amongst a few other hits.

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I was a metalhead at this point in the 90s and I kinda liked that Korn was heavy, but I also hated that theyv drowned out stuff like Metallica and Alice in Chains. These days it still has an oddly nostalgic sound to it - most of my friends were into nu-metal and Korn being one of the biggest bands I was exposed to it a lot. Plus a few tracks from this were huge radio hits. I listen to it every now and then. It's a bit long but I do have to give it a 4/5. Also, amazing production.

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4

There’s just no one like Korn. FTL holds up as some of their very best work, even with thirteen tracks of silence. 4

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Absolutely bangs. Korn wasn't my go-to nu-metal in my teens but I still appreciated them and still very much do. The rap song with Fred Durst is complete garbage but luckily that's the only big stumble for me on this album.

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This album was way better than I remembered. Back in the day, I disliked this album for not being as good as Life is Peachy and for, I dunno, the rap influence or whatever. It's actually really fun in general though.

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4

Funny, that i got this album, the day, Korn was playing in my City.

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4

One of my first experiences with "heavy" music was this album. Don't quite remember All in the Family being as bad as it was, but still a good album.

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4

Hits are good, but the other songs not so much.

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I don't think I've ever listened to this album in full. I like metal and I like Korn, so +1 here. I'll probably listen to all of their other albums! It just never seemed like a right time, but why tf not?! Either way has some weird rappy bits but overall a solid album.

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Hey look! It’s korn! ROOGA-ah-ah ROOGA-ah-ah

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2.5/5. It wasn't bad, but it sure wasn't good. Is this what Nu Metal is? It was like metal with some rapping. Very interesting but by no means enjoyable.

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3

Some great tracks but I was always more of a Limp Bizkit fan

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3

Way too long, or how I came to tell my aunt I like Korn now.

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Nu-metal's haters and defenders have all had their say, and I can add nothing. Mostly because I listened to it not at all (essentially, let's not talk about Skillet). Don't really like it, and this album is no exception to the rule that I have zero interest in relistening to it. On the other hand, nothing (except maybe the Durst track) is something I find actively bad, so I wouldn't mind if someone wanted to put it on. Certainly wouldn't mock them for it. It's still great that the genre had a short life. Bagpipe points go to Korn and not nu-metal.

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This is nostalgic for me, even if it's not my favorite Korn album. There's definitely some Korny (har har) lines, but Freak on a Leash still goes hard

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3

It was ok. Like someone just got a new stomp box.

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Ah... Nu Metal digs

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i like korn but that one didnt land as much

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Wie tief kann man Saiteninstrumente stimmen? Korn! Das bratzt Anfangs ganz ordentlich, trägt aber nicht über die ganze Platte und ist schließlich einfach ermüdend. Gerade so 3 Sterne wegen Rumms! und 2-3 guter Songs.

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3

Dos rolas aguantan... si tuviera 15 años

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RUNGAVIMBIYAWTA

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3

MTV nos engaño... En realidad no traen mucho.

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pas mon style mais j'apprécie le talent musical tres solide .pour les oreilles pointus j'ai une sugestion .c'est black napkins de franck zapa . 18 minutes mais il y a de la viande sur l'os...

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3

All In The Family is puerile but mildly amusing

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Enjoyed it a fair bit, and it got the lid head banging.

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3

Not my vibe, but substantially better than The Young Gods so gets an extra star for that

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Reminds me of Finchley in the late 90s. Can appreciate the musicianship and like most other bands in this genre I like the odd song here and there but ultimately not an album I’d choose to listen to. But this album felt pretty accessible and there were parts of it that were cool.

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Kinda interesting, the vocalist definitely needs to grow on you.

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Not my vibe but enjoyed more than I thought I would. Quite accessible for non-metal fans and was a welcome accompaniment whilst making Remy’s birthday card late last night

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Production: 9/20 Songwriting: 8/20 Innovation: 12/20 Bangers: 5/20 Emotional response: 11/20 =45 Much better then I though it would be

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I didn't hate it. Ice Cube was the last person I was expecting to pop up after those opening few tracks.

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It’d be very easy for me to say I hate this. But I get it. They’re certainly an original band. There are some cool grooves and guitar tones. Also, Got The Life is a certified banger. All In The Family is ridiculous as fuck though.

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Decent pump up music but gets old pretty quick. Best things about this album: 1) Got the Life 2) Hardcore Scatty Breakdowns 3) Ice Cube 4) "It's a little fucking toot."

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Lyssna inte så länge, men det var bra det.

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Not as screaming as I imagined. Actually kinda liked it, to my surprise.

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Lot of solid head bangers. Started out strong with it’s on, freak on a leash, got the life. Less convinced with some of the raps/ monologues/limp bizkit beef but overall enjoyed the album.

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Liked most of the songs, the rapping felt out of place to me. Heavy guitars, great vocals

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An incredibly strong start to a good album

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Starts strong, but I can’t maintain that energy for the full 67 minutes. Cut ‘All in the Family’ and everything after except the top notch Cheech & Chong cover and we’ve got a 4 star album.

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If you asked me which album's bass would push the limits of my Sonos 1s, I wouldn't have guessed it'd be a Korn album. Yet here we are... I was also surprised by how enjoyable revisiting this album was as a 40 year old.

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3

3 Nice surprise in the disco hi-hat and vocal whimsy in "Got the Life."

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3

This was another surprising album. It was much better than I thought but some of the songs are comically edgy and the lyrics can be very dated at times. However, it’s about as good as nu metal gets. Fav songs: freak on a leash, bbk

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When I was a teenager I listened to a little bit of Korn and found it scary. Now, it sounds, not as scary, and maybe better than I thought it would sound. But I don't need to listen to Korn every day to say the least.

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Ok I guess. Not the kind of hard rock I enjoy. 2.5 stars, and rounding up for the genre.

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Hard to rank. I wanna go Higher for the music and lower for the vocals.

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enjoyed this much more than I expected to. Truthfully I did not know what to expect. Of course I had heard of Korn but I don't think I've ever heard a song. I wasn't even sure what style their music is. It's still hard to pin down; there re elements of heavy metal, rap, grunge, progressive. I don't like all of it, the vocals are generally a miss for me with some exceptions, the guitar sound is a little heavy and plodding in spots, but all-in-all an enjoyable listen. 3.5 stars

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"Issues" and self-titled are better but this is still a solid album. "All In The Family" is complete trash tho

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A bit korny, innit? I like Korn, at least in doses. Going into this, I wanted to understand why metalheads hate nu metal, and it seems to be about bastardizing/popularizing metal elements without respect for the genre's core tenets (I don't fully understand what this means, bear with me). With appearances from the likes of Ice Cube on here, I think I get where they're coming from. It's metal-ish, with more accessible, and at times hip-hoppy, beats and vocal delivery. The anger feels a little aimless and vacuous sometimes (how about the "WTF" chant on Reclaim My Place?). But as someone without that historical metal fandom anchoring my perspective, I find this decently enjoyable. The music is heavy either way. I don't need an entire album of it, but there are a handful of tracks I'll hang on to. None of the Korn hits I know, but I think this is pretty good if you're looking for this sort of thing. Favorite tracks: It's On, Freak on a Leash, Pretty, Justin, Reclaim My Place. Album art: Whoaaaa trippy, follow the leader off a cliff????? A bit like those instagram posts like "most people won't understand the deeper message." I like the art style though. 3/5

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first half is pretty good

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Although not my usual go-to stylistically, I hear some really great playing and creativity. I think I'd heard of this band before, not really sure, but definitely had not listened to anything by them in the past. Hard-driving gritty stuff but not too messy and not so overdriven and distorted that it crumbles into static, as can happen (at least to my ear) in metal. The screamed vocals are at times too much for me, but it makes sense for what I think they're going for here. As always, kudos to this project for making sure I open up my listening ears to music I don't usually hear.

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A lot of this didn't age well, but I enjoyed some of the grooves. I'd still rank this higher based on its influence to the genre.

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Can't say a dislike this badass heavy snoring. It really brings me back. But listening to it now, the songs really sound so indistinguishable from one another. I remember distinguishing them so clearly when I was younger, though. I can see what my dad saw when he listened to my generation's music. I wonder if I just can't pay attention to the sounds anymore because I just can't no longer relate to the angsty and angry feelings they convey. It's still powerful as fuck, and I remember this album was already old when I listened to it back in the good old CD/mp3 days of the 00's.

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This album starts out SO strong - "It's On!" is an excellent opener and gets the listener pumped up for the album's best two tracks, 'Freak on a Leash' and 'Got the Life'. After that, you can stop listening to the album and not miss all that much. 'Children of the Korn' is interesting, what with Ice Cube's cameo, and there are some worthwhile moments in the other songs, but for the most part, it just feels like filler.

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I thought there could not be anything more annoying than the Hair Metal music of the late eighties and than a decade later, comes this Nu Metal combining metal with rap, funk and just about anything. For me this music defined the whole ridiculosity of the MTV/Spring Break scene at the time. But, just like the Hair Metal Era, there is some decent (very minimal) music to come out, and, I guess for me, this album falls into the something decent coming out of the Nu Metal Era category. For as much as I wanted to hate this album, when the band and their lead singer, Jonathan Davis, kick in full throttle, it does rock. The music overall pretty much sticks to a heavy metal riff throwing in sampling every now and then. I do like the eerie and scratchy guitar sounds. An all-star list of guests (Ice Cube, Fred Durst, Tre Hardson (The Pharcyde)). The song subject matters are all over the place: peer pressure, record companies, rebellion, suicide. The record is long at 70 minutes. If you were to get one album in the Nu Metal genre, this might be it.

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I'm not a big fan of Nu Metal or Korn. But their cultural impact cannot be denied. I often think of the band before I think of the grain and I have never lived more than a mile from a cornfield. That backwards R is iconic as well. "Freak On a Leash" is definitely the best track and probably the only Korn track most people know. It's not a bad album by any means just not something I vibe with very hard. Its impact is a 5/5 but personally I view it as more of a 2/5. Factoring both of those I'll give it a 3/5

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It starts phenomenally well... the first 5 tracks are super strong, rowdy and energetic. All in the family is a clever idea but i think it pretty much fails, and the homophobic slurs don't age here. By the time it has gotten to cameltosis and eararche, I was ready to move on. Definitely had some good points though.

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It's fine. In my early teens I really liked Korn but never listened to a full album, and eventually moved on to Deftones (the best band to ever, at one point, wear the "nu-metal" tag). It's a rough, full listen. I love the bass playing, and the singles, but it really starts to blend together after a while. Ice Cube really sounds like he phoned in his verse (his ad-libs are fun, though), and "All In the Family" is...uh... "dated". Favorite tracks: "Got the Life", "Freak on a Leash"

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3

Really not my thing, but was surprised by how musical the music was. Like it was a really well put together album but I’m just not into shouty gravel vocals.

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3

Other than the 2 major hits I've heard a million times, nothing really stood out at me as worth listening to ever again. Wish the song with ice cube was better.

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Korn was really popular when I was like 7/8 years old so I grew up scared of them. I think I’m still scared but they are definitely a very musically inclined heavy metal band and that, I appreciate.

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3

I like the instrumentals and the drive most of the album has but honestly, the vocals take away from the songs to me. When he's not doing weird shit I like it but to me it takes away from what else is going on. I know they did a ton for the genre but it's not my favorite metal subgenre.

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Metal legit never fails to put me in a good mood. I have a major character flaw in that I CANNOT take metal seriously and just imagine the band yelling and making strange noises, and hence, I smile and giggle my way through each song. I highly enjoyed this album, though I recognize not in the way it was probably intended 😃

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Если честно, музыка не моя, альбом не зацепил. Единственная композиция, которая меня позабавила, это Earache My Eye. Она весело звучит, драйвово и качово. В остальном - альбом не мой.

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Music is a 4 or 4.5. Lyrics are a 2 on so many tracks.

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Gave it a full listen but it doesn't do anything for me. Seems like guy is trying to be angry but it's not convincing. Likes some of the rap that came in at the end

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Thought I was going to hate this but it was ok(ish). Liked the distonal guitar sounds, production is quite tight. Vocals are bearable. Its aggressive and heavy Will I play it again? No. This stuff always feels like its listened to by high-school shooters. I know I'm not the target audience. 3

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Music for angsty teens in the 90s. A lot to like in this but some of the themes haven't dated well over the years.

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Pretty good, and the Cheech & Chong cover is epic.

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An band that I enjoy and an album that is pretty decent. Reading some other reviews it’s evident that if you don’t like nu metal then you despise it. I enjoy it and find the hard rock style a good blend between metal and grunge alt rock. It’s a step before all the goth/emo music that came in the early 2000s. This album has a few solid songs and a majority of them are ok. The lyrics are a bit harsh and I’m sure some people can’t stand them. For me it’s a decent album. 6.3/10

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Some moments.... mostly not. What’s the scatting all about??

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1998: Freak On a Leash, Children of the Korn

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It has it's moments, but overall i have a hard time with the style and feel of the album

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Though many kids talked about this album due to it's shock value. They didn't consider how shock value becomes irrelevant as something more shocking comes out. This album probably will not stand this test of time.

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Nostalgia trip that didn't quite hold up. Freak on a leash still slaps, but Davis' voice and lyrics no longer resonate. All in the family and children of the Korn are terrible.

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Takes me back to my early teen years. Freak on a Leash was great back then but listening to the lyrics of the album as an adult... A bit out there "Tie my pecker to a tree..." I appreciate the trailblazing of a new genre, but I think I've outgrown KoRn

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Oh Korn. Reading more into the band and specifically the singer, it's clear that this music isn't about "pretending to be hardcore" as I'd originally assumed. Johnathan Davis had a very traumatic life in a lot of ways, and he's trying to channel that here into something good and I think he deserves credit for that. I think Nu-Metal is a really shit genre but Davis deserves credit for like, creating it? It deserves to be on the list for sure, but it's definitely not a personal favorite. "Dead Bodies Everywhere" "Reclaim My Place" are the best tracks.

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A couple cool grooves but any listening of the lyrics left me completely turned off

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Nostalgia and groove, but serious offenders of nickel-backing

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Woof.

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My brothers favourite album from the 90s

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I'm okay with the music, but the dark imagery got old pretty quick. Not really my cup of tea

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Not a fan of the genre.

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this is the first album to offend me. I was a huge Korn and loved the nu-metal scene. It jumped the shark hard and became a joke. This is the album that killed the scene. Overproduced and inauthentic.

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I dont like it..... Not my music at all......... Ice cube was cool tho. 1.5

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Don't love Korn. This wasn't great.

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I honestly enjoyed it for a few songs but Korn is the epitome of a singles band, not an album band to me. Also the music is very simple and dated. I loved "Life is Peachy" when I was in middle school, but I was at military school when this came out so I didn't have much nostalgia for it (Military School was my intro to hip hop, no one listened to metal or grunge there). Cringy lyrics, boring AF and waaaaaaaaaaaay too long (thank in large part to filler) at an hour and 10 minutes.

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It's real poison which I guess will resonate with some people but it's music to make the spirit ill. 'got the life' is a tune though.

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Not a hot take, edgy does not mean good. Well, actually, edgy kind of just holds me back from enjoying something to the fullest. The music had its charm but hoo boy the vibes were off. I'll stick to my own taste in metal.

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New Metal just isn't an area of interest and save one single this album doesn't hold much appeal.

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Oh, kinda not appreciated. Не ценитель, не стал ценителем. Мне было скучно и даже грустно слушать этот альбом, я не узнал чего-то нового, я не испытал прилива энергии. До следующего раза.

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Really looses steam after Got The Life. Glad it exists for the kids that need it.

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Just... Really not my kind of music. Semi-enjoyed Children of the Korn and All in the Family though when they crossed genres a bit. And I realize I have bias against them so that gives a slight bump

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It's on - ok? freak on a leash - nice start. Different. Then degenerates into some unpleasant madness! got the life - not sure i like this much. Very shouty, gets better when it goes on. dead bodies everyhere: just a bit unpleasant. children of the korn - pretty out there too. BBK: I like the start of this. Pretty - not bad! All in the family : nasty. Homophobic? reclaim my place - also not very nice Justin Seed Cameltosis my gift to you Didn't enjoy it much but I can see what they are trying to do

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Loud

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Tracks 2 and 3 are keepers. The rest of the songs can go. Definitely marks a demarcation point between Woodstock ‘94 and ‘99.

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I didn't hate this as much as I thought I would, there are SOME redeeming things here. There is some interesting instrumentation in the background. The guitars are plagued by that super-midrange-late-90s metal sound that is so cliche. I don't mind "dark", and I can sort of see that they are kind of self-aware that a bunch of this is pretty dumb. I had friends who listened to Korn in HS and I never got into it then. The "scatting" that they do that's a buncha weird noises is hilariously dumb and is a trope now, it made me laugh at least. But you know, I bet it would be entertaining to see Korn live during this album's tour, I'd never listen to it on my own but in that setting I'm sure it would be at least interesting. It's not boring that's for sure.

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Really never have been a fan of the genre or Korn but it's not bad, just not my thing. Like that they mixed in Ice Cube and Fred Durst in a couple songs though. 5/10

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Weirdly I was kinda looking forward to this. I was in Middle/High School around this time and while I was never a huge fan of these bands, I definitely listened to some of this stuff since it was omni-present. Never owned or fully listened to this record but I remembering liking Freak on a Leash. Wow, this has not aged well at all. Particularly the lyrics. So much homophobia everywhere and it sounds so stupid and childish. "All in the Family" is particularly stupid. Musically, the vocalist is pretty annoying. He's a bit nasal when he's singing and his guttural screams are a bit annoying too. They sounds kind of put-on if that makes sense. He's not really an MC at all and has no flow on the rap-like tracks. About the only time he's interesting is when he does his freak-out scat-type stuff. The guitar work is sometimes interesting. Some weird modulation stuff going on with the west coast whistle style sounds in between the harder metal parts. The heavy parts aren't that interesting and don't sound that well recorded to me. The record is also too long. Definitely falls in that 90's CD-era where every record had too many songs on it just because they could. Overall, it's pretty weak - especially in 2021.

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Different

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Actually... I didn't hate it. There were good moments in there but stuff that could be cut. It didn't need to be over an hour long

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While there were a few parts I liked, I didn't enjoy this album as a whole. The musicianship is definitely solid, but the tracks were way too chaotic for my taste. The vocals aren't quite my cup of tea either. I'd give it 2.5 stars but will round it down because I thought the ending track of the album was pretty horrendous.

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I know it's a good example of the genre, I just hate the genre. Doesn't help that Fred Durst was on it

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Another one I'm not too fond of, mostly because I don't know how to feel about it. Korn somehow makes a 4.5 minute song feel like a 9 minute song, and I'm not sure if that's good or not. The guy also really wants to be a guitar with metal skatting? idk if it works but just imaging them recording it in a studio is hilarious to me The album cover slaps though

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Pretty good for being trash metal, but for 14 years olds only

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Eh not my thing.

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Overall, not for me. Too screamy and angry. I enjoy the hip hop songs tho- those were dope.

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2.8 - I actually sort of like what these guys are laying down - the guitar riffs are nasty, the vocals are angry and intense in a "fuck-the-world" kind of way, and their sonic palate is broader than other nu metal bands I've heard. I could see blasting some of these songs if I'm having a bad day. But the anger turns hateful, homophobic and misogynistic, which makes the vibe feel anti-social.

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This has aged quite badly. Really outdated lyrically

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I'm taken back to the Krazy House rock nightclub in Liverpool, moshing away to nu-metal. I wasn't much of a fan of Korn at the time, they were alright, but this album past me by. Listening now it's full of hard hitting beats, but I'm feeling too old to mosh, and feels a bit too long. Interesting that Ice Cube and Fred Durst cameo on tracks, and hadn't known that Todd McFarlane did the artwork.

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Not for me

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It was ok, not my cup of tea. I used to hear a lot of this sort of music in Metros. It's ok to mosh to when you're out with your mates in a club, but at home it's actually not that interesting.

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Wasn't really a fan of this one. Thought the instrumentation was pretty basic, just loud. Loud... I think that word really applies to this. The vocals are a bit off-putting here. There were moments where I was listening to this and *almost* got into a song or two. Then they started singing. It feels like there's little variation in the lyrics and the tone. The angstiness of it gets old after about 20 minutes. The lyrics are on an unnecessary spectrum between annoyingly vulgar and downright offensive. Homophobia doesn’t make your album any better, lads. That's another thing about this record, its LONG. Too long for how much the songs sound the same. The instrumentation here is pretty basic. Not really worth talking about. I feel like I've been excessively harsh on this one, considering that I only got the time to listen through to it once, but I can't bring myself to listen to those cringeworthy vocals/lyrics again. Nevertheless this album is punctuated by better moments, so isn't quite bad enough to warrant a one. Overall I'd give this one two stars. It's okay. It's great (probably) if you're an angsty teenage boy who's cross about homework or whatever kids do these days, but I didn't find it particularly appealing. Maybe I'm getting old...

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Not really my jam. Not really my jelly, either. Nor Vaseline(tm). It's a bit too much rage for me. I do respect that they have built their own font. That's not nothing.

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I was a bit skeptical about this album when it first popped up, but honestly sometimes I do feel like a freak on a leash Much of what I said about Antichrist Superstar applies here. The music for this album is actually pretty cool, and I wonder what this album would sound like if you removed the sensitive boi lyrics and left just the instrumentals. I like Korn's lyrics far better than Manson's, but to be fair I like reading the ingredients in a shampoo bottle better than Marilyn Manson's lyrics. The production on this album is really clean, which makes it easy to listen to. I understand better now why people liked it so much in the 90s than I did then. Honestly, I was kind of digging it minus the childishness of the lyrics. Then All in the Family brings the album to a grinding fucking halt. The combination of homophobia and bad rapping is absolutely crucifying. Traditionally, rappers make diss tracks about other rappers, rather than inviting those rappers on the album to diss them back, but I guess Korn's approach to shitting on themselves works too. Unfortunately, it also drops this album's rating to 2/5 because I had to sit through it 2/5 2/5

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Some cool sounds and beats but the vocals are goofy and I couldn’t buy in

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When I first got into metal, nu was all but on the way out, and what I heard from the bands still getting radio play didn't impress me, including Korn. I've tried to give them a shot here and there in the years since and... yeah, still not a fan. I found this very annoying, actually. Probably my least favorite album so far. F

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Blast from the past; I tried so hard to get into this album when I was in high school, being a huge fan of the first two. But Follow the Leader never really clicked for me and still doesn't. Most of the songs seem to be trying to recapture the sound that made them big, but with a few exceptions it comes off as kind of flat.

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Very close to being good in an ironic way. Don't understand how anyone could listen to this straight faced and say it was good

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Took 2 weeks to listen to the whole album.

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Thought it started out ok but it went steadily downhill

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Hard-rock. Ik kan deze wel hebben. Zanglijn is soms best melodieus en de muziek heeft soms geinige geluidjes. Maar over het algemeen is het niet mijn ding en het gaat op den duur zelfs vervelen. **

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I really liked Korn when I was a young person. In the same vein as Slipknot and Disturbed. It's fire when you hate the whole fucking world. But like, as an older dude. It doesn't hit anywhere near as hard as I thought it would. I won't allow myself to cringe over my teenage years. But if I did, this is one of those albums that would get that cringe lol.

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Not my jam but it did bring me back to hanging out with my brother and his friends.

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Oh lord. This is one of those albums that really speak to the low quality of this list - this has no place on any self-respecting list of essential music. I say this as someone who listened to Korn in general and this album in particular a lot when I was in my early teens. I am intimately familiar with everything about this album. What pivotal role does it play? I could see arguments for the first Korn album, which has redeeming qualities. It was highly influential on metal and drastically changed the direction of music in the 90s. This? This is Korn reaching commercial success. But choosing this album over the first, you're signifying that the purpose of the list is to reference popularity over historical significance. But casting aside the list's failings, is this a good album? No, not really. It doesn't really hold up. It's better than any Korn album that came after it, but it really showcases the band fitting their sound into a cookie cutter to crank out. While the self-titled debut actually felt like Jonathan Davis had things to say about childhood trauma, this feels too glossy, too produced, too manufactured by comparison. It's got a couple catchy singles, but it's also got an abysmally cringey Fred Durst guest appearance. It's not the worst album ever. It (probably) doesn't deserve a 1. But this is a relic of a bygone era when angsty teen edgelords were a huge marketing demographic. What does this say to anyone now? Your dad really thought no one understood him? I would expect that the people who grew up with this album (those that don't work in gas stations or sell meth for a living) would be really embarrassed by this. Lord knows I am.

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Music that kinda just makes you pity the people who made it.

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Well I could have disliked this a lot more than I did. I found it different and had some elements of music I enjoy, but it was mostly loud and aggressive and relentless. Not in and of itself a bad thing but just not the type of aggressiveness that turns my crank. 2.5 stars

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Couldn't finish this one. Started out pretty good. Then got into some more horrible rap/rock/metal stuff. Production value was good. Drumming with great. Songs are meh.

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The guitar tone is great. And Jonathan D gets a star for how endearing he was in the Woodstock 99 doc. I'm super surprised I didn't get into them when it came out (I was 12, the perfect age for "naughty" music). There's a song where Jonathan and Fred Durst take turns calling each other faggots, which accurately summarizes the state of rock music in 1998.

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ICE CUBE WAS ON THAT? kinda indifferent

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Ugh. I just cannot. Made it halfway through one song.

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An interminably long album featuring lots of growling, vocal-fry singing, whispering, gibberish, and bagpipes. It's not just that the music sucks. The lyrics are inane, and I feel like I'm being generous with that description. A low point is "All in the Family," where Jonathan Davis and Fred Durst trade stupid insults that are variations on "You're a fag lol" for five very long minutes. I had successfully scrubbed this song from my brain, but here it is again, tormenting me. I don't hate this album as much as I fear having to hear it again. That may not be true; I do hate it as well. Best track: Freak on a Leash

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Awful

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Gave up halfway through, Limp Bizkit pushed me over the edge lmao. There are some moments where my Lizard Brain takes over and I find the grooves trashy in a fun a way but then when I pay the slightest bit of attention to what I'm listening to I'm like, "Hey! What the fuck?" This Aussie breaks their long streak of 5/5s and gives Follow the Leader their first one Starbucks latte* out of five. *The joke here is that Starbucks performed so poorly in Straya that the only remaining branches here are at touristy spots where visitors who know nothing about our coffee culture go to.

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Bit aggressive and dark for my tastes. Didn't finish.

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Not my type of tunes.

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Full of cringe and those baggy mall-goth pants.

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Ashamed I used to listen to this

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Just really not a big fan of this album. It’s a shame since I live in the state of Corn

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My senses were in less pain than in the case of Slipknot, yet my sensibilities were all the more injured for it.

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Oh gosh. That was a lot. There were moments when it was fine but as a whole album it was creepy and didn't feel good. I made it through but I think it was just because I was doing homework the whole time. 1 star.

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What an abrasive voice. I kind of wish he was screaming harder so I wouldn't be subjected to these lyrics. Why does he need to beatbox. Also why the hell is Ice Cube on here. there are moments here and there where I like what the guitars and percussion have going on, but its pretty standard metal stuff and nothing interesting enough to make up for everything else. is the second to last song about fucking somebody while killing them? jeez. highlights: "generation triple X, we're all about the weed smoke and the kinky sex" "fagpipes" "you pumpkin pie, I'll jack off in your eye" "all you eat is Zingers" a song being called Cameltosis

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Unlistenable to begin with and has aged even worse. Almost single-handedly responsible for the creative and intellectual drought that plagued heavy music at the start of the '00s.

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Hmm, the most tiring experience so far.

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sorry, had to shut it down. What a unhappy, angry, sad bunch of people. Would never listen to or buy anything they ever or would do. Life is to short to be so angry.!!!

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Nope

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Nope. Voor de helft geluisterd, kan me voorstellen waarom sommige mensen dit leuk vinden, maar t is niet voor mij.

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Lots of nostalgia tied up with this one for me. I still wouldn't say it's an essential listen at all though. Especially coming right off of Muddy Waters. Putting those two in the same list is borderline offensive.

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Oooh, look, the R is backwards! Get ready for something edgy here, people. I've low key dreaded getting an album like this to review, but I decided I have to give everything a fair listen. But man, this one really tested my patience. I guess I can say now that I've listened to a Korn album all the way through. That's something, right? Musically the album is fine. The guitars (Head and Munky), the bass (Fieldy) and the drums (David Silveria), they actually aren't bad at all, and the band is talented at what they do. Their sound is heavy and very much in the vein of a lot of music from this era. But it’s boring. The arrangements are samey and the album is also entirely too long. They're obviously trying to go for something dark here, but they don’t elicit any kind of feeling from me. As for Jonathan Davis… a lot this album’s problems land squarely on this guy’s plate. Davis’ vocal style is terrible, whiny-then-vomiting, forgettable. That weird scatting he likes to do is just dumb. The rapping makes it somehow worse, my god. I was going to dig into the songwriting, but I went in and read the lyrics, and good grief. Davis (and by extension, the band) has an anger problem. He has a problem with women. He seems to especially have a problem with his own success. Other artists have similar problems, but they’re better songwriters. I don’t have the energy to close read garbage lyrics today. I feel like I've been more generous to some pretty hard to listen to albums that have been generated for me, like from Napalm Death and Sepultura. But see, there's a world view and some creativity behind that music that I respect, even if it's not my thing. This music feels very empty to me, a cash grab attempt to be edgy that is embarrassing for me to have to listen to, as a person with ears. Fave Songs: None. How about least favorite song? There are so many candidates. I'm going to go with All in the Family, what kind of warmed over garbage was that?

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No. 1/5

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homophobic - ugh

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Really didn't like this one, all the songs sound exactly the same and the vocals range from whining to screaming. I also don't like being edgy for no reason, which is a lot of this album. Also what a weird collab, when I think of who would work with a band like Korn, I don't think about Ice Cube. His verses were low-key the best parts of the album though.

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Never liked them.

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Meh

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There are a couple songs I liked in middle school, but the fred durst song is so bad I can't give more than 1

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Not for me

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Really bad music. Riffs that have potential but are mixed terribly and have strange effects on them that take away from what it could be combined with Jonathan Davis's awful vocals and lyrics make for an excruciating listen. The fact that this was included on this list and classics like Madvillainy, In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, and Soundtracks For The Blind aren't is genuinely baffling.

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This is really bad. The decent instrumental performances are bogged down by head-scratching hip-hop influences and obnoxious vocals. I can't really see why/how this could take precedent over...any better metal album?

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It's just noise. I get why it's on the list but absolutely not something I would willingly go near again. Over an hour with each song seemingly indistinguishable.

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Just about listenable weird metal with the odd scooby doo sound init. Nit my bag soz.

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I had Slipknot earlier in this list and I ended up enjoying it; so I went into this with an open mind. It's awful, they try so hard to be edgy but I'm not buying it, just a bunch of try-hards acting like they're hard. Dropping some slurs in All in the Family totally lost any lingering respect I might have had for the fact that they can make chords happen on their instruments. I'd give this a 0 if I could. Garbage.

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krap

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Krap

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Dreadful.

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not for me

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Angry teen school project. The beat boxing is terrible.

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CRINGE

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Not much there there Bu the end of the album it kinda felt like it was all the same song.

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