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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

2.65

Votes

4630

Genres

  • Metal
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Wed Jun 30 2021
1

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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Thu Jan 28 2021
1

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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Thu Sep 09 2021
1

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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Thu May 20 2021
4

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

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Thu Jan 28 2021
1

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

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Thu Sep 09 2021
1

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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Sun Oct 17 2021
1

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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Thu May 20 2021
5

This album goes hard.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

hs favorite

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Thu Jul 29 2021
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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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

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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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

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

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Fri Oct 30 2020
3

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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Wed Sep 07 2022
2

Would have liked it when I was 13, but I'm in a better place now. Or at least I have better taste in music.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
1

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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Thu Jan 28 2021
1

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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Sun Aug 22 2021
1

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

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Sun Oct 03 2021
1

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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Thu Dec 09 2021
1

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

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Wed Apr 20 2022
1

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

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Sun Nov 13 2022
1

Collectively, we are all dumber for listening to this record. Unequivocally, you don’t need to hear this before you die.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

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

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Wed Feb 24 2021
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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Mon Nov 22 2021
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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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

🌽

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Fri Aug 12 2022
5

no me gusta

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Mon Sep 14 2020
4

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

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Sun May 30 2021
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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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

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

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

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

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Thu Jan 21 2021
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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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

No voy a andar dando explicaciones >:(

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

It aight.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

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

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

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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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

false

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

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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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

this was surprisingly really good

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

Still the jam!

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

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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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

Great album - really took me back to my youth.

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Sun May 30 2021
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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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

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

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Fri Jun 04 2021
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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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

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

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Wed Jun 23 2021
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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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

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

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Stronger in the first half bit still good overall.

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Sun Sep 05 2021
4

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

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

shouty good

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

Yet another classic, though I like Issues best

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

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

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Fri Oct 29 2021
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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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Quite fun! Definitely nostalgic

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

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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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

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

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

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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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

Ehkä yks tai kaks hutia, mut muuten erittäin viihdyttävä

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

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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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

Pretty good! Not as heavy as I expected!

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

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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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

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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Fri May 06 2022
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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Fri May 06 2022
4

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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Fri May 06 2022
4

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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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

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

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Fri Jun 17 2022
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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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

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

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

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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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Maybe I'm being generous because of nostalgia, this album was formative for me, but while I admit alot of the "nu-metal" I was into is cringe and hard to listen to now I can still throw this on an get into it so that has to count for something.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
4

Je suis fou ou j'ai adoré, on dirait que ca me rappelle tellement ma jeunesse. Ca brasse et il y a juste assez d'agressivité ahah. On écoute pas dans le système son avec les enfants . 3.85

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

the year was 1999, the location was woodstock. Nah, like fuck i was there. Korn passed me by, i was more in to the knob jokes of blink and limp bizkit. listening to it now i realise it was a bit harsh for them to get lumped in with the nu-metal crowd of retards as this is serious music for serious people.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

J'ai adoré cet album, seulement voici son problème: l'ombre de Mc Fly et Carlito plannait au-dessus de moi tout au long de l'écoute. J'étais effrayé à l'idée d'entendre un "je suis une tik-tok girl" rententir, et suis donc resté sur le qui-vive pendant les 1h10 de metal proposé par nos joyeux gueulards de Korn.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Honestly a really strong work, but a few pieces detract from the overall experience enough to lower it for me.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

My first concert was KoRn in Amsterdam in 2008. It was amazing and they played a few of this songs too ofcourse. Nostalgia!

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

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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Thu Sep 24 2020
3

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

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Wed May 19 2021
3

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

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

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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Tue Oct 20 2020
3

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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Fri Dec 04 2020
3

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

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Mon Mar 15 2021
3

Ah... Nu Metal digs

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

i like korn but that one didnt land as much

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

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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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

Dos rolas aguantan... si tuviera 15 años

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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

RUNGAVIMBIYAWTA

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

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

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

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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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

All In The Family is puerile but mildly amusing

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

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

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

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

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

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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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

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

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

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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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

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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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

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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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

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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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

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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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Lyssna inte så länge, men det var bra det.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
3

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

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

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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Thu Jul 29 2021
3

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

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

An incredibly strong start to a good album

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

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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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

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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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

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

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Fri Sep 24 2021
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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Sun Oct 03 2021
3

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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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

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

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

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

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Sun Oct 17 2021
3

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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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

"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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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

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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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

first half is pretty good

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

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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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

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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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

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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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

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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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

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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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

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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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

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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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

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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Fri Apr 01 2022
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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Wed Apr 06 2022
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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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

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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Wed Apr 06 2022
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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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

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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Mon Apr 18 2022
3

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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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

There's so much to say. In terms of how this music has aged, it's so a 1. It's such an album from the turn of the millenia, and it just has that sound, but similar to my review of Devil Without a Cause, there's personality here. Something just draws me to this. I was going to rate it a 2 because of this and the fact that I like the song with Ice Cube, but I have to bump it to a 3. "All in the Family" with Fred Durst is very funny. There should be more of these kinds of diss tracks where the featured artist shits on the artist and the artist shits on the feature. That's absolutely wonderful. It has a lot of homophobic language, but as a gay man, I still think it's pretty funny. It feels very 2000s xbox live public chat lobbies and all around childish which made me snicker throughout it. The lead singer, Jon Davis, was also bullied a lot in his younger years because people thought he was gay (which I couldn't find to be actually true, he was married twice to women, and has children. Some names include "Pirate" and "Zeppelin" which is cool and funny in its own right. I apologize for this slight tangent). Korn is not my least favorite nu metal band either, I think they relied on hip-hop influences a little harder, and that personality improves it a lot. Korn knows what they are, and they play it well. The sound is dated, and it definitely doesn't feel like something that is going to make a resurgence. Highlights: 5, 8, and 11.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

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

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

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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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

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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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

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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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

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

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

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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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

17th August 2022 Listened the day after while working from home. Was in the office and out for book club - in order to live. I like that you can feel the rock and roll rhythm throughout this album. It swings back and forth like a pirate ship.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Korn are the most important bands I've ever had the pleasure of watching. They moved me to tears with their eyes and knees. Their hands and teeth were a little bit warmer than I had anticipated, but that made my ankles weak and my thighs swollen.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Nice

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

I might be being generous with a 3 but I'm honestly not even completely sure of my feelings on this album yet. It's kind of weird but this album feels like it's on the cusp of being something that I could really enjoy but it never really gets there for me and there are aspects that hold it back. I like a lot of the tones and riffs on this album and some of the lyrical subject matter is just disgusting in a way that I can't look away from (i.e. "Pretty" or "My Gift to You"). I even enjoy the vocal timbre of his voice which I know some other people don't but something here just pulls me out of fully enjoying this album. Maybe it's some of the really cringy lyrics at times taking me out of the music. Maybe it's none of the features really jiving with me all that well despite me enjoying the artists involved (aside from Fred Durst). Maybe this is just the type of record that I need more time to settle how I feel about it but I'm just going to go with a flat neutral rating right now so I can stop thinking about it for awhile. Anyways "All in the Family" and Fred Durst are complete trash.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Good stuff from my childhood. Besides the hits, the rest of the album was ok

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

Parts of this album still rocks as hard as it did when I got a preview copy of it back in early `98. The fury, the fear, the intensity. Too bad half of the album is just dated and some of the lyrics are majorly (as the kids these days say) cringe. No quite a 3, more of 2.5

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

Le simple fait qu'eltrapeze apprécie la musique de ces joyeux gueulards me donne une raison suffisante pour les rouler dans la boue. Passez votre chemin.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
3

Metalrap, I liked it Could go hard in the gym

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Some of this is really good stuff; nice riffs, fun songwriting, and I even enjoy the parts where Jonathan Davis sounds like a masturbating gremlin. Unfortunately, some of this is really bad... that Ice Cube feature should be an embarrassment for all parties involved. Quite a mix.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

OK I guess, didn't really do it for me Pretty standard example of the genre, not bad but not special

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

Classic

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

I initally groaned when I got this because its an hour plus nu-metal album, but Follow The Leader surprised me. The opening stretch of songs were really good, especially Freak On a Leash and Got the Life. Even the Ice Cube collaboration was pretty neat. I do feel that the first half is much stronger than the second, although that could just be me having enough. The Fred Durst collab was entertaining though, even if it was pretty dated.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

Goofy ass album.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
3

For me this record is just decent, but objectively it is quite solid.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

There's dark and melodic and then there's dark and demonic. Sometimes this album is the former (cool) and other times it feels more like the latter (not good). All in the Family was truly F'd up. I was never a big fan of Freak on a Leash though it's ok (not F'd up, but a little too heavy or too much distortion for me). I prefer their other big single Got the Life. Ice Cube adds a nice contrast to the regular vocals on Children of the Korn; I dig the sound overall. In the end, it's a lot to take on listening to this album (heavy? intense? abrasive?) but I did not hate it, which is more than I can say for other nu metal bands like Limp Bizkit.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

I'm not a metal fan, but I was able to listen to this album without too much trouble.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

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

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Thu May 13 2021
2

1998: Freak On a Leash, Children of the Korn

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Sat Sep 26 2020
2

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

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

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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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

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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Wed May 12 2021
2

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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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

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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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

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

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Sun Mar 14 2021
2

Nostalgia and groove, but serious offenders of nickel-backing

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Thu Apr 01 2021
2

Woof.

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Thu May 13 2021
2

My brothers favourite album from the 90s

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Wed Mar 31 2021
2

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

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Sun May 30 2021
2

Not a fan of the genre.

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Thu May 06 2021
2

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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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

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

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

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

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

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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Thu Jul 08 2021
2

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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Sun May 30 2021
2

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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Thu May 06 2021
2

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

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Mon Mar 15 2021
2

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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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

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

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Thu Jun 17 2021
2

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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Thu Jul 08 2021
2

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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Fri Aug 20 2021
2

Loud

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Thu Sep 16 2021
2

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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Sun Oct 03 2021
2

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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Fri Oct 08 2021
2

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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Thu Oct 14 2021
2

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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Fri Oct 29 2021
2

Different

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Mon Nov 01 2021
2

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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Thu Nov 04 2021
2

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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Wed Nov 17 2021
2

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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Wed Nov 17 2021
2

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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Wed Dec 15 2021
2

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

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Wed Jan 05 2022
2

Eh not my thing.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
2

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

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Sun Jan 30 2022
2

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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Sun Feb 20 2022
2

This has aged quite badly. Really outdated lyrically

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Wed Mar 02 2022
2

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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Wed Mar 02 2022
2

Not for me

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Wed Mar 02 2022
2

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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Thu Mar 10 2022
2

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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Thu Mar 17 2022
2

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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Wed Mar 23 2022
2

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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Fri Apr 01 2022
2

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

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Thu Apr 21 2022
2

I thought the rhythms in this album were pretty enjoyable to listen to. I really hate metal, but this one didn’t feel as bad in the beginning. I think the drumming was the main aspect keeping my attention throughout this album, but as the album progresses, the rhythms generally become less interesting. Ice Cube is also there which was a bit of a shock listening through. However, this album is also fairly long, and it feels like an eternity going through it. I get the appeal of this album, but I still did not enjoy going through it. Favorite track: Got the Life

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Fri May 06 2022
2

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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Fri May 06 2022
2

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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