Korn

The Pearl at the Palms, March 2

The alt-metal legends were in town peddling their latest album, Path of Totality, and they’ve given themselves a rather high mark to hit, given the tagline “Rock Changes Again.” Featuring the likes of Skrillex and Datsik, the slick-dubstep-nü-metal fusion may be something to watch, but as the boys enter middle age and audiences begin to look elsewhere, it seems more a plea than a promise.

Still, JD, Munky, Fieldy and relative newcomer Ray Luzier didn’t shirk. They took to the stage slinging dreds and pounding out their brand of heavy sonic drops and rhythmic cacophony. But all that energy couldn’t dispel the notion that Korn’s time is passing. One song blended into the next with gut-thrumming, bass-heavy monotony. And JD’s vocals were weak, mushy and, for the most part, unintelligible. “Narcissistic Cannibal” and “Get Up!,” two charting singles from Path of Totality, sounded much like the rest of their catalog with a vein of squeals and synthy thumps pumped liberally throughout. The night’s best number was their well-known cover of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall,” with Munky’s extended and ethereally dissonant solo bringing a welcome break from the musical machine shop. ★☆☆☆☆

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