Korn celebrates 21 years with debut album in Milwaukee

In a year of anniversaries, celebrations, and final tours, Korn adds themselves to the list reaching 21 years since the release of the self-titled debut Korn in 1994. The success of the original 20th anniversary shows prompted a quick October tour where fans got a full rundown of the entirety of Korn as well as a wider catalog selection making up the encore.

From Korn to The Paradigm Shift a few things have changed, however the core of Korn’s vocals and snappy guitar riffs are well-preserved. Jonathan Davis’s vocals have kept up with the times, Korn working themselves deeper into the genre as a staple as opposed to the outcasts they were over 20 years ago.

Known for brining nu-metal to the mainstream is what comes to mind when we think Korn. Fusing metal, funk, hip-hop and anything else they come up with has made Korn quite an innovative act of our time. Where others have tried and failed, Korn excels and continues to produce quality hits.

Milwaukee was especially enthusiastic, The Eagles Ballroom being a key stop for Korn on solo tours. Having previously toured with Slipknot through Madison, WI in late 2014 Milwaukee was due for a stop on the anniversary tour having shown well-held support since the release of Korn. Although the same songs have numbered the playlists at more than a few shows, hearing “Shoots and Ladders”, bagpipes and all, highlighted the thematic return to Korn’s original push into music.

The 20th and now 21st anniversary shows are noble for their nostalgia, however a compilation of hits and rarities might have stirred fans a bit more than a full take of 1994’s Korn. Maybe one day we’ll get the full picture of Korn in one night, equal parts new and original, but for now the early days will do.

Setlist: Blind – Ball Tongue – Need To – Clown – Divine – Faget – Shoots and Ladders – Predictable – Fake – Lies – Helmet in the Bush – Daddy – Falling Away From Me – Here to Stay – Coming Undone – Did My Time – Freak on a Leash

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