The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
Coming off of the first leg of their The Path of Totality tour, Korn issued a challenge to DJ’s everywhere; Remix ‘Get Up’ or ‘Narcissistic Cannibal’, be Korn’s favorite, win a spot to DJ a live show. This challenge was met with mass response and one lucky artist, DJ Maximillian from Maryland, was the winner. Korn’s February 25th Milwaukee stop on the second leg of their tour was the show DJ Maximillian was privileged to mix at – much to the crowd’s dissatisfaction.
Maximillian made 2 critical mistakes. The first, he began his set nearly twenty minutes late. The crowd was already anxious for the show to begin and was getting restless. Several persons stumbled around already half in the bag and security was cracking down on all the smokers in the crowd. The second was the taunting Maximillian gave the crowd when they began to boo him. Rather than take it in stride and joke it away, he encouraged the negative reaction and lost the crowd even further. While his striking personality didn’t win him any fans, one must admit that he certainly had potential. With heavy beats and fantasy filled mixes Maximillian could produce a great album, if he could just get his transitions to run smooth rather than jerking his listeners from one sequence into the next.
Maximillian aside, J Devil (Jonathan Davis) and good friend Sluggo worked the crowd back into a very satisfied frenzy, amping up mosh pits and prepping fans for the main act to come. Every fan of Korn and electronic music should take the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the inner workings of J Devil. J Devil’s sound is reminiscent of Take a Look in the Mirror meets electronic goodness with the recognizable sounds of Korn’s thick chords and heavy bass.
The tardiness seen in DJ Maximillian’s set continued on to be the poor habit of the evening with Korn pushing their set back nearly a half hour and then leaving a mostly lit stage to speak for itself for an additional five minutes before making an appearance. However, once on the stage Jonathan Davis, Munky, Fieldy and drummer Ray Luzier delivered a high energy, bass pounding show that began as vibrations in your feet and built until it was reverberating through your eyes, as always.
Opening with early fan favorite ‘Predictable’, Jonathan Davis appeased to fans with gut wrenching emotion before quickly moving through classics on each album adding the new sounds of electro into the mix. But the electro sound wasn’t the only new addition to Korn’s stage show. An increased amount of strobe lighting and a very much missing vaporizer as is generally standard visible set equipment for Davis were definitely different this time around. Perhaps the vocalist has finally got a handle on his lungs. Given the number of dates behind the band on the first leg of this tour and the missing equipment going into the second leg, one can only hope.
After tearing through head-banging beloved singles and leaving no safe place to stand, Korn finished hard with ‘Blind’, yet another classic from their first self-titled album. The band’s energy level never slipped and Jonathan Davis closed the show with a wide spread grin on his face that almost screamed ‘Thank you’.
Photos from KORN’s set at the Rave: