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“Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes” by Linkin Park

Artist: Linkin Park
Title: “Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes”
Label: Warner Brothers
Release Date: 11/25/2008
Genre: Nu-Metal
Rating: 4/5

Recorded during their Projekt: Revolution Tour in 2008, “Road To Revolution” captures Linkin Park as they destroy the stage in front of 65,000 English fans. If you are somehow new to the sound of these Nu-Metal juggernauts then this is the perfect place to jump on board and if you are already a lifelong convert, then you will most likely love this but find some production reservations. My own experience with the band found me enjoying this quite a bit because I had listened to them before they got super big and followed them from their debut “Hybrid Theory” up until “Meteora”. While this was only two releases I had other bands to be passionate about and I was no longer enjoying the heavy influence from the Rap side that I was hearing from the group as it simply was not my thing. This concert focuses strongly on the debut while also delivering some of the goods from the albums that followed it and through it all, the fans are going crazy. It might be true that Linkin Park is not every conventional Metal heads cup of tea, but I will take anything from them over a single note from Limp Bizkit that’s for sure. Musically, I rather liked how heavy their sound was live and how their groove seemed to take you by the throat. Oddly enough I only caught the band once before in concert and this was when “Hybrid Theory” was decimating the popular charts. They do leave off a couple of numbers that I expected to find such as “Papercut” and “Runaway” which I always felt were highlights of the debut, but in truth you cannot always get to every song and you need to make choices that keep your audience finding the event to be fresh and unique.
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“Spit” (remaster) by Kittie

Artist: Kittie
Title: “Spit” (remaster)
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Release Date: 12/13/2008
Genre: Alt-Metal/Nu-Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

For the all female Alternative Metal band from Canada it begins here and this is the place that the world at large got their first listen to some Kittie. Their name gave the impression that they were something soft and demure but when you first start playing the debut “Spit”, you best be prepared for the venomous outrage that the girls were delivering in its tracks. All female groups were not something new to Hard Rock by this time and in 1999 had been preceded by the likes of Vixen and Girlschool but while the first band was very Glam oriented and the latter more traditionally based, the girls in Kittie delivered the angst and pain that women of the day were experiencing. To be honest I didn’t like the band at my first go with them back in the day and Nu-Metal was something I would have preferred to had gone away instead of continuing to prosper but in looking back at the release some ten years after its birth have found levels of appreciation in the way that sisters Morgan and Mercedes Lander had chosen to dole out their Metal. At first listen it’s hard to realize how the songs are proclaiming a strong feministic independence but you do easily notice how the girls are not ones who seem willing to take shit from anyone. Songs like “Brackish”, “Paperdoll” and “Charlotte” are the clear winners here and still often performed in concert today when they do their tours. These are among my own favorites even though “Get Off” and “Do You Think I’m A Whore” are good too. There are some tastes of the whole Rap influence in some of the lyrical flow on a couple of the tunes but that was how Nu-Metal was forming around this time. The band didn’t maintain this process which I am happy to report and instead focused on keeping the riffs and drum parts heavy. Musically the girls do pretty good and at the time of this albums release singer Morgan was only seventeen. She sings in both a clean and growling voice across the whole of the albums tracks and shows that her melodic side is pretty nice while her growls will make one realize she means business.
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“Untitled” by Korn

Artist: Korn
Title: “Untitled”
Label: Virgin Records
Release Date: 7/31/2007
Genre: Nu-Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

Korn is never hesitant to push their own established sound into new areas and showed us this with the album “See You On The Other Side” which offered up tracks like “Twisted Transistor” and their most recent MTV Unplugged adventure which showed the group able to strip down to bare essentials as well as offer “mash-ups” to their fans. Their latest release comes to us untitled with Jonathan Davis citing that it allows the fans to call it whatever they wanted to but many are simply calling it “Korn” or “Untitled” – for the purpose of review we shall stick with the latter. “Untitled” once again finds Korn adventuring deeper into layers of available sound and bringing a very Atmospheric and Dark Metal vibe to the front for their new album. There are moments of heaviness that will appeal to their most staunch supporters but they also manage to slow it down to extreme subtlety on occasion as well. The album would be the second that was recorded without Brian “Head” Welch who has since left the band after finding religion and it’s now the first without drummer David Silveria who had gone on hiatus before the group went into the studio. Drums are instead courtesy of monster player Terry Bozzio, Brooks Wackerman and also Jonathan Davis. Together, the three offer up many different flairs of percussive instrumentation. “Starting Over” begins the album and seems almost an announcement on the band’s continuing to go forward despite the changes they have found in recent years.
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“MTV Unplugged” by Korn

Artist: Korn
Title: “Unplugged”
Label: Virgin Records
Release Date: 3/6/2007
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 3.5/5

If you have listened to Korn in the past then you know full well the level of angst-ridden Nu Metal that they are capable of. Now captured in the ever-popular unplugged format that MTV launched we find the band changing things up a little bit as they present an entirely different sound to their established tunes. I admit that I was unsure how this would actually work because Korn music is on the aggressive and angry side for the most part. However with the unplugged versions we find singer Jonathan Davis keeping himself a little more sedate and calmer than many of his fans ever would expect him. His pitch does raise up as needed for the choruses of songs like “Falling Away From Me” and “Freak On A Leash” of course but primarily he keeps his vocals very understated. As far as concerts like this go there are some surprises to be found for the listener and the first such instance comes in the presence of Amy Lee, lead singer of Evanescence, who helps out with “FOAL”. I don’t know how she became involved in this performance and wondered if it was primarily because of her popularity with her main band as opposed to any other reason. She does add some nice high notes to the track just the same. Can an Evanescence Unplugged be far behind I am left wondering. The next surprise is their cover of the Radiohead classic “Creep” which Davis dedicates to all the kids and adults who had ever been picked on in life. They do a good job of it but I always prefer the original to any other presentation when it comes to this song as no one seems to capture it as good as Radiohead did.
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“Slave To None” by Totalisti

Artist: Totalisti
Title: “Slave To None”
Label: Magna Carta Records
Release Date: 8/16/2005
Genre: Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

Totalisti debut disk “Slave To None” combines elements of Nu-Metal’s heavy down tuned guitars with the progressive aspects of complex time signatures into an interesting blend which may appeal to fans of Slipknot, Tool, and Metallica. Tool’s strong influence is evident to me on the tracks “Severed Ties”, “Slave to None”, “ETA” and “House Of Mirrors”.
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