As a metal fan, I won’t want to miss the Korn & Breaking Benjamin tour coming next year! Check out the tour schedule and get tickets for 2020’s Korn and Breaking Benjamin co-headlining tour, celebrating Korn’s 2019 album The Nothing and Breaking Benjamin’s Ember. Starting on January 23, shows will run for 24 dates through March 1.
Korn’s first studio album came out in 1993, and still to this day, no one else sounds like them. We look for and are rewarded with, the grinding, demanding ardor from plenty of bands across the metal genre, but the coming together of each of the talents of Korn’s band members give us a weighty catalog of potent songs that demonstrate why audiences have kept coming back for decades.
Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu’s bass treatment, a clicky, percussive sound present throughout so many of their songs, stands out as one of the things that make a Korn song instantly identifiable. In many outfits, the bass can get lost in the shuffle, but the distinct reverberations from strings that sound as if they’ve been loosened can’t be ignored. And while we might well be thoroughly satisfied with a group of skilled musicians giving us the dark, aggressive sound we ask of metal, Jonathan Davis’ talents don’t stop at a single style of singing but run the gamut of pitch and timbre.
Tickets to this show will treat fans to an electrifying live experience of new material from The Nothing, pieces which bring a heavy dose of all the things we already love about Korn plus nuanced touches. In “You’ll Never Find Me” we hear again the seamless shifts between thundering and drifting, and “This Loss” comes barreling out of the gate with a heavy pounding but then gifts us with a lot more wistful melody than we could have possibly expected.
Look for your older favorites in the setlist, like the tense, anticipatory “Blind”, and “Somebody Someone” which displays Davis’ range from heavier growling to the strong and emotive middle ground all the way to high-pitched and mincing.
Breaking Benjamin offers a great match as a co-headliner; like Korn, they don’t shy away from opening themselves up lyrically for an audience and laying bare the process of working one’s way through anguish. Listen for “Torn in Two” and “Red Cold River”: hard yet melodic, both center around loss and its aftermath.
Korn have long shown themselves very generous to their fans, quick to host fan question sessions, autograph signings, and personal interactions that we can only imagine would exhaust most longtime tour veterans. This being the rule and not the exception says a lot about their personal ethics as a band, especially in conjunction with the anything-but-cagey lyrics.
The thing about Korn is that they don’t change their formula; they don’t need to. Whereas some bands may feel the need to reinvent themselves, Korn never really changed their sound much over time, and I for one am grateful. They’re so distinctive, to begin with, packing multiple stylings into a single song, that we love what we get and we just want more of it.
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