Korn – Live At Montreux 2004 – DVD Review

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For about five years now, Korn has made its way into my music collection time and time again. Numerous tracks keep catching my ear and it will eventually lead to me checking out more of each album and loving it. I’d have to say the first song to ever grace my ears was “A.D.I.D.A.S.” and I just thought it was incredibly cool. “Freak On A Leash” soon followed and needless to say, but I was hooked. Their original sound and unique tastes meshed well together and led me to being a huge fan. But over time the line-up of the band changed considerably and things just never were the same. Thankfully this DVD consists of the original line-up, but sadly it is also one of the very last times they would perform together.

Jonathan Davis, Reginald Arvizu, Brian “Head” Welch, James Shaffer, and David Silveria made up the classic and original Korn, and that is who we are graced with in this concert. It would actually be the very last time that this group would perform together before some major changes came into a few of their lives. Brian Welch went on to become a born again Christian and turned his life to God. David Silveria ended up going on what he called a hiatus from the band in 2006 and it was thought he would eventually return. Fact is that he never would come back and has just stepped out of the spotlight to run a chain of restaurants.

Korn has seen a variety of new band members step in to try and make them complete, but the sound would never quite be the same as it was with the line-up featured here at Montreux. Their connectivity and absolutely fantastic sound could not be matched by any other band or any other incarnation of themselves. Just look at the performances of “Falling Away From Me” and “A.D.I.D.A.S.” for examples of solid all-round good times. The band members are having a damn fun time on stage and feeling the energy of the raucous crowd. It allows for a much more inspired performance and makes the music sound that much better.

A few really bright spots in this live performance are “Shoots And Ladders,” “Got The Life,” and a rendition of Pink Floyd’s “Brick In The Wall.” All of these songs bring a lot of energy and sound like I’ve never heard them before. “Brick” keeps Pink Floyd’s original masterpiece intact while adding the jagged metal edge that Korn can bring to any song they put out. Live At Montreux may not be the best concert to catch Korn at, but it certainly is enjoyable for fans of the band. There is a very video-esque feel to the production value of the entire thing, but even if you don’t watch it and just have the music on in the background, then you’re getting your money’s worth.

Track Listing

Right Now
Break Some Off
Got The Life
Here To Stay
Falling Away From Me
Blind
Shoots And Ladders
One
Freak On A Leash
A.D.I.D.A.S.
Dead Bodies Everywhere
Did My Time
Another Brick In The Wall
F***t
Somebody Someone
Y’all Want A Single

The concert is shown in 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen and everything can be seen clearly and nicely. Nothing bad at all here.

The concert is heard in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and has a nice mixture of treble and bass without doing any adjustments that make it come through perfectly.

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It’s all a matter of opinion here and if Korn is your type of music, then you might as well pick up this DVD. It’s virtually the same thing as grabbing one of their CDs because you like the music and want to hear it. You aren’t going to feel as if you’re right there at the concert because duh…you’re in your living room. But the music is right up my alley and I could recommend it to anyone who is a Korn fan. It’s nice hearing the original group together and they make it worth the price of admission, or at least the price of the DVD. There are no special features which takes the DVD overall score down simply because an interview or something would have been nice but we get diddly squat. I don’t know about you folks, but all day I dream about se…maybe that’s a story for a different time.

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Eagle Rock Entertainment presents Korn – Live At Montreux 2004. Starring: Korn. Running time: 75 minutes. Rating: Not Rated. Released on DVD: May 13, 2008. Available at Amazon.com