Korn - O2 Academy, Bristol
Before the final set of Korn's tour for tenth album The Path Of Totality kicked off, fans were treated to the new experience of a warm up act from Jonathan Davis' alter ego J Devil, as he tried out some of his DJing skills as well as a set from one of the band's album collaborators Downlink. Davis frequently spoke throughout the night about how grateful he was to the fans for "accepting his new style of creativity and allowing (him) to express it.”
It's easy to see why the band might be so appreciative of their fans' support for their new material, as its mix of the dubstep genre with the more recognisably heavy Korn riffs and verses certainly is a bold direction. Almost as a reaction to its uniqueness, tonight's two-hour set is smartly divided into three to leave everyone satisfied.
With brief instrumental sections in between - usually headed by a bass, drum or guitar solo - the three sections were split into the band's earlier work such as 'Predictable', tracks from the new album, and Korn classics such as 'Got The Life'. Alongside this there were some fan-favourite treats such as 'Another Brick In The Wall' and 'One' thrown in for good measure. With lighting as tight as the band's sound, there were numerous memorable moments including a sharp drum solo moulding straight into the tingling cymbals of the intro to 'Shoots And Ladders'.
Overall, Korn's set was a well considered, well constructed and brilliantly executed two hour performance, with the band energetic and positive throughout, constantly thanking the audience for participating and supporting the band. And with the venue full to capacity, you needed no clearer sign that The Path To Totality isn't the end for Korn just yet.