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There aren't many bands that can bring something new to the music scene... Korn is one of the few pioneers of new subgenres. Actually Korn is the main reason, why there is such a genre today known as Nu-Metal. Although, I'm not a fan of the genre, I quite like Korn (for their creativity). Also, I love variety, so it's great to listen Korn for a change. Usually pioneering bands aren't as fortunate as Korn (they never gain popularity). However, record execs didn't notice the potential of Korn immediately (it took two years for Korn to get signed).
As this is one of those "Greatest Hits" albums, there's nothing surprising about it content-wise. However, there are quite a few good songs missing from this collection (especially from Untouchables). As the hardcore fans probably already own the whole Korn discography, there's some new recorded performances included on this album. Namely there are two covers (Cameo's Word Up and Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall). Also a remix of Freak on a Leash has been included (previously unreleased in U.S.)
Production on this album is quite good. The sounds are apposite (for the most part). Nevertheless, some sounds could have been better (for example, some overly distorted parts sounded too harsh). It's quite unfortunate that the production is inconsistent (songs have been collected from different albums with different producers and engineers). Especially, some of the older songs weren't mixed as well as the new ones. Mastering, on the other hand, has been done quite well (slight distortion occurred only few times).
The first pressing of this album also contains a bonus DVD (live at CBGB). The DVD contains a short 35 minute gig at CBGB. The production on the DVD is very good (picture is very clear)... Only complaints regard the bass sound, which got distorted every now and then (a mastering error).
All in all, this is a good collection... I recommend it to all fans of Korn and/or Nu-Metal.
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- MAGE (13.10.2004)
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