Slipknot, Korn, and King 810 Prepare Southeastern Connecticut for Hell

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Cameron Longendyke

Slipknot performs as the headliner for the "Prepare for Hell" world tour with supporting acts Korn and King 810

Cameron Longendyke, Staff Writer

KISS bassist Gene Simmons stated earlier this year that “Rock is finally dead.” However, the jam packed Mohegan Sun Arena crowd that paid to see metal bands Slipknot, Korn and King 810 proved that the genre is still in full force. On December 5, the three bands made their third to last stop in the United States on the “Prepare for Hell” World Tour.

King 810

The hard rock outfit King 810, a group that shares their troubled stories of living in the high crime rated city of Flint, Michigan, took the spot as the opener of the double headlining show. The band wore street clothes as vocalist David Gunn, sporting his signature bulletproof vest, screamed the band’s hits from their first album Memoirs of a Murderer. The band members were full of energy as they ran around the stage trying to get the crowd moving. However, the crowd stayed still due to the instruments drowning out Gunn’s voice and the band members sounding sick when introducing songs and barely interacting with the crowd. They also committed the rookie mistake of playing louder than they can handle, making the performance hard to follow for those who were not familiar with them and their material.  To make the twenty minute set even worse, the group of four walked off after the last song with no acknowledgement to the crowd.

Setlist (all songs off Memoirs of a Murderer except “810“):

810 (Proem) (intro to show)

1) Killem All

2) Murder Murder Murder

3) Desperate Lovers

4) Boogeyman

5) War Outside

6) Fat Around the Heart

Score: 3/10

 

Korn

As the first headliner of the night, the nu metal (hip hop infused metal) group Korn pumped the crowd up for the main attraction, Slipknot. Still supporting their latest 2013 album The Paradigm Shift and now the twentieth anniversary of their first album Korn, the band, led by vocalist Jonathan Davis, played hit after hit to an energetic crowd. They also kept the fans interested with their bright stage and flowing setlist.

The band started with the well-known beatbox medley of “Twist” that helped the crowd break into multiple mosh pits (an aggressive form of dance where participants ram into each other) that remained throughout their hour long set. The band then played more hits like “Right Now,” “Freak on a Leash,” “Got the Life,” and the nursery-rhyme filled, crowd participation song “Shoots and Ladders” to the mass of metalheads that were more than ready for the headlining act that was still to come.

Overall, the band sounded almost perfect as each instrument along with Davis’ clear vocals balanced out, allowing none to be drowned out. Guitarists James “Munky” Shaffer and Brian “Head” Welsh stayed interactive with the crowd making their time on stage very enjoyable. The only hiccup for this multi-award winning group was when a piece of lighting becoming askew on an amplifier during “Falling Away from Me.”

Setlist (including the album(s) the songs are on):

Intro

1) Twist (Life is Peachy)

2) Here to Stay (Untouchables)

3) Right Now (Take a Look in the Mirror)

4) Love & Meth (The Paradigm Shift)

5) Falling Away from Me (Issues)

6) Good God (Life is Peachy)

7) Hater (The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition)

8) Shoots and Ladders (Korn) with part of Metallica’s “One” at the end

9) Got the Life (Follow the Leader)

10) Freak on a Leash (Follow the Leader)

11) Blind (Korn)

 Score: 10/10

 

Slipknot

After a hiatus following the death of bassist Paul Gray in 2010 and the departure of drummer Joey Jordison in 2013, nu and heavy metal band Slipknot returned to the limelight as the headliner of the “Prepare for Hell” World Tour. Supporting their newly released fifth album, .5: The Gray Chapter, the group of eight returned with replacement drummer Jay Weinberg and bassist Alessandro Venturella.

As a large blue curtain hid the stage, the introduction song “XIX” welcomed the arena full of Maggots (Slipknot fans) to the stage that resembled a fun house with a giant goat head in the center. When the introduction came to an end, the group of eight drove the crowd into mayhem with one of their eight singles off the new album, “Sarcastrophe.” The band wore their signature blue jumpsuits, pentagrams, personal numbers and new versions of the masks that change with each album. Vocalist Corey Taylor (“Number Eight” to diehard fans) led the crowd through a close to two hour set that consisted of seventeen hits.

Shock factor is a known component to a Slipknot show, and the rising custom percussion sets of Shawn “Clown” Crahan (Number Six) and Chris Fehn (Three) allowed them to hang off the sides while playing roughly ten feet in the air as disc jockey Sid Wilson (Zero) took hold of the opportunity to perform approximately twenty stage jumps from the top of the stage to his small area in the rear of the set throughout the show. Fire also played a large role in their stage show.

Crowd participation was used widely throughout the show ranging from Crahan walking throughout the arena to Taylor leading the “jump wall” (only used on the floor of the arena, crowd members jump in order from front to back. It is similar to the wave at sporting events) during “Spit it Out.” The band appeared to be enjoying their time on stage along with partaking in the interaction.

Slipknot continuously proves that they can put on very engaging shows with hits like “Dead Memories,” “Duality,” and “Psychosocial,” their stage antics,  and crowd participation. The band as a whole sounded great with each at the right volume letting none go unheard. The only problem was Taylor’s screaming vocals being hard to follow in some songs like “The Heretic Anthem” and “Opium of the People.”

 Setlist (including the album(s) songs are on):

XIX (.5: The Gray Chapter) (intro to show)

1) Sarcastrophe (.5: The Gray Chapter)

2) The Heretic Anthem (Iowa)

3) My Plague (Iowa)

4) The Devil in I (.5: The Gray Chapter)

5) Psychosocial (All Hope is Gone)

6) The Negative One (.5: The Gray Chapter)

7) Disasterpiece (Iowa)

8) Opium of the People (Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses))

9) Dead Memories (All Hope is Gone)

10) Before I Forget (Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses))

11) Duality (Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses))

12) The Blister Exists (Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses))

13) Spit It Out (Slipknot)

14) Custer (.5: The Gray Chapter)

Encore:

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15) (sic) (Slipknot)

16) People = S#!t (Iowa)

17) Surfacing (Slipknot)

‘Til We Die (All Hope is Gone) (played after Slipknot walked off stage)

 Score: 9/10

 

Overall, the concert was very entertaining and an extremely fun time. Both headlining bands played well-known songs along with some songs off their recent albums. Although King 810 did not put on a good show, possibly because Gunn was sick or not used to constant touring yet, they are a perfect fit for the tour to set the crowd up for Korn and Slipknot with the hint of nu metal and use of the death growl (similar to screaming). After performing a few more shows in New England, the bands will be heading over to Europe.

Overall Concert Score: 8/10


(Setlists courtesy of Setlist.fm)