Korn and Alice in Chains North American Tour with Special Guests Underoath
Dos Equis Pavilion – Dallas, TX – July 21, 2019
Ho99o9, pronounced “Horror”, opened the evening by displaying a massive black flag that looked similar to black metal aesthetic – one of many curveballs the group threw those in attendance that evening. Seemingly drawing influence from a multitude of sources, their performance opened with a massive sounding Organ led by a faceless, witch hat bearing performer to set a tone of spooky, off the wall intensity that would carry itself throughout their set.
As they made their way through the songs, they evolved into what could be described as spooky rap sandwiched between industrial thrash and punk rock; a trio consisting of a drummer / beat pad player, a vocalist who leaned more toward a thrash metal style, and the initial performer who proved himself to be equally talented with his fast and intricate lyricism. The transitions between this cornucopia of sounds was seamless, as the drummer whaled on the skins and kept the beat going, the other members jumped and danced and altogether lost themselves in the oddity of their music.
Adding to the diverse lineup was Underoath, hitting the stage with high energy right out of the gate. Sporting matching lime green instruments with all but one member, they moved in sync with one another to harmonize and play a multitude of different instruments as they were called for, with the drummer also lending his vocal talents. Vocalist Spencer Chamberlain went on to talk about how he grew up idolizing Alice in Chains and KoRn throughout their set, expressing gratitude and a sense of disbelief as he was onstage opening for those who inspired him to pursue the career to begin with.
Playing to the crowd, the singer hopped the barrier and led his microphone into the crowd to the delight of those in the pit area, leading into the fan favorite “Writing on the Walls”, a track practically anyone under the age of 35 are familiar with.
On My Teeth
Breathing In a New Mentality
Hold Your Breath
Writing on the Walls
Sink With You
As the sun began to take it’s final swings at the back of the necks of those in attendance, (yeah, it was HOT), Alice in Chains took to the stage and raised those in the seats to their feet instantaneously. It’d be a while since I’d last given them a listen, and boy oh boy did those riffs pack a serious punch. My unfamiliarity with their music over the last few years was instantly replaced with the need to know track titles if for the riffs alone. For a moment, the trance was broken only to realize the venue had packed itself tight right under my nose; looking back, the lawn was completely covered and most seats were filled.
Alice in Chains went on to play all of the classics and then some, hitting every line to almost an album quality performance and leading the crowd around me into a harmonious state, mouthing the words and swaying as if under a spell. Closing their set with their hit track “Rooster”, the venue reverberated with the voices of both the band and thousands of people in unison.
We Die Young
The One You Know
Check My Brain
Again, Them Bones
Dam That River
Bleed the Freak
Man in the Box,
Boasting an impressive stage setup, KoRn dropped the stage curtain to reveal an intricate display of backlight mirrored lights, emphasizing just how massive their performance went on to be. Brandishing the first 7 strings of the evening, there was a noticeable tonal shift as KoRn were the heaviest of the evening. Opening with “Here to Stay”, I found myself laughing at just how powerful and evocative their performance was right from the start. Clangy and disgusting bass tone paired with heavy riffing peppered their set and paired together with Jonathan Davis’ vocals so excellently there left no guessing as to why KoRn have withstood the test of time.
Headbanging like their lives depended on it, KoRn took an interim to thank the fans and express their humility and gratitude for those in the audience who have been with them since day one; a tenure extending beyond a quarter of a century.
Here to Stay
You’ll Never Find Me
Shoots and Ladders
Got the Life
Make Me Bad
Rotting in Vain
Freak on a Leash
4 U, Tist, Coming Undone
(We Will Rock You snippet in the middle)
Falling Away From Me
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