In 2019 Nu-Metal and Grunge continue to rule the world and that was no more apparent than when Korn and Alice in Chains made a stop at Fivepoint Amphitheater in Irvine on Friday night August 30 along with Underoath and Fever 333 in the opening slots. This co-headline tour has spent five weeks making its way across North America during the summer of 2019 and is was without a doubt a killer package from start to finish that had the capacity crowd in Irvine on their feet from start to finish.
Southern California natives from Inglewood Fever 333 kicked off the evening with a high energy rager featuring their punk rock infused with hip-hop/Rage Against the Machine musical style. Vocalist Jason Aalon Butler entertained the crowd not only with his singing but erratic stage movements and made his way out into the crowd and into the seats while continuing singing. A great way to kick off this event and Fever 333 successfully did their job by pumping up the early crowd and definitely gained some new followers.
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After a brief hiatus from 2013 to 2015 Underoath are back stronger than ever with vocalist Spencer Chamberlain leading the charge. With four songs from their 2018 record Erase Me, the band blasted through 45 minutes of non-stop action. Like Jason Aalon Butler from Fever 333, vocalist Chamberlain made his way out to the pit area to get up close and personal with the fans. By the end of their set the venue was filled and just after the late summer sunset, Alice in Chains were ready to take the stage.
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Alice in Chains have been through triumph and tragedy but emerged at the top of the mountain and have remained there since their return with William Duvall in 2006. Their latest album 2018’s Rainier Fog is another haunting masterpiece and this tour wraps up the cycle for that album. The band took the stage and opened with “Angry Chair” then with extremely loud appreciation from the audience right into “Man in the Box”. Jerry Cantrell remains one of the greatest metal guitarists as he rips through his dark, evocative riffs that just bleed heaviness. Along with Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney remains the other original member as he anchors the band with his skin bashing complementing Mike Inez’s super thick bass-lines.
The band did a fine job mixing in the classic AIC cuts with newer material such as ”Stone”, “Check My Brain” and “Rainer Fog”. Vocalist/guitarist William DuVall completes the band sharing vocals with Cantrell and their harmonizing remains some of the most chilling and mesmerizing in the metal world. DuVall is a fantastic front-man and remains the perfect choice to take on the vocals of the late, great Layne Staley (RIP).
Cantrell gave a shout out to his two fallen bandmates Mike Starr and Layne Staley and dedicated the song “Nutshell” in their memory. The night ended with two monster hits off 1992’s Dirt – “Would?” then the final song “Rooster”. An impressive set from the mighty Alice in Chains . . .
Alice in Chains Set List:
Angry Chair | Man in the Box | Check My Brain | Again | Them Bones | Dam That River | Stone | Rainier Fog | No Excuses | Nutshell | Love, Hate, Love | We Die Young | The One You Know | Would? | Rooster
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Korn hit the stage at about 9:45pm with 75 minutes of stage time in front of them. The large black curtain dropped and the chaos began as Korn started the night with the heavy/up-tempo “Here to Stay” then into a killer version of the fan favorite “Blind” and then “Divine” – a hard hitting triple threat to start the show. The mosh pit kicked into high gear immediately and held strong throughout the night.
With 12 albums behind them it’s hard to please everyone song wise but they did a great job on this night mixing together the bands history. Vocalist Jonathan Davis remains a bottomless pool of talent with his different vocal styles as he belts out the charged lyrics either walking across the stage or behind his iconic, functional piece of art mic stand created by H.R. Giger. The band is strong as ever with Munky and Head bringing the heavy on their down-tuned guitars with Fieldy finger picking and slapping his bass to create in-human bass sounds. Ray Luzier sits high on his drum throne as he pounds the drum heads and symbols like animal from the Muppets. Collectively the five members of Korn equal an inhuman force of nature that delivers a heavy metal masterpiece of a live show.
Although the band did play the new song “You’ll Never Find Me” off their upcoming September 13 release The Nothing, they left out the brutal new song “Cold” which hopefully they play live on the upcoming tour cycle. Korn ended their set with “Freak on a Leash” before a four song encore that included “4 U”, “Twisted”, “Coming Undone” and ending this pummeling night with “Falling Away from Me”.
Again – an epic night of Heavy Metal music from start to finish. We look forward to Korn’s new album The Nothing and the touring cycle to follow.
Korn Set List:
Here to Stay | Blind | Divine | Rotting in Vain | You’ll Never Find Me | Twisted Transistor | Shoots and Ladders | Got the Life | Make Me Bad | Somebody Someone | Freak on a Leash
Encore: 4 U | Twist | Coming Undone | Falling Away From Me
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