Ah... The last and the least of all KORN-albums, the mediocre "Issues". How sad it is to try to review a record like this without feeling both anger and frustration because of the poor quality of just about everything on it, but also sadness and hopelessness due to this band's imminent downfall. One of my favourite band of the 90s, I have always seen KORN as some kind of pioneer in music [whether you consider the music good or not is your opinion, but the fact still remains that KORN was the creator/leader of a new musical genre] and I did, at some point, think they had acquired the "untouchable" state, as if they just couldn't put out a bad record. How wrong I was!
Things don't look too good for this CD, now do they? Let's move on to the reason why this CD is so disappointing.
If a guitar player is tired during a record session, can it be noticed while playing the album he was recording? Maybe I'm the only one who noticed but it seems to me that on "Issues", the whole band is depressed and on the verge of suicide! The instruments are played as if the band-members were flesh-eating zombies and the overall sound is so dull, you could almost fall asleep whilst playing the record. These guys are running low on batteries. Basically, this album is supposed to illustrate Jon's misery after the release of "Follow The Leader" during the "Family Values"-tour [a tour which included bands such as LIMP BIZKIT, ORGY, RAMMSTEIN and the super-duper-rapper ICE CUBE [insert sarcasm here]] and how he was stuck with alcohol problems and so on. Well what happens when you decide to write about your f*cked up life? You create a f*cked up album that's not necessarily good. No more psycho riffs that cause sudden head-banging, no more fancy drums that make your head spin, no more funky basslines that force you to grab your head in awe, NO MORE GREAT VOCALS THAT SEND YOU HEAD OVER HEELS IN AMAZEMENT! What about all those crazy noises Jon used to make? What about all that gibberish he used to scream at the top of his lungs? All he does on this record is cry and cry and cry! The best part of the CD is the intro-song "Dead", the only track with bagpipes, at least they didn't dump the bagpipes as well. And this CD was said to be just as aggressive as the first if not heavier... HA!
I must be in a happy mood to give this CD a 7, because this is so ridicule, you'd think KORN tried to pull the biggest joke in the world by putting "Issues" out. Still they do their best to rock the place and some tracks can do the trick just fine.