Videodrone

Videodrone

Videodrone

Elementree/Reprise

When I saw that this was the band that was on tour with Korn, and that they are also on the new Korn-owned label Elementree, I was expecting the typical Korn/Limp Bizkit sound. Although they do have guest appearances by Jonathan Davis, Fred Durst, and DJ Lethal, they aren’t the “Pimp Rock” clones that I expected. The record sounds like Marilyn Mansion or Peter Steele doing their “spooky-talking” thing with music by late ’80s-era Depeche Mode or Duran Duran. The Depeche Mode/Duran Duran sound comes from the synthesizers and bass that are the main instruments, other than the occasional cheesy Atari sound effects.

On the song “Pig in a Blanket” they have guest “rappers” that go by the names “Duke and Jackson.” One of these guys sounds like B-Real with a stuffy cold. The last song, “C.O.B.,” starts out as a weird rendition of “Silent Night,” and after two very long minutes of this they have a kung-fu movie sample followed by ten minutes of a few words and more shitty Atari samples…and finally it’s over. Very weak, very unoriginal (and if you are going to make shitty music, don’t take other people’s shitty music, make your own “style” of shitty music — be shitty in your own special way) but I’m sure this won’t hurt the sales. After all, the fact that they are on Korn’s label will bring tons of kids to the mall ready to dig $15 out of their JNCO’s for a band just because they’re on “Korn’s label”

Reprise Records, 75 Rockefeller Plaza, 21th Floor, New York, NY 10019

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