Review: Jonathan Davis- Labrynth Aug06

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Review: Jonathan Davis- Labrynth

Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has been mulling over a solo release for some time but hasn’t been able to make it a reality until now. He has just released his first solo album entitled Black Labyrinth and I have to say that it is a pretty damn good release and the more I listen to it, the more I like it. So let’s break it down track by track.

“Underneath My Skin” – There are twists and turns where you hear his Korn days, but he finds a way to make it all his own.

“Final Days” – The vocal lines are like Korn but, there is a Middle Eastern tone to the music that takes you on a journey into the unknown.

“Everyone” – This is straight up Korn no buts about it. It’s very powerful lyrically with a very disturbing video that goes with it.

“Happiness” – This one features the frontman trying something a little bit different musically with excellent results.

“Your God” – This one is very different from his day job in Korn. The chorus would have made a great addition to MTV’s 120 minutes.

“Walk On By” – Another one that is not too far removed from his day job in Korn.

“The Secret” – A great song from beginning to the end. Kudos on this one. His vocals make the song uniquely his.

“Basic Needs” – Fan fucking tastic song. Absolutely great Middle Eastern power ballad. Wow, I didn’t expect that at all.

“Medicate” – Sonically this one is totally different, but the powerful lyric content make it worth a listen.

“Please Tell Me” – Musically this one sounds a lot like Linkin Park but, it’s the chorus to this mind trip that gets you.

“What You Believe” – This one takes a little while to get going but, when it does it is so damn good and it sounds like a long lost Nine Inch Nails song.

“Gender” – Unfortunately this one is a swing and a miss.

“What It Is” – Another absolutely perfect power ballad with another video that will stick in your head for days.

Here’s the bottom line- This is a solid release from a killer frontman. It might take a couple of listens to really sink in, but it’s so worth it. Very curious to see what he records next.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

-Eric Hunker