Nu-Metal juggernaut Korn brought their friends Breaking Benjamin, Motionless in White and Silver Snakes on their Nocturnal Underground Tour as they rocked Atlanta, Ga. on a crisp Thursday night. Jonathan Davis and the Korn boys will be releasing their twelfth studio album "The Serenity of Suffering" on October 21, 2016. This go round, Korn & friends played the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater to thousands of fans yearning to jam out to the music of these metal icons.
The evening gets kicked off at 6PM by Los Angeles rockers Silver Snakes. Led by front-man Alex Estrada, the guys waste no time in setting the mood for the evening. They make it a point to have the crowd head bang to their rhythm. The 30 minute set displayed why Silver Snakes were booked to accompany on this grandiose tour, as the boys hold their own with raging instrument play and a front-man not afraid to belt out lyrics with the best of them.
Up next was Motionless in White. Hailing from Scranton, Pa., the goth-metal band consists of six members decked in dark-toned outfits and signature pale-white painted faces. Led by Chris "Motionless", the band hits the stage guitars blazing and ready to take the crowd on a wild ride. The aesthetic band puts on display their crowd hyping skills with constant head-banging, crowd interaction and, of course, superb tunes. During the 40 minute set, the boys go on play hit singles like "A-M-E-R-I-C-A", "570" and fan-favorite finale "Reincarnate". They boys exit the stage to rousing approval of the crowd, giving way to Breaking Benjamin.
Breaking Benjamin are introduced by drummer Shaun Foist. Standing behind his mounted kit, Foist looks to the crowd signaling for cheers. With fans obliging, the rest of the band makes its way to the stage. Breaking Benjamin, a headliner in their own right, up the show's ante with tremendous lighting and a tall curtain displaying the band's last LP's artwork resting behind them. Their 60 minute set begins with front-man Benjamin Burnley saluting the crowd, immediately followed by the boys delving into a rendition of track "So Cold". The amphitheater atmosphere is heightened with each passing song. However, halfway through their set, Breaking Benjamin pull out the big guns when front-man Burnley calls himself "a nerd". This is met with a vociferous response, as the band goes on to cover "The Imperial March" of Star Wars fame. It seemed Breaking Benjamin had reached their set's apotheosis. Suddenly, the boys pull another ace out of their sleeves and delve into a cover of Nirvana's world-famous "Smells Like Teen Spirit", sending the crowd into a mosh-pit frenzy.
To round out their set, Breaking Benjamin go on to perform hit songs like "Breath" and "Failure". They're joined on stage by Chris Motionless for the performance of "Polyamorous" and pay a touching tribute to America's servicemen when performing "I Will Not Bow". With their set coming to a satisfying end, Benjamin & company go off into the night with finale and hit single "The Diary of Jane". The boys walk off waving to their fans. The countdown to Korn begins.
The clock strikes 9:45PM, when Korn makes their introduction. Only the member's shadows can be seen as a tall white curtain hovers over the stage. Korn teases the anxious crowd with an intro-jam. Suddenly, the curtain falls to reveal the boys of Korn rocking out to opening track "Right Now". Jonathan Davis and the boys instantly connect with their fans. "What the fuck is up, Atlanta!?" shouts Davis. Korn puts the crowd on notice for a wild night.
The boys of Korn are completely in sync. It's incredibly difficult to keep your eyes on any one member, as they're all showmen. Brian "Head" Welch and James "Munky" Shaffer are constantly putting the crowd in awe with their long dreadlocks waving around as the head-bang. The superior drumming skills of Ray Luzier overshadow the impressive drum kit he handles. Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu handles bass duties like a champ while sporting a colorful attire. Tying it all together is the larger than life persona of Jonathan Davis and his silver signature mic stand. The entire band is a joy to watch.
Korn goes on to play tracks off their upcoming twelfth album like "Insane" and "Rotting in Vain", with a healthy mix of older fan-favorites like "Here to Stay", "Shoots and Ladders" and "Make Me Bad". Throughout the 75 minute engagement, Korn is in constant rev-up mode. The crowd meets their energy by jumping, mosh-pitting and crowd-surfing. Saving the best for last, Davis and company perform a two track encore of "Falling Away From Me" and "Freak on a Leash". The boys go all out and empty the gas tank, to the delight of their adoring fans. The lights dim and Korn exits the stage, putting an end to a successful 5 hour rock fest.
Be sure to catch Korn and friends on the Nocturnal Underground Tour as they make stops in U.S. cities like Tulsa, Topeka and Sacramento before crossing the pond for multiple stops within the U.K. They're definitely worth the price of admission.