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Family Values Tour 2006

(Firm Music; US: 26 Dec 2006; UK: 25 Dec 2006)

Why, oh why can’t nu-metal just go away and die? What sounded rather refreshing in 1997 quickly became the scourge of the metal world a few years later, the popularity of the turgid, drop-D dominated genre setting back the development of traditional metal by five years. Metal has caught up at last, as Lamb of God and Mastodon are starting to have significant impact on the charts, but all the nu metal holdovers continue to refuse to die, despite having completely played out the gimmick six years ago. And there are still people willing to hear the music, as the successful Family Values tour made an inexplicable return after five years, led by innovators-turned-parody Korn, and this compilation attempts to cull some memorable performances from the tour. Like the tour’s lineup, it’s a decidedly mixed bag, horribly recorded, with a pair of fresh-sounding bands buried under a morass of bland riffs, lugubrious beats, and lyrical self-pity. We get the woefully unoriginal Flyleaf (who performs an inexplicable cover of U2’s “Pride (in the Name of Love)”), power ballads by MOR bores Stone Sour and Tool wannabes 10 Years, and no fewer than six songs by the ubiquitous Korn, who sounds well past its best-before date, even on its one classic song, “Freak on a Leash”. Only the contributions by the always engaging Deftones (who never deserved the nu metal label) and Japanese visual kei stars Dir En Grey manage to stand out, but neither band can save this interminable, muddy mess.

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Adrien Begrand has been writing for PopMatters since 2002, and has been writing his monthly metal column Blood & Thunder since 2005. His writing has also appeared in Metal Edge, Sick Sounds, Metallian, graphic novelist Joel Orff's Strum and Drang: Great Moments in Rock 'n' Roll, Knoxville Voice, The Kerouac Quarterly, JackMagazine.com, StylusMagazine.com, and StaticMultimedia.com. A contributing writer for Decibel, Terrorizer, and Dominion magazines and senior writer for Hellbound, he resides, blogs, and does the Twitter thing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.


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