I don’t feel like every year I get much older but with bands commemorating albums past, it’s like every year I’m reminded how old I actually am by bands who wanna celebrate past successes. Sure I talk about bands remastering and re-releasing shit that’s 10 or 20 years old a lot, some of it welcome, some most unwelcome. It appears Korn’s Follow The Leader will turn 20 years old on August 18 this year and to celebrate their most commercially successful album they’ve teamed up with clothing brand Pleasures to release a line of Korn T-shirts and hoodies. Whilst the designs aren’t that great and the clothing brand is emblazoned across most designs, there’s sure to be many a fan out there who’s what, in their 30′s at least, looking to relive their youth with the disposable income they have now because this shit ain’t cheap.
For the most part I don’t like to wear metal merch or dress like a metalhead but I’m honestly not sure who would proudly wear new Korn merch as a presumably fully functioning adult, presumably with a kid(s), partner and job. Where would anyone wear new designer Korn merch, to their office job on casual Fridays to commit career suicide? Would people wear this stuff to the supermarket? To the pub? All in all, who wants to be seen to be Korn fan in public these days at all? This idea has failure written all over it. And to make things worse, the clothes aren’t even tracksuits!
In other news
Pain will be at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Friday May 25.
Jonathan Davis will release his solo album Black Labyrinth on Friday May 25.
Candlemass will release their new album House Of Doom on Friday May 25.
Heavy AF – the heavy mini music fest will feature Boris The Blade, Nothing, Hollow World and others and will be at the Bendigo Hotel on Saturday May 26.
Alien Weaponry’s debut album Tu will be released on Friday June 1.
Immortal (without Abbath) will release their new album Northern Chaos Gods on Friday July 6.
Devildriver will release their new album Outlaws ‘Til The End, an album of country tracks done in the Devildriver style, on Friday July 6.
Deafheaven will release their new album Ordinary Corrupt Human Love on Friday July 13.
The Pantera set and Soulfly set from Dynamo 1998 will be released on Friday June 22.
Guns N’ Roses will release their massive Appetite For Destruction Locked N’ Loaded re-issue box set with a massive amount of extras on Friday June 29.
Machine Head will rock the Forum Theatre on Saturday July 21.
Satyricon will tear Max Watts to shreds on Thursday September 6.
Tesseract will play 170 Russell on Friday September 14.
An Evening With Steven Wilson will take place at the Palais Theatre on Saturday November 10.
The Ocean will release their new album Phanerozoic in two parts, the first part to be released in October, and the second part to be released next year. Phanerozoic will pick up off where Precambrian left off some ten years ago.
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Paul S Taylor