It was an evening full of heavy metal last night as the “Serenity of Summer Tour” featuring Korn and Stone Sour made a stop at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage.
The activity level went from patient to ruckus instantaneously when Slipknot frontman, Corey Taylor, and his alternative metal band, Stone Sour, hit the stage. They kicked things off with the cleverly titled “ Taipei Person/ Allah Tea” from their latest album Hydrograd, which they released on June 30th via Roadrunner. Taylor confessed he had tweaked his knee earlier that day, but assured us nothing would stop him from performing. “I would play in crutches or a wheel chair if I had to,” Taylor said during the set. Stone Sour’s 55-minute set featured crowd pleasers like “Made of Scars” and the stripped down “Through Glass,” that shows off the softer side of the band. Speaking of which, during this particular set, bassist Johny Chow popped the big question to his girlfriend on stage… and she said yes!
Just when we thought the night couldn’t get any louder, Korn gave us a new definition to the word “heavy.” Tuning their instruments to subatomic frequencies, the bass made your heart skip a beat. The nu-metal legends opened their 80-minute set with “Rotting In Vain,” the lead single off their newest record Serenity of Suffering. The energy only escalated from here as they transitioned into the classic “Falling Away From Me,” which dates all the way back to 1999.
A highlight to the set came when renowned frontman, Jonathan Davis, who was skirt clad but now sans dreads, brought his bagpipes onto the stage to play an extended intro into “Shoots and Ladders,” which features solely the lyrics of nursery rhymes like “Ring Around the Rosie,” “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe,” and “London Bridge.” The massively heavy musical break in the middle lead into the most moshed version of “Nick-Nack Paddywhack” you have ever heard in your life.
The band cleaned up with “Make Me Bad” before returning for a four-song encore. The night wrapped with the Korn classic “Freak on a Leash”, which gave the fans one final push to get their aggression out and Davis one final opportunity to show off his impressive scat vocals. Both Davis and the band showed little signs of slowing down and in fact proved that this Korn was far from being over boiled.