MUSIC VIDEO REVIEW
"Rotting In Vain" by Korn
Written by: Lexie
TODAY, July 22nd, Korn announced that they will be releasing their 12th studio album, "The Serenity of Suffering," on October 21st, via Roadrunner Records (which is available for pre-order NOW)!
In conjunction with the album's announcement, Korn released a music video for one of the album's songs, "Rotting in Vain."
The eerie music videos grips your curiosity immediately, as it opens with a perfect gentlemen -- adorned in Victorian fashions and rocking guy-liner -- climbing up a staircase. When he teaches the top, we are introduced to a shabby, haphazard room. This random space upholds the dark theme by featuring gothic clichés like a crow and skulls.
In this room, he grabs a black face-mask, and inhales the foreign gas flowing within its long tube. Almost instantaneously, the band is shocked to life in various spaces throughout the room, all having identical face-masks on.
As the band collects together to perform the song, our unknown gentleman continues to indulge in his face-mask, until he suddenly decides to slice the connected tube with a blade.
The song itself is a classic Korn sound, as the bass-heavy, fierce instrumentals back Jonathan Davis's haunting vocals. When asked about the song's meaning, Davis expressed that, "'Rotting in Vain' was written about being in that black place, being in situations that I don't like in life – be it relationships, or feeling when you're stuck and you're just being abused or you don't like where you're at, and you just sit there and rot... I'm just sitting there, fucking dying and letting it happen for years and years and not helping myself to get out of that place..."
Overall, I would rate this song and music video an 8 out 10, because the mood of this entire piece was truly engaging and captivating. I feel that the video takes a unique, creative take on the song's intended message, and acts as an interesting visual for audiences.
Want to see this video for yourself? You can check it out NOW on www.rollingstone.com, and let us know what you think! If you like what you hear, be sure to pre-order Korn's upcoming album!