"...and not just their raw energy and ability to pull off a really great live show. LAPD features James "Munky" Shaffer, David Silvaria,and Fieldy from Korn, as well as an otherwise unknown vocalist who tends to be very--well--annoying. I got it mostly because I wanted to hear Munky play lead guitar. It's too easy to dismiss Korn's guitarists because they don't play lead like so many bands with only one. It's very apparent that the three Kornsters in this band are very talented even outside their eventual genre. David plays a less hip-hop drum on this album, Fieldy has far less of the clicky bass that Korn fans are accustomed to, but I personally thought the real treat was Munky's inventive leads and powerful riffs that eventually translated into Korn."
Sort of decent
Mike Brennan | Standpickle | 10/20/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is pretty good, but there aren't enough good songs on it. Songs like P.M.S., St. Ides, and Who's Got The Number show true young spirit of foolish adolesecents with record deals and rocking. But other more serious songs like Jesus and Don't Label Me show true emotion and thought and that they aren't just brash young people. It's also a gem to have if you like Korn because strange enough, Fieldy, James Shaffer(Munky), and David Silveria(At age 13!!) make the music. The lead singer, Richard Morales, has a rather messy, slurred voice and most of the time, you can't understand what he's saying. Even if you can hear what he's saying, it doesn't make any sense. But he does get backup from Munky and even Fieldy. Generally, the first few songs are good, but they are rather disappointing after that. Doe Tee Beats is only 15 seconds and all they do is scream to a drumbeat but it's still funny. Slicky Slixter is the most annoying song on the CD because it's basically all saxophone. Who's Got The Number is a ridiculous song about some number, but which number is it? All My Life starts out okay, but falls apart and ends at 41 seconds. The point is, if you're a Korn fan, you should buy it, but you might not like it because the music isn't the same.Note: There are some guitar chords on this CD that are later used in Korn songs!"
The Origins Of Korn
Andrew Estes | Maine | 03/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As any self respecting Korn fan should know, before there was Korn came L.A.P.D. (short for Love And Peace Dude). L.A.P.D. consists of where-is-he-now vocalist Richard Morales and current Korn members James "Munky" Shaffer, Fieldy, and David Silveria (contrary to popular belief, Brian "Head" Welch wasn't an official member). So it's essential listening for anyone who loves Korn. Does it sound anything like Korn, you may ask? Hell no. L.A.P.D. aren't exactly original, and listening to this album is like a time-warp, back to the late 80's/early 90's. They combine all the obvious influences such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Suicidal Tendencies and Faith No More, and throw in a little bit of old-school Metallica for good measure. Overall, it's a mish-mash of genres going on, so the CD never gets boring, as they always take an unexpected turn. Richard Morales spends half the disc rapping, and the rest either yelling or growling. He is a fitting vocalist for this type of music, I wonder what ever became of him? Fieldy, Munky and David have just as much chemistry on here as they showed in later efforts, and Munky even churns out a few riffs that would later be used for the first Korn album (listen carefully). Also, it's interesting to hear him tackle some solos and show a little more proficiency at guitar than most people give him credit for. Skills which will serve him well, as Korn is now head-less and he is the lone guitar player for the band. Some highlights of the collection (which is a re-release of their debut "Who's Laughing Now" with three extra tracks tacked on) include "P.M.S.," "Don't Label Me," "Jesus" (which was later covered by Videodrone), and the odd, yet addictive disco-wannabe "Slicky Slixter." Overall, a very nostalgic and different listen for a Korn fan. I highly recommend this CD, even if you don't like Korn but are interested in the bands that influenced them. L.A.P.D. are definitely missing the harder, darker edge that Jonathan Davis brought to the table with Korn, so just listen with an open mind. Actually, forget this whole review, let it just be known that any band that samples the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" forever has my respect!"
Korn before they were Korn
Mike Brennan | 04/25/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Believe it or not this was the band "KoRn" before KoRn exsisted. It is evident in the powerful riffs played by James "munky" shaffer that he influence a lot in Korn's first and later albums. The high energy almost-disco-like drums brought to all of us by David Silveria (now the drummer to korn) are so much influeced buy grove music you can't help but dance. And of course the low clicky bass sound buy Regginald "fieldy" arvizu just leaves us in awe at the end of every song. So if you like korn and want to hear the earlier stuff (w/out Jon Davis's awesome, pain influenced vocals, sad to say) then get L.A.P.D. Some if it will make you giggle but you cannot help but appreciate their talent."
Andrew Estes | 04/04/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This cd is a very good one. The volume is low, the lead singer is not the greatest, the lyrics are on the punk style, and the music is completely heavy. If youve never heard Head play a guitar solo you might want to pick this one up. A good cd."