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Kurai (Featuring Mudvayne’s Ryan Martinie) Pay Tribute to Late Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray on “Slipped Through My Fingers”

  • Axl Rosenberg

Ryan Martinie and Paul Gray

Last night we got a press release with the subject line “New KURAI Single Inspired by the Loss of Late Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray,” and I thought, “Kurai, Kurai… why do I know that name?”, and then I remembered: it’s the horrendous band that Mudvayne bassist Ryan Martinie is playing with these days.

So I open up the press release and there’s various quotes about blah blah blah, and then I get to the lyrics, which were also included in the e-mail. And as soon as I read the very first line, I knew that the song in question, “Slipped Through My Fingers,” was going to be terrible. And how, pray tell, did I know this based on just one single lyric from the song? Because the lyric is this:

“If you could peel this mask from my face…”

WOW. Literally could not get through one line without making a reference to masks. With that kind of original thinking, it’s  miraculous that there no lines about jumpsuits or puns on the name “Gray” in the song.

ANYWAY, I, of course, being a sucker for punishment, listened to the song despite the ridiculous lyric, and, amazingly enough… it’s even worse than I thought it would be. I previously categorized Kurai as “a terrible Korn wannabe” (and remember that I’ve never even really liked Korn in the first place), but this… holy crap… this is some next level Korn-aping drek. Not since the early aughts, when I was forced to sit through local nu-metal bands like Sicks Deep, have I heard a band that SO BADLY wants to sound like Korn, and so thoroughly misses the mark. Ryan Martinie’s skills are so far above this crap that it’s depressing.

You can listen to “Slipped Through My Fingers” below, if you’re the mood for some aural diarrhea. Everyone else… as you were.

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