Limp Bizkit Come 'Full-Circle' On Gold Cobra Album
'Evolution is great, but we need to do what we do,' Fred Durst says of the band's back-to-basics sound.
By James Montgomery
Here's the thing about the recently reunited Limp Bizkit: Sure, it's been more than five years since they last released an album — 2005's The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) — and even longer since they've been free of any sort of intra-band strife, but in a lot of ways, it's like things have never changed for them.
Especially when it comes to Gold Cobra, their new album (which is due this summer). It's the first time the band's full lineup — Fred Durst, guitarist Wes Borland, bassist Sam Rivers, drummer John Otto and turntablist DJ Lethal — have recorded together in more than a decade, and it's far from a rusty, dusty affair. The bass still booms, the riffs still crash, and Durst sounds like he's having an absolute blast. All of this means that, after spending the latter part of the '00s adrift, directing feature films or starting other bands, it appears the Bizkit are officially back.
"I think that, in a nutshell, we came in staying true to ourselves and doing what we do. ... We make heavy music that has rapping in it. We're a rap-core band," Durst told MTV News. "Through the years, it felt natural to try and explore and grow beyond that, and inevitably, it led us in different directions. And what our coming back together represents is us having figured out that, you know, evolution is great, but we need to do what we do.
"And this new album, this is what we do. The evolution has brought us full-circle," Durst continued. "We're Limp Bizkit. And if you didn't like it before, you're not going to like it now. If you don't want to hear a band that plays super-heavy grooves, with an MC rapping over it, then you shouldn't listen to Limp Bizkit."
And he means that, because the songs on Gold Cobra aren't exactly designed to win Limp Bizkit any new fans. From the snarling "Why Try" — currently blaring on Bizkit's website — to first single (according to Durst, at least) "Douchebag," this is very much a band playing to its strengths, unapologetically so — as if, with Limp Bizkit, there is any other way.
"A song like 'Douchebag,' to me, it's about ... I was really pushed around and bullied a lot growing up ... so having that torture in my life, until forming Limp Bizkit, and still having it against me in Limp Bizkit, but me at least having a voice, a way to fight back and release my aggression through the music," Durst said. "I've always had a problem with the irony that came with Limp Bizkit's music fueling bullies, when really, my aggression and my pent-up anger is mainly focused at these bullies. So I'm mainly calling those people douche bags, and a few other select individuals. ... Everybody has their own interpretation, and you will have a douche bag in your life that this song will apply to, and you just turn this f---er up really loud, because the riff is out of control."