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Nine albums and millions of record sales later, it’s unrealistic to ask that they stay the same angry young men. Still, there’s something particularly frustrating about the way they’ve settled into a well-worn groove – complete with their trademark clicking basslines and stop-start riffs – ever since their third album, 1998’s Follow the Leader, put a gloss on their sound and sent it supernova.
Until now, that is. Tenth studio album The Path of Totality is a bold attempt at a new direction – sonically, at least. In collaboration with the vanguard of popular dubstep – most notably Skrillex and Noisia – they’ve taken their now immediately recognisable sound and put a dizzying spin on it.
They get full marks for effort but, unfortunately, not for the end results. It’s a credit to all parties involved that this doesn’t simply sound like a remix album, but once the novelty of the squelching, space-aged din they’ve birthed fades, what’s apparent is how little Korn have to say for themselves these days. Lead single Get Up! is an empty-headed party starter, while its follow-up, Narcissistic Cannibal, sounds jumbled, bloated and directionless. It doesn’t help that Jonathan Davis’ vocals are frequently swamped by what surrounds them, but even when he’s not clear it’s more than apparent that the fire that lit up early, nerve-twisting invectives against bullying (Clown) and homophobia (Faget) and big hits such as Freak on a Leash just isn’t burning here.
Still, there are a couple of edifying shocks the system. Burn the Obedient is a rare occasion on which they harness their new powers to sound truly intimidating, and closing track Bleeding Out’s use of piano, bagpipes and a coherent narrative makes it an ear-catching final call. Too much of the rest lacks the same impact, with the main consolation being that Korn have rediscovered their pioneering spirit.
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Korn is my favourite band and I had always been skeptical of this album because I don't like dubstep. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Max Baseley
Really enjoying it..The collaborations really work well..Whist kepping that unmistakeable Korn sound..Published 5 months ago by garry boardman
A bold step for Korn, to have their songs twisted and re-arranged by Skrillex and many others, but definitely worth the try! Good album!Published 11 months ago by Kristjan B. Heidarsson
This was a Christmas gift to me Fiance and he loves it, thanks guys.Published 11 months ago by EXSTASY
Awesome hybrid sound together with the Skrillex Dubstep...Korn always sounds good, but this album shined better for me!Published 13 months ago by Wayne Tully