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Unlike other rock bands Korn take a risk...and it worked!,
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This review is from: The Path Of Totality (Audio CD)
I was worried about this experiment - Korn do what they do so well they perhaps had more riding on this than other big bands who change their sound to 'mixed' results, ie Metallica with Load, Paradise Lost with Host and so on. Those experiments however, are tame compared with what Korn have done to themselves. Dubstep is a form of music that is beloved of the hipsters but derided by a lot of the rock community as another fad. Credit is due then, to Korn who have taken this form of trendy dance music and used it to update their sound. You can't do this unless you are 100% certain what you are doing is from the heart and its good to know that in Korn's case, this is true. (See the J-Devil, frontman Jonathan Davis' side -project).
Kick off 'Chaos Lives In Everything' isn't too much of a departure to be honest. Its still Korn in essence - percussive bass - check. Simple yet super heavy riffing - check. Screaming about the horrible things that live in your mind - check! Really, its the drums and production that make this album what it is - not the songwriting. Ok so they might have trucked in the trendiest names of the moment to work over their songs but Korn know what they are doing - don't worry! There's a few moments that don't work quite so well but the likes of 'Let's Go', 'Kill Mercy Within' and my favourite ,'Fules The comedy' from the bonus disk are excellent tunes.
Yes there will always be people ready to complain that Korn have 'sold out' or 'gone trendy' but ignore the cynics. This is brave, bold and a step towards something new, not just in metal but in music - in 10 years THIS will have been the blueprint for a whole new genre! Good on them!