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This review is from: The Path Of Totality (Audio CD)
After returning to basics on album number nine "Korn III-Remember Who You Are" Korn have gone all experimental again with album number ten "The Path Of Totality"(originally it was only going to be an ep) which is released a mere 17 months after their back to basics approach. Which came about after the hit and miss albums "See You On The Other Side" and "Untitled" which saw collaborations with The Matrix and Atticus Ross. "The Path Of Totality" see a whole host of collaborators mainly from the world of dubstep, the most famous being Skrillex. This reviewer is glad to say that the new approach work well for Korn and this comes from someone who loves their classic early sound.
On album opener "Chaos Lives In Everything" we are welcomed by a looped drum machine before Jonathan Davis vocals kicks in, it's got to be said Davis vocals sounds really good over these big beats with Munkys guitar also in the mix. It does seem Fieldy's famous slap/click bass sound is missing not only on this track but most of the album really. This track comes of sounding like Pendulm only much heavier. "Narcissistic Cannibal" which has already been released again features Skrillex and features a crushing barrage of beats, it's one of the standout tracks on the album along with the "Get Up" again featuring Skrillrex whose beats nicely compliment Munkys guitar and features a heavy driven chorus.
"Let's Go" which features dutch drum and bass outfit Noisia is one of the catchiest tracks on the album with a great chorus. "Burn The Obedient" starts off tame enough that's before the chorus kicks in. "On Way Too Far" which at times is really mellow before Davis delivers a death metal vocal. "My Wall" again features some real big beats with Davis changing his vocal style throughout. Not everything works of course "Sanctuary" is really underwhelming and at times Davis sounds like a knock off Marilyn Manson. Album closer "Bleeding Out" is fairly lifeless.
With the special edition you get two bonus tracks "Fuel The Comedy" and "Tension" as well as a full DVD of the performance from last year of "Korn The Encounter"(It was shown on TV last year) which is filmed in a crop circle with no fans present, it's a nice addition and bonus for fans who won't like the experimental album but will like to hear Korn classics. The only thing with the DVD is that there is a load of studio overdubs used on the live tracks.
So with album number ten Korn have gone as experimental like never before, the dubstep style works well on the album even if it at times it get's a bit repetitive. YES this will split their fan base, it deserves more than one listen before you write it off as there's some real good stuff on here and the band should be praised for trying something new so long in to their long carear.