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Up there with their best work,
This review is from: The Paradigm Shift (Bonus One DVD) (Audio CD)
Another new Korn album??! These guys certainly don't waste any time! This is studio album 11 from Korn and is a direct link onwards from previous album 'Path of Totality'. The first thing that hits you is the wall of sound production. Certainly not in the Phil Spector sense of the word but Korn have grown up musically and delivered their 'epic' album. It's about time!
The first tune 'Prey For Me' is simple, catchy and sounds desperate to escape from the speakers. Next up is the single 'Love & Meth' which I have to say, is the best Korn single since 'Coming Undone' (and I like a lot of the others since). So why the high praise for a band that have pumped out another album? Well the return of guitarist 'Head' Welch has obviously done something to them. Even though the interplay between him and fellow axe-slinger 'Munky' Shaffer has vanished, the songwriting sounds fresh and energised. Where Korn would have previously had the two guitarists filling in all the gaps with as many gimmicky hip-hop noises as they could; this time the riff is king. No disappointments in that department - 'Spike In My Veins' & 'Paranoid & Aroused' are great to mosh to.
Tracks like 'Never Never' and 'Mass Hysteria' are heavy and multi layered, Jonathan Davis' love of all things electronca is still just about evident, used just enough to keep the songs sounding current.
On this album we even get the first Korn 'ballad' (if you will) in 'Lullaby For A Sadist', beginning with cleanly picked guitars and soothing vocals, held down by a simple beat from new-ish drummer Ray Luzier.
The furious stomp and clicky bass led rhythms may have been thrown away for more simple rocking songs but the new Korn is better than ever and happily sounds like it's here to stay.