Korn
The Path of Totality


2.5
average

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
December 1st, 2011 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: against all odds, Kornstep prevails - sort of.

Although Korn’s lead singer thinks otherwise (let’s leave him to his delusions), dubstep was a thing before Korn existed. Believe it or not, experimentations with the dubstep genre have been attempted from non-dubstep bands before, and it is a trend that continues to grow – it isn’t a new, mind-blowingly original idea. Recently, popular artists everywhere have been experimenting with the style, from Lights to Bjork. Korn aren’t reinventing the wheel, they’re jumping on the bandwagon. With this knowledge, we can objectively listen to The Path of Totality, lest we become disappointed. The hype for this album was so overblown that people were expecting either a vomit-inducing album, or something that would completely warp the face of dubstep, initiating a new age of Kornstep (although I exaggerate). Fortunately, neither occurred (although I would still call this Kornstep just for fun). Instead, they have surprised us by making a decent album. I suppose that is sort of groundbreaking, at least for this bland band.

In the past, Korn’s creepiness originated from their trademark scary guitar sounds, and Jonathan Davis’ always insane vocal presence. This time, utilizing dubstep to create colder atmospheres, their music is a bit more sinister. The new edge that they’ve gained is much more effective than their usual look-at-us-we’re-depressed BS. Then again, they’re still doing their usual nu-metal ear rape, but this time with brostep bass wobbles that are more annoying and ill-fitting than anything. Ultimately, despite the blatantly audible dubstep influence in the album, The Path of Totality is more or less your typical Korn album. You’ll hear the clunking bass notes, the forgettable guitar lines, the vocalist’s spastic attacks (that are never on tune), you name it. Not surprisingly, The Path of Totality is less groundbreaking than the band envisioned.

To be honest, Korn haven’t sounded this inspired in a long time. Say what you will about the album, but this is their first musical experimentation to even remotely work. It’s a ridiculous mess that feels like an overly fat slug that could explode at any second, but to be fair, that’s a fairly entertaining idea. In fact, the album is somewhat enjoyable if you can leave your brain on hold while listening to it. If there ever was a case of it’s-so-bad-that-it’s-sort-of-good in music, this is it. This is your brain on Kornstep.



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pizzamachine
December 1st 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Album stream: http://www.roadrunnerrecords.co.uk/korn/premiere/

yo

bloc
December 1st 2011


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Man, why did your old one have to get deleted. Thread was so good.

pizzamachine
December 1st 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

'cause Dev snitched (really).

omnipanzer
December 1st 2011


21621 Comments


I hope it's the same cause I'm done reading about this album ;^)

Digging: We Were Promised Jetpacks - Unravelling

pizzamachine
December 1st 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

heh don't worry it's the same :]

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2011


22011 Comments


'cause Dev snitched (really).

yeh he jus butthurt

pos'd

Digging: Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

Tyrael
December 1st 2011


20900 Comments


yeh he jus butthurt

pos'd [2]

BSX
December 2nd 2011


1633 Comments


This is your brain on Kornstep.

GOLD

Tyrael
December 2nd 2011


20900 Comments


popular artists everywhere have been experimenting with the style, from Lights to Bjork.

There was barely any dubstep on Siberia I wish people would let it go

pizzamachine
December 2nd 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Maybe, but she definitely experimented with it, and I loved it.

whatshisname
December 2nd 2011


179 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Really disappointing.
I was really looking forward to the songs with Excision.
But the one with just him was bad...Then the one with him AND Downlink was bad...
And then the bonus track with him, Downlink, AND Datsik was bad.
I blame Korn.

pizzamachine
December 2nd 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah this could've been so much better.

Fugue
December 2nd 2011


7353 Comments


Cool review dude. Listening to this now, unsure what to think so far, granted I'm only on the first
track but it kinda just sounds like Korn.

Edit: Oh hello Skrillex, that's where you are.

Azn.
December 3rd 2011


5612 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Good review, pos'd. But honestly reads more like a 1.5 or a 2, than a 2.5.

Eh personally I think this is mediocre in terms of metal and mediocre in terms of dubstep. I've heard better, but then again, who hasn't?

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!



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