Korn
The Path of Totality


2.5
average

Review

by Axel Thunderflex USER (6 Reviews)
December 13th, 2011 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An unbiased review of Korn's 10th studio album

Where to start... Well, lets start with an overview of Korn just in case for some reason you do not know about them. Korn is practically one of the most popular metal bands and the creators of Nu-Metal. This is their 10th studio album, The Path of Totality. This experimental album tried to mix Korn's previous style with the new up and coming genre dubstep.

1.Chaos Lives in Everything(feat. Skrillex): The intro song of the album provides quite a bit of hope for the album! It sets up a smoothly edited dubstep/metal song with guitar riffs and overlying, somewhat meaningful, vocals.
2. Kill Mercy Within(Feat Noisia): a strong guitar intro provides some of the only identified guitar on this album. The entire song is pretty catchy and has underlying triplet techno beats in the back ground. One of the stronger songs on this LP.
3. My Wall(feat. Excision): A song that has no trace of guitar, a very strange dark key signature, and the universal "wah wah wah" dubstep effect. This is the first track on the album that truly makes you wonder if the concept of this album was a good idea.
4. Narcissistic Cannible(feat. Skrillex and Kill the Noise): My personal favorite track on the album. The dubstep in this track honestly sounds as if it could go by itself without vocals as traditional dubstep does. The vocals actually make somewhat sense and add a neat gritty factor to the song. This song was released as a single before the album drop.
5. Illuminati(feat. Excision and Downlink): A sub-par song starting with shaky vocals and bad dubstep. This song honestly sounds like someone got lazy in editing and pieced together samples of techno with a love song. Really not a good performance by either of the artists in this song, after such a great track, this one is just weak.
6. Burn the Obedient(feat Noisia): This is another one of the more catchy songs on the album. The techno provided by Noisia is very good and has high tones coming in every fourth beat. The lyrics sound like a real song and for the second time on the album ACTUALLY go with the dupstep in a natural way.
7.Sanctuary(feat. Downlink) This song is pretty close to musical torture. This one could be used to get intel out of terrorists. The vocals are straight up bad. The lyrics, meaningless. This song is similar to using garage band and adding it to an already not very good song and calling it a remix.
8. Let's Go!(feat. Noisia) Return of the guitar! this is the first track since the second track where guitar was identifiable. This song honestly does sound like a throwback to earlier Korn, just with techno in the back.
9. Get Up!(feat. Skrillex) Another GREAT song off the album. This one has a good bass drop, a great dance feel, catchy vocals and overall is a good song! however this one was also released as a single before hand.
10. Way too Far(feat. 12th Planet and Flinch) A very strange chanting appears 30 seconds into the song as is then followed by a soothing vocal line. This honestly turned out to be very catchy as this song had many contrasting elements in it. Provided for an interesting experience.
11. Bleeding Out(feat feed me) This song has a very enjoyable piano transition and leads into a line of dubstep and weird verses. This one sounded like a mosh of sound and did not click on a musical note. very strange, but no real opinion on it other then lousy lyrics.
12. Fuels the Comedy(feat. Kill the Noise)(Special Edition only) This song is great. Has a lot of rap elements and good techno with neat beats and a solid chorus. If the entire album was like this song it might of been a success.
13. Tension(Feat Excision, Datsik, and Downlink)(Special Edition only) A good techno beat, and a good feel. This song has a very eerie feel and does a good job at producing something for both metal heads and dupstep fans. Jonathan Davis Scatts at the end and creates a very special moment in the albu,.

Overall- Lets be completely honest. No one expected album of the year, this was an experimental album and was originally supposed to be an EP. The fact that Korn put this into a whole album is quite amusing. However, it did not work. Many parts sounded like trash and 5 out of 13 songs i would listen to more then twice. The two styles just don't flow as well as thought. The techno would have been really lame without the vocals and the vocals and instrumentation would have been equally as lame without the dubstep. I believe that the artists were letting the others hold them up on this album(no bass drops, no string bass, very little guitar, no noticable real drums) and this was a downfall.

Rating- 2.5: While they attempted a neat feature less then half of the songs were quality and that just isn't worthy of anything better then just an average rating.

Last word- If you REALLY are driven to buy this work, get the special edition. It adds 2 great songs and in the CD form comes with a dvd of Korn playing their hits in a Kornfield.



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  • Alex561 (2.5)
    It's more machine now than man....

    Abhishek1411 (4)
    Jonathan Davis is good in trying (successfully) something 'new' every time. And "The Path ...

    Will C. (2.5)
    Korn has come to a fork in the road, and a difficult decision had to be made. I guess Korn...

    smiders (4.5)
    With “The Path Of Totality”, Jonathon Davies has his middle finger up, and for anyone ...

  • Philip Whitehead (4)
    An early indicator of what to expect in the coming years, although likely to polarise fans...

    pizzamachine (2.5)
    against all odds, Kornstep prevails - sort of....

    fish CONTRIBUTOR (3)
    The definition of "guilty pleasure", ultimately undermined by lazy songwriting...

    Deviant STAFF (0.5)
    Korn IV: Forgetting who you are...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 13th 2011


31620 Comments


Began reading this then realised that you knew nothing about dubstep and stopped. I don't expect people to be experts on something before commenting on it, but if you plan on reviewing something a little research goes a long way

Digging: Theo Parrish - American Intelligence

ShadowRemains
December 13th 2011


21633 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

lololololololol

Scoot
December 13th 2011


17914 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

what is this

Digging: Renounced - The Melancholy We Ache

slimdaddy
December 13th 2011


449 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

That's fair enough. I wrote this being an avid Korn fan. Dubstep has never floated my boat so I just did a review on what I thought of it

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 13th 2011


31620 Comments


Well for a start, it's by no means a new genre. Unless your definition of new goes back about 13 years

slimdaddy
December 13th 2011


449 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

That much is true. I think I'll just shut up now and save future reviews for what I know alot about, rock.


taylormemer
December 13th 2011


4953 Comments


Don't worry about it kiddo.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 13th 2011


31620 Comments


I'm not saying don't talk about stuff you're not overly familiar with, just put a bit of time into some research

DoABarrelRoll
December 13th 2011


342 Comments


But Korn are the original dubmasters

taylormemer
December 13th 2011


4953 Comments


Don't worry about it kiddo.

slimdaddy
December 13th 2011


449 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

No, I completely understand what you mean. I mean music is changing everyday and in the end I'll still have my opinnions about it. But I'll take your advice and since this is my first music review on this site next time I'll just pull up the handy dandy wikipedia before spouting about it, haha

Azn.
December 13th 2011


5618 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

"Korn is practically one of the most popular metal bands..."

Popular for sucking and creating stale, boring metal.

FruityCatOfDoom
December 13th 2011


2138 Comments


All 13 years of dubstep have been leading up to the creation of this album. Kornstep is the future of the dub. Jonathan Davis is the jesus of Dub and has mastered the way of the wobble. ALL HAIL.


Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 13th 2011


31620 Comments


Dub=/=dubstep

Gyromania
December 14th 2011


16088 Comments


They were dubstep before there was dubstep.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 14th 2011


22047 Comments


Pretty sure they didn't invent nu metal either, they just pioneered it

Digging: Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers

taylormemer
December 14th 2011


4953 Comments


Nu dub metal

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 14th 2011


22047 Comments


techno

Killerhit
December 14th 2011


5381 Comments


Kill me

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 14th 2011


22047 Comments


dupstep



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