Korn
See You on the Other Side


4.0
excellent

Review

by DixieNormous USER (6 Reviews)
August 22nd, 2013 | 21 replies | 1,192 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The buttered side of Korn

First things first: the Korn you knew in middle school is gone. They were already coming dangerously close to committing artistic suicide with "Take a Look in the Mirror", which was lukewarm and excessively contrived. My feelings towards that album have softened a bit over the years, but I still couldn't help thinking that maybe Korn were done for.

Well, in a way, they were. "Mirror" was the old Korn's death cry, and when Brian Welch left the band, the final nail was hammered into the coffin. However a lineup change and a label change seem to have conspired to create something that is, if nothing else, creative and new.

The album kicks off with the propulsive, but melodically challenged, "Twisted Transistor." While definitely not my favorite song on this album, it is representative of the changes to Korn's sound. At first listen, this album reminded me of Orgy. Indeed it borrows heavily from the softcore industrial sounds of Nine Inch Nails, Orgy, Static-X, as well from one of their stated influences, Ministry. Even when there are no electronics in the mix, the aggressive pulse in most of these songs still bring to mind industrial music.

The band also seems to have discarded the impressionistic chords and rich wall-of-sound textures in favor of a more horizontal approach. No doubt this is a result of Head leaving the band - without another guitarist to bounce ideas off of, James Shaffer's guitar parts reflect a thrashier sensibility. The low-tuned guitars in many cases have lost their bass-y definition and now act as an abrasive noise texture. Fieldy's bass lines no longer seem to double as percussion parts and he is more taken to using the fuzz pedal.

This is just about the least-heavy thing Korn has put out. But, that's not necessarily a bad thing. I think Jonathan Davis has burned out the temper tantrums that fueled his misogynistic rage on earlier albums, and any attempt to recapture that kind of sound would come off as forced and cheesy.

Starting with the disappointing but still listenable "Twisted Transistor," the album steadily gets better every song. "Hypocrites" is a relatively more traditional heavy/aggressive song with a southern-fried guitar riff a bit reminiscent of Pantera or Down. "Souvenier" is interesting mostly because it sees Korn experimenting with time changes, something that has almost never factored into Korn's pop-oriented song structures.

Then we come to what I consider to be the first real highlight of the album - "10 or a 2-way." It begins as a raunchy Marilyn Manson-esque cabaret rocker... but then the chorus rolls around and knocks your head off with unanticipated heaviness. It's all the more effect because the album as a whole isn't that heavy; so when it's heavy, it really stands out.

Another highlight (and this album sees more and more of them as it goes on) is the melancholy "Throw Me Away" which reminds me of the Untouchables record with its wealth of sentimental ballad stand-ins. And that's a good thing. Other highlights include the funky, tuneful "Open Up," a Static-X-esque sing-along called "Liars," and in my opinion the crowning achievement of this album, "Seen It All." The last track mentioned is a supremely creepy and dramatic song that reminds me of Angel Dust-era Faith No More. It is more than worthy of Korn's closing track.

Unfortunately, it isn't the closing track. The actual closing track is a quiet, haunting sort of pseudo-ballad called "Tearjerker." The dumb title belies its subtleties, but even then its more of an afterthought to "Seen It All" which is the kind of last impression Korn SHOULD be trying to make.

Most of the other songs are pretty good, although a few of them like "Politics" and "Getting Off" get a little boring after awhile. There are no appallingly horrible tracks (which is more than can be said about Take a Look in the Mirror) and the highlights are in abundance.

This album defines Korn as going in a new direction, and while I'm not decided if it were for the better, Korn could have done a lot worse at the time.



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YoYoMancuso
August 22nd 2013


11076 Comments


I hate that this review is well-written.

Tyrael
August 22nd 2013


20871 Comments


I feel like you've used too many paragraphs, considering how short (relatively speaking) your review actually is. Spacing is good, but try to not overdo it :]

Other than that, good review and good album

Coming Undone/Twisted Transistor/Seen it All/Throw Me Away are still my jams

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RivalSkoomaDealer
August 22nd 2013


769 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Souvenir was a good song.

DrHouseSchuldiner
August 22nd 2013


5643 Comments


well written rev although disagree hard with rating pos'd

FerinusCarnifexVox
August 22nd 2013


805 Comments


Besides spacing can't find much wrong with this review. Want to neg it because of rating, but you made your case. I'll either pos or pass on this one.

Minus.
August 22nd 2013


2680 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Dude this review is actually pretty good. pos'd

joomisy
August 22nd 2013


467 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Damn baby, I completely disagree with the review, but it's well-written.

This is probably my 2nd least favorite Korn (next to their complete disaster that was Untitled).

I loved Coming Undone but I hated everything else about this album

TrephineArtist
August 22nd 2013


187 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, I think my 3 score is being generous though! Not one of my fave Korn albums at all (I even prefer 'Take a look in the Mirror' easily) but this has it's moments.

Coming undone is a ridiculously catchy tune and still gets people dancing in rock/metal clubs.



FerinusCarnifexVox
August 22nd 2013


805 Comments


Ended up giving a pos. it is well done.

loneNLwolf
August 22nd 2013


138 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Pos'd. Really good review.

FerinusCarnifexVox
August 22nd 2013


805 Comments


Ouch man.

The777thVermicide
August 22nd 2013


277 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is like the 3rd worst korn album, average and some songs are boring but not so awful like the untitled or the dubstep abortion.

Rastapunk
August 23rd 2013


736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I acutally liked Take A Look In The Mirror more than this album...

Review is well written (pos'd) but some of your paragraphs could have been merged together, especially the first two.

Freddey
August 23rd 2013


135 Comments


This IS the worst album to be put out by a "metal" band.

pacedown
August 23rd 2013


174 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Static-X-esque
lost in pronunciation

SharkEthic
August 23rd 2013


582 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Throw Me Away is an awesome song

never listened to the entire album, nor do I plan to

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BigPleb
August 23rd 2013


36524 Comments


Meh, never been a fan of anything post-Untouchables.

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SharkEthic
August 23rd 2013


582 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Take a Look In The Mirror is aight, but yeah, they should have hung it up after Untouchables

johnnydeking29
August 23rd 2013


9027 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I absolutely despise this album in almost every way (apart from Open Up, which is listenable)
However, your review almost made me want to revisit, and that alone is posworthy

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
August 23rd 2013


28504 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

pos



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