Korn
The Paradigm Shift


4.5
superb

Review

by Alex561 USER (2 Reviews)
October 9th, 2013 | 20 replies


Release Date: 10/08/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With Korn remembering who they are and Head back in the band, The Paradigm Shift makes The Path of Totality sound even worse than it already was

After I bought this album, I'll admit that I had average expectations before finally listening to the whole thing (including the 2 bonus tracks), and wondered if there will be a lot of Path of Totality resemblance.
But to my surprise, The Paradigm Shift is actually a really great album.
Not only should it have been the band's real 10th album, but with Head back in the band, I feel like he really helped with the album, making a sound that's like a future Untouchables or even Issues.

My only complaints is that the song Never Never resembles what should of been a B-Side of Path of Totality that ruins the albums sound after 6 tracks in.
My 2nd and final complaint is that some songs on the 2nd half of the album don't sound as great as the rest, but it doesn't mean that I think they suck.

A good example of this is when you compare songs from the 1st half such as Love & Meth to It's All Wrong and Prey For Me to Tell Me What You want; You can see how there's more of that trademarked sound that Korn is known for, but still with newer touches to give you a feeling like it's an all new Korn album. However, with the latter two tracks, they sound more experimental but not in a wub wub wub kind of way and in more of a See You on the Other Side way somewhat, thank God for that.

Overall, I would give The Paradigm Shift 4.5 stars out of 5.
If Never Never wasn't on this album, it would probably get a perfect 5 star score.
My faith in Korn's future has been restored; I can only hope now that they'll continue to remember who they are and not take anymore paths to totality.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
FlakMT
October 9th 2013


158 Comments


Never Never totally scared me.

minnashine
October 9th 2013


190 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

please stop

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2013


1639 Comments


"My only complaints is that the song Never Never resembles what should of been a B-Side of Path of Totality that ruins the albums sound after 6 tracks in."

Oh my.

Green Baron
October 9th 2013


20000 Comments


we need a negative review of this

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ScuroFantasma
October 9th 2013


2215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

then make one

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2013


22004 Comments


I don't see what a negative review would say which hasn't already been covered on negative reviews for all their previous albums. This is getting positive reaction cos people are surprised they're enjoying it and they're make a bigger deal of it, whilst people who still don't think it's that much of an improvement, if one at all, just see it as same old same old. So it makes sense that the only reviews so far have been positive.

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Green Baron
October 9th 2013


20000 Comments


good work fish

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2013


22004 Comments


don't get sarky with me boy

Green Baron
October 9th 2013


20000 Comments


no i really meant it thanks for providing a reasonable explanation

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2013


22004 Comments


i'm watching you boy

Green Baron
October 9th 2013


20000 Comments


no legit i'm not joking

Alex561
October 9th 2013


12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can see where you're coming from, Fish.
I guess I'm one of the people who was surprised to be enjoying it cause it didn't sound like the last album.
As for those who see it as the same old same old, that's fine by me, some people are fine with the same formula, others are searching for different ones.
To each their own.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2013


22004 Comments


I don't like this that much. couple of good songs. I liked korn 3 when it came out but I think I've grown off this kind of music.

wacknizzle
October 9th 2013


13464 Comments


Ugh, there still hasn't been a review for this less than a 3.5

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ScuroFantasma
October 10th 2013


2215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Maybe there are no negative reviews because, whilst there are areas that could have been improved, it is worthy of a 3.5 or higher?

Minus.
October 10th 2013


2680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"we need a negative review of this"


Well, write a negative review and stop bitching. It means absolutely NOTHING to say this needs a negative review without at least giving a explanation as to why.

ScuroFantasma
October 12th 2013


2215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^I second that

conesmoke
October 12th 2013


5239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Korn rule.

conesmoke
October 12th 2013


5239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

second that

zaruyache
October 13th 2013


6845 Comments


Haha no.

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