The Paradigm Shift



by WicKed110 USER (6 Reviews)
October 9th, 2013 | 27 replies

Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An album with a sound mixing Untouchables, Issues and their debut album together.

When Korn's previous album, The Path of Totality was released, most of the fans loathed it for being dubstep. Fans were even begging Head to rejoin the band. While he now is in the band, some fans do now start to want David back. While everyone complains about how Korn are not the same like they were off Issues, Untouchables or Life is Peachy, this album instead has a classic Korn sound. Therefore, fans will have to most likely enjoy this record.

Now that Brian "Head" Welch rejoined the band after he left years ago, he seems to be what helped get Korn back on their more known or identifiable style which has been heard from the style of his band, Love and Death. With him and Munky, they're doing the guitar riffs that they used to do back in the 1990s where they'd use a lot of tritone and have a very hip-hop feel to the rhythm of the guitar riffs. The one difference is that some of Korn's older riffs from albums like their debut and Life is Peachy is that those albums' riffs occasionally would have this mysterious turntables-like noise you'd hear in the background which is heard in the riffs to songs like "Blind", "Clown" and "Fake". The riffs are back to being aggressive and angry. They even are going back to making those electronic-friendly noises they made back in albums like Follow the Leader as well as even some palm-muting. However, there is a lot of electronics in certain songs. Not a whole ton except for "Never Never".

Ray Luzier was once talked about by the band's former drummer, David Silveria, on Facebook as he said how Ray didn't seem to have the funky feel to his drumming which you could notice about Ray's drumming on "Never Never". But on the other songs off the album, especially on songs like "Spike in My Veins", you'll hear the return of the funky rhythms to the drum beat. The thing is, David Silveria is kind of like a hip-hop drummer, while Ray was more of a heavy metal drummer. However, on this album, Ray ends up doing the funky drum beats Korn are known for. The only difference between his drumming and David's is that David has a more snare drum tone.

Jonathan Davis now is doing the vocal styles he used to do back then. On more experimental Korn albums like Untitled, which had an electronic rock feel, See You On the Other Side, which had an nu-industrial feel or The Path of Totality, which was blatantly dubstep, he is pretty much just singing. On this album he is going back to doing growls which you'll hear in songs like "Prey for Me" and "Mass Hysteria". He even has done some rapping on this album which he has done in classic Korn songs such as "Got the Life", the second verse to "Good God", the post-second chorus part of "Faget", "Divine", the angriest part of "Kill You", etc. In the chorus to "Spike in My Veins", you'll hear some rapping where he'll rhyme along with a funky rhythm to it. Even he starts rapping in the pre-chorus part of "Lullaby for a Sadist", which is the power ballad off the album with a very nostalgic melody to it and some acoustic guitar parts. The chorus has a melody that is really reminiscent to me of that one part of "Kill You" at the beginning of the song but right before the first chorus comes. While he sings a lot then might growl or yell a little, he along with the guitarists Munky and Head tend to do some very melodic choruses. They'd go to aggressive and tritone-filled parts along with some melodic parts. The difference between his vocals off this album and the ones off maybe the first album is he doesn't have anymore of that voice that sounds all irritated and like he's actually feeling angry in real life. But that's been happening since the late 1990s possibly because he got over his childhood.

Overall, this is a great album. For a Korn album, it sounds like it would've been released in 2000. It sounds like a mixture of Issues, Untouchables and the band's debut with a few hints of Follow the Leader and a tiny bit of Path of Totality characteristics. But don't worry, there isn't any dubstep on this album minus the bridge to the song "Never Never".

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Comments:Add a Comment 
October 9th 2013


Album Rating: 1.0

what the fuck is going on

October 9th 2013


Album Rating: 3.0

What fuck the is on going

October 9th 2013


It's a fucking classic

Digging: Claptone - Charmer

October 9th 2013


The sputnik collective is acting like a whining toddler when it comes to this album because it has a bug up its arse about the ratings.

October 9th 2013


why all these retards 4.5in korn and shit?

October 9th 2013


Album Rating: 3.0

why do you give a fuck?

October 9th 2013


People bitch too much about inoffensive mainstream rock and metal bands which aren't that improtant. Album is ok

October 9th 2013


Album Rating: 2.5

If Korn wasn't mainstream this album would be praised to death.

October 9th 2013


Album Rating: 2.5

"If Korn wasn't mainstream this album would be praised to death."


it's time for a negative review for this

EDIT: there is not a lick of their self-titled anywhere on this

October 10th 2013


If a user said that in a Death thread or Carcass thread, everyone would throw a shitstorm and yet they're equally deserving of having negative reviews as well to provide a counter perspective. People won't bring this up though because it goes against the collective opinion on Sputnik. Hypocrisy at its finest.

If people want to write a negative review that's fine but the same argument should be made across the board with more popular albums as well. They shouldn't be favourtism on this subject.

October 10th 2013


"If Korn wasn't mainstream this album would be praised to death"

This is quite possibly the most retarded comment I have seen on this website and I'm completely serious

October 10th 2013


Album Rating: 4.0

I'm sick of reading about people thinking this needs a negative review. If you believe it deserves on and can coherently explain why, then write on yourself.

Digging: Napalm Death - Scum

October 10th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

There's actually some truth to what lonewolf said, not specifically for Korn.

Digging: The Mortal - I Am Mortal

October 10th 2013


Album Rating: 3.0

Well surprise surprise, sputnik users are bashing others for liking this. Get over yourselves douchebags. You're not elite for hating this like you think you are. You're narrow minded posers with shit opinions. I wish for once sputnik users would be a little less predictable. But go ahead and make your alt accounts so you can neg the shit out of this album.

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October 10th 2013


Album Rating: 2.0

This doesn't have the Parkway Drive vibe I look for in all my metal.

October 10th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

^Nice one.

October 10th 2013


Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"why all these retards 4.5in korn and shit?"

October 10th 2013


Joy to the world
Sputnik is kill
Let's burn what's left on grill!

October 10th 2013


Album Rating: 2.5

It's just a shame that we can't enjoy the music we like without pretentious elitists getting on here, saying our tastes have yet to "mature".

October 11th 2013


What he said

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