Korn
The Paradigm Shift


4.5
superb

Review

by LocustGrove USER (2 Reviews)
October 10th, 2013 | 16 replies | 1,754 views


Release Date: 10/08/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Korn finally realized that all they needed was more Head.

The Paradigm Shift is an album that only Korn can make. It's also an album that they could only make now. It pulls from their entire career and manifests into the Korn of 2013. There is something on this album for every Korn fan.

First off, I have to say that having Head back makes a huge difference in their sound. I seriously feel like there was a huge void in all their albums after he departed. Part of their edge was missing and you could tell dramatically. Having Head return to the band is a difference maker and it shows on every riff. Munky held down the fort for many years, but his other half is back and they've created some of the best shredding to date. It's heavy, it's crazy melodic, it's creepy and it soars. This let Fieldy get back into his sweet spot, right in between them. He's not buried in the mix, he's bopping and thumping in the open spots, laying down that groove that only he can do. There's less of his 'clicks' and more of a tradition bass tone, but he is having a blast on every track (Wish I Wasn't Born Today is a real highlight). Ray gets to flex his incredible talent here as well. While he was given the back seat in the creation of the last album, he runs with Fieldy here at every step. They play so well together, it's a joy to listen to. He's not David Silveria and he does not play like David. He's Ray Luzier and he can play and create with the best of them. He fits so well with the original guys it's a small miracle they found him. His passion for music runs through his veins, he was probably born with drum sticks in his hands. The Korn Groove is undeniable here. That leaves us with Jonathan Davis who gives us one of his best vocal performances. There is a ton of variety, the choruses are flawless. Epic drops, tempo changes, and some of the greatest sing along choruses since Untouchables.

A big turn off for people on Path was that the electronics were all in EDM style. It was Korn fused with EDM drum/dub/bass/etc. On TPS the electronics are all over the album, but they are much more integrated into Korn's specific style like Issues, Untouchables and Untitled. They are weaved in a much more nuanced, balanced and creative way. It's epic sounding.

Korn has always been about the sum of it's parts. Each guy brings something to the table and when they are firing on all cylinders, they create amazing music. The production and mix is fantastic, you can hear each element clearly and with authority. Each track is placed with careful purpose, the album feels like it breathes as it plays on. The creativity and focus on The Paradigm Shift makes it one of the best Korn albums ever made, I can't describe how happy I am about how this turned out. There is an insane amount of awesome songs. Prey For Me absolutely crushes, Spike In My Veins is wild, Punishment Time rules, Victimized is downright awe inspiring and Paranoid & Aroused is one of the best songs Korn has ever written.

I'm not going to lie and say that this is Korn greatest album, but it's definitely their best release in several years. Bottom line: Head is back with the band that made him famous, and Korn seems to have a bright future.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
D3rF31
October 10th 2013


27 Comments



Maybe i am tired but your summary make me laugh for the dirty pun that can be found in it.

SlMBOLlC
October 10th 2013


5181 Comments


the korn

SlMBOLlC
October 10th 2013


5181 Comments


sput gettin trolled hard

EvoHavok
October 10th 2013


1359 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lol that summary.

Digging: Pandemonium - Insomnia

DrHouseSchuldiner
October 10th 2013


5643 Comments


wow all these positive reviews,Alrighty then will check this tonight.

BigBlob
October 10th 2013


1654 Comments


Got to laugh at the people getting angry over the good reviews, even though they have never listened to the album

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
October 10th 2013


5770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Album has a 3.3 average but 6 positive reviews? Ok, will give this a listen.

Digging: Moonsorrow - V: Havitetty

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 10th 2013


50341 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I would give this a proper neg review if I had it in me to listen to this shit 5 times

Digging: The Brave Little Abacus - Masked Dancers

LocustGrove
October 10th 2013


540 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Honestly, I debated on whether I should submit this review on this site because of how much hate this band gets. I submitted this review on other sites and had no problems. Anyway, hopefully people will give this album a chance. Korn has burned a lot of bridges with their listeners, but this album is very redeeming.

joomisy
October 10th 2013


467 Comments


No offense but I'm kind of surprised that this review has recieved a 5/5

There are too many short, stumpy sentences here that need to be elongated a bit more.

AtomicShane
October 10th 2013


1789 Comments


this cd sucks ass, mostly because of the whole it being Korn part

Digging: Hands Like Houses - Reimagine

LocustGrove
October 10th 2013


540 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No offense taken. I was worried that my review would come off like I was trolling so I took an unorthodox (for me) and more personal approach. So I agree some of the review seems a bit awkward and lackluster. I took a risk that was a good bit out of my element and comfort zone.

Luminara
October 10th 2013


111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. This album flows really well from start to finish, not a single bad song on here.

Dunpeal
October 10th 2013


3663 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

no amount of fellatio could save this creampie-turdwhich of an album

Townsendium
October 19th 2013


51 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bought the special edition today. Not listened to it yet, but I thought Never Never sounded alright. Love & Meth was the clincher, it sounded awesome. So I bought the whole damn package. Been a huge KoRn fan for about 2 years now, they let me down with POT, hope this album redeems them

Dunpeal
October 19th 2013


3663 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

not sure how they get new fans off their new material. it really boggles the mind



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