Review Summary: Korn have redeemed themselves, The Path of Total shit can be put behind us once and for all
Hahaha oh boy oh boy, sputnikmusic is packed with KoRn haters, so it's not gonna surprise me at all when I get a metric f**ktonne of negs for this bitch.
I have a been a huge KoRn fan for about 2 years. Yeah, not the best time to become a fan. I fell in love with their album "Untouchables", and from their, I basically raided HMV for their stuff. You can imagine how hyped I was for The Path Of Totality, and how badly I was let down by it. After that *** storm died down, I awaited KoRns next effort. And when I heard they were recording a new album, without the aid of dubstep, I was ecstatic. So, I went and bought the special edition soon after the release. And oh boy I was not let down at all...
The Paradigm Shift sounds like a combination of Untouchables, Issues, and their debut. It quite literally gave me and eargasm. Every song kicks ass. The sound of the guitars brings back memories of listening to Untouchables for the first time, and the emotion that has been poured into the lyrics makes this album possibly KoRns best effort yet. Jon has a knack of writing lyrics about being bullied in High School, sex, drugs or how *** the music industry is. Yes this album contains some of those elements, but Jon has widened his lyrical style, incorporating lyrics about domestic abuse, relationships torn about, and hints at coming-of-age. The songs are all beautifully woven from each members heart strings, creating a masterpiece of emotional Nu-Metal.
Many Korn fans were afraid when they heard Never Never, for it contains quite a lot of electronic elements. And to be honest when I first listened to it on VEVO, I felt my heart sink. But, surprisingly, it is the only song on the album that relies so heavily on electronica. The rest do contain some house-influenced synths, but it's no way near as awful as The Path of Total ***, in fact, it really adds to the sound, making it original yet similar to their classic sound.
So, all in all, if you're a KoRn fan, you will NOT be disappointed. Korn have most definitely redeemed themselves, and have built on their classic nu-metal sound. Go buy this bitch, and if you don't mind sparing about £3 extra, buy the deluxe edition, that contains two more superb songs, and the Reconciliation DVD. For everyone else, if you like Korn, or are just a fan of nu-metal in general, give it a listen, if you don't love it as much as I do, you're bound to still find something you enjoy about it.