Korn
The Path of Totality


4.5
superb

Review

by smiders USER (1 Reviews)
December 2nd, 2011 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With “The Path Of Totality”, Jonathon Davies has his middle finger up, and for anyone doubting Korn… That finger is raised in your direction. Brilliant stuff.

There’s no middle ground when it comes to Korn really. It’s agreed across the board as to how pioneering they were in launching the whole nu-metal movement, and how awesome their arrival was on the metal scene; with their ‘laggy band strings and really plundering the low end of heavy. Then when it comes to discussions of their back catalogue, opinions change and you get a load of… “haven’t put out a good album since blah blah blah…”, “still doing the same thing and haven’t moved on…”, “no longer relevant in today’s metal…” Well, this particular quadrant of TINAS Towers would like to say a huge and almighty “Bollocks” to all that. These Bakersfield boys have delivered time after time, and if you are after a review panning their latest curveball “The Path Of Totality”, we suggest you go look elsewhere.

We’d already had a taster of the new experimental approach, as anyone who wasn’t in hibernation earlier in the year would know about Korn’s collaboration with Skrillex for the thunderous “Get Up”, and more recently the infectious “Narcissistic Cannibal”, again featuring Skrillex and also Kill The Noise. So it’s no surprise that this album is up to it’s neck in Dubstep and Electronica, yet it’s still Korn kicking through, and what’s more it’s bloody good.

Skrillex also features on the album opener “Chaos Lives In Everything”, a beat laden crossover behemoth that should raise the rafters at any hedonistic club night. Jonathon Davies vocals are distinctive on their own, as he staccato spits out the verses before soaring into a familiar feeling chorus barrage. Skrillex is not the only collaboration on the album as we have numerous producers dipping their toes in this experimental Korn pool. Noisia features on “Kill Mercy Within”, very much “Untouchables” in it’s feel, but still one of the real standout tracks on the album.

Checking out who features on which track soon points out which collaborations work best, with both Skrillex and Noisia battling out for pole position, both allowing Davies and Co. to shine through without overpowering the tunes with the electronic aspect. “Burn The Obedient” and “Let’s Go” are massive; huge choruses and haunting melodies that are enhanced rather than overpowered by the mix. This album marks a massive move from the excellent “III:Remember Who You Are”; an album that was Korn true to their roots, stripped back and battering the low end of heavy. This is Korn leaping forward into 2011.

Korn and the various producers have managed to create a monstrous fusion of an album. It’s still ball-breakingly heavy, yet most importantly it’s still Korn. It will divide opinion. There will be those that love it, and those that hate it, refusing to move from their “Old School” Korn beliefs. This is Korn taking a risk and freshening up their punch.

http://www.thisisnotascene.com/2011/korn-the-path-of-totality/


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Cheesewireism
December 1st 2011


161 Comments


meh, the review was alright, i wont pos, but i wont neg either.

DropdeadWHA
December 1st 2011


1396 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think this should of been a J.D side project. It's alright, but isn't anything 'game-changing' and the dubstep is okay, the choice of producers makes it sound a bit 'samey'.

pizzamachine
December 1st 2011


14257 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This review will probably get deleted 'cause it's not the the album's release date yet. Just a heads up.

BassDemon333
December 1st 2011


3435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Nah, Roadrunner is currently streaming it

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2011


57224 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Anarchistfish's didn't get deleted



ilikeforests
December 1st 2011


328 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

okay review with a most horrendous opinion

anarchistfish
December 1st 2011


28307 Comments


"Anarchistfish's didn't get deleted"
yes it did

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2011


32292 Comments


So it’s no surprise that this album is up to it’s neck in Dubstep and Electronica, yet it’s still Korn kicking through, and what’s more it’s bloody good.


I'll never understand why people feel the need to put "and electronica" after mentioning an electronic genre

AtavanHalen
December 2nd 2011


17920 Comments


i wub u

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2011


31792 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

there is an odd genius to this review

bloc
December 2nd 2011


61011 Comments


there is an odd genius to this album

Digging: Cut Copy - I Thought Of Numbers

Acanthus
December 2nd 2011


9812 Comments


There is an odd issue with reviews from other places popping up here, all about Kornstep.

twlichty
December 2nd 2011


4363 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

album sucks, ur wrong blahblahblah

EyeForAnEye
December 2nd 2011


1741 Comments


Stop. Making. Reviews. For. This. Fucking. Album.

KjSwantko
December 2nd 2011


12004 Comments


Don't we already have a consensus that this album sucks? 1/2 the front page are reviews for this album....

anarchistfish
December 2nd 2011


28307 Comments


album is ok

BassDemon333
December 2nd 2011


3435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

^ this

Azn.
December 14th 2011


5632 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Lol. Sounds like shitty metal mixed with shitty dubstep. Oh wait...

mattsobuser
July 1st 2012


36 Comments


See, this is what Im talking about. You broke down the album, gave good explaination, and showed the world what this albums about. Thank you

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2013


11771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Pos'd because finally someone gave a worthwhile attempt at reviewing this album without focusing on how different it is from old Korn, and instead taking it for what it is; a bloody good listen. I hate how old fans are stucvk in their 90's - early 00's mentality and hate on everything that Korn do differently. Great review. Sums up my thought perfectly. Good album too.



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