Korn
Untouchables


3.0
good

Review

by linkjerk USER (23 Reviews)
January 2nd, 2012 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: God save the queen.

Experimentation is something that has perplexed me since I first found out what music was. KoRn is no exception. Every artist explores new territory at one point or another, if nothing more than a single song in a single album. Experimentation is everywhere, and no artist goes down without a fight to say the least. KoRn being one in a mass cauldron of artists (if you want to call them that) took an entire album, and dedicated it to some kind of changeup in the musical style. Their third album Follow the Leader was their first real experimental album, and was to become one of the highest ranking albums of nu-metal society. But after a relative downfall in the bands streak of popularity with "Issues", the band started to go outside their comfort-zone in Untouchables. Many bands have tried, and sometimes failed. I believe that Untouchables couldn’t have fallen any closer to the fine line between awful, and acceptable in terms of how the album is.

When Follow the Leader was released, everything was well organized into perfect composure. The entire album was set up in a load of excitement so to speak, and the album finished off with some of the most popular songs to ever be seen. But it's unfortunate that I can’t say the same for this Matrix-ridden desert called Untouchables. This album is convoluted in every way, and is damn near impossible to give a 100% accurate description of what I feel about it, without outdoing everything I say. Untouchables is an album that fails to remain consistent and hold high. Without saying too much the album tends to, in a lot of areas, unveil a lot of areas KoRn never really expressed before. The electronic influenced sound provided by the matrix do somewhat justice for the songs, but wherever the times are that the songs get perfect, well, that just doesn’t exist. Untouchables also provides recycled content we've seen countless times but also abandons the "desperate" side of Jon Davis.

On the subject of recycled content comes the instrumentation as well. Although the Matrix is influencing a lot of this album, some of the content remains uninspired. It has shown up several thousand times to the listener that the beginning riff for "Here to Stay" and "Blame" are the exact same. The Matrix's influence in "Make Believe" are absolutely horrid. The intro and the chorus are about the only things that really make the song worth any credit whatsoever. However, the vocals are still substantial, especially in songs like "Here to Stay" and "Blame", aside from how absurd the actual lyrics are. At least the harmonies are still present. "Hollow Life" is one of the best songs on the album considering it has the most meaningful lyrics, and some of the best instrumentation. The instruments aren’t recycled; the Matrix has good points in the track, and is a great melody all the way through.

Other songs on the album fail to do exactly what they were intended to do, and it is for that purpose only that the song receives its negative criticism. "Thoughtless" is the perfect example of this. the track is probably the most recycled version of anything the band has done before on this album. The track itself though, supposedly coming off as this walk down memory lane to Jonathan's tortured past, is nothing more than a rant and screamo compared to classic songs like "Faget" or "Clown" from their debut. "Hating" is another good example, considering the lyrics are completely recycled, not only from the bands previous discography, but from the song itself. If the word "hating" is used one more time in that song, it will be too soon. I realize that the emotion is the only one the band seems to be able to express, but there is fine line between overdoing it, and just plain upsetting the audience.

A few of the songs also outdo everything KoRn has ever intended to do. "Beat it Upright" is one of my personal favorites. Though the song is amazingly catchy and has got some pretty decent riffs, the lyrics in the song are as if Jon lost a bet. The lyrics are absolutely irrational. From previous albums, its well known that the band has a very vulnerable side to them, and that they clearly had tortured pasts, but to come back in this (bad-ass) theme like this track is completely illogical. "I'm Hiding" is completely generic and worth every effort to skip, and frankly, "Wake Up Hate" is the same because it’s plain and simply preposterous lyrically. "No One's There" is probably the best example of KoRn's old and expired formula that actually outdid some other songs. In sense, the song still goes on about the depressing "get away" feeling expressed in many previous songs, but is still justified with good non-recycled instrumentation.

In conclusion, Untouchables is an album that in all senses, only a not-so-hardcore fan of KoRn will enjoy. Knowing about previous albums will only ruin this convoluted experience for true fans of the band, and it is best to just skip over this album. Unless your tolerance for recycled stuff simply goes unnoticed, or perhaps you have low-standards for music, than this album will come off as horrid without a doubt.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Shuyin
January 2nd 2012


14924 Comments


i allways thought 'wake up hate' was a 'Feuer Frei!' rip off..

Tyrael
January 2nd 2012


21108 Comments


^ lol

Shuyin
January 2nd 2012


14924 Comments


listen to both songs carefully

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 3rd 2012


32289 Comments


Experimentation is something that has perplexed me since I first found out what music was.


Why?

popularity with "Issues"


This is the first time you bother to separate an album name from the main prose

When Follow the Leader was released, everything was well organized into perfect composure.


These kind of sentences are the kind of thing you've been doing in your previous reviews. As in, I get what you're trying to say but the sentence technically doesn't make any sense

The entire album was set up in a load of excitement so to speak,


wut

Matrix-ridden desert


Explain this reference or metaphor

and is damn near impossible to give a 100% accurate description of what I feel about it,


Then don't review it. Or at least never use lines like this, otherwise why I would want to read anything more?

provided by the matrix do somewhat


If this is a reference to the production team The Matrix (note the caps), and if that does explain your earlier reference, I'm pretty sure they had nothing to do with this album. Didn't they only work with Korn on See You On The Other Side and the untitled album?

but wherever the times are that the songs get perfect, well, that just doesn’t exist.


This is horribly written

and is a great melody all the way through.


*has a great melody

A few of the songs also outdo everything KoRn has ever intended to do.


What were they intended for then?

rant and screamo


no

If the word "hating" is used one more time in that song, it will be too soon.


You mean they repeated the song's title? Well shit....

but there is fine line


a fine line

The lyrics are absolutely irrational.


wut

Your entire review and that concluding paragraph do nothing to back up your rating. You make this out to be a pretty terrible album minus one or two redeeming points so I fail to see how you gave this anything above a 2

BugZoid
January 3rd 2012


331 Comments


"Beat It Upright" is a favorite, really? Back in my KoRn days I wanted this to be my favorite but it just couldn't take the heat.

KjSwantko
January 3rd 2012


12081 Comments


lol looks like our boy has some editing to do

Restrikted
January 3rd 2012


1889 Comments


(Not trying to be a jerk here), but given you rating it a 3, you gave it more positives than
negatives. js

Divine
January 3rd 2012


3663 Comments


Why would you review this and give it a good score?

KjSwantko
January 3rd 2012


12081 Comments


album is ghey, might listen to it again just so I can 2 it and help my objectivity score

Divine
January 3rd 2012


3663 Comments


interesting

KjSwantko
January 3rd 2012


12081 Comments


no nostalgia would be listening to Follow the Leader, this album just sux

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 3rd 2012


32289 Comments


(Not trying to be a jerk here), but given you rating it a 3, you gave it more positives than
negatives. js


Eh, not he didn't

Shuyin
January 3rd 2012


14924 Comments


kj if you want korn just go for the first album, everything else is preety meh. and rip off music too, like i sayd above.

KjSwantko
January 3rd 2012


12081 Comments


yea seriously. First album actually is okay.

linkjerk
January 4th 2012


311 Comments


i dont get it, there is absolutely ZERO nostalgia on this album, not even Here to Stay

Shuyin
January 4th 2012


14924 Comments


i'd agree. i never really understood whats so big about here to stay.



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