16 May 2013

Korn - The Path To Totality

Korn have always tried to be different.  From the beginning of their careers they have always done something on most albums that is a little different.  On their first album they did a song about nursery albums which had a bag pipe opening, they brought hip-hop back to the metal table with Follow The Leader and joined in on the synth pop back during their untouchable period.  So when they said they would do an album with a dubstep tone, it was not a real surprise to your blogger.  It pissed a lot of people off, some people where disgusted that the band would go down this direction. However, they have always been fame whores.  They are just like David Bowie - following whatever is the current trend and making it their own.  With only three of the original members left due to one reason or another, is this really a Korn record or is it just a pile of shite (or both).......

Now musically this is a lot different to what has in some ways, there is more groove here (and not in a groove metal way). The beats and programming is a fascinating and of a very good quality.  The producers for this album include - Skrillex, Feed Me, Kill the Noise, Noisia, Datsik, 12th Planet, Downlink, Flinch, Excision, Jim Monti and J Devil - with the whole production job being over seen by singer Jonathon Davies. Some of these tracks have such a sonic kick it is almost a positive statement for dubstep which is often looked down up.  When the music sounds this good, I can see why a lot of people love it and what attracted Korn to work with these guys.

But there is a massive problem with this album - it is Jonathan Davies himself.  The man has been writing the same self hating lyrics for as long as Korn have been going. Yes, he has had a shitty childhood - lots of people have been through the shit and I do hope he gets help or has gotten help - but some of his demons that he talks about are of his own making and the self pitting lyrics are just a step too far. The reason why Korn have never truly took over the world is that whilst they are ever changing, they have not grown - and this bring the whole album which could have been such a truly diverse album if they had have truly went out of their comfort zone; but instead they just made something that I view as a disappointment.  I really love the music, but the lyrics are just high school awful.  If they keep this direction going I hope they get some better lyrics as the performance is still really good. So frustrating, so very bloody frustrating.

2.5 out of ten - If only there was some quality control

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