Album Review: Korn – The Path of Totality

By on Wednesday, 7th December 2011 at 12:00 pm

If you’re a regular reader of TGTF then you’ll surely be aware that we don’t really cover metal to a great extent, but the new Korn LP isn’t your regular metal album. Produced by some of the hottest dubstep producers today, Korn have reinvented their sound whilst managing to keep it wholly their own.

Dubbed ‘The Path of Totality’, it is the tenth studio album from the band who are often credited with being the fathers of nu-metal. They’ve taken their original slack bass sound and added some extra megatons of wobble whilst Jonathan Davis’ voice resonates throughout. Opening on the fantastic ‘Chaos Lives In Everything’, Skrillex firmly places his rubber stamp all over the music with his own squelches and erratic drum beat. Despite the obvious dubstep overtones, however, it is still very much a Korn track with a huge anthemic chorus and headbanging breakdown.

‘My Wall’ (featuring Excision) has the feeling of an old school Korn track with Davis’ high-pitched tones delivering the angst-ridden lyrics “I put my wall up each day, you tear it down, I hide in my space, the space you found.” Unlike some tracks on the album, the dubstep isn’t overly powerful, there’s no over the top drop, instead it’s easy-going electronics and static.


Current single ‘Narcissistic Cannibal’ is the stand-out song, though. It’s unrelenting dubstep combined with classic Korn and hits deeper and harder than anything Skrillex has ever produced by himself. It’s impressively dirty but has a chorus so large it will fill any arena and the car park outside with its crushing breakdown and Davis’ top form vocal performance. All the songs elements are flawless in their delivery and pack an incredible electro punch with bleeps, blips, whirrs and every other noise you can shake a sampler at, yet keeps its roots fundamentally in metal.

‘Get Up!’ is another full-throttle metallic thwack of dubstep infused metal (or vice versa). Starting with a huge drop that transcends into slower verses before a bridge overrun with wobbles culminates in the anger-fueled screamfest “Shut the fuck up, get up!”. Already a certified hit on rock club playlists, it’s everything you need in a party tune – a catchy beat, anthemic singalong lyrics and filthy dubstep laden throughout.

Not all of the LP is constant dubstep carnage, ‘Way Too Far’ is almost ominous with its vocal delivery and euphoric electronica. 12th Planet‘s evil ambience brings something different to the table throughout this innovative odyssey Korn are currently taking. Feed Me takes the new sound even further with ‘Bleeding Out’ that starts with a slow piano tune before switching to a trance keyboard and chugging riffs – there’s even the good ol’ bagpipes thrown in for good measure. What more could you want from one of the most consistently interesting bands in metal?


Korn’s ‘The Path of Totality’ is out now on Roadrunner Records.

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