They previous venture – and first album delivered to Roadrunner Records – issued friendly, achieved unsatisfactory results. Korn became a brand and it seems they get lost rediscovering their past by recycling it more or less inspired. After selling 63,000 copies during its first week in the US, and landing at number two on the Billboard 200, “Korn III: Remember Who You Are” has sold over all only 170,000 units in the US.
Guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer declared that they’re “definitely moving forward” and mentioned something about a song which reminds him Soundgarden. Than Jonathan Davis released a 14-second sample on SoundCloud in late March, of a new song entitled “Get Up!”, featuring dubstep/electro house artist Skrillex. Dubfuckingwhat?! 😀 Gee! Good that I had wrote about dubstep just a few days back. Still, if you want some quality dubstep, dig out the Brit Subsource – they are just murderous!
But honestly and seriously I doubt it that rockers/metalers will appreciate the latest trend riding from Korn.
Dubstep it’s something pretty intense as the real metal should be, so merging the two genres should result in some extremely intense shit. I love metal for some decades now, I appreciate few quality electro and dubstep artists as well. Korn kind of dissapointed me lately, but I might not be the proper reference. “Get Up!” sounds massive and aggressive, Skrillex (Sonny John Moore), also a former frontman for the emo/post-hardcore band From First to Last, know to twist things in and out, while Korn still can kick the shit out with some sick themes and cutting riffs. And “The Path Of Totality” have a few good ideas, better moments, but between some sick electronics and a couple of distorted riffs I still didn’t managed to dig out at least the sensation that there are some songs… I might seems outdated sometimes, but I still believe music is about songs, eventually expression of feelings. Well, I do not feel anything particular listening this and beyond the quite well produced sound, the almost unavoidable frequency oscillations and some familiar Korn schemes, there is actually not too much left. Noisy, but predictable, fashionable, but not quite inspired, Korn seems to facing another failure.
And once again I’m convinced that clubbers (and dubbers) will not really appreciate the guitar riffs while rockers/metalers will gonna hate the electronics. No win – win situation, not here, not anywhere, not in this fucking life.
This album sounds alright if you play it absolutely loud and you only feel the need to jump around and bang your head – eventually piss off definitively your neighbors. This is far not a path of totality, eventually a path to a party. Forget about nu metal… Feel like party?
1. Chaos Lives In Everything (feat. Skrillex) 3:47
2. Kill Mercy Within (feat. Noisia) 3:35
3. My Wall (feat. Excision and Downlink) 2:55
4. Narcissistic Cannibal (feat. Skrillex and Kill The Noise) 3:10
5. Illuminati (feat. Excision and Downlink) 3:16
6. Burn The Obedient (feat. Noisia) 2:38
7. Sanctuary (feat. Downlink) 3:24
8. Let’s Go (feat. Noisia) 2:40
9. Get Up (feat. Skrillex) 3:42
10. Way Too Far (feat. 12th Planet) 3:49
11. Bleeding Out (feat. Feed Me) 4:49
12. Fuels The Comedy (Bonus Track feat. Kill The Noise) 2:49
13. Tension (Bonus Track feat. Excision, Datsik and Downlink) 3:56
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