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Review: Korn – The Path Of Totality (Album)

Read our review of Korn’s latest offering The Path Of Totality, it’s wobble-tastic!

Band: Korn
Release: The Path Of Totality (Album)
Release Date: 05/12/11

In some way, the fact that Korn have gone out and made a no holds barred metal/dubstep crossover album isn’t too shocking. This is the same band, remember, that has featured borderline demented scat vocals (see ’99’s ‘Freak On A Leash’), collaborated with Ice Cube, sampled Cypress Hill and have found a way to incorporate bagpipes into their sound. Clearly the metal rulebook doesn’t apply to these guys.

Make no mistake, you’ll either love this or hate it and in fairness there’s a high chance that you would have already have made up your mind about this as soon as it was announced, but if you do give the album a chance it really can grow on you. From start to finish there is nothing that gives the impression that the band were merely jumping on a bandwagon, the album is executed with nothing but sincerity and there is little reason to doubt that this is anything other than exactly what the band wanted to do, contrary to some of the expectation from fans since the announcement of the album.

It has to be said that all of the highlight tracks are where Korn collaborate with the man of the moment, Skrillex; the chemistry between the two artists is incredible, with every single splice, wobble and drop feeling as natural against Jonathan Davis’ wailing vocals as it possibly could and that is exactly what makes their three tracks (‘Chaos Lives In Everything’, ‘Narcissistic Cannibal’ and ‘Get Up’) stand out on the album. Outside of these, though, the tracks are solid if slightly unremarkable.

The album definitely does become repetitive quite quickly and other than the massive choruses of the Skrillex produced tracks, you would be forgiven for feeling as though the rest of the songs were interchangeable. There is also a very questionable bagpipe cameo in album closer, ‘Bleeding Out’ that definitely feels as though it is a little tacked on. Even with these flaws considered, however, ‘The Path Of Totality‘ is a solid offering that is extremely listenable (in small doses, admittedly) and highly accessible to fans of Korn and dubstep alike. Not to mention, it’s quite refreshing to see a band that have been going as long as Korn being unafraid to take a step in a new direction.

Reviewer: Ryan De Freitas

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