Korn - The Path of Totality
Label: Roadrunner Records
Reviewer: Joey Jadam - 2012-08-08
Highlights: Most of the tracks
Dubstep: a controversial, alternative new genre that’s been taking the world by storm. With its heavy nature, and with dubstep transforming into the more sinister Darkstep, this hot new genre was bound to cross over to the dark side, into the arms of nu metal band Korn. Not to mention that Jonathan Davis (vocals and producer) has taken a huge interest in this kind of music lately, touring and collaborating with Infected Mushroom and all.
You might be thinking Korn are a bunch of sellouts, but seriously get your head out of your ass, this is awesome shit. The fusion just works perfectly! Though much more electronic, this is definitely Korn’s heaviest album yet. The way GOOD dubstep is, you just have to bang your head, though in styles different than ones we are used to as metalheads, in addition to coherent moves with your hand(moving it left and right, opening it and closing it like you’re using a yoyo etc.), you’ll understand once you check it out if you still haven’t. However, when Korn comes into the picture, they add that certain edge to it, removing the bright and replacing with dark, fusing dubstep’s head banging with the one we’re used to, it’s a really cool experience.
The moment I saw this thing at Virgin Megastores and gave the first track, Chaos Lives in Everything (probably the best track), a listen I just fell in love! My head, hands and body were all over the place; I spent all day being all hyper on that one track and am now concentrating on the rest. I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite album this year so far. In general it truly is a great listen, and a pretty entertaining experience. I mean, this has never been done before, so it really is like an expedition for the listeners. My advice: get the album, hook it up to a decent loudspeaker or headphones, and just blast that shit! It’s definitely going to make your day, it just gets you so hyped up, ready to party and destroy.
This album features some of Dubstep’s heavyweights: Skrillex, Noisia, Kill the Noise, Excision, and others. It was missing Zed’s Dead for me, but maybe next time?
Either way, I think this was an immense step forward for the band, opening the door to something totally new and exciting.