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Korn – The Path Of Totality Review

In addition to the usual suspects present – front man Jonathan Davis, guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer, drummer Ray Luzier, and signature bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (whose slap is sadly missing) – fresh sounds flesh out Korn’s most recent vibe, hints of which can be heard on 2005′s See You on the Other Side. In the case of a guest-saturated Totality, Skrillex wobbles and tweaks out all over “Chaos Lives in Everything”, Korn Songs mp3 soon after punching out majorly redeemable bass on singles “Narcissistic Cannibal” (featuring Kill the Noise) and headbanging forerunner “Get Up!”; Excision and Downlink light up hi-hats and effects galore on “Illuminati”, bookended by the former’s lofty “My Wall” (lofty as it can be, anyway) and the latter’s Gary Numan-esque “Sanctuary”. Members of Dutch breakbeat act Noisia enlist a bombardment of clicks and buzzes akin to background static from The Downward Spiral, carving out a most awesome, yet most likely overlooked niche on the urgent “Kill Mercy Within”, haunting charge “Burn the Obedient”, and hyperactive “Reptile”-meets-Untouchables throwback “Let’s Go”. Unlike Skrillex, 12th Planet (“Way Too Far”), or Kill the Noise (“Fuels the Comedy”), who tend to push Korn to the forefront of their own record in a revisit to Linkin Park’s “Wretches and Kings”, Noisia twist the boundaries slightly more to an electronic vantage point, where Luzier and Fieldy are advantageous accompanists, not leading men with egos bigger than their eyes. What’s next, Jónsi on a Tool LP? Korn Lyrics As far as experiments go, in the scope of what it means to nu-metal or dubstep, this is a necessary evil to some and an oddball win to others. There are those who didn’t see it coming, there are those who’d prefer it never had, and in the end, those arguments are muted by a pounding speaker and a few California metal-heads who ultimately decided to do something for themselves that wound up beneficial for all involved. Sonically, The Path of Totality feels culturally authentic and trendy, while at the same time, pounding enough for mosh pits and dance floors alike. I don’t consider the UK-scorned Skrillex or any other intervention on this record all that groundbreaking. Korn Remixes Also, The Path of Totality isn’t without major flaws in mixing; however, it does manage to make one repetitive style of London club music sound agreeable thanks to aggressive guitars and an original vocalist. I’m almost surprised to see Pendulum didn’t volunteer for a role in this menagerie, but to be fair, that may have been overkill. Take this at face value, stop moaning, and savor a sampling of modern tastes for a change. You might at least credit this release as being fathoms more assertive than, say, Hollywood Undead? Bunch o’ whiners, eat some metal.

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