With the release of the bands’ 12th studio effort since forming in 1993, it is safe to say the band is still around for a reason. With many bands mimicking Korn in one way or another I myself hating the Nu Metal tag see the band as Alternative Metal. Leave the Nu Metal tag with the likes of Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit. Korn for one and System of A Down to me are innovators. I guess it doesn’t help with the case of Korn starting the career of Bizkit and featuring Corey Taylor of Slipknot on this album on the track A Different World.
Album opener Insane is just that as the band let loose with that raw bass sound signature to bassist Fieldy. Jonathan Davis‘ distinct vocals are in fine form, dark and catchy at the same time. The hard hitting riffs of the Munky and Head duo dig deep on next track Rotting in Vain. Releasing so many tracks as singles before the release of an album can spoil the surprise a tad. It doesn’t really matter in this case as the album is consistent.
The disturbed vocals of Davis at times haunting on tracks like The Hating and catchy as if they were written for a pop song on Black is the Soul. The Hating ends with that Korn heaviness that has been missing from the band. Taking the sound back to the Issues record of 1999 the album is sure to please the die hard Korn fan. One cannot pass the track Take Me at first sounding like it was part of Life is Peachy until the contagious catchiness hits you. Die Yet Another Night is a highlight with some stomping riffs and some interesting guitar parts, something different from Korn. You will be banging your heads like it was the late 90’s.
When some albums tend to lose the interest with the listener towards the end of the record that is not the case here as the next few tracks spark some serious head banging moments with drummer Ray Luzier thrashing out at times and the growls are welcome on When You’re Not There. A stand out for me was album closer Please Come For Me. However, if that is not enough for you there are 2 extra tracks that being Baby and the stomp fest Calling To Soon. All in all the boys from Bakersfield have delivered the goods and have a few extra tracks to throw in their live set.
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