With Brian 'Head' Welch back in the line-up, Korn seems to look a little more like their former selves these days. Their latest album The Paradigm Shift dropped on October 8th, marking their 11th studio release. There was a lot of speculation over what the album would sound like with nearly all original members back in the creative groove together. The answer is perhaps not exactly like before, actually not nearly like before, though the album does have a good vibe. Without further ado:
First things first. There are still dub-step elements sprinkled throughout this record, though they are more subtly mixed into the songs and not the main focus like on Path Of Totality. Blame it on singer Jonathan Davis' alter ego JDevil, Skrillex, or who ever you see fit. If you were really not a fan of the sound on the last album, you could find yourself in for a disappointment. Now that you know to proceed with caution, read on.
This album does re-capture some of the energy from Korn eras gone by. It will give you that old get up and go crazy feeling every now and then, like Corey Taylor during Falling Away From Me on Download 2006. The riffs in Mass Hysteria echo the opening chords to Freak On A Leash, and on Lullaby for a Sadist it conjures up lyrically the twisting of innocence content of Shoots and Ladders.
It may seem like middle ground right now but maybe that's what it's all about, putting elements of the old and new together. The band is coming back around full circle but repeating the past is hardly the case. You can't go around the block without learning a thing or two and taking the experiences with you. You may be different than when you left, but the transformation along the way will make you even better for the next trip around. Isn't that what a paradigm shift is?
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