After a return to a much heavier sound that’s been missing on the past 2 KoRn records, the band return to give an album that’s pretty much a snapshot into their career as a band. This has been a grievance to fans of the band including producer Nick Raskulinecz which have made the band return to a classic sound.
Jonathan Davis is heard doing his signature scat on Rotting In Vain which makes the song reminiscent to fans of a track such as Blind or Falling Away From Me. This is something which goes along well with the heavy bass that Fieldy provides and goes perfectly in the direction KoRn wish to re-encapsulate. His voice also takes some quite extreme sounding screams on a track such as The Hating where the band have some of the most powerful lyrics on the record.
The choice to include an acoustic guitar on the intro for a track like The Hating where the lyrics feel much more direct “ripping the child within me” makes the listener delve within the psyche of KoRn, which feels much more direct and powerful. The speed of the track speeding up with the lyrics “an angry mouth with a broken heart” shows the classic depths that the band go to and the warped poetry that the band creates from their best releases. The writing for this album is certainly at one of the highest points in the band’s history (at least since KoRn III: Remember Who You Are).
Within saying this that doesn’t mean the band have got rid of the Industrial sound that the band have been known for on the past two records with lead single A Different World. The most noticeable part of this track is the fact Corey Taylor is included on the record and whilst this might just be seen by casual listeners as just an extra layer to the record, but for KoRn historians the rivalry between KoRn and Slipknot has been at a high point throughout the majority of the band’s career, allowing the group to move forward and progress is quite an important factor into what makes this album special, and whilst a return to the routes is what the fans might ask for, the group have shown here that this release is not as simple as that.
The other musicians however have their moments throughout the course of the album as drummer Ray Luzier goes into some quite heavy patterns especially on the almost funk sounding intro of Take Me where the song becomes instantly disjointed, before the other instrumentals bring it. The dark horse in this band is surprisingly the guitarist (though the band don’t tend to use a lot of solo’s so this can be understandable) of both Munky and Head. The sense of layering in this release however is key to its sound and this can be found on Die Yet Another Night. Where the song is built up by the perfect and most complex riffs on the entire release.
KoRn are a band which have enough peaks and troughs to make most bands careers seem nothing in short, for this release however the band are looking to go in the right direction. What comes next however is anybody’s guess.