Often dubbed the god fathers of nu-metal, Korn return with their seventh album. In 2005 Korn lost guitarist Brian Welch to Christianity, signed a new record deal with Virgin and set about re-defining their sound as a four piece.
This album has a completely different sound from albums like â€˜Follow The Leaderâ€™ and â€˜Life Is Peachyâ€™ so donâ€™t buy it if youâ€™re after more of the same. The Korn sound has definitely evolved; no more flippant lyrics about dreaming bout sex or debuting their latest single on South Park. There are co-writer credits from The Matrix, who have previously worked with the likes of Avril Lavigne and Hilary Duff, and also Atticus, the drummer/programmer who has collaborated with Nine Inch Nails.
There is a clear distinction between the songs co-written by The Matrix with their catchy choruses and the industrial rock sound of the ones co-written by Atticus. The album opens with the first single off the album, â€˜Twisted Transistorâ€™ and once you get over the unexpected sound coming from a Korn CD, the new sound is clean, polished and highly produced. Tracks like â€˜Politicsâ€™, â€˜Hypocritesâ€™ and â€˜Souvenirâ€™ have really great, catchy choruses and â€˜Open Upâ€™ and â€˜Love Songâ€™ are darkly epic.
Itâ€™s not all nu-Korn there is twisted artwork, bagpipes make an appearance and songs like â€˜Getting Offâ€™ and â€˜Liarâ€™ are fast paced and old school. Jonathanâ€™s vocals have improved over the years but you still get to hear his trademark freaky rasp. â€˜Coming Undoneâ€™ and â€˜Seen It Allâ€™ are a bit dull but slow builder â€˜Tearjerkerâ€™, is a surprisingly pretty for a Korn song and a good ending to the album.
This experimental album marks a bold change of direction from a band that could have just spent 12 years churning out re-titled versions of â€˜Follow The Leaderâ€™.