Album Review: Korn - The Paradigm Shift Featured

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Korn's importance to modern rock is something that I have always seen to be massively under-rated. Not only spawning an entire genre, but also being the soundtrack to a generation of kids that grew up between the dying out of grunge and the emergence of the internet. When you look at bands as a whole, Korn have to be one of the most influential bands to date. Name one of your favourite modern bands, and their members probably listened to Korn growing up. Korn made rock music 'cool' again, in a time before dance and pop music ruled. With their last album, 'The Path of Totality', Korn created a bridge between two contrasting genres; with their eleventh studio album 'The Paradigm Shift', Korn are evidently doing their best to make rock 'cool' once more.


Combining the epic scope of 'Untouchables,' the clean and catchy vocals of 'Follow the Leader,' and the electronic, dubstep joy that was 'Path of Totality', this new album is the ultimate Korn album. It manages to splice together three of the best albums the band have produced, into a musical delight that keeps on giving. While writing for this website, I keep on saying 'my favorite album of the year' a lot. However, this album is the pinnacle of metal. It combines so many different elements that it adheres to anyone's particular taste of music. Yet, that isn't why I love this album so much - it is the little moments in each song, that makes this album stupendously good. Each song has a particular moment that just makes you sit back and smile.


Take for example, opening track 'Prey For Me'; opening with a succulent seven-string attack on the ear-drums - something that James "Munky" Shaffer and Brian "Head" Welch have perfected over the years - which eventually subsides, allowing Jonathan Davis to belt out his hypnotic vocals. It quickly then changes into a guitar, bass and drum onslaught. It is classic Korn, but it is also unlike anything they have ever done before. That is the power of this album. 'Love & Meth' has one of the catchiest hooks since 'Here To Stay', as it is driven by the two masters of guitars that Korn can quite happily boast about. Then you have a song like 'Never Never'; which is another classic Korn affair, but half way through drops into a monstrous electronic orgy that harks back to the musical experimentation that was their last album.


Everything - yes, everything - about this album is brilliant. I have been trying to think of something I dislike about it, but I really can't. This album is their best album since 'Follow The Leader.' It is the best rock album so far this year without a doubt in my mind. Korn are back to their best.


Mark Wiglesworth

I am a student at the University of Portsmouth doing a Journalism and Media Studies degree who has an absolute passion for anything involving films or music. Give me any piece of media, I will do my best to review it.


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