Middle-age malaise continues to plague Korn on their untitled eighth album, a plunge back into the dark dirges after a brief acoustic excursion on the spring 2007 placeholder MTV Unplugged. This is the true successor to the 2005 LP See You on the Other Side, where they jumped ship from Epic to Virgin and worked with the Matrix in an attempt to give the band an electronic makeover in the wake of the departure of Brian "Head" Welch, a move that didn't exactly endear them to their fans (maybe because along with the electronic flourishes came a lighter tone). Such frivolity is missing from the aggressively ugly Untitled, which immediately hits you over the head with spookiness, from the twisted malicious cartoon crows on the cover to the silly spectral carnival music that functions as an opening fanfare. That intro is an unwittingly goofy cliché, but so is Korn's roiling angst at this point, whether it materializes in their ominous minor-key grinds or in Jonathan Davis' lyrics. A virtual litany of ham-fisted histrionics ("God is gonna take me out," "It's a sickness in the gene pool," a chorus of "Killing/Killing/Killing"), those lyrics obscure any larger points Davis might (or might not) be trying to say, for it's the snatches of tortured prose that stand out, not his larger lyrical picture. Ironically, it's hard to deny that the bigger musical picture overwhelms the individual moments on Untitled, which is long on mood and short on gripping songs, or even memorable riffs. To a certain extent, this has always been true with Korn -- one of the signatures of alt-metal is that it's about sound rather than song -- but it's striking that even as the band adds some odd flourishes like vaguely Beatlesque Mellotron punctuating "Kiss," the songs blend together instead of standing apart. And even if they've retreated into darkness here, they haven't shaken the electronica fixation from See You on the Other Side -- although, admittedly, these flourishes aren't nearly as extreme as they would have been if they hadn't parted ways with the Matrix at the beginning of the project -- and this electronic bent is still apparent even if Untitled is a heavier record than its predecessor, thanks in part to the steady pulse of their partially borrowed rhythm section. Their regular drummer David Silveria has decided to sit this one out, so Korn have rotated Davis, Bad Religion's Brooks Wackerman, and Terry Bozzio (of all people) through the drummer's chair, giving the album just a shade too much professionalism in its rhythmic pulse. This, combined with layers of overdubbed baritone vocals and the elastic electronics that are meant to sound modern but wind up sounding like a relic from the mid-'90s, gives Untitled all the relevancy of an unrecorded bridge between Marilyn Manson's Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals.
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Performance CreditsKorn Primary Artist
Lauren Christy Track Performer
Terry Bozzio Drums
Jonathan Davis Drums
Graham Edwards Track Performer
Brooks Wackerman Drums
Scott Spock Track Performer
Technical CreditsLauren Christy Composer
Matrix Audio Production
Terry Bozzio Composer
Frank Filipetti Engineer
Richard H. Kirk Artwork
Atticus Ross Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Korn Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Graham Edwards Composer
Doug Trantow Engineer
Sean Mosher-Smith Art Direction
Scott Spock Composer
Zac Baird Composer
Peter Katzis Management
Jin "Bud" Monti Engineer
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So in korns 13th year and on their 8th studio album, they again change it up. For a band to be around this long they have to keep reinventing themselves to stay relevant. The themes are a lot darker this time around compared to the last. They took a lot of risk and tried a lot of new things. Every song has its own sound but they all come together as one complete sound for the record. Even though David left, they brought in an amazing drummer and he really helped the sound come out. Not only is the whole cd great but the bonus dvd is an amazing look into the recording process. If your a korn fan buy this, and if you are looking for a new kind of sound even from a band thats been around a while, this is a must have.
Korn has slowly been going downhill ever since the release of Issues. Having been a huge korn fan from their first 3-5 albums I can honestly say that they have lost it. This CD isn't worth buying. I hope they can make a come back some day but this isn't it.
When I first listen to this album I was disappointed. Then I watched the DVD that came with it and started to realize where they were going with all the new sounds, and what each song meant. That’s when I started too really like it. Each song seems to put you in a different mood which is hard to do with one band. I wouldn’t say this is the greatest Korn album, but I will say I think it is one of the deepest albums they have put together.
korn is one of my favoritest bands, their music was heavy at times and soft when it should be, but when head left i think thats when they started to change their sound. see you on the other side was good but this one isn't. its not heavy, its slow, depressing and isn't as up beat as their old stuff. i hate to ask but has korn lost their touch? ...i hope not
i'm just getting into koRn, and they just came out with a new album, so i went for it. do what they say, hushabye killing weren't very good. this is good music for anger, but i've heard the other albums were better, so i'll have to check into it
This is easily the best album since Untouchables. Korn is always at their best when they don't try to sound like themselves and that is pretty much why Take A Look In The Mirror falls short. See You On The Other Side was a major improvement over that but this was much better than even that. If you're a fan of their more mainstream works such as Follow The Leader you may not find what you're looking for here look somewhere else because thats not what Korn is about anymore. If you want something new and interesting then this is where its at. It's almost a direct descendent of Untouchables and SYOTOS but it has a crazy energetic undercurrent kind of like Life Is Peachy. This album sounds less like Korn than Untouchables -which up until now was their most out there sounding album- but its an expansion of their sound. It might not hit you right away. It goes down sort of like Jager but when it hits its all good. Also, if you actually listen to the album it is quite heavy. Killing might be the heaviest things they've ever done. And if you think slow songs are new to the Korn catalogue you might wanna peruse the last couple of albums -Tearjerker, hello??-. For those of us that like original music that doesn't stagnate and grow and doesn't sound like everything else, then this is a brilliant album indeed.
korn has been around since 1993 and onwards i was at a radio station one day and picked up one of their demos i knew korn was going to become big and popluar after listening to their demo i first saw korn live in 1999 when they first released issues i was in the mosh pits when they sang songs like freak on a leash blink falling away from me somebody someone etc etc etc the second time i saw them was at the family values tour 2006 or 2007 they blew me away i did not get hurt in the mopsh pits but i enjoyed every moment of both of their concerts korn is one very well done band i do not know how anybody can hate on korn when every band member in korn past or present is very talented i give this album 5 stars because korn has always been staying true to their fans and their sound and i love the keyboards on each and every song on this untitled album thanks korn for helping me dig out of a big depressing hole you guys saved my life im glad to be one of your fans the whole bands rocks and my review is done as of right now p s buy all of korns albums korn is the best of the best
Korn has always amazed me as one of the most interesting "newer" bands in existence. The first album blew me away and I have to say untitled also blew me away. The most amazing thing about Korn is their ability to always break new ground and never stick with the same old formula. (This recording does so even more than their previous recordings) So far I listened to this recording six times. I've been amazed each time so far.
So in korns 13th year and on their 8th studio album, they again change it up. For a band to be around this long they have to keep reinventing themselves to stay relevant. The themes are a lot darker this time around compared to the last. They took a lot of risk and tried a lot of new things. Every song has its own sound but they all come together as one complete sound for the record. Even though David left, they brought in an amazing drummer (terry bozzio) and he really helped the sound come out. Not only is the whole cd great but if you buy the special edition, the bonus dvd shows the process they went through and kinda makes you apreciate the cd more. If your a korn fan buy this, and if you are looking for a new kind of sound even from a band thats been around a while, this is a must have.