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Untouchables
     

Untouchables

4.6 166
by Korn
 

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While many of their nu-metal peers have contented themselves with pacing around, snarling, in concentric circles, these Californians deserve credit for taking wing, even if their flights of fancy occasional crash and burn. On their fifth outing, Korn stay on course more often than not -- there are no bagpipe interludes this time around, for starters -- and manage to

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While many of their nu-metal peers have contented themselves with pacing around, snarling, in concentric circles, these Californians deserve credit for taking wing, even if their flights of fancy occasional crash and burn. On their fifth outing, Korn stay on course more often than not -- there are no bagpipe interludes this time around, for starters -- and manage to convey both bare-knuckled aggression and hopeless, inward-looking angst with equal credibility. On the former front, Korn have seldom exploded with more passion than on "Here to Stay," which is powered by Fieldy's sternum-rattling, down-tuned bass, or "Wake Up Hate," which grinds with a purposeful ugliness reminiscent of Ministry at their most unhinged. Jonathan Davis reclaims his spot atop the pile of metal's sensitive guys, delivering a laundry list of disaffection with surprising subtlety on the goth-drone "Make Believe" and the new wave-tinged "Hollow Life." As if to convince us -- or himself -- that he hasn't gone totally soft, Davis also spits out some of his angriest material to date: "Thoughtless" channels the sort of wild paranoia-cum-revenge fantasies that fueled "Faget" on Korn's first outing, while "No One's There" lashes out at an uncomprehending world with a combination of adolescent insecurity and cold, clinical precision. Rumored to have cost nearly $3 million to produce, Untouchables is without a doubt the most ambitious disc from the latest wave of hard-rock bands: It's not as easily digested as Korn's previous work, but ultimately, it's far more rewarding.

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All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
After a three-year break that included solo projects and soundtrack work, Korn's re-emergence in the summer of 2002 was met with great anticipation. They delivered Untouchables, an album that shows them building on their previous sound and emphasizing its strengths. The use of melody is more important than ever, allowing Jonathan Davis to utilize his wide palette of vocal tricks. His charismatic voice can now move from a clear-throated wail to a death metal growl with ease, lending the album a manic side that brings to mind King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime-era Faith No More. The only problem with Davis is his lyrics, which tend to fall into the "am I going crazy" trap that many of Korn's contemporaries perpetuate. This is a shame, because here he often avoids the social issues that he confronted on the first few releases. The band is far more experimental this time out, delivering Helmet-like ringing guitars that melt and morph into each other, a mix of Metallica-esque blastbeats and tight funk drumming from the constantly improving David Silveria, and memorable riffs that take the shape of dark sound structures and offer more than just a collection of chords. In fact, it is the last point where the album sets itself apart from most nu-metal offerings; Korn understand that the overall sound of hip-hop works because of the sonic stew that producers create through samples. The band does the same with instruments, cutting the chugging riffs of the past and replacing them with edgy soundscapes that are equally as menacing. There isn't even a rapped verse here, save for Davis' rhythmic scatting at moments, further distancing the band from the scene it helped create. But by cutting away some of the fat and finding new ways to deliver their trademark roar, Korn manage to offer a strong and lean album that maintains their place as innovators in a genre with few leaders.
Blender - Neil Strauss
Their best, most expansive album.
Alternative Press
Their darkest, most impenetrable record yet--the aural approximation of staring down a mine shaft at midnight.

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Release Date:
08/17/2010
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5099750177020
catalogNumber:
900833
Rank:
64928

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Untouchables 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 166 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have recently enjoyed the pleasure of hearing KoRn's new CD - Untouchables and I highly recommend it for fans and non-fans alike. Those like me who've admired the intense emotion and the hallmark sound of KoRn's low end guitars and energetic percussion in the past will not be disappointed. The dynamic emotional range of lead singer Jonathan Davis' voice is apparent on songs like ''Blame'' and ''Thoughtless.'' The effort put into the album is reflected within the layers of songs like ''Alone I Break'' which offers an orchestral backdrop. This album is definitely an A+ emotional release!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the album title implies, KORN's new cd ''Untouchables'' is so great it is in fact 'untouchable'. Except for the fact that you can buy it a local retail store and Barnesandnoble.com for a really great deal. So what are you waiting for touch the untouchable!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been impatietently anticipating this album since last year. And its been worth the wait. But before I got this album, Half of me was very nervous, as the June issue of Rock Sound magazine werent too happy with it, and only gave it 3 stars. I was gutted. But what a great suprise! I loved this album the first time I listened to it. Although, this album is again very different to its predecessors. In my opinion the songs have mellowed quite a bit compared to the likes of 'KoRn' and 'Life Is Peachy', but the actual sound of the instruments were heavy. Jonathon Davis (vocals) are amazing. Less of the haunting screams and growls, replaced by some intruiging 'singing'. Theres also a considerable amount of double bass action by David Silveria which is excellent! For some reason I knew what this album would be like, and I knew I'd like it. The only minor down fall is that with every album KoRn are slowly losing their angry, disturbing edge as the heaviness is gradually decreasing and Jonathons demons have been exorcised from the ealry albums. But still, i love this album to bits, because their coming up with great songs, which is all that matters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Korn's new album is hot but its not as good as issues, but still its good. The best songs are blame, thoughtless, and alone i break
Guest More than 1 year ago
Untouchables is truly the best cd of all time. Like Korn's past album's it follows the leader of greatness. It's super hard riffs and mind numbing lyric will set you off in a rageing fury. A great treat for all so pick up your copy today and find out why Korn is untouchable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
KoRn's new cd untouchables has blown away my mind. This is the best cd since KoRn(The first one). I was amazed by how melodic it is, and how fieldy is on the bass on most of the tracks. I guess Jonathan's time away co-writing most of the tracks on the Queen of the Damned soundtrack has really helped him out. Get the cd it is wonderful
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well I am happy to say I did run to the store yesterday to buy my copy of 'Untouchables' as I said I would! Already then I got a nice surprise. Found out that there is an extra track on the album (after the last song a remix of Here To Stay) as well as the video to Here To Stay (mind you it's the one cut for MTV to be shown during the day). Still this was not all either but we could get a poster of the cover for free if we wanted one and obviously I took the offer. As always the first thing I do when I buy a new album was check out the cover art, inlay, cd, and thanks. This is where a little disappointment came I must say. It is very obvious they did not spend any time at all on these points. The inlay is just the same picture over and over again with a bit of invisible writing here and there, and the thanks were just a couple of lines and nothing personal like before. The cd itself are in screaming colours of pink and purple, which is a surprise coming from Korn, at first I was like 'oh god' but then I thought of the positive with this I will at least always be able to spot it easily when amongst the rest of my cd's. Anyways enough with the cover art and all and let us get to the real point here... THE MUSIC! I will not lie here I did pre-download the album to check it out, and already knew then that I liked what I heard. By having done this I can say there have been changes here and there and some tweakings done. All of the changes have been good except for one I must comment on the song 'Beat It Upright', the original intro was different from the album one. It started of very nicely and then continued into what is the beginning of the song on the album. It dissapointed me to here that it was gone (the people who heard it before know what I mean). It is noticeable on the album that Korn have changed or evolved if you would like yet again. Jonathan has taken singing lessons as can be heard and has been influence from working on the score for 'The Queen Of The Damned', as well as the rest of the boys have been experimenting as well. Fieldy with his solo project and David with his operation in consideration. The album to me sounds like old Korn ('Korn, 'Life is Peachy') but heavier with the way the beats have been slowed down and the boys have become more melodic in this day and age. Instead of the songs going right into all the banging and screaming, the songs build up slowly and calmly to a height and then come smashing down with a very nice sound of heaviness. I find this is an effective way to work a song because the energy builds up inside you when you are listening and then when the point comes you feel like freaking out to the maximum! Both songs 'Hollow Life' and 'Hating' have influences from 'Queen of the Damned' with the way the boys have composed the instuments and Jonathan sings, they both give a deep dark gothic feel when you hear them. Another song that sounds a bit different from the rest is 'Embrace'. At least to me it feels like the boys slipped back to the writting style of 'Issues' on the intro to that song. Maybe it is just me but there is a riff in the intro to the song that reminds me of an intro riff to 'Let's Get This Party Started'. Well to sum up basically if it is not understood already I find the new album 'Untouchables' from Korn bloody magnificant, even though the cover art and inlay was a dissappointment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its Been a long wait for this album but worth it!!!!! KOrn is the best band ever and all the korn Kids will love this album korn has done it agian and came out with a great Album!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this cd is so good!! It is not as good as their first cd(but i don't think anything can top that). It was a lot better than Issues. i like the cd a lot. It sounds like Jonathan changed his voice a little but i like it. I love how it is all heavy. Its a great cd and i would tell anyone to go out and buy the cd. Keep up thr goodwork KoRn!! always and forever a fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great album & much better than Issues! Though I thought it would sound like Korn's 1st album it actually reminded me of Life Is Peachy instead. So, if you like Life Is Peachy, you'll most definitely like this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is a must have for any old, new, or future KoRn fan. If you like great riffs and drums, accompanied by awesome singing, then you should definitely get this CDs. If you like boring music, this isn't for you. A perfect combination of styles from their first 4 CDs, along with some new sounds makes this one CD everyone should own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like korn, really hard stuff, mostly melodic stuff, some rock, all rock, any type of style, you will LOVE this album. Korn spent a lot of time making this album perfect in every way and you must have this cd!!!! This cd only proves that korn has an unlimeted amount of creativity and greatness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a huge, i mean huge korn fan ever since they released follow the leader. Besides the whole rapping issue with fred durst and ice cube, follow the leader is a must for nu metal fans. Issues(in my opinion), is the best korn album yet. Issues crowned korn as the nu metal king. Now, it is the turn for untouchables to make it's scene. This time, korn pumps up the volume and gives its old and new fans a stronger, louder album that its sure to please those fans used to korns older style, such as ''korn'' and ''life is peachy''. Another good thing about untouchables is, no rapping!!!! A down side to untouchables is the fact that some songs sound alike, and are hard to remember by their sound. But other than that, untouchables is (in my opinion, again) korn's second best work yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is korns best album yet it completely kicks a**. i luv there music it rocks. if i were you i would own one by now. if not go now buy buy buy!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definately a different album from previous releases. Somtimes it might seem as though they have changed completely but Korn's original distortion riffs and rumbling basslines still lie at the heart of the music. Jon's lyrics may seem the to come from the same place as they did in Korn, the first album, but this album contains more advanced and developed music than previous albums.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked Untouchables as much as I liked their self-titled album, it rocks! the only thing I didn't like is that there were no bagpipes in the album, every album has to have one song with bagpipes. But I still love it, it's way much better than Issues. You have to buy Untouchables it will blow you away! peace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album rocked, it was way better than i had hoped for it to be.( ^_^ )
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just wanted to say that ''Untouchables'' is yet another elegant album from an original and innovative band. I have been a fan of Korn from the beginning, and I love the way they expand creatively, emotionally, mentally, and creatively. ''Untouchables'' further proves that point. It definitely has a different sound, but it's still Korn and it rocks. Korn's got balls, and they do what they want to do, regardless of what ''fans'' will think of it. A definite buy for any TRUE Korn fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd totally rocks. this is one cd that will be in my stereo for a long time. probably the longest then any other cd that i own. korn is the best band around they have paved the way for bands like limp bizkit orgy and deadsy and they continue to do their best making music and sounds with their 7 string guitars and their 5 string bass each member is an important part of the band and if one of them were to decide to leave the band would never be the same. So this cd deserves to be the number one cd all over the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd isnt Korn's best. However it is a good cd. I am a huge Korn fan and I hate to hear the bad talk about this cd. Listen to the songs a few times and you will eventually start to like them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this koRn album aint like no other, its got a whole new variety of styles. jonathan has tuned his voice up and it don't half sound good. munky and heads guitars have new sounds which are more heavy and distorted. fieldy's bass has some nice little solo spots and david is back drumming as good as he used to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this album. Untouchables is korn's best album to date. Each track is better than the last. Considering Here to Stay, Korn's first single off Untouchables, is also the first track, this album that no KoRn fan, nay no human being can go with out. Everyone should buy this album. Everyone should also purchase Korn's new dvd deuce. So much new KoRn, and so little time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new Korn album simply out is awesome. Musically, Korn have become heavy, melodic, and still angry. I would recommend this album to anyone that is feeling down, wants to get pumped, or just to relax some what. Because this album shows many sides to Korn. Like in the song ''Bottled up Inside'' those are probably some of the heaviest riffs to date! Then with the controversial song ''Thoughtless'' Korn shows there side of melodic rhythm and how they can just create a good sounding song. Then with tracks like ''Wake Up Hate'' I can completely imagine myself thrashing people in a Mosh Pit in concert. The songs on this album are great and should not be ignored by some of the hopeless hearted Korn fans that lost faith in the bands ability to make Hard Core, badass music. So to all of the New and Old Korn kids, Pick this up, you wont be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i totaly agree, this album is more singing but its actually good."here to stay" would have to be my fav song on this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If u don't have this cd I suggest you buy it ASAP!!! KoRn's never let ya down before and they sure as hell didn't on this cd.