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  • Summary: The 11th studio release for the nu-metal band is the first with guitarist Brian "Head" Welch since 2003's Take A Look In The Mirror.
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Never Never
I'll never love again... (love again... love again...) I wont ever have to pretend... (pretend... pretend... pretend... pretend...) I'm never gonna... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Oct 25, 2013
    80
    Korn’s follow up to ’11’s dubstep-infused ‘The Path Of Totality’ is a completely different monster to its predecessor, and for all the right reasons.
  2. Kerrang!
    Oct 29, 2013
    80
    This is a more organic effort. [28 Sep 2013, p.52]
  3. Oct 25, 2013
    70
    Even though The Paradigm Shift might not be the album that listeners might expect after a reunion with Head, it shows the kind of creativity and inventiveness that, love them or hate them, helped to make them an influential force in heavy music.
  4. Classic Rock Magazine
    Oct 25, 2013
    70
    It's Korn's most significant album in a long time. [Nov 2013, p.94]
  5. Oct 25, 2013
    60
    This may not quite be KoRn’s best album ever, but The Paradigm Shift is KoRn’s best album since Untouchables and metal fans could do a lot worse than that.
  6. Uncut
    Oct 31, 2013
    60
    Essentially this is Korn returning to their familiar discomfort zone. [Dec 2013, p.70]
  7. Nov 4, 2013
    40
    "Never Never" is a power ballad, and "Love & Meth" is not as funny as one might hope, though the brilliantly titled "Paranoid and Aroused" is.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Feb 6, 2014
    10
    This is my first review and felt like I needed to get this out there. Paradigm shift (if you are an old school KoRn fan) is a fantastic album.This is my first review and felt like I needed to get this out there. Paradigm shift (if you are an old school KoRn fan) is a fantastic album. It blends a lot of the old school hard riffing and removes that dub step nonsense. You can tell Head is back as the guitars are fuller and heavy. The band was never the same after he left. Say what you will about their first single, this is an amazing album that should be looked as the perfect successor to Take a Look in the Mirror.
    People need to get off their high horse. This album is KoRn and there is no mistaking that. Waited 8 long years for this. Thank you KoRn.
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  2. Aug 13, 2014
    10
    First of all Korn is my favorite band and I love every album except for Path Of Totality was a disgrace.
    This album is really good and KoRn
    First of all Korn is my favorite band and I love every album except for Path Of Totality was a disgrace.
    This album is really good and KoRn made a progressive album. They were inspired by Issues to make this album and the thing is that they made a fusion with Untouchables and Issues. They have a much more heavy sound from Untouchables and they have some dark lyrics from Issues and combined all of that into The Paradigm Shift. In my opinion its really good I didn't such from them
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  3. Oct 27, 2014
    10
    This is one of my favorite Korn albums.....it is Alot better than "The Path Of Totality" . This album is Heavy, Groovy and its one of thoseThis is one of my favorite Korn albums.....it is Alot better than "The Path Of Totality" . This album is Heavy, Groovy and its one of those albums that you can listen to a hundred times and never gets a dull moment! Expand
  4. Jul 7, 2014
    8
    Can definitevly see how korn is coming back. This album is amazing because it mixes all of the other ones. Its got dark lyrics in "Lullaby forCan definitevly see how korn is coming back. This album is amazing because it mixes all of the other ones. Its got dark lyrics in "Lullaby for a sadist" some interesting riffs, a tiny bit of dubstep which amazingly accompanies the overall metal experience and then this unforgettable melody in for ex. Mass Hysteria (my favorite track from this cd). Id say its korn's 5th best album, because I cant say its better than Issues, Life is Peachy, Korn, or FtL. Still definitevly recommend this album to both old-school and new korn fans. Expand
  5. Sep 24, 2015
    8
    It took a second try, but Korn have bounced back into what made them so great in the 90s and 00s. Korn III was a fine album on its own, butIt took a second try, but Korn have bounced back into what made them so great in the 90s and 00s. Korn III was a fine album on its own, but The Paradigm Shift is the nu-metal pioneer's real return to form. Expand
  6. Nov 13, 2013
    7
    Unsure where the paradigm shift is. This album is essentially what you have come to expect from Korn. I would say that this album is maybe aUnsure where the paradigm shift is. This album is essentially what you have come to expect from Korn. I would say that this album is maybe a little lighter than their older stuff, but it is still better than their dubstep album. Expand
  7. Sep 9, 2015
    0
    This stinks INCREDIBLY bad............................................................................................................................

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