Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. Jan 4, 2012
    They're still aggressive, heavy and furious, but this new approach also makes them relevant, incisive and swaggering again. [10 Dec 2011, p.50]
  2. Dec 22, 2011
    Their boldest and best album for years. [Jan 2012, p.124]
  3. Dec 6, 2011
    Despite all the electronics, there's no mistaking The Path of Totality as a Korn album...and one of their better ones to boot.
  4. Jan 10, 2012
    Surprisingly good genre-crossover experiment.
  5. Dec 5, 2011
    The Path Of Totality is overall quite an interesting and largely rewarding proposition. Whether it manages to please dubstep or Korn fans however is another matter.
  6. Nov 30, 2011
    Thing is, dubstep's slithering textures actually suit Davis' demented croon, particularly in the cuts produced by Skrillex.
  7. 60
    Much as there's no getting away from the fact that this is basically one long remix, it's much better than the car crash we all predicted it would be.
  8. Dec 8, 2011
    The combination of chugging half-time beats, machine gun riffing and techno's sonic extremism is way more pleasing than it should be, the weakest point being Jonathan Davis's earnest adolescent vocals, which we assume actual Korn fans will enjoy.
  9. 60
    Sonically, The Path of Totality feels culturally authentic and trendy, while at the same time, pounding enough for mosh pits and dance floors alike.
  10. Dec 1, 2011
    They get full marks for effort but, unfortunately, not for the end results.
  11. Dec 14, 2011
    This is the same ol' Korn you've loved or hated (or felt indifferently toward) since you first saw that slo-mo bullet in the "Freak on a Leash" video, except with de-tuned guitars swapped for garish, beefy synths.
  12. Jan 3, 2012
    How does this sucker sound? Not very good.
  13. Jan 3, 2012
    It is samey, ugly and spectacularly stupid at the same time.
  14. Nov 30, 2011
    The Path Of Totality is an album that doesn't work because it tries to be something it's not; no, it fails because of not just its terrible premise but its truly dreadful execution.
  15. Dec 13, 2011
    To Korn's credit, The Path Of Totality is its most radical reinvention to date. It's also the worst slab of sludge it ever shat.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 31
  2. Negative: 7 out of 31
  1. Dec 6, 2011
    A successful experiment that results in one of Korn's finest albums. While some of Korn's latest outings have been less then stellar, the choice to try something new proved right for the group from Bakersfield. Full Review »
  2. Apr 16, 2012
    After listening to this album and the lastest Jonathan work, ''JDevil'', I can say: Korn is dead.
    Korn's decadence bagan when Head left the
    The thing got even worst when David left the band.
    But Korn was really good anyway.
    Yes, their first 4 albums where their best work with difference.
    With Korn III, I thought the band was on the right way: not great, but Korn anyway.
    And then, this was released.
    I said: What the hell am I listening??, Is this really Korn??
    Get Up and Narcissistic Cannibal are the only really good songs of the album.
    Korn is not Korn any more.
    Now is just another bad dubstep band trying to be popular again.
    Korn is dead.
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  3. Dec 7, 2011
    It is not bad at all. I expected it to be dull, especially after the release of "Narcissistic Cannibal" single, but even my first listen of the whole album made me rather benevolent. There is a couple of songs worth listening, even if one's not a fan of either dubstep or Korn ("Bleeding Out", or "Fuels the Comedy" from extended album edition). Mixing those genres seems a good move, once again towards mainstream, as it comes to dubstep, though creating something new, when blending it with metal. Potential was huge, but on the other hand, dubstep and metal parts aren't well-proportioned as Jonathan Davis had promised them to be. Repetitive measures and rhytm can push away those Korn hard-fans who awaited their band to create something more olschool. The album also can't be called "innovative", just because at moments (for example "My Wall") it sounds underproduced and incomplete. Full Review »