Review this album
Feb 20, 2012Not quite the disaster we were expecting but neither does it capitalise on its premise of innovation or in merging two genres successfully. The Path of Totality does boast more enjoyable tracks than the abomination of 'Untitled' but it lacks cohesion and is far too repetitive to compete with the bands better works.
Nov 6, 2012Korn were probably one of the least offensively bad of the nu metal band in the 90's; That is until now! This is by far the worst album created and don't make the "oh, you don't understand dubstep" or "Your closed minded" arguments. This album's production is dreadful and there is no musicianship to this album. At least on previous albums I could say the musicianship isn't too bad. But on this album its truly bad. And I'm going to prove this album is bad to all of the people who claim this album is "good". If this album is good, how come its the same music at different tempos and different lyrics? Seriously?! Making the same "wub-wub-wub" noises for 5-6 minutes on a computer isn't music. Its manufacturing the idea that anybody with a Mac can be famous and you don't need to be a gifted musician to make music that's successful. That's truly a disgrace to everything that music used to stand for and whoever supports it should be ashamed.… Expand
May 6, 2013I have been a fan of KoRn since the mid 90's, i was a major fan as a teenager and really enjoyed their albums up to and including 'Issues'. I did not overly enjoy 'Untouchables', and quite liked 'Take a Look in the Mirror'. After that i really lost interest with the band, i stopped keeping track of album releases and assumed the band would soon split (as members began to quit and record sales dropped). KoRn had appeared to become a bit 'samey', the songs less relevant, the themes became more cheesy, formulated and depressing rather than Raw and dynamic.
However, when i heard Korn was releasing a Dubstep album i got really excited!!!
I am not a huge Dubstep fan but some of the darker stuff i have enjoyed, and when i have heard it live at illegal raves it sounded awesome.
I imagined KoRn could really take Dubstep and turn it on its head much like they did with Hip-Hop in their early days. I imagined lengthy tracks that took the listener on a journey (something like a mix of Tool and NIN was an exciting prospect!). I wanted them to really take Dubstep and move it into an art, take its dark sound and really go to town extracting the emotions that KoRn are famous for. I wanted them to drown us in endless raw dirty sounds, melodies and vocals, vibes and improvisation.
In short The news of the album re-ignited my interest in a former favourite band i had sidelined.
Unfortunately upon hearing it I was very underwhelmed!
The songs are short and formulated, with a Kind of verse chorus -verse approach.
The Dubstep used is more of the 'Poppy' dubstep out there, it sounds very mainstream instead of alternative and they could have utilized Dubstep producers from the underground scene who suite KoRn's sound much more.
This demonstrates that J.D had discovered Dubstep rather late in its prime. The producers are the mainstream ones who churn out rubbish to suite large audiences. It is the worst form of Dubstep with no real emotion, adventure or experimentation. No innovation here just a mix of two styles that remain separate to the ear.
It is a shame, as this album could have been ground breaking, it could have been so much more.
I later found out that many of the musicians did not even meet each other in person. The Dubstep producers sent KoRn their parts via email. J.D did his vocals and emailed them to Munky ect ect.
This lack of human interaction during production is clearly visible (audible) as the album lacks character and coherence.
To conclude: this album lacks character. It is very formulated and has no sense of adventure. The songs have no depth and the album overall feels 'half arsed'.
I watched the band live during the tour for this album and they only played 2 or 3 songs from it! It was obvious the crowd did not enjoy these dubstep tracks as much as the others.
J.D seems to have had some sort of mid life crisis with his J-Devil character. This shows on 'The Path of Totality' as it sounds as though he is trying to please some young ,trendy, hip Dubstep producers rather than produce anything creative.
There goes my interest in Korn again.… Expand
Dec 6, 2011This album is the essence of problems entailed in mainstream music and its narrow-mindedness. Korn got together with the laughing stock of the music production community and created an utterly dreadful album based on stereotypes and musical illiteracy. Although one or two tracks are bearable, the rest is just a total misunderstanding. Moreover despite being so stereotypical and unoriginal, Davis is trying to convince people that it is "groundbreaking" and that they're breaking the rules, hence it is controversial. No Davis, it is not controversial because you are breaking the rules, it is quite the opposite - you're trying to follow the worst trends in a mercenary way. And I won't even start discussing the fact that the whole thing is based on the complete misunderstanding of the dubstep genre, which unfortunately is strengthened by Skrillex's disgracefully lazy approach to the genre.… Expand
Dec 9, 2011Before the last album Jonathan claimed that they cannot do same music like the used to in the 90's because they ain't no high teens anymore. And now seeing them going into overhyped desired by teens genre literally makes me sick. I am not saying this album is bad overall, it's just fatal for Korn stndards and their die hard fans like me. It's even worse than what Saint Anger was for Metallica. Huge dissapointment.… Expand
Dec 6, 2011How can I get this elctrocrap out of my Korn album. Lyrics are pretty much what anyone who is a Korn fan or familiar with Korn would expect but that is where the similarity ends. With Korn taking a hard right off the cliff into a Dubstep genre album. The sound is hard to listen to, it is more of an assault on my ears than music with the electric sounds that ruin the album. A few of the songs have grown on me however I would like them 100% more if the electric was taken out.
Pros: Lyrics are mostly good
Cons: Electric sounds ruin the music
Total Tracks: 13
Liked Tracks: 2
Score:15% (Rounded up to a 2/10)… Expand
Apr 16, 2012After listening to this album and the lastest Jonathan work, ''JDevil'', I can say: Korn is dead. Korn's decadence bagan when Head left the band. 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.
Jan 7, 2012Screw this album, screw dub step. This is not a korn album, this is just a bad experiment by korn. This album is going to feel like a middle finger to korn fans of their metal sound. If you think this is hardcore, if you think dub step is hardcore, in my personal opinion, your an idiot and a poser. listen to some real hardcore music, this is was just a bunch of electronic crap that doesn't mix well with davis's vocals at all. while listening to each song I found myself getting very angry, but not in that wonderful pumped up korn way. i thought just what am I listening too! this is garbage! korn 3 had me all excited too.… Expand