Untouchables

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Jun 11, 2002
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Blender
    100
    Their best, most expansive album. [#8, p.112]
  2. Even after one listen it's apparent that 'Untouchables' is a monster of a record.
  3. 90
    It's sort of beautiful in its ugliness, a metal record lovingly buffeted by details and white noise.
  4. 'Untouchables' is a record that grows spikes with each listen and is by turns exhilarating, confusing, inspiring, embarrassing and astonishing.
  5. Alternative Press
    80
    Their darkest, most impenetrable record yet--the aural approximation of staring down a mine shaft at midnight. [Jul 2002, p.75]
  6. Q Magazine
    80
    The riffs are cleaner and catchier than on previous records. [Aug 2002, p.126]
  7. By cutting away some of the fat and finding new ways to deliver their trademark roar, the members of Korn manage to offer a strong and lean album that maintains their place as innovators in a genre with few leaders
  8. The song, sentiment and anger remain the same.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 93 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31
  1. Feb 20, 2012
    10
    I have been a KoRn fan for already three months, and i can´t say their records are very good (except for a few) but this one isI have been a KoRn fan for already three months, and i can´t say their records are very good (except for a few) but this one is different. It may be heavier than their other albums, and it´s very probable that you won´t understand anything until the tenth time you hear it, but it´s worth enough. Untouchables is a Heavy/Industrial/Alternative/Whatever Metal album, long and full of strength. Since the amazing Grammy-awarded Here to stay and the epic Thoughtless too the depressive ballad Alone I Break It´s a modern classic. Full Review »
  2. Feb 20, 2012
    8
    A low 9, accompanies Korn's most produced and dynamic effort that vastly improves with each listen. There is enough depth and innovation hereA low 9, accompanies Korn's most produced and dynamic effort that vastly improves with each listen. There is enough depth and innovation here to keep the band at the top of their genre. 'Make Believe', 'No One's There, fan favourite 'Thoughtless' and 'Here to Stay' make a point in proving that despite their bashing in popular culture Korn are very capable of creating a superb and imaginative piece. Full Review »
  3. Sep 25, 2016
    8
    Thematically heavy, Korn uses "Untouchables" to deliver a dark, moody, and emotional sound for the majority of it's 14 track run. The lyricsThematically heavy, Korn uses "Untouchables" to deliver a dark, moody, and emotional sound for the majority of it's 14 track run. The lyrics are based on personal experiences from lead singer Jonathan Davis' life. Drawing inspiration from things like a past of being bullied and the undesirable situations and emotions being experienced at that time, Davis and the band are able to deliver a surprising amount or rage in their music, despite the more solemn sound.

    While definitely still angry all the way through, the actual aggression doesn't come out in their sound until Embrace. There it hits that expected sense of energetic heaviness one would expect from Korn. As a result Embrace, Beat it Upright, and Wake Up Hate stand out of the highlights of the album.

    Still, serving as a proudly raised middle finger to the pretty and popular, Korn's Untouchables are interesting expressions of what it feels like to be stepped on. The sadness and anger inherent to being an outcast are on full display. While this may not be the Korn album I find myself constantly returning to for the majority of it's songs, it's still one I enjoyed a great deal and have a lot of respect for.
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