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  • Summary: The California alt-metal outfit finally returns with a successor to the smash hit 1999 album 'Issues.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 100
    Their best, most expansive album. [#8, p.112]
  2. 90
    It's sort of beautiful in its ugliness, a metal record lovingly buffeted by details and white noise.
  3. Even after one listen it's apparent that 'Untouchables' is a monster of a record.
  4. The riffs are cleaner and catchier than on previous records. [Aug 2002, p.126]
  5. 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
  6. The song, sentiment and anger remain the same.
  7. Nothing here explains the reported $4.5 million budget. [28 June 2002, p.142]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. Feb 20, 2012
    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 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. Expand
  2. Mar 20, 2012
    Excellent record. Korn is always at their best when they just go and make a record without any secondary reasoning. Standout tracks are Hating, One More Time, and Blame Expand
  3. Apr 1, 2014
    I'm reviewing the standard edition and not the deluxe.

    Here To Stay (9.25) This is one of my favorite tracks by Korn. Even though I haven't
    listened to their album heavily, I've always loved their sound. The main reason I like this track is the message associated with the lyrics. The guitar are heavy and mainstream and they add to the song in a great way.

    Make Believe (7.5) I like how the vocals sound eerie and a little off on purpose. This song has a good little melodic vibe. This song incorporates good use of electronica in parts. The chorus is the best part because of the melodic vibe. The guitar gets heavier later in the song and takes the song in the right direction.

    Blame (8.5) This song really picks up the album, but the vocals are still creepy. The aggressive sound associated with the instrumentals is good though, as well as how the tempo is changed throughout the piece. The chorus is good and it's much more listenable than the previous track. The ending of the piece is the best part I think.

    Hollow Life (8.5) The spacey sound in beginning is good for the album I think. It makes the track unique. The slower pace of the song is good along with the moderate guitar in the chorus. The song gets really good when the tempo starts to picks up a little bit in certain parts. The background vocals are a good element as well.

    Bottled Up Inside (8) This track starts off with heavy instrumentals and that's the main type of sound I like coming from Korn. It has pretty much the same tone throughout the song but it's a good sound so that is good.

    Thoughtless (9) Another one of the singles off this album and I think Korn did a good job at choosing this song. The catchy chorus is definitely the best part of the song. I really connect with the part about friends being gone. Because my friends are gone. #NoNewFriends #NeoConservative

    Hating (8.5) This song is good and it keeps up my interest in the album as a whole. The guitar is good and the chorus is the best part like usual. I really kind of classify this song as melodic screamo. I guess I classify alot of Korn's music like that.

    One More Time (8.5) Korn has a very unique guitar sound in this track and really makes it stand out to me. The heavy mainstream sound Korn delivers stays constant and the tempo changes later and it really allows me to give it a solid 8.5. Korn makes the instrumentals heavier in the end of the song and they seem to do this alot, I guess I'm picking up on their formula for making music.

    Beat It Upright (8) This track has a faster tempo and I like the sound it delivers. But in most of Korn's music, it stays stagnant for most of the time but the instrumentals are good because of my appreciation of heavier rock. The tracks though are kind of starting to sound similar at this point though.

    Alone I Break (9) One of my favorite songs on the album because it kind of has a dark ballad feel to it. Of course the chorus is the reason why the dark message within the lyrics I really connect with. The catchy chorus is repeated at the end and wraps the song up good.

    Embrace (8.75) This song has really great heavy instrumentals in the beginning and it really keeps my ears entertained, followed by heavy lyrics. The change in the dynamics of the tone in Korn's songs presented in this track is why a gave it the unique 8.75. I just really like this track because of the fast pace and the angry sound it gives off.

    I'm Hiding (8.5) This song starts out with a really unique sound. It is more melodic than most of the tracks on this album, and I really like it. The tempo is good as well. The unique sound is repeated and is a good loop so give the track a good beat and tone. The distorted guitar at the end is a good way to end the track as well.

    Wake Up Hate (9) The catchy 'wake up hate' lyric really makes this song stand out. The lyrics in between the chorus really are creepy and dark though. Although the message associated with the song is negative I gave this song a 9 because of how hits hard when played loud and would be a great anthem in a mosh pit.

    No One's There (9) The interesting sound and slower tempo is a great way to wrap up the album I think. The chorus sounds in tune and melodic and I know alot of Korn's music is out of tune on purpose and it turns alot of people off to them but I think alternative sounds are an acquired taste. Saying that, if you compare this song to alot of the 8.5's I've reviewed, I think you'll be able to see the difference.
  4. Jul 7, 2011
    The Untouchables album, 5th in Korns illustrious and varied career, was also their most experimental at the time, with alot of emphasis on sound effects and making the rhythm section pound harder than ever.
    While at the same time keeping the stereotypical Korn sound. Jonathons songwriting was amateur at best, but his vocal capacity is vastly improved with smooth transitions between melody and low growls.
    Its a very atmospheric album reminiscent of the FX used in Follow the Leader, but overall it doesnt live up to the classic nature of the aforementiond. It is basically the Issues album downtuned with more effects. While its nothing spectacular and is one of their lowest selling albums. Its actually very underrated, its heavy, funky, soulful, and very angry and aggressive, everything that Korn became big for. and much much more. I love this album despite its many technical flaws. Its a worthy album from an underrated band
  5. Feb 20, 2012
    A 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. Expand

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