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  • Summary: The 13th full-length studio release for the nu-metal band was produced by Nick Raskulinecz.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 13, 2019
    90
    Korn have always excelled at pain, but with The Nothing, this is the most authentic it's ever been.
  2. 83
    There are incredibly emotional moments throughout the record, really driving the anger and sadness of the music. Some songs lack depth and don’t land as well as others, but, overall, The Nothing remains an emotionally potent experience that longtime fans of Korn will enjoy.
  3. Sep 12, 2019
    80
    It is more a showcase of Korn's strengths when hard times do come along; harnessing their ability to inspire and energise even in the darkest and most difficult of circumstances. [14 Sep 2019, p.53]
  4. Classic Rock Magazine
    Oct 3, 2019
    80
    Perhaps Korn's best album this century. [Oct 2019, p.89]
  5. 80
    This urgent and important record will ensure the veterans don’t get lost in the shuffle.
  6. Sep 16, 2019
    40
    Overall, The Nothing is a huge step back for the band. The Paradigm Shift and The Serenity of Suffering were far from perfect, but they rode a line that balanced a contemporary vision with their stapled characteristics. This tries dearly to be nostalgic yet fresh, but the finished product just comes across forced and derivative.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Sep 14, 2019
    10
    Korn's best album since 2002. Listen from start to finish. Highlights for me are Gravity of Discomfort, H@rd3r.
  2. Sep 17, 2019
    10
    There is nothing i havn't found interesting in this album, yes it has some old vibes, but always playing with some other elements that makeThere is nothing i havn't found interesting in this album, yes it has some old vibes, but always playing with some other elements that make this album great.

    Not boring at all, you can feel the emotion in this album
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  3. Sep 13, 2019
    10
    This album is the darkest and heaviest I've ever heard this band since the very first album. Jonathan Davis has been through a lot over theThis album is the darkest and heaviest I've ever heard this band since the very first album. Jonathan Davis has been through a lot over the years and the heartbreak and angst he feels over the events of this past year in particular are clearly present in this album from beginning to end! There is so much raw emotion in each track that its difficult to process it all on the first listen. This is definitely a grower album, however there are so many callbacks in song structure to older albums, (specifically in the vocals especially on "Cold" and "You'll Never Find Me") that it feels incredibly familiar but fresh at the same time on each listen.

    This, however, doesn't mean that the band doesn't grow at all nor does it shy away from possible influences. Several songs sound like JD spent a writing session or two with P.O.D.'s Sonny Sandoval with an eerily similar sounding chorus breakdown on "The Darkness is Revealing" or verse structure on "H@rder" as some of P.O.D.'s more memorable tracks or the almost Queen-esque breakdown on "The Loss" for example. In the end, there is no denying that this is a Korn album created to channel the darkness in a way not heard since "Blind" crooned it's way to screams through our ears way back in 1994 and shows that the band is constantly moving forward despite the sucker punches life has thrown their way. Overall I'm very pleased with this album and am happy to see Korn return to form! They are back and this album is proof of that for sure!
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  4. Sep 18, 2019
    9
    To me this the best album since the 90s, its Issues 2.0. It's like a blend of the dark eerie vibes of issues and life is peachy with theTo me this the best album since the 90s, its Issues 2.0. It's like a blend of the dark eerie vibes of issues and life is peachy with the chorus of untouchables. It's Fantastic Expand
  5. Sep 13, 2019
    9
    The Nothing is Korn's best album since Untouchables! It's one of Korn's darkest albums , finding Jonathan Davis performing his most personalThe Nothing is Korn's best album since Untouchables! It's one of Korn's darkest albums , finding Jonathan Davis performing his most personal material yet. The band sounds fresh, while not shying away from the things that made them famous in the first place. This is an instant classic, and one of the best Metal albums of the last decade at least. It's a MUST LISTEN! Expand
  6. Sep 13, 2019
    8
    Fantastic continuation of their previous album with a lot of new ideas. The big change here is songs have become more intricate with nothingFantastic continuation of their previous album with a lot of new ideas. The big change here is songs have become more intricate with nothing feeling rushed or generically laid out. John has done a great job on his own making some great poetry. The downside however as I felt with the previous album is the mixing isn’t perfect with some stuff being barely audible as they mix with other sounds in the same octave. Jon doesn’t go hard like hoping here as he deals with his wife’s death. It’s still the same professional sound and dedicated editing instead of the one off bad ass takes from their early work. The overall tone from him is more that of his recent solo album. It’s not bad, but it’s not like the last album. this album goes hard with a lot of variety and a lot of old school guitar notes, however each time I listened to it I grew tired of it by the time it was finished and I’m suspecting it is due to johns performance, he’s notorious for having difficulty writing and decided to do his parts alone at home with no guidance on this album. His performance doesn’t diminish the album but it falls below par for the course in some aspects of the usual korn sound. I love this album, it’s different though. Expand
  7. Sep 18, 2019
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Boring as hell, ar least the album is not so long, so it ends like it has never been listened Expand

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