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  • Summary: The 11th studio release for the nu-metal band is the first with guitarist Brian "Head" Welch since 2003's Take A Look In The Mirror.
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Never Never
I'll never love again... (love again... love again...) I wont ever have to pretend... (pretend... pretend... pretend... pretend...) I'm never gonna... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Oct 25, 2013
    80
    Korn’s follow up to ’11’s dubstep-infused ‘The Path Of Totality’ is a completely different monster to its predecessor, and for all the right reasons.
  2. Kerrang!
    Oct 29, 2013
    80
    This is a more organic effort. [28 Sep 2013, p.52]
  3. Oct 25, 2013
    70
    Even though The Paradigm Shift might not be the album that listeners might expect after a reunion with Head, it shows the kind of creativity and inventiveness that, love them or hate them, helped to make them an influential force in heavy music.
  4. Classic Rock Magazine
    Oct 25, 2013
    70
    It's Korn's most significant album in a long time. [Nov 2013, p.94]
  5. Oct 25, 2013
    60
    This may not quite be KoRn’s best album ever, but The Paradigm Shift is KoRn’s best album since Untouchables and metal fans could do a lot worse than that.
  6. Uncut
    Oct 31, 2013
    60
    Essentially this is Korn returning to their familiar discomfort zone. [Dec 2013, p.70]
  7. Nov 4, 2013
    40
    "Never Never" is a power ballad, and "Love & Meth" is not as funny as one might hope, though the brilliantly titled "Paranoid and Aroused" is.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. Feb 6, 2014
    10
    This is my first review and felt like I needed to get this out there. Paradigm shift (if you are an old school KoRn fan) is a fantastic album.This is my first review and felt like I needed to get this out there. Paradigm shift (if you are an old school KoRn fan) is a fantastic album. It blends a lot of the old school hard riffing and removes that dub step nonsense. You can tell Head is back as the guitars are fuller and heavy. The band was never the same after he left. Say what you will about their first single, this is an amazing album that should be looked as the perfect successor to Take a Look in the Mirror.
    People need to get off their high horse. This album is KoRn and there is no mistaking that. Waited 8 long years for this. Thank you KoRn.
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  2. Aug 13, 2014
    10
    First of all Korn is my favorite band and I love every album except for Path Of Totality was a disgrace.
    This album is really good and KoRn
    First of all Korn is my favorite band and I love every album except for Path Of Totality was a disgrace.
    This album is really good and KoRn made a progressive album. They were inspired by Issues to make this album and the thing is that they made a fusion with Untouchables and Issues. They have a much more heavy sound from Untouchables and they have some dark lyrics from Issues and combined all of that into The Paradigm Shift. In my opinion its really good I didn't such from them
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  3. Sep 13, 2015
    9
    This album is the best since "Take a Look in The Mirror". I like this record very much.I like every song on this album.It is very good thatThis album is the best since "Take a Look in The Mirror". I like this record very much.I like every song on this album.It is very good that Korn member came back to old stuff.They made really awesome album and I am not disappointed.Waiting new album... Expand
  4. Nov 13, 2013
    7
    Unsure where the paradigm shift is. This album is essentially what you have come to expect from Korn. I would say that this album is maybe aUnsure where the paradigm shift is. This album is essentially what you have come to expect from Korn. I would say that this album is maybe a little lighter than their older stuff, but it is still better than their dubstep album. Expand
  5. Sep 2, 2014
    6
    "The Paradigm Shift" is definitely not near Korn's best work but it's definitely a step in the right direction. With the return of Head, they"The Paradigm Shift" is definitely not near Korn's best work but it's definitely a step in the right direction. With the return of Head, they added some signature old-school Korn elements to the new modern-day Korn. Much softer tunes than their old material but a lot better than their last couple of albums. Expand
  6. Jul 25, 2018
    3
    Head is back in the band! Isn't that great? No, it's not. People expected a lot from Korn when they announced that Head reunited with theHead is back in the band! Isn't that great? No, it's not. People expected a lot from Korn when they announced that Head reunited with the band. They deceived us by telling lies that "The Paradigm Shift" is going to be as heavy as Issues and Untouchables. "Paradigm" wasn't even in a hundred miles radius of these records. Let's talk about the creation process of the songs. When I've watched the "making of" of this record, I remember Head and Monkey saying that they would first come up with beginning of the songs and after a while they would go back to them and write more. And this is exactly one of the reasons why this album fails miserably at being a good piece of music. Almost every song starts great and heavy, you're getting pumped for what's to come and then... meh. They destroy their own songs with uninspired verses and sh**** choruses that remind me of pop music. The other problem is Jonathan vocals. Guess since "Korn III" he forgot who he was (pun intended) and started living in an alternate timeline where Korn music is pop rock, because he just won't stop singing like he's having a stroke... no emotions in his voice, it all sounds forced and bland. I literally cannot remember any line from the whole album, because it was so forgettable... on the other hand I can clearly remember lines from "The Path" and "Korn III"... on these records vocals were memorable and sometimes shocking! "The Paradigm S**t" sounds like an attempt to cash in on Heads reunion with the band by writing mediocre and repeatable tracks that you won't remember after you finish listening to them. Also I want to say that "Never Never" sounds like it belongs on "See You" and if you've read my See You review then you know that's bad... it's very bad. Now now, you might think I will just keep on pointing out bad things about this album, but there are some good things here. Nah, I'm joking the good things are only reserved for people that bought Japanese deluxe edition which has three bonus tracks: "Die Another Day", "Wish I Wasn't Born Today" and "Tell Me What You Want". These 3 songs are responsible for my rating 3/10, because they're the only good thing about this album. They're nice songs with a little experimental touch to them, I dig'em. Also after "The Paradigm S***" became a big success the band released a World Tour edition which includes two new tracks: "Hater" and "The Game Is Over"... these songs are as bad as "Never Never" and I won't even waste more time by talking about them. Really there's nothing much to say about this record. It's awful and it preys on fans selling false hope, that if Head's back in the band, then they're suddenly writing stuff like "Ball Tongue" and "Good God". Well they're not and this is the worst Korn album after "See You". Do not buy this nor waste your time by listening to it. Leave this album in the dark where it can rot. Pickens condemns! Expand
  7. Sep 9, 2015
    0
    This stinks INCREDIBLY bad............................................................................................................................

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