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  • Summary: The 12th full-length release for the California nu metal band was produced by Nick Raskulinecz and features a guest appearance from Slipknot's Corey Taylor.
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My life is such a waste Begging for something to work this time. But why can't I relate? Feeling all I do is get what's mine Holding on to... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Oct 20, 2016
    80
    Monstrously heavy from the opening riff onwards, this is classic Korn.
  2. Oct 20, 2016
    80
    The Serenity of Suffering is a welcome return to a time when Korn were at the top of their game. It's one of their best albums, almost heart-warming in its cathartic familiarity.
  3. Oct 20, 2016
    76
    The Serenity of Suffering is easily Korn’s most diverse release; featuring melody, aggression, new sounds and old staples in just about equal measures wrapped into some of the band’s strongest songs in years.
  4. 70
    The re-inclusion of guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch to the band has seen Korn embracing their dense roots and they’re all the better for it.
  5. Oct 27, 2016
    60
    Serenity is certain to scratch an itch. Still, there's a sense of "good enough" with all of their recent releases, and it's a problem this record just can't shake.
  6. Kerrang!
    Oct 20, 2016
    60
    Korn haven't reinvented their own here, but it's still a worthy addition to their canon. [22 Oct 20163, p.67]
  7. Oct 25, 2016
    40
    There are sludgy, down-tuned power chords, there are whiny lyrics about how life is constantly unfair (reminder: Korn frontman Jonathan Davis is 45 years old), there is even that vocal tic where Davis sort of cackles like a disturbed demon.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Oct 22, 2016
    10
    Korn are on form here , every song has a crushing break down , epic chorus and great drumming. Easily in the top 5 korn albums ever. Turn itKorn are on form here , every song has a crushing break down , epic chorus and great drumming. Easily in the top 5 korn albums ever. Turn it up and break ya neck. Expand
  2. Oct 22, 2016
    10
    Being a Korn fan for many years now and having witnessed their weird ass EDM phase and what not, I am very glad that they are back to theirBeing a Korn fan for many years now and having witnessed their weird ass EDM phase and what not, I am very glad that they are back to their original sound. This entire project is absolutely bonkers and it's exactly what I look for in this type of music. It'll never come close to Follow The Leader, Issues or Take A Look In The Mirror but it'll do for now. Expand
  3. Oct 28, 2016
    10
    KoRn are my favorite band. I own every studio album by them on CD, including The Serenity of Suffering.

    Their debut is #1 to me, but I have
    KoRn are my favorite band. I own every studio album by them on CD, including The Serenity of Suffering.

    Their debut is #1 to me, but I have to say that this new one is #2 because it's truly an amazing work of art.

    Jon's vocals are epic. Head and Munky are super heavy with their delicious riffs. Fieldy's playing here is jaw dropping, his best in years and his bass can be heard properly again which I missed terribly. Ray shows why he is indeed here to stay (pun intended).

    I highly recommend that you buy this album because it's their greatest effort in a long time. 10/10
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  4. Nov 4, 2018
    8
    After the atrocity that was "The Paradigm S***" Korn is finally back! "The Serenity Of Suffering" is their best album since "Korn III" andAfter the atrocity that was "The Paradigm S***" Korn is finally back! "The Serenity Of Suffering" is their best album since "Korn III" and it's nice to hear heavy tracks from these guys again! Most of this album is amazing, Jonathan finally starts singing with emotions again, the guitars are heavy, drummer is amazing and Fieldy The Random Bass Generator gives us some new slaps along the way. The only bad thing that I can think of while listening to this album is that it has too much of a "nice singing syndrome". What I mean is that the singing sometimes is too radio-friendly... Jonathan don't be afraid to give us some growls like you did on Break Some Off back in 2003... music needs diversity and Korn needs screams and growls! All in all this album is nice, the 3 bonus tracks are amazing too. Go listen to this record, I'll be watching you! Pickens approves! Expand
  5. Jul 25, 2018
    8
    After the atrocity that was "The Paradigm S***" Korn is finally back! "The Serenity Of Suffering" is their best album since "Korn III" andAfter the atrocity that was "The Paradigm S***" Korn is finally back! "The Serenity Of Suffering" is their best album since "Korn III" and it's nice to hear heavy tracks from these guys again! Most of this album is amazing, Jonathan finally starts singing with emotions again, the guitars are heavy, drummer is amazing and Fieldy The Random Bass Generator gives us some new slaps along the way. The only bad thing that I can think of while listening to this album is that it has too much of a "nice singing syndrome". What I mean is that the singing sometimes is too radio-friendly... Jonathan don't be afraid to give us some growls like you did on Break Some Off back in 2003... music needs diversity and Korn needs screams and growls! All in all this album is nice, the 3 bonus tracks are amazing too. Go listen to this record, I'll be watching you! Pickens approves! Expand
  6. Oct 26, 2016
    5
    I didn't care for this album. It didn't have that catch that keeps me repeating the music like some of the other stuff they've released. IfI didn't care for this album. It didn't have that catch that keeps me repeating the music like some of the other stuff they've released. If this album is heavy its because they play lots the slow down tuned temples from Issues, but definitely is not anywhere as quick and fun as Life is Peachy or See You On The Otherside. Expand
  7. Oct 29, 2016
    0
    I"ve been pretty upset about this album since "Rotting In Vain" was released as a single as it was just an uninspired "Falling Away From Me"I"ve been pretty upset about this album since "Rotting In Vain" was released as a single as it was just an uninspired "Falling Away From Me" rip-off. The further singles only made my mind up this way. "The Serenity of Suffering" is nothing but an over-hyped rip-off from their older material. And it certainly doesn't deserve any of attention and worshipping it actually got. Expand

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