First off, this won’t be the only Korn post you’ll see today. Entirely coincidental. If you happen to hate them with a passion, we are sorry and I totally get it.

But anyway, as you may know, Korn are doing a collaboration album with various dubstep artists like Skrillex and some other names I’m not familiar with. I’m not all that familiar with dubstep and I certainly wouldn’t call myself a fan, but I was once a huge fan of Korn before I got into metal, so I’m approaching their tenth studio album The Path Of Totality with both anticipation and with a grain of salt. On one hand, I appreciate how every Korn album had its own identity and sounded different from the last; they’ve never made the same album twice regardless of whether they meant to or not. On the other hand, I’ve had a bad taste in my mouth ever since Korn III and have fallen off the wagon a bit over time so I’m not sure if I’m going to like it or not.

I thought “Get Up”, the first single from The Path of Totality, was pretty silly. It has grown on me since then, but I was still unsure if the gimmick was going to work. I did enjoy the aesthetic of the guitar riffs, punchy bass, and the swelling and stabbing synths, but would it translate well over the course of a whole album?

Then today I heard a radio-rip of “Narcissistic Cannibal,” the album’s second single, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It reminded me of Untouchables, one of their best albums. You can give that a listen below.

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What I liked about post-Head Korn is that, aside from Korn III, they’ve been pretty experimental and had a touch of industrial to them. This song takes them back on that path, so I’m behind that 100%. I’m still a bit apprehensive about where this album’s going to go, but so far it’s looking better than the last one.

The Path of Totality is due out December 6th on Roadrunner Records.

– JR

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