Korn are certainty no strangers to the mainstream world of music and their promise of delivering a new album doesn’t come all too surprising. However with the inclusion and reinstatement of Head this heralds a new era in Korn‘s history with the future still a speculation. 2011’s ‘The Path of Totality’ saw the band utilise sounds more associated with dub step as opposed to the ‘industrial meta’ or ‘nu-metal’ sound they pioneered. The electronics on ‘The Paradigm Shift’ are still present however at a much better level. They are held within the songs yet are not the forefront, this allows Head and Munkey to use their unique guitar pairing to it’s full advantage. There are plenty of moments that will remind listeners of ‘old Korn’ but still their evolution is present. “What We Do” rings out like an old classic, whilst lead single “Never Never” and to some degree “Love & Meth” are songs that are the furthest evolved, mostly due to the heavy presence of electronics as opposed to guitar based songs.
On the whole this album delivers the classic punch that Korn are capable of but will still sound fresh. Thumping beat with a huge chorus, occasionally dancing with the odd electronic twinkle. This may still divide some fans, but where interest may have been lost last time round Head’s return will see the return of many fans, and a multitude of newer ones.
Verdict – 4/5 Stars
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