The Path of Totality

~ Release group by Korn


The Path of Totality (special edition)KoЯnDigital Media13
Roadrunner Records[none]016861772895
The Path of TotalityKornCD11
  • XE2011-12-02
Roadrunner RecordsRR7728-2016861772826
The Path of TotalityKornCD13
  • DE2011-12-02
Roadrunner Records
The Path of Totality (special edition)KornCD + DVD-Video13 + 28
  • GB2011-12-05
Roadrunner RecordsRR7728-5016861772857
The Path of TotalityKornCD + DVD-Video13 + 28
  • CA2011-12-06
Roadrunner Records, Warner Music Canada (imprint of Warner Music Canada)1686-177285016861772857
The Path of Totality (special edition)KornCD + DVD-Video13 + 27
  • DE2011-12-06
Roadrunner RecordsRR7728-5016861772857
The Path of TotalityKornCD11
  • US2011-12-06
Roadrunner Records1686-177284016861772840
The Path of TotalityKornCD13
  • US2011-12-06
Roadrunner Records
The Path Of TotalityKorn12" Vinyl11
  • XE2018-03-02
Music on Vinyl (imprint of Music on Vinyl B.V. Do not use for manufacturing/distribution relationships!), Roadrunner RecordsMOVLP20548719262005587


associated singles/EPs:Get Up! by Korn feat. Skrillex
Narcissistic Cannibal by Korn feat. Skrillex & Kill the Noise
Narcissistic Cannibal: The Remixes by Korn feat. Skrillex & Kill the Noise
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There aren't many bands who can claim to have invented a genre. Korn did just that, though, when their 1994 self-titled debut down-tuned heavy music and wore its vulnerability like an ugly but distinctive scar as it stared into the abyss.

Nine albums and millions of record sales later, it's unrealistic to ask that they stay the same angry young men. Still, there's something particularly frustrating about the way they've settled into a well-worn groove - complete with their trademark clicking basslines and stop-start riffs - ever since their third album, 1998's Follow the Leader, put a gloss on their sound and sent it supernova.

Until now, that is. Tenth studio album The Path of Totality is a bold attempt at a new direction - sonically, at least. In collaboration with the vanguard of popular dubstep - most notably Skrillex and Noisia - they've taken their now immediately recognisable sound and put a dizzying spin on it.

They get full marks for effort but, unfortunately, not for the end results. It's a credit to all parties involved that this doesn't simply sound like a remix album, but once the novelty of the squelching, space-aged din they've birthed fades, what's apparent is how little Korn have to say for themselves these days. Lead single Get Up! is an empty-headed party starter, while its follow-up, Narcissistic Cannibal, sounds jumbled, bloated and directionless. It doesn't help that Jonathan Davis' vocals are frequently swamped by what surrounds them, but even when he's not clear it's more than apparent that the fire that lit up early, nerve-twisting invectives against bullying (Clown) and homophobia (Faget) and big hits such as Freak on a Leash just isn't burning here.

Still, there are a couple of edifying shocks the system. Burn the Obedient is a rare occasion on which they harness their new powers to sound truly intimidating, and closing track Bleeding Out's use of piano, bagpipes and a coherent narrative makes it an ear-catching final call. Too much of the rest lacks the same impact, with the main consolation being that Korn have rediscovered their pioneering spirit.