Sound — 10
Korn saved rock. Without it, rock would have died. Back in '92 punk was old, hair metal died, and MTV was looking for hip-hop. But soemwhere near Death Valley, 5 kids from Bakersfield with 7-strings tuned lower than a standard bass, a bassist with a definate hip-hop vibe going on, a drummer who anchored it with a blend of power and percision, and a singer who used the stage as a shock-treament lab scared the hell out of everyone. Except the kids. Their heavy sound reaches out to the fed-up and pissed-off everywhere.
Lyrics — 9
Whatever Jonathan does-sing, scream, whisper, wail-it sounds awesome. And he sings about something that means something, which is why Korn doesn't include lyrics in their CDs. Aside from Twist, it all sounds listenable.
Overall Impression — 10
Their 7-strings make "heavy metal" look like squeals. Those who call their band heavy metal, eat your heart out. Every single song on this ablum is awesome, and the covers of Word Up! and Another Brick In The Wall make it even better.