Sound — 10
The music on this album is sheer brilliance. Even though I love all Korn, past and present, I can say that I applaud the guys from getting away from that stereotypical chug-chug style of nu-metal. The band member who stands out musically in this album is definitely Munky. Most of us thought that his guitar sound would be lost and empty without head, but it is in fact the contrary. Munky has successfully been the most powerful musical force on this album as a single guitarist. There is no place on See You On The Other Side where you feel that the guitar leaves something to be desired. Also, Korn is constantly being put down for their music always sounding the same. Even though I've always disagreed with this, no one can say that this album's sound is standard Korn. The guitar has more flow and uses more chords than before, departing from the expected distorted one-note twangs. However, true Korn roots can be heard in songs such as "Hypocrites" and "Liar," in which the guys are chunking out stuff to turn mosh pits into warzones. David's drumming has also improved. There's less simple snare taps and more equal use of the entire drum set. If anything is missed, it's the slap and pop of Fieldy's bass, but never fear, he's still got it in "Open Up" and "For No One."
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics have undergone a major improvement on this album. Props to Jon. He's moved on from the occasional mediocrity and redundance of the concepts in his lyrics. He's no longer dwelling on the torment and depression of his childhood, and he's developed more musical emotions than hate and angst. "Politix" is a song that shows that Jonathan has stepped out lyrically to confront present issues of the world. Also, I believe the lyrics on this album are meant to be pondered over and for some of them to toy with your head, unlike the usual lyrical concepts associated with Korn, which are pretty straightforward and blunt. Jonathan's singing is a force all its own on this record, even as is sometimes flows perfectly with the guitar. It's easy to see that Jon is putting more diaphragmatic breathing into his singing instead of his sometimes "whiny" sound in which you can tell he's been singing from his throat and nasal passages by the moan that could be heard as he comes off of a high note. Blessed be the day! The scatting has returned. We've all missed the insane characteristic that is one of Korn's trademarks since Follow The Leader, and Jonathan brought it back on this record. And in case you are thinking so, he has in no way given up his awesome screaming; it's seems he just found places where it was more appropriate than in others, so the songs flow together better.
Overall Impression — 10
SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE is probably the most innovative album Korn's released sinced their unmatched self-titled effort. Although the guys have tried new musical styles on this album, they have maintained their ability to sound like no one else and at the same time keep the songs catchy. This latest effort by Korn seems to contain equal parts of heavy metal, industrial, porn rock, goth, and doom metal, and the mix actually works effectively. Almost every song sounds like it would translate well live, unlike some songson Untouchables, about which Munky told Revolver Magazine, "For us, they were outright boring to stand up there and play. And it showed." While I love this entire album, the most impressive songs on See You On The Other Side are "Politix," "Hypocrites," "2-Way," "Throw Me Away," "Open Up," "Coming Undone," and "Liar." I think this album is an instant classic. I encourage everyone, devoted Korn fans, former Korn fans, and those who don't even particularly like Korn, to get this album. The guys deserve any award possible for their effort on this.