Sound — 8
The band name seems more appropriate than ever. Why? Because, despite the crap, you can still tell its Korn. "The Path Of Totality", Korn's latest attempt to Frankenstein two musical genres, isn't terrible. It's not good, either. The main issue is that the album doesn't evoke any kind of true emotional reaction. It just "is". It lacks the organic crunchiness that made Korn interesting in the first place. Triumphs occur when Korn does its thing and dub-step is used to add window dressing. The first singles were smartly chosen but end up being an act of deception. "Narcissistic Cannibal" reveals what this album could have been - a seamless integration of synthesized rhythms and melody. "Get Up!" is a rare energetic moment that preserves the aggression that we reminisce about from "Issues". However, this is the exception and not the rule. A majority of the time it feels like they purposely molded songs to accommodate a hook, which isn't all that "hooky" in the first place. Korn ends up playing second fiddle to its dub-step masters and the album sags as a result.
Lyrics — 6
Jonathan Davis's angsty lyrics and schizophrenic vocal delivery are beginning to feel recycled and inauthentic. We get it, man. You're angry. You hate. You wait. You create. You exacerbate. You retaliate. And then you hate again. I'm assuming most of bypass the hope for lyrical ingenuity when it comes to Korn. We've all accepted what we've paid for? Good. Moving on...
Overall Impression — 6
The album's biggest redeeming quality is its production value. The mix is crisp, well balanced, and it's in your face. Too bad there aren't many crank-worthy moments on the album. You can't fault Korn for taking a risk. They've made a great living by forcing square pegs into round holes. However, "The Path Of Totality" hits the ground with a resounding "wub-wub".