Untitled review by Korn

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  • Released: Jul 31, 2007
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.6 (280 votes)
Korn: Untitled
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Sound — 9
Korn return once again with their 8th full length studio album, Untitled, their 2nd under Virgin Records. Untitled marks the first record without drummer David Silveria, who is out on 'hiatus', and their 2nd without guitarist Brian "Head" Welch. A lot of people expected this album to be another 'See You On The Other Side', Korn's 2005 effort, which is far from the truth. Gaining help from drummers Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons) and Brooks Wakerman (Bad Religion) along with touring keyboardist Zac Baird, Korn have truly redeemed themselves this time around. Returning to co-produce alongside Jonathan Davis is infamous Trent Reznor collaborator Atticus Ross, who gives the album a Nine Inch Nails industrial feel. Keyboardist Zac Baird makes his presence known, as piano, synth, and ambiance is used quite often throughout this album. Also in this album, we also see more of bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu's signature bass slapping technique, which was absent on much of SYOTOS, and can be heard on tracks such as Ever Be and I Will Protect You. Untitled perfects what previous effort SYOTOS attempted. The atmospheres, guitars, and effects seem to fit together perfectly this time around, which felt too forced and out of place before. This is a refreshing change of pace and is definitely what Korn needed to get back on top. Imagine putting 'Untouchables', 'See You On The Other Side', and Jon's work in the 'Queen of the Damned' soundtrack in a blender. You'll have Korn's Untitled album. Here's a breakdown of the album tracks: 01. Intro - this starts the album off with piano and ambiance that becomes eerie carnival-esq music until the band comes in. It helps set the mood for the album. 02. Starting Over - great opening track. The bridge is great, and features some melodic and catchy singing by JD. 03. Bitch We Got A Problem - this is a song I think Marylin Manson and Nine Inch Nails fans will enjoy. This song goes heavy on the bass. Good track, but not the best. It gets a little weird. 04. Evolution - the first single from the album. This song is about mankind being essentially apes inside. This is a very catchy song with a chorus that you'll find yourself singing later on. 05. Hold On - one of the best songs of the album. This album sports catchy verses and has an almost old school Korn vibe to it, especially in the singing. 06. Kiss - this is a very beautiful song that was inspired by The Beetle's "Strawberry Fields". This ballad is definately a stand out track. Melodic and powerful. 07. Do What They Say - this song is dark and heavy, but it doesn't stand out much and becomes kind of boring after a few listens. It's okay. 08. Ever Be - the best song on the whole album. Guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer describes it as being like the movie 300 set to song, and it truly holds up. This is a very Epic song with a climactic ending. This song was aimed at ex-guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, who left the band for religious reasons. 09. Love And Luxury - this song is the poppiest on the album, but it still maintains some heaviness. Some will hate this song, but I loved it and it really stuck to me. It has a very memorable hook. This was also aimed at Head, which becomes obvious right away with the line, "I read your little book and ha ha ha." 10. Innocent Bystander - just like "Do What They Say", it's nothing special. It's an okay track that doesn't really stand out much. 11. Killing - formerly called "Trained Response". This is the heaviest song on the album, and has an almost death metal part that sorta springs out of nowhere. 12. Hushabye - this is a softer song. Munky does something unusual for Korn and picks up a mandolin. This song really great track. 13. I Will Protect You - JD leaked this track on MySpace a few months ago to give fans a taste of what they were working on and it is the first song they completed for the album. This song sports a progressive type breakdown showcasing Bozzio's drumming. A great closing track for a great album.

Lyrics — 8
Jonathan Davis pulls out all the stops in this album. His vocals range from the soft singing in ballad "Kiss" to death metal style low growl in "Killing". The album's lyrical themes range from his near death experience with a rare blood disorder to mankind being no better than apes to anger towards ex-guitarist Brian "Head" Welch.

Overall Impression — 9
I didn't know what to expect from Korn now that they are down to only 3 original members, but Korn surprised the hell out of me with this. I can't really find a bad thing to say about this record. Although it may take a few listens to really get into the album, it is definitely the best thing since Issues. Untitled has what their last works were missing.

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    jeowy
    i wonder if there'll be a flame war here? the nu-metal fad is years old but im sure theres still a lot of elitists who would jump at any opportunity to say "KORN SUX LOL", and likewise a lot of KoRn fans eager to jump to the defence of one of their favourite bands... im gonna check this album out, that "evolution" song seems pretty good to me, albeit simple as you'd expect from this genre.
    Paradise Lost
    Everyone keeps saying they're boring and its the same... but keep saying 'Bring back the old school Korn' (or variations). ASKING FOR THE SAME THING WHEN YOURE COMPLAING ABOUT THAT IN THE FIRST PLACE?! The new albu is their most different yet, and I think it's a very good album.
    Seth Shadows
    I don't like KoRn All that much but this seems like very Good progress for the band. Johnathan Davis is too bitter lol. I'll listen.
    Jackolas wrote: I had no idea this was out.
    Same here.
    I'm_Guitarded wrote: jeowy wrote: i wonder if there'll be a flame war here? the nu-metal fad is years old but im sure theres still a lot of elitists who would jump at any opportunity to say "KORN SUX LOL", and likewise a lot of KoRn fans eager to jump to the defence of one of their favourite bands... im gonna check this album out, that "evolution" song seems pretty good to me, albeit simple as you'd expect from this genre. ^ hes right... KORN SUCKS.
    lol. Cute. This review isnt for "KORN SUX" comments. The UG Team, JRowe3388 and JRowe3388 but alot of work into these reviews and dont deserve comments like yours.
    bootyking69 wrote: my a$$ farts out better music then this $hit!!! real corn in my $hit doesnt stink as bad as this cd!! korn sux!!!
    Lol you're so funny. Grow up.
    plectrum911
    yeah honestly id like to see the people dis'n korn do alot better in their lifetime. I enjoy children expressing their anger by trying to insult a band who really doesnt care. They have been through alot as a band and for what they have compleated on this album is pretty good.
    RollingFree
    I'm just not feeling it, sounds to repetitive. Well cya Korn, I lost intrest in ya.
    rocky0
    At first I was afraid that this is gonna be another SYOTOS because of "Evolution" but this album really hit me off the table. It's amazing. Full of great textures. TALITM and SYOTOS suck major time compared to this.
    KoRn's_child
    I was very excited about it coming out. I got it the first day it came out. When I first listened to it, It was sort of weird for me. It was way different than anything else they've ever done. But after a few listenings, I really come to like it alot. Espically the songs "Starting Over" and "Killing." Its an awesome album.
    22acacia
    korn are so shithouse its not even funny. whenever i think of korn i think of tweakers with size 40 pants and top dawg shirts.
    HeXeL
    Sigh... I really think the album was a let down for many fans. Half the songs had that completely new feel to them and IMO sucked. There are 2-3 tracks on the whole album worth listening to. Other than that, it was weak. 6/10 for trying...
    nauszi
    Personally, I didn't really like this album. There are a few highlight, for example Starting voer and Bitch, the other songs are forgettable and boring. I miss the old Korn Korn isn't Korn without Head, the sound changed a lot, and that's what I miss and regret.
    jerock21
    i think the band should have parted ways. Theyve just lost their touch. I honestly think they would be much more succesfull if they parted ways and each of them started their own project. I know some have already taken a shot at that like fieldy and his rap or hip hop album. But maybe if they try and push the envelope a little on their own or with another group of musicians they will find an all new success. Just a thought.
    Bu||eT
    JRowe3388 wrote: *Beatles' >_
    lol I absolutely love this album. I didnt like it the first time but I never like albums the frist time. Second time I listened to it I got hooked. Far from what I expected. Better then I expected? Maybe. People need to realize you'll never get another Self Titled, LIP, FTL, iSsues album. This is the new Korn and deal with it. If you like the previous albums go listen to it.
    mudvayne2005
    C&C Magik wrote: Not a fan of korn, i think his vocals are just, idk, weird. I saw some music video by them where there were these bullets flying and when it got to him he started doing some witch craft with his singing and it started flying aimlessly!
    how do u not know the name of the song? and r u retarded?...witch craft with his voice? hahaha this album is okay...i mean its sorta boring. ive always loved korn and i will always be behind them with what they do. they dont need head to make their music...they have enough talent between themselves. this is their 8th studio album, and its not completely crappy. they love what they r doing and i dont see an end anywhere near for them
    silent caution
    i liked the album...theres like nothing really new too learn for guitar players, they used to have such awesome simple powerful riffs....there isnt any on this cd, not one
    NightwishAngel
    This album is a lot better than SYOTOS. With songs like Evolution, Ever Be, Killing, Starting Over, etc., Korn has proven that they're here to stay. Who cares what people says about 'em, Korn will (and always be) one of the best rock bands ever.
    caseygustaveson
    NightwishAngel wrote: 'em, Korn will (and always be) one of the best rock bands ever.
    Haha, never were, never will be. In my opinion, Nu Metal, and Screamo bands are just going to be completely forgotten years from now. Other, more creative and talented bands, such as Minus The Bear, The Shins, Wilco, Deftones,The Mars Volta, and Death Cab For Cutie will be remembered. Our children's generation will be listening to these bands, and will be laughing at bands that our generation listened to, such as Korn, Hawthorne Heights, Limp Bizkit, etc, like my generation snickers at the lame hair metal bands.
    KoRnOnA6String
    bands, such as Minus The Bear, The Shins, Wilco, Deftones,The Mars Volta, and Death Cab For Cutie will be remembered.
    Apart from Deftones, they'll be remembered because of their shite names >.> Seriously, their names annoy the shit out of me. You can't even take them the cheezy way, they're just too f-ing crap.. >.<
    Our children's generation will be listening to these bands
    I'll bare-handedly kill my children of they do : To all the people bashing Korn: Just drop it. There's no point, AT ALL. Most of you can't even spell properly (not to mention your general punctuation), and you're just making yourselves look like asses. If you lost interest in Korn because of this album, but still take the time to inform us about that, it's obvious you're just here to piss people off, because why bother with something you have no interest in? LOL @ you guys. LOL. Personally, I really like this album, and it's right up there with their first album, in my opinion. I absolutely hated Life Is Peachy, it's my leasy favourite, but Follow The Leader, Issues, Untouchables, TALITM and SYOTOS, I love them all. The people that don't like this album or SYOTOS are either people that bum Head, or are too closed-minded to appreciate change and diversity, because I even listen to Cannibal Corpse, Children of Bodom, Hypocrisy and other (melodic) death metal bands, and they're a lot heavier, or at least more 'brutal' than Korn has ever been, and I love those bands to death (no pun intended, lol). I don't listen to just about anything (I can't stand metalcore, mostly, although I like Chimaira's latest album), so it's not that I like this because I like all kinds of music. I like this album, and this band, because it's a GOOD album, and 'oldschool' Korn-fans who can't see that, well, your loss, not ours, but don't come bitching please, it's just plain annoying. *Waits for the first idiot that quotes and says "STFU U SUX!!!".. >.>*
    d_byrne23
    im with a lot of others here..korn was great or at least decent with their original line-up..but since brian left, I find this bands albums have just lost it progressively
    Stealthtastic
    I really hate the keyboards, it takes away from that "heavy" feel...and adds that "fruity" feel..
    22acacia
    Korn blows. Put Rage Against Machine and Korn on an arctic bound ship and sink it. The world would be a better place.
    stewie123
    C&C Magik wrote: Not a fan of korn, i think his vocals are just, idk, weird. I saw some music video by them where there were these bullets flying and when it got to him he started doing some witch craft with his singing and it started flying aimlessly!
    Freak on a Leash, Thats a great video
    Covin
    This album blurs in the middle big time. After "Evolution" up to "Killing" or "Hushabye" it's all filler.
    I'm_Guitarded
    jeowy wrote: i wonder if there'll be a flame war here? the nu-metal fad is years old but im sure theres still a lot of elitists who would jump at any opportunity to say "KORN SUX LOL", and likewise a lot of KoRn fans eager to jump to the defence of one of their favourite bands... im gonna check this album out, that "evolution" song seems pretty good to me, albeit simple as you'd expect from this genre.
    ^ hes right... KORN SUCKS.
    a god
    yeah i demoed this and it wasnt bad but it wasnt great either an ok album and only 10 bucks so its your choice
    C&C Magik
    Not a fan of korn, i think his vocals are just, idk, weird. I saw some music video by them where there were these bullets flying and when it got to him he started doing some witch craft with his singing and it started flying aimlessly!
    electric7
    it's okay. an 8 was being generous.
    AngelOfHatred wrote: Didn't Joey Jordison join Korn? I thought I heard that on an Interview with the band on TV.
    he was filling it while David is taking a vacation from Korn. they had three other drummers (one which was Johnathan) drum on this album. Joey was only for touring.
    pigmaggots
    I found it got boring quickly. I used to love Korn but I found they've lost the oomf in their music and it gets boring quickly, especially lyrically for me.
    White And Nerdy
    This CD is really good, JD's vocals are different in each song, my favorite tracks are " Killing " " Ever Be " " Kiss " basically them all, but yeah, this CD is awesome IMO.
    AngelOfHatred
    electric7 wrote: he was filling it while David is taking a vacation from Korn. they had three other drummers (one which was Johnathan) drum on this album. Joey was only for touring.
    Dang, I wish he joined permanently. Joey's an amazing drummer.
    odb56
    Man....shit i love korn but shaffer said theyre gettin heavier on this album.....thats so not true.. the old albums were definetly their best...but take a look in the mirror is also pretty good
    xXxSweetKoRnxXx
    Well i thought it rocked then again Korn are my fave band so i like to stay loyal to them .I gotta admit i didnt think it was that special at first but after a few listens it really grew on me im like addicted lol.
    ignoration
    This cd was ok I miss head. Im still kinda pissed over that. I would have liked if they made this album more like follow the leader or life is peachy
    Gregoric
    bootyking69 wrote: my a$$ farts out better music then this $hit!!! real corn in my $hit doesnt stink as bad as this cd!! korn sux!!!
    ....so tell us about the cd then? ....if you've actually listened to it...
    5250
    I've been a Korn fan for a long time. When Head left, I realized their time in the arena of importance was going to diminish; when a band member (in a really successful band) leaves, you know things are gonna suffer. SYOTOS began their downfall, while UNTITLED merely reaffirms it. All good things must end, so I guess we need to accept it.
    skindred
    what people need to realise is that the follow the leader, self titled, life is peachy and issues era of korn is gone. heads gone, Silveria is off for a bit and most of all nu-metal is dead. props to them for trying to keep it going, this album aint actually too bad, i love "hold on" - that song reminds me of their older stuff. all you korn flamers just f*ck off, i dont love them or hate them but respect them for going on for as long as they have, dont see any of you expert critics flaming them earning any major money or having millions of fans. half of you flamers cant even spell. grow up.
    MetalMan-Shipa
    You can't say: KoRn sucks. I thought like that, when I first heard it, but when I started to listen to it more and more, I was impressed. And I think the lyrics are allot better than the music!
    JRowe3388
    Wow, I had a few typos in my review. Obviously, "The Beetle's" should be "The Beetles'" and under Hold On, the word album should be song. Im sure there's more. Sorry guys, bear with me. lol
    bootyking69
    my a$$ farts out better music then this $hit!!! real corn in my $hit doesnt stink as bad as this cd!! korn sux!!!