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Korn, The Path of Totality
Roadrunner Records, Dec. 6, 2011

06/14/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



These guys will be at the Hampton Beach Casino on Saturday, June 16, so a little catch-up is in order. Here’s another nu-metal legend that, like Linkin Park, saw the dubstep movement and was more than happy to party with it and some of its EDM friends. Makes OK sense, and not just because they’d long ago discovered that bellowing like crazed ogres, though cool, was wrecking Jonathan Davis’s vocal chords (nowadays he’s content to do a sort of phlegmatic Marilyn Manson shtick over their low-end doom-thrash); actually they’ve played around with the Gravity Kills sound in the past (around the time they were also fooling around with some New Order vibe, while we’re at it), which gives them some sort of license, you have to admit. They’ve never been dummies, is what I’m trying to say, and they’ve never gotten my skip-button finger as itchy as Linkin Park. A couple of the songs on here are a bit rote (guest Skrillex overplays the Ed Banger wubbing in “Chaos Lives in Everything” ), but it does explore most all the facets of drum n bass, which can be a pretty, not just spazzy, genre. A- —Eric W. Saeger
 






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