My Review of The Path of Totality
There's been a ton of hype. There was a clamp down on leaks. We only had them come about ten days ago. I made a pact to myself I would not listen to Korn's highly anticipated tenth studio release, The Path of Totality until it was released. Today was the day.
I was in Target last night and when walking around the store actually found a copy of the Special Edition. When I went to pay for it, they pried it from my clenching hands telling me they could not sell it to me. I went from jubilent high to getting more antsy to listen to this album because I have denied myself. One sleeping pill later and a night off from the internet, I woke this morning. Today was the day I could FINALLY listen!
I was fortunate enough to see six new songs when Korn toured earlier this month in Boston and New York City. So, yeah, I knew how the songs sounded, but it's not the same. I was looking forward to this release. Most people I know (yeah, except Beth), have gone nuts about it. So now it was my turn :)
At 10 am I took an early lunch and raced to Newbury Comics down the street. There were only TWO copies of this album that I found in the whole store. I bought the Special Edition and had the package open before i got to my car. I popped the CD in my car and gave it a go.
I have to say I was a bit disappointed with the opener "Chaos Lives in Everything." The drum intro was too long for me, but I really dug the beat of the song. Yes, I liked the dub parts too. I really think a song like "Bleeding Out" with it's mellow-unKorn beginning with piano and then eery electronic dub would be better. Oh, and it has bagpipes. 'BLEEDING OUT' HAS DUB AND BAGPIPES!! It's Korn with that open mind Jonathan Davis asks us to have. I really think this song would have been better placed as the first instead of last.
My favorite song on the album is second song, "Kill Mercy Within." This song has Munky's guitar to open it, and enough dub to rave to it. This song should be Korn's next single. It has an amazing hook and chorus. Having been to a Skrillex-headlined rave, and perhaps the oldest person there (no lie), I could totally picture this song playing at it. Also, I can picture this song being used in TV commercials. Korn would be smart to release this after Narcissistic Cannibal.
Next is "My Wall." Most people tell me they either love this song or hate it. It's way too slow for me. After "My Wall" is "Narcissistic Cannibal." This is the current single and one of the strongest songs on the album. It has some of the best lyrics Jonathan has written:
Sometimes I hate,
The life I made.
Everythings wrong every time.
Pushing on I can't escape,
Everything that comes my way
Is haunting me, taking it's sweet time
Holding on I'm lost in a haze
Fighting life till the end of my days
It seems that those who dig "My Wall" like "Illuminati" I just can't get into it. Perhaps it's the slowness of. Sorry thorngrub. This is korn-y, but I just am not feeling it - - yet. "Burn The Obedient" is really different and interesting. In my car, the background music sounds like a seagull cawwing.
Sanctuary - too slow and boring for me. That is all.
The album closes out strong with four songs that I think are great - "Let's Go" "Get Up" "Way Too Far" (another single here) and "Bleeding Out." Unlike Korn's See You On The Other Side (also with a release date of 12/6) I did not find myself gravitating towards one collaborator in particular. This is a refreshing change.
For those who purchased the special edition is the Encounter video and two bonus songs: "Fuels The Comedy" and "Tension" Fuels The Comedy sounds like JD doing Hollywood Undead or Linkin Park (Austin take note I mentioned Linkin Park) BUT I like it. I don't love it. Again, I bet this grows on me.
What I have loved out of the gate, and will likely become a favorite Korn song of mine - period - is "Tension." I was lucky enough to see this live in New York City with Mike, Nate and Josie and it was just amazing. I want to go to a rave and have this song play, with my spirit fingers on and someone asking me if I'm "rolling" like someone did at the Boston Korn show. Difference is, I WANT to be rolling!!!!!!!!
I rate this album 8/10 solid. This album has the bagpipes, JD scat, dub. It's quite refreshing to see Jonathan Davis invigorated lyrics. According to him, he wrote them in a couple days at his studio in Bakersfield. You know what? I'm very impressed. He's outdone himself!
Korn's tenth studio release is Korn reinventing themselves and as a 14 year fan, I like that I want to listen to this album again and again and again...........