Feature: The Top 6 Korn Albums
Wed, 09 Oct 2013 10:52:01
Now, everything Korn has put out kicks ass as far as we're concerned. There are merits to every album, song, music video, DVD, compilation, and live record. Suffice it to say, this list was not easy to come up with. However, we went for it in honor of The Paradigm Shift's release this week...
So without further pomp and circumstance, we present ARTISTdirect.com's Top 6 Korn Albums as composed by editor in chief Rick Florino. We want to encourage debate, so comment below on what your favorite Korn album is and why...
ARTISTdirect.com's Top 6 Korn Albums
#6 The Path of Totality
2011's The Path of Totality saw Korn once again completely change the game. Rather than tread the same ground, they joined forces with dubstep impresarios such as Skrillex, Excision, Noisia, Datsik, and more to create the ultimate electronic metal album. It's a shining example of Korn's daring, and it laid down a path for numerous other artists to Follow. In its aftermath, Cypress Hill and Asking Alexandria dubstep-ed it up on EPs, while Linkin Park and Steve Aoki released a single in 2013. Once again, Korn did it first. "Get Up!" and "Narcissistic Cannibal" hit hard live, while "Bleeding Out" will be remembered as a classic.
Korn went big on Untouchables. Sonically, it's a sprawling soundscape replete with moments of melodic bliss ["Alone I Break", "Hollow Life", "No One's There"] and grooving assault and battery ["Bottled Up", "Beat It Up Right"]. "Here To Stay" remains one of their most irresistible and invasive anthems, while "Thoughtless" conjures a brilliant eeriness. Untouchables illuminated their songwriting craft and downright epic scope.
#4 The Paradigm Shift
The Paradigm Shift ushers in the next era of Korn. In essence, every element fans have come to know and love bubbles up to the surface here. The electronic leanings of The Paradigm Shift punctuate "Never Never" and the hypnotically heavy "Victimized", while songs like "Prey For Me" and "Love and Meth" intoxicate with pummeling perfection. Jonathan Davis sounds pristine and poetic throughout. Simply put, it's a masterpiece and the best rock record of 2013. [Get it at Best Buy]
#3 Follow the Leader
This was the album that catapulted Korn from innovators to hard rock deities. They broke open the doors, merging hip-hop flavor with heavy metal darkness in a manner that had never been done before. Every band that arrived in their wake owes a debt to this album. Songs like "Got the Life", "Freak on a Leash", "It's On", and "Dead Bodies Everywhere" remain as powerful now as ever. It's the more intimate and evil moments that really heighten the impact though. "Pretty" is majestically heartbreaking, while there are few closers as a propos as "My Gift to You".
"Are you ready?" Davis asks at the beginning of "Blind". Nobody was ready for this one, and no one has replicated the intensity of this debut. It's Korn's first album. Nothing was the same after. Not much else needs to be said. It's ESSENTIAL listening.
#1 Life is Peachy
Though their debut is flawless, Life is Peachy opened the doorway what Korn really is. Their flirtations with melody via chaos really come to light during "A.D.I.D.A.S.", while "Good God" is as visceral as it gets. "Mr. Rogers" shined light on the creepy side, "Wicked" brought the hip-hop and "Kunt" and "Lowrider" had their undying sense of humor. "Twist" remains beyond different. However, Korn's opus is "Kill You" the final breath of this timeless piece. It's harrowing hypnosis snaps into a catharsis that's felt for ages. It's everything Korn is and more.
What's your favorite Korn album?
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See our review of Family Values this year here!
See our review of The Paradigm Shift here!
See Korn, Hollywood Undead, and Asking Alexandria all talk Family Values here!
Watch the "Prey For Me" Track-By-Track here!
Watch the "Victimized" Track-By-Track here!
Watch the "Spike In My Veins" Track By Track here!
See what Slipknot, Hollywood Undead, Asking Alexandria, Skrillex, and more have to say about Korn here!
See our exclusive retrospective on Follow the Leader here!
See our first reaction to The Paradigm Shift here!
See the band's first interview together about The Paradigm Shift here!
See our review of Rock on the Range here!