You can’t deny that Korn’s last release, The Path Of Totality, was a bold move. Mixing their usual sort of material with dubstep, it received mixed reviews ranging from really positive to really negative, but it was a refreshing spin on the norm.
The Paradigm Shift sees the band retrace their steps and return to exactly what they were known for prior to their last release, and it just winds up feeling a little stale as a result, due to sounding exactly like every single other album by them. It would have been nice to have kept a few of the distinct elements from their previous release on this one but instead they’ve just plumped for the safer option, which is a shame.
The main problem with this album is that most songs sound the same. There are some standout tracks, such as the catchy opener Prey For Me. It features a massively strong chorus that you’ll find yourself singing along to before you know it and is a magnificent way to get the album going because of how memorable it is, but things unfortunately go downhill from there.
There’s just no distinction between the vast majority of the tracks, and each one follows the same sort of format and pattern, resulting in them all blending into one entity – and if I talk about one song, I’ve talked about them all.
There’s no mistaking that this is Korn, as nobody does nu metal music quite like them but maybe that’s the problem with this album. They’re just rehashing the same old ‘reliable’ format again and at nearly twenty years into their career as a band, it’s becoming quite dull.