Korn – Requiem

7/10

How do you show you are depressed, lonely, and worthless without saying it?

Well, you could karaoke Korn and any song from their new album. No happiness here, no Sir!

Then, if you expected happy tunes and lyrics you probably have not listened to Korn before. 32 and change minutes of self-loathing, anguish, cools riffs and the familiar sound of Korn.

It is not “Freak on a Leash” this. It is Korn in 2022. The older underground sound is with time passed replaced but still in a familiar Korn compartment. You could never compare a tune like “Blind” with any of the songs on this album, but you can still without a doubt hear that it is a Korn album that is playing.

“Penance of Sorrow” comes the closest to sound and resemble the sound of Korn as of a while ago to start with. But there is a more mature structure to the band these days. It never steers of onto grounds that you think are out of place at all which is comforting. I am all for a band sort of staying in their lane and do what they do best. It might not be a 10/10 record this way, but if you liked it before you are likely to like it again. So is the case here.

Jonathan Davis always delivers for me. He does so here as well. There is an unrecognizable dedication and investment in the delivery of his voice and the level of commitment he puts forward. The songs are what you could and should expect. The problem or lack of problem depending how you see it is that the record does not lift or sink overly much from being ok.

So, my feel for the album is that it is good, but not excellent. Good is a bit more then I thought it was going to be. So, I am a bit surprised on the positive side. I do not know why my expectations were low, but they were. The jury is out on the matter of if this “Requiem” will grow on me and be one of the ups later in the year, but we will see about that later.

 

Band: Korn
Title: Requiem
Label: Lima Vista/Universal
Date of release: 2022-02-04
Rate: 7/10
Stand Out Track: Let the Dart Do The Rest
Country of Origin: USA
Playing Time: 32:39

Korn – Requiem

February 13, 2022

“Penance of Sorrow” comes the closest to sound and resemble the sound of Korn as of a while ago to start with. But there is a more mature structure to the band these days.

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