Korn – The Nothing
Korn is one of the few bands that actually became more interesting as they cleaned up the use of illegal (and some legal) substances. For me “The Paradigm Shift” was the first Korn album I actually could stand to hear (almost) every track. “The Nothing” is in many ways a much heavier piece since it is done in the aftermath of singer Jonathan Davis’ personal tragedy as his ex-wife and mother deceased prior the production of the album.
As with many other albums with strong raison d’être, the musical energy on “The Nothing” sometimes ends up on the backburner. The lyrics and the feeling of the songs naturally gets prioritized and the pure joy of riffin’ and rollin’ becomes secondary. Don’t get me wrong though, this is a good collection of songs.
It is not what I would use as a fire starter on a Friday. “The Nothing” works better on Sunday afternoon. And you probably want to put it on repeat many times. On high level. Just let it burn you up inside – you will love it. And you get rewarded as they punch you through “This Loss” – Korn doesn’t get much darker than this.
Together with the other metal heavyweight acts Slipknot, Rammstein and Tool – Korn shows the world that metal is far from dead. On the contrary, 2019 will probably go down in history as one of the better years in the metal industry. This is one more in that stack
Title: The Nothing
Label: Roadrunner Records
Date of release: 13/8-19
Stand out tracks: This Loss