Getting Old And Starting To Taste Bad
Poor Jonathan Davis. After fronting one of nu-metal’s most influential, not to mention best selling bands, all the while culminating millions of dollars and playing in front of hoards of fans across the world, Davis still has reason to whiningly sing about the constant torment he faces on a day to day basis. Releasing their sixth album, Take A Look In The Mirror, Korn seem to have abandoned whatever unique creative process that defined their earlier work, instead opting to release an album full of 100% Grade B Processed Metal.If you sit really still and listen close enough, you just might be able to hear some subtle glimpses of greatness, which made this Bakersfield quintet so incredibly popular in the 90’s. But those moments are all together few and far between. Take A Look In The Mirror is decidedly Nu-Korn, adopting the same musical format found in their previous album, Untouchables. In fact, the two albums border each other so closely; you might as well call this one Untouchables 2, despite being self-produced by Davis himself. However, this Nu-Korn sound, a struggled attempt to go back to their heavier roots by implementing forced, chunky and repetitious guitar hooks over their classic pounding slap-bass, is still a refreshing blend over their more hip-hop oriented sound.
And while Korn still manage to occasionally shine, you can’t help but wish for some sort of creative progression to take hold of their new material instead of churning out forced songs that sound exactly the same. Indeed, maybe it’s time for Korn to Take A Look In The Mirror.