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Korn - The Nothing: Review

Nu-Metal veterans Korn are back again and have released studio album number thirteen, The Nothing under their own Korn Partnership, licensing the album to Elektra records.

Recent releases from Johnathan Davis and company haven’t really made waves, the die-hard Korn following have eaten them up of course but a lot of the crowd who departed the Nu-Metal scene towards the mid-noughties almost forgot about Korn, but this is one band that won’t let you get away with overlooking them anymore.

The Nothing feels like it has been positioned to strengthen Korn’s place as a band that’s still relevant today. If nothing else Korn have stuck to their blueprint from day one, their music has not evolved massively over the years resulting in some albums passing by without huge hits (that’s not to say that hits define a record) at the same time they have managed to transcend the Nu-Metal label and have carved out their own niche perch, it’s a challenge to think of another band that really sounds like Korn from top to bottom, (go ahead, we’ll wait).

The Nothing draws from the extensive back catalogue and installs elements from the Nu-Metal golden age and classic Korn albums, all over the record you can hear the echoes of Issues, Untouchables and Life is Peachy.

The Ringmaster sounds like it’s straight out of 2003 and invokes strong memories of those glory days. Single You’ll Never Find Me feels it would have fit onto Follow The Leader with ease and Darkness Is Revealing feels like a cut from Issues.

To counter this Cold and Idiosyncrasy are examples of fresh sounding tracks and prove Korn still have a knack for writing good metal and that’s a big takeaway from this record, it’s fresh, despite drawing on older tropes it feels like a new life has been breathed into the band.

The record is heavy in all the right places, melodic in the hooks and choruses, it’s distinctly Korn as one would expect and will stand up to multiple listens, at the time of writing this review we are on listen number six and it’s still enjoyable, where Korn have maybe found it difficult to turn heads with recent efforts The Nothing could be the difference.

The Nothing is available now on Elektra Records under license from The Korn Partnership

Rating: 8/10