The Serenity of Suffering

The nu-metal band, Korn’s, ongoing twenty-six-year career continues with the release of their twelfth studio album, The Serenity of Suffering, on October 21st.

The band has played a significant role in bringing heavy metal music more into the mainstream; however, with the release of later albums, Korn was starting to show signs of burning out. Fortunately, The Serenity of Suffering acts as the solution to the band’s waning career. While the album is undoubtedly their heaviest album, it also incorporates more of the band’s original energy and sound.

As with most heavy albums, The Serenity of Suffering is brimming with intense drumming and thick, churning guitar. Not to mention, frontman, Jonathan Davis, brings forth an even heavier sound with his throat-shredding screams and death metal growls.

There is definitely something to say about the powerful instrumentals embedded in this forty-minute long LP, but the songwriting might not be the strongest.

The distinct vocal patterns and dynamic instrumentation makes up for the loss of noteworthy lyrics; however, while there are some instances where a line will stand out, after about a couple songs, there isn’t much of a distinction. Overall, this detail, being of little significance, is the biggest negative of the album.

The album debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 album chart and sold 57,000 copies its first week of release. Dom Lawson from The Guardian said of the album,

“What the Bakersfield veterans have needed more than anything in recent years, however, is an album that reignites the untamed energy of their early records. The Paradigm Shift came close in 2013, but The Serenity of Suffering fits the bill in every respect.”

This album is highly recommended to any metal or Korn fans as Korn has undeniably proven their worth to stay in the game.

Photo Credit: Roadrunner Records

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