Yes, it is dubbed "Untitled," and yes, the new Korn album due this week via Virgin is perhaps its most musically serious work since 2002's "Untouchables." The set opens with the seemingly straightforwYes, it is dubbed "Untitled," and yes, the new Korn album due this week via Virgin is perhaps its most musically serious work since 2002's "Untouchables." The set opens with the seemingly straightforward rocker "Starting Over," but more than halfway through, the guitars drop and give way to a dreamy, psychedelic bridge, only to have the verses resurrected by gospel-inspired keys.
According to frontman Jonathan Davis, "Ever Be" and "Love & Luxury" both address the 2005 departure of guitarist Brian "Head" Welch. The former Korn member will preempted the release of Korn's album with a tell-all book, "Save Me From Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs and Lived to Tell My Story" earlier this month.
Not all of the album takes on such targeted anger. First single "Evolution," for example, finds Korn adopting a peace-loving persona -- almost. "It's about how us as human beings haven't evolved in the thousands of years we've been around," Davis says. "We're no different than monkeys. We're territorial and we fight, and we're destroying our planet. Why haven't we evolved? True human beings wouldn't be destroying each other and blowing [stuff] up. They'd be compassionate and they'd love one another and there'd be no violence."
The new album is the follow-up to 2005's "See You On the Other Side," which has sold 1.2 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "We always wanted the atmospheres, and to really go deep," guitarist James "Munky' Shaffer says. "It wasn't until this record that we really felt comfortable to do that. As records progress, the urge to do that becomes greater. We feel like we've finally solidified ourselves in the rock world, and wanted to take this one a little deeper into that direction. It's less pop, and it's more experimental."