Once again, an Internet leak marred the launch of a new Korn album. But "Take a Look in the Mirror" is strong enough to withstand the blow.

Once again, an Internet leak marred the launch of a new Korn album. But "Take a Look in the Mirror" is strong enough to withstand the blow. Being the band's first self-produced disc, "Mirror" reflects the quintet's "Issues" album without being a carbon copy of it. "Break Some Off" will make fans joyously bounce off the walls. David Silveria's machine-gun percussion is backed by bassist Fieldy and the relentless attack of guitarists Head and Munky. Singer Jonathan Davis frequently sounds off with a death-metal roar—a brutal turn even for his brand of agonized wailing. Things get a little repetitive in the disc's second half, and the mixing should be cleaner. But several twists keep it from sliding into monotony: a hidden track (a live cover of Metallica's "One" from "MTVIcon") and rapper Nas guesting on "Play Me," for instance. A bonus DVD includes amusing snippets of the band goofing off—with a stuffed sheep, no less.—CLT