Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Korn 

Untouchables (Immortal/Epic)

Getting all misty-eyed in heavy metal was once frowned upon. But when Korn's Jonathan Davis wept while reliving his childhood abuse on his band's 1994 debut, his tears helped wash away the stifling masculinity that had turned metal into something of a caricature in the mid-'90s, when mucho manly death metal reigned supreme.

At the same time that Davis exploded metal's emotional constraints, his bandmates followed suit sonically, drawing up the blueprint for nü metal with subterranean bass, guitars that aped turntables, and beats as funky as garlic breath. After close to a decade of such boundary-pushing, Korn's fifth album is its most expansive yet.

Something of an update of one of this scene's most important precursors, Faith No More's Angel Dust, Untouchables is equally bruised and brazen. "Alone I Break" is Korn at its most contemplative, with acoustic guitar, saturated beats, and pleading lyrics leavening the band's turgid crunch. "Hollow Life" is just as resonant: a brooding, haunting number in which spectral synth makes Davis's Mike Patton-esque delivery doubly chilling. Combined with the eye-watering wallop of lead single "Here to Stay" and the industrial nihilism of "Wake Up Hate," it forms Korn's most dense, well-rounded effort yet: a record that raises the bar for this genre so high, Fred Durst couldn't reach it if he were standing on Aaron Lewis's shoulders.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

More by Jason Bracelin

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Open Turntable Tuesday @ The Winchester

    • Tuesdays
  • Ryan Sickler @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Thu., Dec. 9
  • Sebastian Maniscalco @ Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

    • Thu., Dec. 9

© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation