CD: Korn, Take a Look in the Mirror


Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis reckons this is "the best stuff we've ever done", though you'll need to have had your eardrums perforated and your brains pummelled into sludge before you can pass through the glowering portals of Korn-world. The band's most instantly recognisable trademarks are the heaving, grinding noise of Fieldy's bass, David Silviera's subterranean drumming and Davis's ghastly Exorcist-style howling, all boiled up into a black, pulverising stew. Pretty it ain't... except for a few judiciously chosen moments when they allow a glimmer of daylight to intrude, like the intro to Break Some Off or the eerie gliding passages in Everything I've Known.

Otherwise, it's a brutal barrage of staccato beats, club-footed riffs and panzer-division stomps. The "Parental Advisory" sticker seems pretty irrelevant since the words mostly sound like a gang of trolls being ritually disembowelled. If this is for you, you'll know.


Adam Sweeting

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Interview: Rob Zombie

As a death-metal rocker, he sold millions of records - despite being banned from Wal-Mart. Now he's made a film, and guess what? Someone has tried to ban that too. Alexis Petridis meets Rob Zombie.

Alexis Petridis

19, Sep, 2003 @11:55 AM

Article image
Is the rockumentary making a comeback?

Metallica in therapy, Janis Joplin on acid, and the Dandy Warhols at war. Is the rock documentary making a comeback? By Alexis Petridis.

Alexis Petridis

02, Jul, 2004 @1:49 AM

Article image
CD: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Take Them on Your Own


Caroline Sullivan

15, Aug, 2003 @2:47 AM

Article image
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

Peter Bradshaw: It's impossible to watch this entertaining study of über-metal rockers Metallica without thinking of a certain documentary-or-if-you-will-rockumentary

Peter Bradshaw

01, Oct, 2004 @12:41 AM

Article image
Full metal racket

Donald Rumsfeld's press briefings set to music? War inspires some very strange sounds. John L Walters reports.

John L Walters

16, Jan, 2004 @3:21 PM

Article image
Sad songs say so much

What do Pink Floyd, Bette Midler and Metallica have in common? They've all written horribly depressing tunes, according to Tom Reynolds, author of I Hate Myself and Want to Die. He offers his top 25 miserable tracks.

Tom Reynolds

09, Jun, 2005 @11:04 PM

Article image
CD: The Wedding Present, Take Fountain


Betty Clarke

11, Feb, 2005 @5:06 PM

Article image
'We wouldn't sign you for a million dollars'

Linkin Park's first album was the world's best-selling record in 2001. Now, with nu-metal on the wane, their second album is about to hit the shops. Can they repeat the trick?

Siobhan Grogan

21, Mar, 2003 @2:31 AM

DVD: Motley Crue, Greatest Video Hits


James Griffiths

02, Jan, 2004 @1:05 AM

Article image
Korn, Docklands Arena, London

Docklands Arena, London

Steven Poole

09, Sep, 2002 @12:02 PM