Korn released today their 12th studio album The Serenity Of Suffering via Roadrunner Records, helmed by Nick Raskulinecz. Follow-up to 2013’s The Paradigm Shift, it features a guest appearance by Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor on the song A Different World in which the crescendo kicks ass. The result is impressive and fierce.
The Serenity of Suffering sounds like a mix between their early stuff, like 2002’s Untouchables and the experimentation of 2011’s The Patch of Totality in a new take, both fresher and heavier, digging deeper on human emotions. It surpasses the intensity of its predecessors. The songs are effective and darker, making the listener feel the sinister place of suffering, familiar and evocative. It grabs you right away. The whole album flows well. The songs are equally good . Korn created a raw, intense and dark album with strong melodies and harmonies that add to this disturbing atmosphere rather than subtract from it . Packed with groovy riffs, visceral lyrics, memorable hooks and vocals better than ever, the songs both cohesive and diverse with subtle re-inventions, have its own identity. Everything sounds like it belongs more at a natural evolution than a departure from a core sound that continues to haunt the listener for years after like Black is the Soul or Take Me. Everything falls Apart has a little harder edge, featuring riffs more powerful and dynamics more incisive. Die yet Another Night delivers a new form of madness very addictive and roaring whilst staying very melodic.
All in All, The Serenity of Suffering fuses the past and the present, in a brilliant musical journey, reflective and inspiring. The album is easily a Korn’s classic record that, after several months, feels like it’s the first time you’re listening to it. Best effort ever.