The Paradigm Shift [Clean]

November 5, 2013 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: November 5, 2013
  • Release Date: November 5, 2013
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  • Total Length: 42:55
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
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Even though The Paradigm Shift is overall a very strong album there exists one con.
The last 2 albums were not even worth buying, but this album is one of Korn's best albums ever!! my opinion.
A great album, not only for longtime fans of the KoRn but people who are just learning about them.
Jason A. Kentros

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By nin/ja77 on October 8, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Korn have long given up on what the critics think or what direction their fans think they should be heading in, even with the return of much missed original member Brian "Head" Welch Korn are continuing to experiment with new sounds in many ways showing that their last album the dup-step influenced "the Path Of Totality" was not a one off. Jonathan Davies has even go so far saying that the decision to release the first single "Never Never" which itself would not have sounded out of place on "The Path of Totality" was just to mess with people's heads.

"The Paradigm Shift" is Korns 11th studio album and the first one to feature founding member Brian Welch since 2003's "Take A Look In The Mirror", it features a mish mash of styles from the heavy pounding of "What We Do" to the death vocal driven "Love & Meth" which see Davis twist his vocal range from the straightforward approach to a death roar. Album opener "Prey For Me" at times sees Korn dip into their early signature sound with it being driven by Fieldys click slap bass. "Tell Me What You Want", "Punishment Time" and "Mass Hysteria" are tracks that all stand out.

Nearly twenty years on from their vital self-titled debut korn have come a long way and are in a position where if they try something new they will be criticised for not sounding like the old Korn, the same can be said if they go back and try their old sound they will accused of being stale. In many ways "The Paradigm Shift" is a slow burner of an album that takes a while to reveal its layers which in many ways is similar to 2002's now much loved masterpiece "Untouchables". So take the time to give it more than one listen.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By QuickSilverSeven on October 8, 2013
Format: Audio CD
As a long time Korn fan since 1998, Jonathan Davis and the Gang bring back the heavy guitars in full force in the 2013 album, The Paradigm Shift, with powering, crushing riffs blended with @ss kicking vocal harmonies and roaring screams of the past, with just a sparse hint of synthetic sound of the future.
What's most impressive? Of the 13 songs (deluxe version), they all deliver on the above goal, resulting in one of the arguably best albums ever released by Korn.
1. Prey For Me 5/5
2. Love & Meth 5/5
3. What We Do 4/5
4. Spike In My Veins 5/5 +
5. Mass Hysteria 4/5
6. Paranoid And Aroused 4/5
7. Never Never 5/5
8. Punishment Time 4/5
9. Lullaby For A Sadist 4/5
10. Victimized 4/5
11. It's All Wrong 4/5
12. Wish I Wasn't Born Today (deluxe) 3/5
13. Tell Me What You Want (deluxe) 5/5 +
Overall? Awesome.

On my 3rd listen, and it's exactly what I wanted to hear from Korn, as though they read our reviews and said, "Let's ease up on all of the dub step synths, bring in more heavy guitars, bring back the anger and screams, while retaining the great melody." Mission accomplished.

Biggest surprise of the year. The Paradigm Shift delivers the heaviness many fans wanted in both vocals and guitars.

Deluxe Version: As with the previous Deluxe version of their last album, and a number of others, Korn saves some of their best tracks for the bonuses. Oftentimes, you can't get these tracks unless you buy the deluxe album, and if you're a diehard Korn fan, don't pass it up. The included DVD Documentary covers 1 hour of Korn's journey and creation of this killer album, including Welch's return and his reasoning, along with Korn being open minded and mature enough to bring back a former member.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Silverback Godzilla on October 8, 2013
Format: Audio CD
At long last, Brian 'Head' Welch has returned to one of the most influential (and at times under appreciated) rock bands of the modern age. Korn's 1994 debut single-handedly created an entire sub-genre of metal that paved the way for many great bands to emerge in their wake. For almost twenty years, Korn has persevered where others have simply vanished into obscurity.

After Head's departure I continued to give the band's efforts a listen, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't somewhat underwhelmed. The way Munky and Head played off each other is what made the previous Korn albums such a delight to listen to. Even though Munky's solo endeavors were impressive, it just wasn't the same.

David leaving the group and experimenting with dubstep only seemed to put off more fans of Korn's original and groundbreaking sound that established the band as a powerhouse in the 90's and early 2000's. So...does 'The Paradigm Shift' live up to the hype? Is it a good Korn album? Is it a good album, period? I can assure you friends, the answer is yes. This album is a deliberate and passionate love letter to long-time Korn fans that can also be greatly appreciated by the newer generations of listeners. To put it simply, they just freaking nailed it.

I had originally planned to give an in-depth review of every track on the record, but after listening to it six times back to back...I've come to the conclusion that this is just an all-around great album. Heavy, haunting, and everything a Korn fan could ask for. If you're a long-time listener and are still on the fence, I urge you to give this album a chance. You won't regret it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Dunn on October 9, 2013
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Oh my oh my it's about time Brian "Head" Welch made a return to the band that simply changed the metal scene in the early 90's and 2000's. Personally for me KoRn completely changed my taste in music, and opened my ears to dozens and dozens of bands I've grown to love today. This album just brings that heavy element KoRn was missing for all these years. Munky did a really good job on the 4 albums without head, but honestly I only really enjoyed about 5-6 tracks off See You On The Other Side and KoRn III - Remember Who You Are. Growing up with KoRn and being in love with their first 6 albums, I always kept on wanting more on the last 4 albums. This album ABSOLUTELY delivers what KoRn should sound like.

This might be my favorite album lyrically and instrumentally for these guys. It's obvious the maturity process with Head doing his amazing solo work, Munky being on his own really molded together well, almost like Head was just on a short hiatus. Jonathan's lyrics and vocals are beyond excellent on this album. Fieldy's bass as well seems to come back to life on this album as well. With the exception of Korn III I sware I had to be like ohh there's his bass! WTF it was so powerful and epic on Take A Look In The Mirror, then almost just disbanded the sound onward. If you have been a KoRn fan for years I assure you will not regret picking up this album. The deluxe is the way to go because you get 2 extra kick ass tracks and an hour documentary covering Head's return and his reasoning, recording sessions of songs, and a large background of the reconciliation of Head!!

I'm getting really tired of people saying it sounds like Untouchables or Follow the Leader. No actually it doesn't AT ALL, none of Korn's albums have EVER sounded the same with the exception of their first 2.
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