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  • After a long break, KoRn returns with Untouchables. KoRn wanted to push the boundaries on this album. They wanted to evolve and distance themselves from the stranglehold of lifeless nu-metal. But the question is… did they? *sound of a resounding YES!* Untouchables reflects the recent life experiences of KoRn. It’s a more grown-up album for the band, but it only makes sense. Life’s problems change as you get older, and Untouchables is a 14 track ride through some of life’s questions. The sound of the album is unlike anything you’ve heard from KoRn before. The guitar sounds that Munky and Head utilized on this disc seem other-worldly at times, and they often provide a gloomy, spacey, near-gothic backdrop to the vocalizations of lead singer Jonathan Davis. The guitars and bass on this album have a HUGE sound. It’s not so much that it’s a heavy disc in the sense of “heavy metal” kind of heavy, but it’s a very plodding, large sound that would probably take down a few buildings if you turned up the volume too high. If you’ve heard the band’s first single from the album, “Here To Stay,” you’ve gotten a taste…. but I don’t think it’s the best offering on the album. You need to hear all the other songs to really get a feeling for this disc. If there is one true highlight to Untouchables, it’s how much Jonathan has begun to appreciate his voice. Long gone are the days of simply screaming. Jonathan’s been working with a vocal coach, and, believe me, it shows! Jonathan truly uses his voice on this album, and the time he put into it really paid off. Many of the songs feature brilliant harmonies that send a chill up your spine. Jonathan’s recent work on the Queen Of The Damned soundtrack seems to have been a great influence on him, and it definitely worked it’s way into the songs on Untouchables. (You should pick that disc up too while you’re getting this one.) There’s a track on Untouchables for every KoRn fan, old and new. If you’re still into the heavy riffage and screaming of the band’s debut album, then check out “Embrace.” Within a few seconds of the track’s start, the guitars launch into full assault and Jonathan’s classic scream will once again leave your eardrums feeling a bit shattered. Want to hear a semi-industrial (yes, KoRn even tried to slip into that genre on this one) song? Go for “Wake Up Hate.” Like the sound of bending guitars and a bit of a funk style? Try “Beat It Upright.” Not up for something heavy today? Check out the track “Hollow Life.” This song is probably the biggest surprise of Untouchables. KoRn has never been a band to relish in slow songs with beautiful melodies and harmonies, but, this time, they did. It’s an incredibly beautiful, yet extremely sad song. Most of the tracks on Untouchables carry an immense sadness beneath them. Jonathan’s lyrics are a bit more abstract than usual. It’s harder to know what or who he’s referring to on this album than in the past when you could easily point to a song and say “well that was about when Jonathan went through….” Jonathan seems to feel less like screaming and more like crying on this album. It has more of an “I’m tired of fighting” feeling. All around, Untouchables is an emotional album. It hits you in some tender spots and really makes you begin to think, and I believe that’s the mark of a truly good album. An album that can touch you purely through the melodies is worthy of a listen, so my fellow KoRn pals–BUY THIS ALBUM. It will not disappoint. And if you’ve never heard KoRn before, or even if you’ve never liked them before, you owe it to yourself to check this one out. It’s not like the other 4 albums. There’s bits and pieces of the old, but this album altogether is something very new and different for KoRn. My personal favorites on this album are…. all of them. I tried to pick some favorites, and I realized I had written down half the track list and still wasn’t done. There’s something to like about each track, and just because you don’t like one doesn’t mean you won’t like another. This isn’t an album to rule out on one song.

    Posted on December 11, 2009