Korn is simply one of those bands that doesn’t need any sort of introduction. Recently, their musical styles have been subjected to . . . experimentation which is a good thing, but it’s important as a band that’s been around as long as these guys to go back to your roots every now and then. Such a return had been high anticipated, and now we’ve finally fucking got a taste of it with “Rotting in Vain”.
As someone who’s always been into Korn yet feels certain ways about certain albums, I appreciate the fact that Korn doesn’t make the same album twice back to back as that can get very annoying. This song sounds very much like how the band described “The Paradigm Shift” as a sort of mix of the heaviness of “Untouchables” with the darkness of “Issues”, and while that rang true to a fair degree it’s taken to a completely different level with this track alone. It’s not even four minutes long yet it shows the mentality of Korn going back into that super heavy, dark territory that helped make them who they are today, and while the sound isn’t as revolutionary as say their debut album’s, but you cannot deny the power backing up the sinister vocals of “Rotting in Vain”. And whether it be the massive bass drops at the beginning or the smooth yet unnerving vocals that grab your attention, you can’t deny that this song promises a very interesting record come the release of “The Serenity of Suffering”. Hell, might be Korn’s best album in years, but then everyone who cares about that stuff is just gonna argue amongst themselves anyway, right?
No matter how I look at it, I’d be straight up lying to your face by saying I didn’t enjoy “Rotting in Vain” and if it didn’t make me excited for the new record. I’m sure we’ll get more samples in the three months before “The Serenity of Suffering” drops, but we can all rest assured in that at the moment we’ve got the potential for a monumental album to say in the least.
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