The alternative metal band, Children of the Korn is back in the music game as they released their 12th album, The Serenity of Suffering on October 21, 2016. The album, according to guitarist Brian Welch, “is heavier than anyone’s heard in a long time” and it contains their most intense music vocally they have been in a long time as well. It returns Korn to the heavily distorted nu metal/alternative metal that they have demonstrated in their eponymous debut album back in 1994.
Vocally, lead singer, Jonathan Davis is reminiscing what he did for Korn’s first full length album. He jumps between angst filled melodic singing and his brutal yet unique screaming. The lyrics take Davis back to his original writing that is filled angst and many memories of personal pain in his past. Included in many lines like “Beaten down” and “Growing deep within my head”.
The use of guitars in the album also take many fans back to their past work. Their 7-string electric guitars that are heavily down-tuned jump from low pitched and distorted to slightly higher pitched and clean. The intro of a heavily distorted guitar riff and light cymbal drum playing reminds me of their first single that they ever released “Blind”. The guitars then go into a little bit heavier riff with the snare and bass drums of their drum set pretty much being pounded on to create a more powerful sound of percussion. Overall, the guitarists experiment with many notes and chords on their fret-boards.
The bass guitar sound is also reminiscent of their debut album. Down-tuned and heavily distorted with a 5-string bass instead of a four string bass.
Be sure to get this record because it is more than just heavy metal. Korn’s sound in general includes influences of groove metal, grunge, and hip hop. So it’s a combination of many forms of music. Also, there is a lot more from this record than just the first song mentioned. One other song features Corey Taylor, of Slipknot and Stone Sour, as a guest vocalist. So what are you waiting for? Get this record, and become the Children of the Korn!