What a throwback couple of weeks it has been with a new Metallica track, a new Megadeth single and now a new Korn track called A Different World with the ever happy to be involved Corey Taylor even getting in on the act as a featured singer. I had kind of given up on Korn after their Dubstep albums but their last two releases from their soon to be released new album have been promising. Can they do it again?
Well, no, not really. It certainly isn’t a bad song. Not by a long shot but it isn’t very memorable either and would probably be one that I would describe as filler on an album review. With the first two singles, Insane and Rotting In Vain, setting a decent standard, I think it is safe to assume that the album, The Serenity of Suffering, will be worth checking out but if you don’t like them, A Different World won’t convince you.
With the song having Corey Taylor on it, I was expecting a heavy affair with a Corey screamed/shouted verse. I was wrong. It is actually a slow atmospheric song so a bit more Stone Sour Corey than Slipknot Corey. A Different World is around 3 minutes and 20 seconds long and starts off with a very old school sounding slugging, chugging riff which is really catchy. The verses are sung with an echo rather than spat out and the vocals run alongside an eerie guitar line. While softer than the start, it does sound dark. The instruments pick up the chugging riff and add a bit of pace in the chorus.
Corey comes in after the second chorus over a weird sounding instrumental breakdown. He starts of singing softly but builds up to his more recognisable shouting though it doesn’t seem to have any real force. As he stops, Jonathon comes back in with the chorus one last time before the song comes to an end.
Jonathon had the following to say about the decision to include Corey on A Different World–
“We were trying to figure out who we wanted to collaborate with, and I’m like, ‘You know, that’s the one, that’s the guy,’” Jonathan Davis said about snagging Taylor for the guest role. “And I texted him, I’m like, ‘Do you want to be on a new Korn track?’ He’s all, ‘Hell yeah! When and where, what do I do?’ So he did great on the song. I already did my parts, I’m like, ‘Do what you do, man.’ And I like the way he did it, the approach: he starts creeping in underneath the song, you can start slowly hearing his voice under mine, and it crescendos up into the middle part where he sings, and then it’s just full-on at the end, so the song came out great.” Corey added –
“This whole album, and I’m gonna brag now, because I’ve heard 11 songs of this, it is such a great throwback to the first three Korn albums and mixed with that maturity that they have now. Like, it’s, really, really heavy. People are gonna lose their minds. It’s that good.”
It’s a funny one really as there are plenty of bits to like. I loved the intro and the choruses are okay though the lyrics are a bit boring. It just isn’t that memorable as a track overall. Not bad, just not inspiring. As the third single from the album, it is probably my least favourite so far.
It is great to see Korn operating in a genre I can listen to without vomiting. I am grateful for that and, despite this song’s faults, there is a lot of promise for the new album The Serenity of Suffering with 2 good and 1 okay track released from it so far.
The new album is due to be released by Roadrunner on October the 21st. It can be pre ordered from here – Pre Order the New Korn Album
Check out the track yourself which premiered on Blabbermouth at – Blabbermouth – New Korn Track
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A Different World by Korn (Feat. Corey Taylor) (The Serenity of Suffering)
- The Final Score - 6/106/10