Korn Announce New Dubstep Album, Prove James Blake's Point About Genre's Newfound "Machoism"

BY Gregory AdamsPublished Sep 28, 2011

After nearly 20 years in the game, you can hardly blame Bakersfield nu-metalers Korn for wanting to spice up their sound, but no doubt many are scratching their heads over the group's announcement of their upcoming dubstep-inspired set, The Path of Totality. That's right, the band that helped fuse rap and rock for a generation of meatheads is heading into the dance clubs to wobble their way into your longhair-loving heart.

Earlier this year, bassist Fieldy confirmed that the troupe had got into the dank and decaying deep bass drops of the dubstep genre, with singer Jonathan Davis being especially taken by the woozy sound for The Path of Totality, which is due out December 6 via Roadrunner Records.

"Jonathan loved it [dubstep] and he just got us into it. We feel it's important to stay current and keep on top of what's going on," he told NME.

Along with the buzz word, the band attached themselves to a number of dubstep producers to craft the collection, including Skrillex, Excision, Datsik, Noisia, Kill the Noise, and 12th Planet. A tracklist has yet to be revealed, but some hilariously bleak songs titles set to appear on the album include "Narcissistic Cannibal," "Burn the Obedient," "Illuminati," "Kill Mercy Within" and "Chaos Lives in Everything."

A press release found Davis waxing profoundly on the album's title, which on the surface is in reference to an eclipse.

"The title The Path of Totality refers to the fact that in order to see the sun in a full solar eclipse, you must be in the exact right place in the exact right time,"  Davis explained. "That's how this album came together. I think all the producers feel the same way. I'm not sure it could ever happen again."

If the thought of Korn aligning themselves to the formerly underground electronic craze has you feeling a bit iffy, you're not the only one. While he doesn't name names, James Blake recently made some comments about the state of the developing dubstep scene in the U.S., hinting that he's bummed on how testosterone-fuelled it seems to be.

"I think the dubstep that has come over to the U.S., and certain producers -- who I can't even be bothered naming -- have definitely hit upon a sort of frat-boy market where there's this machoism being reflected in the sounds and the way the music makes you feel. And to me, that is a million miles away from where dubstep started," Blake told the Boston Phoenix [via Pitchfork].

"It's a million miles away from the ethos of it. It's been influenced so much by electro and rave, into who can make the dirtiest, filthiest bass sound, almost like a pissing competition, and that's not really necessary. And I just think that largely that is not going to appeal to women. I find that whole side of things to be pretty frustrating, because that is a direct misrepresentation of the sound as far as I'm concerned."

Since we've already headed into these post-dubstep times, does that mean we already passed the original style's jump-the-shark moment? Or can we give the credit to Korn and picture them collectively wrapped up in Fonzie's leather jacket, sailing off a ski jump without a care in the world?

You can get a taste of what's to come on The Path of Totality via the video for Skrillex collab "Get Up" down below.

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