With regards to the album's musical direction, Jonathan Davis commented,
It's funky, it's heavy, it's dark, and sometimes, industrial-tinged. Working with so many different people and everything, it's made it out to be a really well-rounded album of a lot of different things. It's definitely Korn, it's definitely groove-oriented. But it's our most experimental album to date. We're very excited. We're all sitting around, when we listen to it, looking at each other going, 'I can't believe that's us.' I think people are really going to dig it.
On average, See You on the Other Side generally received much warmer critical reception than the previous studio album, Take a Look in the Mirror, scoring a Metacritic average of 64. Reviewers appreciated the band's desire to experiment and noted that the album combined well their signature sound with the freshness that producers The Matrix and Atticus Ross added to the band's sound.
See You on the Other Side sold more than 220,000 copies in its first week, debuting and peaking at number three on the Billboard 200. The album managed to stay in the top half of the chart for thirty-four consecutive weeks. It has accumulated 1,451,458 copies sold in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album was ranked second in Ultimate Guitar Archive's Top 10 albums of 2005 poll.