The Paradigm Shift

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The Paradigm Shift
Studio album by Korn
Released October 8, 2013[1][2]
Recorded October 2012 – May 2013 at Korn's studio in Bakersfield and NRG Studios (Studio A) in Los Angeles
Genre Nu metal[3]
Length 42:54
Label Prospect Park, Caroline, Universal
Producer Don Gilmore
Korn chronology
The Path of Totality
(2011)
The Paradigm Shift
(2013)
Singles from The Paradigm Shift
  1. "Never Never"
    Released: August 12, 2013
  2. "Love & Meth"
    Released: September 6, 2013 (promotional single)[citation needed]
  3. "Spike In My Veins"
    Released: February 6, 2014[citation needed]
  4. "Hater"
    Released: June 15, 2014 (World Tour Edition only)
Alternative covers
Cover for the World Tour Edition.

The Paradigm Shift is the eleventh studio album by American nu metal band Korn. The album was produced by Don Gilmore and was released in the United States on October 8, 2013.[4] It is the first Korn album to feature original guitarist Brian "Head" Welch since 2003's Take a Look in the Mirror.[4]

Background[edit]

This is Korn's first album since 2003 with founding guitarist Head.

Following the year after the release of The Path of Totality, Korn had begun proposing ideas for their next album.[5] James "Munky" Shaffer stated that the album would contain darker elements similar to Issues (1999) mixed with the heaviness of Untouchables (2002).[6] On May 2, 2013, it was revealed that original guitarist Brian "Head" Welch rejoined the band after an eight-year absence and had been recording for the new album.[7] The first single, "Never Never", was officially released on August 12, 2013.[4] The track "Love & Meth" leaked on September 6, 2013 after the band had released several previews. The track "Lullaby for a Sadist" was originally written in 2010 prior to the idea of a dubstep-infused album.[8] "Spike in My Veins" was originally written and recorded with Noisia for inclusion on J Devil's debut album, but ended up being reworked as a Korn song.[citation needed]

Composition[edit]

Regarding the sound, Munky says, "The new music is inspired by our Issues album, or even Untouchables, that era. It’s a little more melodic and a little more aggressive at the same time."[6] Head added in an interview with Rolling Stone that "I'm a metalhead. I love rock music, and I came here just wanting to do the old Korn vibe, but with a new twist. "Me and Munky [James Shaffer] haven't been playing guitar together for eight years, so we came in just wanting to jam out with the bass player Fieldy [Reginald Arvizu] and Ray [Luzier], our drummer. The end product is a really good mix of old Korn mixed with some new elements. It's got a fresh new Korn 2013 sound."[9]

Jonathan Davis described the writing and recording process as "weird". He explains: "They started writing, I think, in August, and I didn't get into the studio until March, because I was going through all kinds of crazy shit. My boy got diabetes and I had come off medication for my depression, and that fucked me up. I was in a straight haze."[9] Davis entered rehab, then returned to writing the album. "It was weird – I moved into the studio. I stayed there for four months, I only came home on weekends. I moved my boys in with me, so I had my kids with me the whole time. It was an interesting creative space." Davis continued, "I don't know how the hell I did it. I was so fucked up from coming off all that medicine, and I feel so good about the record. When I look back now, I'm like, 'Wow, how did I come up with this shit?'"[9]

Album title and packaging[edit]

The title was explained by Munky:

[10]

The standard edition of the album features 11 new tracks,[11] while the deluxe edition contains an additional two tracks and a bonus DVD documenting the return of co-founding guitarist Brian "Head" Welch.[12]

A special edition of the album was released on July 22, 2014 as The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition. It contains brand new studio and live recordings.[13] The first new track, "Hater", was released as a single on June 19.[14]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 65/100[15]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[16]
Artistdirect 5/5 stars[17]
PopMatters 6/10[18]
Rock Sound 8/10[19]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[20]

The Paradigm Shift has received generally positive reviews. Metacritic scores the album with a rating of 65, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[21] Artistdirect praised the album with a 5-star review; "embracing the epic scope of Untouchables, the electro-future sadism of The Path of Totality, and the melodic maelstrom of Follow the Leader, it's a definitive album for the group...All in all, The Paradigm Shift will be remembered as Korn's best album since Follow the Leader and the rock record of 2013.[22] Popmatters gave the album a mixed review, however stated that the album "may not quite be Korn's best album ever, but The Paradigm Shift is Korn's best album since Untouchables and metal fans could do a lot worse than that".[23]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Paradigm Shift sold 46,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, and debuted and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, making it Korn's twelfth studio album to peak in the top ten.[24]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by James Shaffer, Jonathan Davis, Brian Welch, Ray Luzier, Reginald Arvizu, and Don Gilmore, except where stated. 

Standard edition[25]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Prey for Me"     3:38
2. "Love & Meth"   Davis, Shaffer, Welch, Arvizu, Luzier, Gilmore, Rauch, Suddarth 4:04
3. "What We Do"     4:06
4. "Spike in My Veins"   Davis, Shaffer, Welch, Arvizu, Luzier, Nightwatch 4:25
5. "Mass Hysteria"     4:04
6. "Paranoid and Aroused"     3:35
7. "Never Never"     3:41
8. "Punishment Time"     4:01
9. "Lullaby for a Sadist"     4:19
10. "Victimized"     3:36
11. "It's All Wrong"     3:32
Total length:
42:54

Personnel[edit]

Korn
Other credits
  • Don Gilmore – production, mixing
  • Nightwatch – production ("Spike in My Veins")
  • Jasen Rauch – additional production ("Love & Meth"), engineering, programming
  • Mark Kiczula – engineering
  • Zaylien – keyboards, programming
  • Suddarth – keyboards, programming
  • Brad Blackwood – mastering
  • Peter Katsis – A&R
  • Roboto – cover art
  • Sébastien Paquet – film director

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[27] 7
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[28] 7
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[29] 20
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[30] 31
French Albums (SNEP)[31] 26
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[32] 7
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[33] 29
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[34] 38
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[35] 22
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[36] 11
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[37] 25

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