Untouchables (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 11, 2002 (2002-06-11)
RecordedApril–November 2001 at NRG Recording Studios Hollywood, California and Metalworks Studios Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Southern Recording Studios Atlanta, Georgia
Korn chronology
Take a Look in the Mirror
Alternative cover
Limited edition with bonus DVD
Limited edition with bonus DVD
Singles from this album
  1. "Here to Stay"
    Released: June 11, 2002
  2. "Thoughtless"
    Released: July 15, 2002
  3. "Alone I Break"
    Released: November 11, 2002

Untouchables (stylized as UNToUcHABLeS) is the fifth studio album by American nu metal band Korn. The album was officially released on June 11, 2002 and featured the Grammy-winning single "Here to Stay". Untouchables debuted at second number on the Billboard 200 with 434,000 copies sold during its first week, second only to Eminem's The Eminem Show.[1] The album received positive reviews from music critics.[2] Untouchables was certified platinum on July 11, 2002.[3] Untouchables sold at least 1.4 million copies in the United States.[4]


Korn commenced writing Untouchables in early 2001.[5] Tension between band members grew and, in an effort to lessen their tensions and distractions, they continued writing in Scottsdale, Arizona, in hope that the new landscape would inspire them in writing songs. They finished writing the album then went back to Los Angeles, California to begin recording. Hostility between band members was still there.[6] During the tour, band members began to consider firing bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu due to his drug abuse problem, but decided against it.[7]

Untouchables was recorded at Conway Studio, in Hollywood, California and The Village, in Los Angeles, California. The album was produced by Michael Beinhorn and recorded by Frank Filipetti.[8] The album featured the same member line-up as their previous four studio albums. It is the first album recorded in 96 kHz digital sound. It was mixed by Andy Wallace and mastered by Howie Weinberg.[8] On the album's release date, June 11, 2002, a single, "Here to Stay" was released by Sony Music Distribution.[9] The album was re-released on November 12, 2002, as a last-ditch effort to rejuvenate album sales, which had fallen shortly after the album's first week on the Billboard 200. This limited edition features different artwork, and a bonus DVD, containing a live version of "Here to Stay", performance versions of the "Here to Stay" and "Thoughtless" music videos, and a live recording of "Got the Life".[10]

The band has revealed that the total recording costs of Untouchables were estimated at $3,000,000 due to recording/living expenses and keeping their 15-person crew on retainer for the nearly two years it took to finish the album.[11][12] Jonathan Davis commented in an interview with Noisey:

"We were coming off of Issues, and we wanted to make an amazing record. That’s when we hooked up with Michael Beinhorn, and Beinhorn’s whole vision was to make an amazing sounding rock record that could never be made again. [...] I wanted to shoot a documentary about that record. We spent so much money, the drums alone we spent a whole month just getting drum sounds. There were 50 mics just on the drumset that they picked out and tested. [...] Usually I do my vocals and it takes me a month or two weeks, but just vocals it took me five, almost six months. With Beinhorn, sometimes I’d walk in and sing and he’d just say, “Go home, your voice ain’t right.” [...] It was the peak and pinnacle of everything in Korn. I still can’t believe how much work went in on it. It was a lot."[13]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[10]
Entertainment WeeklyC[15]
New York Daily NewsFavorable[16]
The New York TimesFavorable[17]
Playlouder4.5/5 stars[19]
Q4/5 stars[20]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[21]

Untouchables sold over 434,000 copies in its first week, but did not surpass the sales from The Eminem Show by Eminem and came at number two on Billboard. Davis blamed Internet piracy for the drop in sales compared to previous albums, since the album had leaked onto file-sharing websites with a different track order and song titles [22]more than two months prior to its official release date.[23]

Untouchables received mostly positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, the album received a score of 80/100 based on 11 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[2] It used to be their most critically acclaimed album until their 2019 album, The Nothing.[24]

Track listing[edit]

Full version track listing
1."Here to Stay"4:31
2."Make Believe"4:37
4."Hollow Life"4:09
5."Bottled Up Inside"4:00
8."One More Time"4:39
9."Alone I Break"4:16
11."Beat It Upright"4:15
12."Wake Up Hate"3:12
13."I'm Hiding"3:57
14."No One's There" (includes hidden track "Here to Stay (T-Ray's mix)", starts at 5:06, after 6 seconds of silence)9:24
Total length:65:00
  • "Here to Stay" (T-Ray's mix) is a hidden track on the limited edition, beginning at 5:06 after "No One's There". On some standard edition pressings, it is its own separate hidden track, without the silence.
  • "Beat It Upright" was not included on the edited version of the album.

Bonus DVD[edit]

  1. "Here to Stay" (live at Hammerstein)
  2. "Here to Stay" (performance version)
  3. "Thoughtless" (performance version)
  4. "Got the Life" (live at Hammerstein)

Chart positions[edit]



  • Arvizu, Reginald (2009). Got The Life. William Marrow. ISBN 0-06-166249-6.


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  5. ^ Arvizu 2009, p. 160
  6. ^ Arvizu 2009, p. 169
  7. ^ Arvizu 2009, p. 171
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