Untouchables (album)

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Studio album by Korn
Released June 11, 2002 (2002-06-11)
Recorded April–November 2001 at NRG Recording Studios Hollywood, California and Metalworks Studios Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Southern Recording Studios Atlanta, Georgia
Genre Nu metal
Length 65:00
Label Immortal, Epic
Producer Korn, Michael Beinhorn
Korn chronology
Take a Look in the Mirror
Alternative cover
Limited edition with bonus DVD
Singles from this album
  1. "Here to Stay"
    Released: June 11, 2002
  2. "Thoughtless"
    Released: October 15, 2002
  3. "Alone I Break"
    Released: November 11, 2002

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 number two 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 has sold over 2.4 million copies in the US according to Nielsen SoundScan as of January 4, 2013 and over 5 million copies worldwide.


Korn commenced writing Untouchables in early 2001.[4] 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.[5] During the tour, band members began to consider firing bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu due to his drug abuse problem, but decided against it.[6]

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.[7] The album featured the same member line-up as their previous four studio albums. It was mixed by Andy Wallace and mastered by Howie Weinberg.[7] On the album's release date, June 11, 2002, a single, "Here to Stay" was released by Sony Music Distribution.[8] 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".[9]

In a 2013 interview with Scuzz, the band revealed that the total recording costs of Untouchables were estimated at $750,000 due to living expenses and keeping their 15-person crew on retainer for the nearly two years it took to finish the album.[10] Others have claimed that the album cost over 3 million dollars, which would make it one of the most expensive albums ever made.[11]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[9]
Amazon.com 4.5/5 stars[12]
Billboard Favorable[13]
Entertainment Weekly C[14]
New York Daily News Favorable[15]
The New York Times Favorable[16]
NME (8/10)[17]
Playlouder 4.5/5 stars[18]
Q 4/5 stars[19]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[20]

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. Korn's lead vocalist blamed Internet piracy for the drop in sales compared to previous albums, since the album had leaked onto file-sharing websites more than two months prior to its official release date.[21]

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]

Track listing[edit]

Full version track listing
No. Title Length
1. "Here to Stay"   4:31
2. "Make Believe"   4:37
3. "Blame"   3:51
4. "Hollow Life"   4:09
5. "Bottled Up Inside"   4:00
6. "Thoughtless"   4:32
7. "Hating"   5:10
8. "One More Time"   4:39
9. "Alone I Break"   4:16
10. "Embrace"   4:27
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 mix)", starts at 5:06, after 6 seconds of silence) 9:24
Total length:
Edited version track listing
No. Title Length
1. "Here to Stay"   4:31
2. "Make Believe"   4:37
3. "Blame"   3:51
4. "Hollow Life"   4:09
5. "Bottled Up Inside"   4:00
6. "Thoughtless"   4:32
7. "Hating"   5:10
8. "One More Time"   4:39
9. "Alone I Break"   4:16
10. "Embrace"   4:27
11. "Wake Up Hate"   3:12
12. "I'm Hiding"   3:57
13. "No One's There" (includes hidden track "Here to Stay (T-Ray mix)", starts at 5:06, after 6 seconds of silence) 9:24
Total length:
  • "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 non-limited edition pressings, it is a full track.
  • "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]


See also[edit]



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  3. ^ "RIAA Gold and Platinum Data". RIAA. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Arvizu 2009, p. 160
  5. ^ Arvizu 2009, p. 169
  6. ^ Arvizu 2009, p. 171
  7. ^ a b Untouchables credit page, June 11, 2002. Immortal/Epic, 614-88
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  19. ^ "Untouchables Review". Q. Aug 2002. p. 126 
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