Whether you’re a fan of Korn or not, it’s impossible to deny
their uniqueness. Not only did the quintet singlehandedly invent the nu metal
subgenre on their 1994 debut album, but their swagger and imagery are just as
iconic as their influential tunes. After all, for 25 years, they’ve been
fronted by Jonathan Davis: a pioneer of a vocalist standing in a kilt and
wielding bagpipes behind a H.R. Giger-designed microphone stand.
In 2018, however, the lauded frontman became eclectic in a
different regard, fusing genres from metal to synthwave to industrial to world music
on his long-awaited solo album, Black
The entire affair was looking adventurous from the very
get-go, as January’s lead single “What It Is” offered fans a first taste and
took the form of a piano-driven alternative metal ballad. But that was just the
tip of the iceberg: nobody would have
been able to predict the sheer aural lunacy of the sitar- and bongo-infused
“Basic Needs”, the ominous dissonance of “Gender” and the primal guitar riffing
of “Walk on By”.
Labyrinth is akin to a journey through Wonderland, becoming more and
more brilliantly twisted as you explore deeper and deeper.