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The Nothing (Korn album)

The Nothing is the thirteenth studio album by American nu metal band Korn. The album was released on September 13, 2019 by Roadrunner and Elektra. The album was produced by Nick Raskulinecz.[5][2]

The Nothing
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 13, 2019 (2019-09-13)
GenreNu metal[1]
Length44:20
LabelRoadrunner, Elektra
ProducerNick Raskulinecz
Korn chronology
The Serenity of Suffering
(2016)
The Nothing
(2019)
Singles from The Nothing
  1. "You'll Never Find Me"
    Released: June 25, 2019[2]
  2. "Cold"
    Released: August 2, 2019[3]
  3. "Can You Hear Me"
    Released: September 6, 2019[4]

Background and recordingEdit

According to the band's lead singer, Jonathan Davis, the title of the album was inspired by a villain from The NeverEnding Story.[6] This is the first album recorded after the deaths of the lead singer's wife Deven Davis and his mother, which is reflected in the lyrics of songs such as "Finally Free".[7] This has affected Davis during the recording of the album, which he treated as a form of personal therapy. Some of his emotional breakdowns were recorded and ended up on the album, most notably towards the end of the intro, "The End Begins". Davis said about the album:

"I went through hell last year and had to purge what I was going through and bring the listener through that experience. I don't know how to explain it but it takes me over. When you hear me break down and cry, that's not fake. It's how I get it out. Some people go to a shrink. My music is that for me."[8]

The recording process took an unusually long amount of time for a Korn record as Davis stated in an interview with Kerrang! that while he would do a typical Korn record in two weeks, he spent around four months recording the vocal tracks for The Nothing.[9]

Following the album's release, the band is scheduled to go on tour co-headlined with Alice in Chains.[10]

Release and promotionEdit

On June 25, 2019, the band revealed the title of the album, official release date and unveiled its first single, "You'll Never Find Me",[11] and the second, "Cold", on August 2.[12][13]

On September 6, with the release of the third single "Can You Hear Me", Korn announced a six-episode podcast series. The podcast bears the same title as the album and is a fictional show about a journalist who travels to a small Kansas town to investigate a teenager's disappearance.[14]

On the day of release, September 13, the band played an invite-only special concert. The set list included four tracks from The Nothing, three of which had not been played live previously.[15]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic83/100[16]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [17]
Blabbermouth.net8.5/10[18]
Consequence of SoundB+[19]
Kerrang!     [20]
Louder Sound     [21]
Metal Injection8/10[1]
NME     [22]
Rock 'N' Load10/10[23]
Sputnikmusic     [24]
Wall of Sound9/10[25]

The Nothing received critical acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 83 out of 100 based on five reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[16] AllMusic gave the album a positive review saying, "Over atmospheric NIN-like piano and towering drums, he exposes his guilt-stricken soul in a final confessional. As the swell fades away, he weeps, "I failed, I failed." It's one of the saddest moments in their catalog, a low point that ironically elevates this album to one of their strongest statements. Korn have always excelled at pain, but with The Nothing, this is the most authentic it's ever been."[17]

Commercial performanceEdit

The Nothing debuted at number eight on the US Billboard 200 with 33,000 album-equivalent units, of which 29,000 were pure album sales. It is Korn's 14th US top-10 album.[26]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleMusicLength
1."The End Begins"Jonathan Davis1:31
2."Cold"Korn, Lauren Christy, Nick Raskulinecz3:46
3."You'll Never Find Me"Korn, Billy Corgan, Raskulinecz3:41
4."The Darkness Is Revealing"Korn, Raskulinecz3:40
5."Idiosyncrasy"Korn, Raskulinecz4:39
6."The Seduction of Indulgence"Davis1:43
7."Finally Free"Korn3:53
8."Can You Hear Me"Korn2:53
9."The Ringmaster"Korn3:01
10."Gravity of Discomfort"Korn, Christy, Raskulinecz3:35
11."H@rd3r"Korn, Christy, Raskulinecz4:47
12."This Loss"Korn, John Feldmann, Raskulinecz4:41
13."Surrender to Failure"Davis2:21
Total length:44:20

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[27] 5
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[28] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[29] 6
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[30] 8
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[31] 11
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[32] 47
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[33] 24
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[34] 13
French Albums (SNEP)[35] 18
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[36] 6
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[37] 3
Irish Albums (IRMA)[38] 50
Italian Albums (FIMI)[39] 14
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[40] 23
Mexican Albums (AMPROFON)[41] 10
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[42] 10
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[43] 8
Scottish Albums (OCC)[44] 6
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[45] 14
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[46] 60
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[47] 4
UK Albums (OCC)[48] 9
US Billboard 200[26] 8

ReferencesEdit

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