The Paradigm Shift (Prospect Park/Caroline)
Release Date: October 8
The Skinny: What do these grizzled vets of the mook-rock crusades do now that they've successfully reinvented their sound (which gave birth to critically derided '90s genre nü-metal) by recording an album influenced by critically derided 2010s genre dubstep (featuring Skrillex, Datsik, and other domos of the drop)? Perhaps a collabo with Varg from Burzum featuring the cast of Glee? Nah, mainly they lash the last album's aggressively nuanced electronic textures to the band's primordial twin-guitar roar — with the return of original guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, who departed due to drug addiction and a conversion to Christianity in 2005. Frontman Jonathan Davis' writing process faced a fresh challenge, as he struggled to detox from antidepressant medication; unsurprisingly, The Paradigm Shift reflects his torment on tracks like "Pray for Me," "Love & Meth," and "Paranoid and Aroused."
Worth Noting: The California crew maintains their white-guy-dreadlock commitment, with four of the five members sporting Korn-rows. C.A.
Listen: "Never Never"