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YMMV / Korn

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  • Awesome Music
    • The entire Untouchables album, their first (and arguably best) blend of Alternative Metal and electronic influences. It's truly the band at it's peek.
    • The self-titled debut deserves special mention, as it was the beginning of the Nu Metal era in earnest. It cannot be overstated just how fresh the album sounded at the time.
    • For both Korn and Pink Floyd, whenever the former plays their cover of "Another Brick in the Wall" live, expect everyone present, many of whom are more likely to have been too young to remember the latter in their heyday, singing, with the strength of every fiber of their being, "HEY! TEACHER! Leave those kids alone!!" It really proves that song's staying power.
  • Broken Base:
    • See You on the Other Side alienated some of the more "hardcore" Korn fans with its softer sound. The Untitled album was supposed to bring back the fanbase, but it didn't help much. Korn III seems to be doing the trick.
    • The Path of Totality started it up again, with reactions to that record's then-new Dubstep sound being .... mixed, to say the least.
    • This continued to occur for their single "Never Never", and many fans wondered if The Paradigm Shift would be any good. However, it seemed to have earned praise from many fans for returning to their Nu Metal roots.
    • The MTV Unplugged album. Some fans felt the arrangements of the songs without pickups or distortion suited them and that it was a cool experiment with pleasing results. Others felt that acoustic Korn simply didn't work at all and the arrangements just made them even more awkward. Granted, the Unplugged format is an acquired taste to begin with.
  • Covered Up:
    • Cameo's "Word Up".
    • Also inverted: not by them; but the artists covering Davis' songs in Queen of the Damned.
  • Ear Worm: "Fear is a place to liiiiive..."
    • "Feelin' like a freak on a leash!"
    • "Love sooong for the dear departed..."
    • "You're so cynical, narcissistic cannibal. Not to bring myself back from the DEEAAAAADDDD!!!!"
    • *Wub wub wub wub*
  • First Installment Wins: "Blind", the first track of their debut album, lays in the number of Korn's signature songs.
  • Funny Moments: From the Korn South Park episode.
    Jonathan Davis: "Korn! Form of...corn!"
    • The video for "Twisted Transistor", where the band is portrayed by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Lil' Jon, Xzibit and David Banner.
  • Gateway Music: As with most nu-metal music, Korn's was a popular introduction to more traditional forms of heavy metal for many young metalheads in the 2000s.
  • Memetic Mutation
    • ARE YOU READY?!? from "Blind".
    • "Something take a part of May," a sort of companion piece to N Sync's "It's gonna be May" meme, frequently shared every April 30th.
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  • Misattributed Song: Pick a famous nu-metal song. Chances are at least someone out there thinks it's by them.
  • Nausea Fuel
  • Nightmare Fuel: Plenty of their music is rather nightmarish, but "Daddy" has Adult Fear written all over it, especially because it's about Jonathan Davis's own rape survival story. If the unsettling lyrics don't get to you, Davis's primal, genuine mental breakdown at the end will. His Big "WHY?!" at the end is one of the most chilling things ever committed to tape for a music album and proof of just how psychologically damaging sexual abuse can be.
  • Narm: Jonathan's lyrics are often criticized for their overly simplistic vocabulary, overuse of profanity and copious amounts of wangst, as well as his odd way of singing them.
  • Older Than They Think: The band decided to cover "Word Up!" for their Greatest Hits album because they had been playing it as a sound check for years.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Aaron Paul played the main character of the "Thoughtless" video.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Considering how many metal bands ripped off the sound of the band's Self-Titled Album, it can be hard to believe that at one time it sounded original.
  • Signature Song: "Freak on a Leash" and/or "Blind".
  • So Okay, It's Average: Those who were not completely turned off by The Path of Totality generally feel that whatever value it has is largely the novelty of dubstep metal. One critic referred to it as sounding like "a remix album for which no original version exists."
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The Path of Totality, which was mostly dubstep, drum 'n' bass and noise metal.
  • Tear Jerker: Davis comes close to it in "Kill You", about his step mom.
    • "Daddy"! It's about how Davis was molested by his (female) babysitter as a child and how his family didn't believe him when he told them. On the album, he doesn't just start crying, he has a full-blown, screaming and completely real mental breakdown! The rest of the band, who had no idea that the song was about him, seem to be awkwardly trying to keep up as they hear just how overwhelmed he eventually becomes. Not surprisingly, they rarely play it live. Even when they did it for the album's 20th anniversary, it was clear that Jonathan was struggling during it, even when he insisted that he could get through it.
    No one hears me
    It hurt!
    I'm not a liar
    My God!
    Saw you watching
    Mommy why?!
    Your own child
    • He also cries a little bit at the end of "Holding All These Lies." This was also completely sincere.
    • "Tearjerker" is also the final song for See You on the Other Side.
  • Ugly Cute: The weird little baby creature from the "A Different World" video and the sadomasochistic man (aka Lloyd) from "Right Now".
  • Values Dissonance: In "Children of the Korn" and "Faget", Jonathan Davis grapples with childhood memories of bullies that accused him of being "gay". While those are harmless, cathartic Creator Breakdowns, it's not far-fetched to hear them as implying homophobia, considering Davis and Fred Durst toss such slurs at one another in "All in the Family". Or maybe Davis was just tactless about it; the video for "Hater" is dedicated to fans who sent the band accounts of their experiences of bullying, including a lesbian fan who briefly discusses her own gay-bashing.
  • Wangst: Once again, a common criticism of Jon's lyrics.
  • Win Back the Crowd: The Serenity of Suffering surprised a lot of people, and while not a full return or praise of that of Untouchables, Life Is Peachy or even the self-titled, it still garnered some impressed reactions, especially to those who were disappointed with past Korn albums.

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