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See You on the Other Side


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Adam R. Holz
Bob Smithouser

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

Isolated lines. “Politics” warns that actions have consequences (“What you thought was so much fun you’ll have to pay for”). The lonely singer realizes rage isolates him (“Tearjerker”).

Objectionable Content

The f-word appears early and often, as do other profanities. Despite the helpful admonition “Don’t forget, care to thy brother,” “Hypocrites” bashes religion, taking what seems like a cheap shot at former bandmate Brian “Head” Welch, who left Korn to serve Christ (“Your messiah was never mine”). Hopelessness and anger gush from “Throw Me Away,” “Love Song” (pills provide solace) and “Coming Undone,” which describes a man about to kill himself (“Trigger between my eyes/Please strike; make it quick now”). The band is convinced that everyone is corrupt (“Politics”). Perverse sexuality ranges from the abusive “Liar” and explicit “Getting Off” to the filthy “10 or a 2-Way,” an ode to multiple partners. On “Open Up” Korn fans hear the singer choking someone to death. Attempting to hurt those who’ve emotionally scarred him, a vandal hurls bricks through school and church windows (“For No One”). Acidulous recollections of childhood bullying lead a man to conclude that no one cares a lick about him (“Souvenir”).

Summary Advisory

See You on the Other Side is Korn’s latest dreary, sociopathic attempt to suck money and brain cells out of young metal lovers. Worse yet, teens on the edge could have their darkest urges validated.

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Adam R. Holz

After serving as an associate editor at NavPress’ Discipleship Journal and consulting editor for Current Thoughts and Trends, Adam now oversees the editing and publishing of Plugged In’s reviews as the site’s director. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children. In their free time, the Holzes enjoy playing games, a variety of musical instruments, swimming and … watching movies.

Bob Smithouser