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"Hold On" promises someone, "I'll never let you go." A similarly selfless vow characterizes "I Will Protect You." Scattered lines reveal a search for purpose and meaning.

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That quest for hope, articulated by lead singer Jonathan Davis, yields little uplift. Lots of anguish and despair. The artist claims to be schizophrenic on "B--ch We Got a Problem," one of several songs that spout the f-word. Bitterness and hatred flow through "Kiss," "Ever Be" and "Love and Luxury," which appears to be a venomous response to Brian "Head" Welch leaving the band and converting to Christianity ("I read your little book, Head/Ha ha ha ha"). Davis flaunts his disdain for rules—religious mandates in particular—and would rather die than "Do What They Say." Whether literal or symbolic, references to death on "Starting Over" and "Hushabye" find a man preferring the dark unknown to the painful present. The latter may allude to suicide ("This sunny Sunday is a good day to go"). Photos show one band member decapitating himself, another crucified on a cross made of guitar necks, and Davis enthroned in a collapsing cathedral, children in his hands and a murdered animal at his feet.

Summary Advisory

Earnest requests for answers aside, Korn more often throws up its hands in raw, bitter futility.

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Landed hard on the pop chart at No. 2

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Adam R. Holz Bob Smithouser

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