A quarter of a century since their inception, California’s Korn have put out 12 (!!!) full-length albums, helped put bands like Limp Bizkit on the map, and more or less defined the genre that would eventually become nu-metal. Though vocalist Jonathan Davis doesn’t necessarily consider the band nu-metal, the fact remains that they directly inspired the crop of bands that would come later, including Limp Bizkit, Coal Chamber, and Soulfly.
12 albums into their career, though, where do all of their albums truly rank? Most purists would likely list their 1994 self-titled album and 1998’s Follow The Leader, and while those two are certainly important milestones, there’s also Issues, Life Is Peachy, and the polarizing The Path Of Totality – not to mention their newer material as well. Follow below, as we briefly rank all 12 of their albums, from worst to best. It’s important to note that even Korn’s lesser albums end up having at least a few good songs, though they do suffer from quite a bit of filler, too. Still, the band remains a groundbreaking and driving force in metal today, and even their lesser-ranked albums deserve a listen.
In the span of over a decade, Florida alternative rockers smashed the walls down of what a Christian rock band could and should be. And though they were wary of the title (they really weren’t a “Christian rock” band), the band never wavered in delivering high-quality, often experimental music – take the Cities closer, “Fin” – an epic and emotional 8 minute song that the band actually closed with on their final tour 2 years ago, that explored faith with both suspicion and reverence. As someone who experienced that, I can safely say it was an emotionally enveloping journey.
7 full-length albums, endless touring, and many memories later, Anberlin isn’t a band anymore. But for many, they’re still a driving force in what alt-rock songwriting and performance should sound like – taking risks, but never leaving their signature sound completely behind. Of those 7 full-lengths, however, which one is really their best? It’s debatable – for many purists, it begins and ends with 2007’s landmark Cities. And for good reason, it has many of Anberlin’s most iconic songs, and was also the album where they showed their electronic influences. It can also be argued, though, that maybe it’s Lowborn (which admittedly, is a hell of a way to go out), or even 2012’s Vital that might be their overall best. With that said, let’s examine with a critical eye (and ear), Anberlin’s expansive discography, ranked worst (in this case, least awesome) to best.