Surviving a shaky decade that produced a couple decent albums and few identity crises, Korn bring it back to basics on their 12th full-length, The Serenity of Suffering. It's both a reminder that Korn are the masters of this particular universe and also fiercely dedicated to its fans. Inasmuch as the Korn faithful are capable of fuzzy feelings, Serenity delivers goose bumps for those who have stuck with the band since the '90s. Diehards will notice that Jonathan Davis and the gang have brought things back to the Issues/Untouchables era – especially on "Take Me" and "Everything Falls Apart" – when Korn perfected the combination of nu-metal brutality, desperate vulnerability, and spook show creepiness (in fact, the Issues doll – now wrapped in stitched-up skin with exposed ribs – makes a prominent appearance on Serenity's album art). Without pandering to career-peak nostalgia, Korn deftly execute all the hallmarks that have come to define their sound.
Although this hit soundtrack was recorded with cheap '70s synthesizers, the simple scores composed by John Carpenter are acclaimed masterpieces. Carpenter sets the mood for his horrific movie with such tracks as "The Shape Stalks," "Laurie's Theme," and, of course, his main theme, which consists of the beating out of a 5-4 rhythm. A definite first pick for those interested, this soundtrack even bests most scary music albums.
Serenity can't just simply release an album – the symphonic metal giants invite their audience on truly epic journeys! “Codex Atlanticus” – their fifth album – boasts thrilling storytelling in the realms of art and science. Leonardo Da Vinci is the center of attention on this project, but conspiracy theorists, Illuminati and so forth will also rejoice when mastermind Georg Neuhauser gives free rein to his compositional genius. “Codex Atlanticus” encompasses elements of movie score type orchestral arrangements, mean riffing and lush melodies!
On the plus side, all the massage techniques are performed long enough for those new to massage to grasp them. Head, feet, and facial are covered, along with body. Camera work is adequate if not inspired, and the video quality is good. While one gets the "what could be expected in an institutional setting" feeling when watching, this is a video for the whole family, something one can't say for some other massage videos.
Flowing melodic impressions soothe and relax your body and your mind. You are transported to a magical place as warm and soothing and fragrant as you could ever emagine. You are filled with a sense of serenity and well being that nourishes your soul.