Two albums, one from a veteran heavy rock act and the latest from one of rock’s most promising newer outfits, arrive in stores on Friday (October 21st). First up is Korn‘s The Serenity Of Suffering, which is the 12th studio album from the veteran California act and first since 2013’s The Paradigm Shift. The album marks a shift back toward the heavier sound of the band’s early records, with Rolling Stone calling it “possibly their heaviest album ever” but adding that it’s hampered by songwriting that is “Korn-by-numbers.”

  • Consequence Of Sound gave the disc a C-minus, saying it will “likely have little to say to anyone outside the church of their faithful.” The PRP offered that the CD “certainly features a number of ‘heavy’ moments. But . . . doesn’t possess the same visceral nature that defined their glory days.”
  • The Serenity Of Suffering features a guest appearance by Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor on the song “A Different World.”
  • Other songs on The Serenity Of Suffering include the first single and video, “Rotting In Vain,” along with “Black Is The Soul,” “The Hating,” “Take Me,” “Everything Falls Apart,” “Die Yet Another Night,” “When You’re Not There,” “Next In Line” and “Please Come For Me.”

Meanwhile, The Pretty Reckless issue their third studio album, Who You Selling For, on Friday as well. The new disc will follow up 2014’s breakthrough Going To Hell, which yielded three Number One rock hits in “Heaven Knows,” “Follow Me Down” and “Messed Up World.” The first single from Who You Selling For, called “Take Me Down,” arrived in August and vaulted to Number One on the rock radio chart.

  • The band became the first female-fronted act to have four chart-toppers in a row.
  • Singer Taylor Momsen said in a recent interview that the new disc was “very eclectic” and “very diverse,” adding, “It takes lots of turns in many different directions.”
  • Musical Melting Pot called the new disc the band’s best album, noting a vast change in style that nevertheless stays “firmly rooted in rock,” while Alternative Nation labeled it their “most daring, progressive album yet.”
  • The band is supporting the new record with a North American tour that stops on Saturday (October 22nd) at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, California.