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  • Summary: The debut full-length solo release for the Korn frontman features contributions from Zac Baird, Wes Borland, Mike Dillon, Ray Luzier, Miles Mosley, and Shenkar.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 6, 2018
    70
    His debut solo album edges away from Korn's clattering, downtuned noise. What is unexpected is just how far from the mothership he's travelled--and how good the result is. [Jun 2018, p.88]
  2. May 29, 2018
    70
    Emotionally effective but quite different from anything he's done prior, it's an endearing, rewarding peek into Davis' interests outside of his day job.
  3. 60
    Themes of anguish and otherness are littered in Davis’s frequently cliched lyrics, though some listeners will welcome such lyrical clarity.
  4. 60
    Oftentimes, Davis dips his toes into this new realm of instrumentation, only to return to his heavy comfort blanket, twisted riffs drowning out any tentative experiments. You can’t help but wonder just how interesting Black Labyrinth could have been if he only dove a little deeper.
  5. Kerrang!
    May 29, 2018
    60
    Black Labyrinth is an interesting, if flawed distraction from this icon--though it doesn't justify a 10-year wait. [26 May 2018, p.53]
  6. May 29, 2018
    52
    Stale songwriting and (mercifully) brief track durations birth forth mind-numbing verses and uninteresting choruses that repeat all too often, in all too predictable configurations. With such uninspired material to work with, it's difficult to conjure an emotion either side of ambivalent, neither to exalt nor to condemn.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Jun 19, 2018
    10
    Well it might not be a great classic 20 years down the road but damn, it sounds good, much better than most junk created these days!!! GoodWell it might not be a great classic 20 years down the road but damn, it sounds good, much better than most junk created these days!!! Good Job by Jon 4 sure!! I would give it 8.5 but i'll give it 10 cuz of that lousy 1 Doofbag gave him. Expand
  2. May 30, 2018
    9
    Jonathan has obviously decided to experiment on this album and as we all know, not all experiments end well. However, this one does. Each songJonathan has obviously decided to experiment on this album and as we all know, not all experiments end well. However, this one does. Each song has its own unique feeling. This is my favourite album of 2018 so far. Although there are few songs that carry a certain resemblance of Korn, don't expect much similarity. Approach this album with an open mind and let your imagination run wild.
    Personal favourites: "What It Is / Basic Needs / Final Days / Gender / Walk On By / What You Believe"
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  3. Jul 23, 2018
    3
    Davis' voice doesn't match with any of the styles he chose for this album. The songwriting is bad. The album is boring and uninspired. TheDavis' voice doesn't match with any of the styles he chose for this album. The songwriting is bad. The album is boring and uninspired. The only good song is What It Is which could, perfectly, be a song for a Korn album. Expand
  4. May 31, 2018
    1
    Just pitiful stuff sadly, Davis has no feel for writing engaging compositions or meaty hooks, even the vocal melodies are lacking here whichJust pitiful stuff sadly, Davis has no feel for writing engaging compositions or meaty hooks, even the vocal melodies are lacking here which is a surprise. Sure we all guessed this would be a lot less aggressive, a lot more goth/The Cure but no one guessed this would end up quite so aimless and flat. Lots of pretty instrumentation with nothing to hold onto. Expand