Lyrical Analysis: Mass Hysteria

Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 6:36 PM By: Anomaly

The long awaited part-two of my lyrical analysis of The Paradigm Shift has arrived. Mass Hysteria based off the track-by-track video series Korn describes a heavy metaphorical science-fiction look on where the band is heading. So what does this song mean? My interpretation;

"We ride a dying star / across a burning sea / We're like a supernova now / The fire's burning in me- Mass hysteria!"

Supernova - an extremely luminous and cause a burst of radiation that often briefly outshines an entire galaxy, before fading from view over several weeks or months. During this interval a supernova can radiate as much energy as the Sun is expected to emit over its entire life span. [source]

We are treated to a analogy of the group experiencing an apoplectic journey on the back of a "falling star" at the speed of light "supernova" into an uncontrollable emotion filled event involving people.

"Wake up, it's almost over
Something is taking me
Every time I'm up it kills me
Living day to day; Shockwaves shatter me!"


Shockwaves - a sharp change of pressure in a narrow region traveling through a medium, esp. air, caused by explosion or by a body moving faster than sound.

Tying in with the band storming across and into an chaotic event could possibly be an analogy to Jonathan Davis's confidence rocketing upwards from a dire situation.

"Giving up, I won’t stop fighting
Bring it on, it wont phase me.
Every time it makes me stronger
With day to day; Shockwaves shatter me!"


Again with overcoming situations by catapulting into something greater than themselves/himself.

"I don't beg in security.
Get up and don't look back now."


This again re-emphasizes the conclusion he has chosen to take; by taking a situation towards the final result without stopping or feeling unconfident, anxious or insecure.

What are your thoughts, and interpretations on this songs?

  1. jayjay avatar

    On Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 3:45 PM, jayjay said:

    You always do a great blog on this sort of stuff!! I take it this is your Fave of the new CD?? I found that I soon got tiered of hearing that album & I am back tracking to "The path of totality" Think I just love the DUB on that album & was my kind of thing for years, before I got in to KORN!!

  2. ALongWayDown avatar

    On Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 3:21 AM, ALongWayDown said:

    Nice, I enjoy reading these analyses, Anomaly.

    I like that the song has scientific motifs such as 'Supernova' and 'shockwaves' functioning as metaphors to capture the essence of what Jonathan is feeling and describing. An outlook comparable to an overwhelming force of nature. This aesthetic, along with the subjectivity of lyrics in general, goes well with the album title as well, originally a term common among philosophers of science.

  3. MikeyD avatar

    On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 8:00 PM, MikeyD said:

    Wow! Great post Anomaly!
    Every time I hear the song I picture the band playing in front of an exploding star! By the end, they look at peace in the void.

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