Korn

Korn

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Nu-Metal (Modern Rock) band from Bakersfield, California (USA).

Korn [stylized as "KoЯn"] is a Grammy Award winning Metal band from Bakersfield, California, and are often credited with creating and popularizing the nu metal genre.
The band formed after the group L.A.P.D. (4) folded. L.A.P.D. constisted of Reginald Arvizu, James Shaffer, and David Silveria and singer Richard Morill.
Morill left because of drug addictions and the remaining 3 members along with Brian Welch, who was a close friend of the band began searching for a new singer. They found that singer in 1993 when seeing the frontman of the band “Sex Art”, Jonathan Davis, perform. Davis joined the band and the band was renamed Creep and shortly after “Korn”.

In 1993 they released their first demo “Neidermeyer's Mind” with producer Ross Robinson, who would eventually also produce the first 2 albums. The song “[Blind]” had become a trademark in the Korn performances. The song (which was released on their first demo and first album) was originally written by Dennis Shinn with Sex Art, but was re-produced by Korn. Whereas Korn kept the original music and vocals / lyrics as written by Shinn. Korn's reproduction acted as a final polish of the song. "[Daddy]" was also a song from Sex Art, titled "Follow Me". Korn had remade that song, by replacing the music entirely, but keeping the vocal melodies & original lyrics. The lyrics were also written by Dennis Shinn, but Jonathan Davis added in a new chorus once the song was revised by Korn.

Musically, Korn tracks mix both heavy metal and hip-hop. Korn toured incessantly to promote their first album. With no radio play or MTV, they relied solely on their intensive live shows which created a large cult following of dedicated fans.

Three of the band members are often credited by their nicknames. "Head" (Welch), "Fieldy" (Arvizu) and "Munky" (Shaffer).

Korn had a constant formation for 12 years until 2005, when guitarist Welch left Korn after his decision to rededicate his life to Jesus Christ and his daughter. In 2006 drummer Silveria would follow, stating he stept out of the band to further pursue his entrepreneurial ventures and to be with his family. Korn went on as a 3-piece and had a back-up band for touring until 2009. In 2009 drummer Ray Luzier became the first new member of Korn since it’s formation in 1993, after being in the back-up band for a while. In may 2013 Welch rejoined Korn.

In 2012 Korn released an experimental album “The Path Of Totality” mixing metal with dubstep. This album has won them the “Revolver Golden Gods Awards” award for best album of the year.

Members:
Jonathan Davis (1993-present)
James Shaffer (1993-present)
Reginald Arvizu (1993-present)
David Silveria (1993-2006)
Brian Welch (1993-2005, 2013-present)
Ray Luzier (2009-present)
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Korn Discography

Albums

Korn Korn (Album, MiniAlbum) Not On Label (Korn Self-released) US 1993 Sell This Version
Korn Korn (Album) Immortal Records (3), Epic UK 1994 Sell This Version
Korn Life Is Peachy (Album) Immortal Records (3), Epic US 1996 Sell This Version
Korn Follow The Leader (Album) Immortal Records (3), Epic Austria 1997 Sell This Version
Korn Issues (Album, EP) Epic, Immortal Records (3) Brazil 1999 Sell This Version
Korn Untouchables (Album) Epic UK 2002 Sell This Version
Korn Take A Look In The Mirror (Album) Epic, Immortal Records (3) Thailand 2003 Sell This Version
Korn See You On The Other Side (Album) Virgin Europe 2005 Sell This Version
Korn Untitled (Album) Virgin Japan 2007 Sell This Version
Korn MTV Unplugged (Album) Virgin Argentina 2007 Sell This Version
Korn Korn III: Remember Who You Are (Album) Roadrunner Records Germany 2010 Sell This Version
Korn The Path Of Totality (Album) Roadrunner Records UK 2011 Sell This Version
Korn Live At The Hollywood Palladium AFM Records Australia 2012 Sell This Version
Korn The Paradigm Shift (Album) Prospect Park Europe 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Korn Clown / Blind (Single) Immortal Records (3), Epic US 1994 Sell This Version
EAS 6643 Korn Christmas Song(12", Promo, Red) Epic EAS 6643 US 1994 Sell This Version
ESK 06981 Korn Need To(CD, Single, Promo) Epic ESK 06981 US 1995 Sell This Version
Korn Blind (Single) Epic, Immortal Records (3) US 1995 Sell This Version
Korn Clown (Single) Epic, Immortal Records (3) US 1995 Sell This Version
Korn Shoots And Ladders Epic, Immortal Records (3) UK 1994 Sell This Version
Korn No Place To Hide (Single) Epic, Immortal Records (3) US 1996 Sell This Version
Korn A.D.I.D.A.S. (Single, Maxi) Epic Austria 1996 Sell This Version
Korn Good God (Maxi, Single) Epic Germany 1997 Sell This Version
Korn Children Of The Korn (Maxi, Single) Epic US 1998 Sell This Version
Korn Studio Roughs (Single) Sony Music Entertainment (Australia) Limited US 1998 Sell This Version

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noizstepper

noizstepper

January 25, 2016
edited 8 months ago
KoЯn is quite an fascinating act. I was never a big fan, but I could not decline that they have got some very fancy works.
Even they got a lot of tinsel and glitter bad boy image, they are still uncompromising in their own way. The first releases are milestones in modern crossover music. Even now they are coming up with sound experiments.
Despite their commercial success their releases are never that catchy, one would assume. In my opinion the better kind of "Metallica".
xpmule

xpmule

October 20, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
I've waited a long time to see if some info would show up on an album i came across on the net..
The Path Of Totality (Instrumental version)
I found it as a high quality Flac cd rip. I have searched many times in different ways and i can't find any info at all where this release came from. So does anyone out there have any idea what the deal is what that ?
Oh and obviously its the same album as "The Path Of Totality"
except there is no vocals on any of the tracks.
xpmule

xpmule

February 6, 2012
Who was it that decided to brand these guys "Nu-Metal" ?
I wonder how the band feels about being labelled like that
Every time i hear that it makes me cringe.
These guys were making music long before that so called genre/style came along
Nu-Metal ? Sure maybe a ton of other bans that came along after Korn 5/10 years after they did lol
Matadair

Matadair

November 29, 2011
You are missing korn's 2011 studio album.

The Path To Totality (2011)
irionman

irionman

May 28, 2010
edited over 6 years ago
It's about time for another one of my extremely controversial reviews. I'm just going to dive right into this one.

When I was young, Korn was one of my favorite bands. I won't even deny that. My very first album, I got it before I was 10, was Korn's self titled album. My dad bought it for me for my birthday. He had no clue what type of music it was, nor did I, he didn't even know what Parental Advisory meant at that time. Needless to say, I was the only one of the kids my age listening to music like Korn. While everyone else was going around listening to the Backstreet Boys or N-Sync (n-stink), I was listening to Nu-metal.

I have a natural deep respect for Korn's early work. The self titled album crept out of the Bakersfield area with a dull roar, and it didn't really raise too many eyebrows. I'm no professional reviewer, but if you do go and read up the pro reviews of that album, you won't find anything too good about it. It was a bit different than the music of that time period, for example, I believe Anthrax and Slaughter had just released a new album that the year Korn's first album came out. That being said, when you would listen to this album, especially after hearing the stereotypical music of the age, you were a bit taken aback. Some people loved it, and some people hated it. (Just like with all music) Myself, I really enjoyed that first album. It had an intensity, or a feel to it like no other release that I had. (Then again, you give a 10 year old a cd like that, what would you expect?) Even to this day, I still enjoy listening to that album. Songs like Blind and Faget have become so well known to me over the years, and I really do enjoy listening to them occasionally.

So after the self titled album, you get Life Is Peachy. This album was a shocker to many people out there, especially parents. A.D.I.D.A.S. was one of the most blatant, right out there songs, about sex, and I personally loved it. (Still do actually, pretty funny track in my opinion) You had a brand new band with the balls to offend millions of people with a song that doens't even last for 4 minutes. Now, this album as a whole did not and does not catch my eye. Only a few tracks still stick out from this album. (Tracks like Wicked, mainly because it's so damn weird, and Twist because it's just weird too)

I must admit, it feels weird sticking up for a band that got so damn popular, especially when I spend most of my time writing reviews for bands, popular bands, that I hate with a deep passion. I'm not going to go and review every single album from these guys either, so don't worry avid readers, this is about to end.

Over the years, Korn has went down hill. The more recent albums, like the new self titled album, just suck. Actually, if I were rating them, I would give them about a 2/10. (Not the band as a whole, but the new albums) I can understand that Head wanted to leave. Hey, he has a kid and did not like the idea of his child being brought up next to a band like Korn. (Then again, if your 3 year old child comes up to you and says "What the fuck", I'd be a bit taken aback too) Head spent many years with Korn, and if he wanted to leave, it was 100% his choice. Family before music. However, Korn went into a slump. I don't blame band members leaving for this, but rather I blame their inability to conform the right way. I hate bands that decide to go with the flow, bands that try to adjust their music to a new generation of fans. Not only did Korn try to do that, they failed horribly at doing it. Now, I respect this band far too much to drop all appreciation for them, but I refuse to buy their new material. (I just don't like it)

So, here is my little final words section, so if you have not ready shit up to this point, pay attention:

If you really want to hear music by Korn when they were in their prime, go grab any album from their self titled album, up to around Issues. (You may like Follow The Leader too, but that is up in the air with most people) If you truly love being disappointed, go grab their new works. If I were going to rate Korn on their early works, as a band I would give them a 90/100, but with the new crap they have out, I could only give them a 40/100. Yup, a 50 point drop due to about 4 crappy releases. Come on Davis, stop making retarded music videos about how you disapprove about corporate control of music labels, and then go and make the new garbage you've been coming up with. (Doubt he'd ever read this, but if he does...)
usnibrutski

usnibrutski

June 11, 2009
edited over 3 years ago
Korn started out with a sound no-one ever heard before. They got tagged "Nu-Metal" and started a trend many tried to follow. Some bands (like Coal Chamber) came close, but no band managed to get their formula together. Heavy hiphop-based basslines, low tuned guitars and a singer who poors his heart out on stage.

The Albums;

1. Korn - Dramatic, frustration, low, heavy, created the “Nu-Metal” genre.
2. Life Is Peachy – From heavy (“Chi” and “Kill You”, one of my favourite tracks) to funny (A.D.I.D.A.S. and Twist)
3, Issues – Production is better, catchier phrases but still very much frustration and great bass lines and guitar riffs (Falling Away From Me, Make Me Bad, Somebody Someone are my favourites).
4. Follow The Leader – Great tracks, Korn’s prime, some unneeded guest performances and very good promoted on MTV. Best tracks: Dead Bodies Everywhere / Got The Life.
5. Untouchables – Melodic, misses the frustrations and low groovy guitar riffs. Not my favourite.
6. Take A Look In The Mirror – Much heavier than all the previous albums. Contains the track Alive (from their demo tape) Counting On Me (my favourite) and listen to Break Some Off and Let’s Do This Now!. I think this is a very underestimated album and I really liked this one.
7. See You On The Other Side - Strange album with very weird and suprising songs. Not heavy at all, more soft rock. Counting on me is nice but nothing too special on this one.
8. Untitled – Genre: pop rock music. It could be a B-sides album. This album is simple, has some nice riffs here and there but nothing really stands out. The only tracks I like are the sensitive song “Kiss” and “I Will Protect You” for the Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa) drum solo!
9. Remember Who You Are – Same producer as the first 2 albums, that’s why the sound is much more like the first albums. My favourite is “Pop A Pill” for the lyrics, Oildale and Are You Ready To Live for the frustrations.
10. The Path Of Totality – Sounds like commercial expoiting the dubstep hype. Still Korn, but I’m just not into electronics. Allthough they did win best album for this @ revolver not my kind of music.

I allways liked the phrase Jonathan Davis once said in an interview: “If our album was commercially succesfull I would consider that a personal failure”. The first four albums and “Remember Who You Are” are Korn in it’s basic form. The other albums are very changing and they suit the phrase as Korn just doing what they want. Allthough “The Path Of Totality” sounds like they are going for the commercial succes they claimed not to want.

I’m still a big Korn fan and I’m sure we’ll be suprised by Korn once more. The live performances make up for a few lesser albums and with Head’s return I’m very anxious to hear new material.

Come on!!!!
usnibrutski

usnibrutski

July 8, 2008
Korn in 2008

Korn has been under a lot of fire lately. After the departure of Brian Welch and the hiatus of David Silveria a lot of people say Korn has lost it. Understandable since only 3 members remain. But I assure you, they have not.

First of all the live-shows. I have seen them live without Brian and David and believe me, the shows still rock! They have a very good back-up band giving Korn even more depth and a much more complete sound. The shows I have seen were very well put together with nice interludes to connect the songs and give Jonathan a moment to catch his breath.
Even if only Jonathan Davis remained I would still want to see the shows, since music can be played by anyone who studies it, but vocals you can’t forge. Jonathan’s solo tour proves this too, even tough those are mostly played acoustic.

Second of all the new music. The 8th album was the first one with just the 3 remaining members. You can clearly hear it is a bit simpler and softer then the previous ones. It misses some depth and low guitar work. But does anyone remember the fifth album “Untouchables”, which had a lot of comment too. The 8th album however did include ex-Zappa drummer Terry Bozzio, which is best heard on the song “I Will Protect You”, which I think is a masterpiece. Another masterpiece and my favorite on the 8th album is the song “Kiss”. After all the bullshit people wrote about their last album Korn responded with this frase: “If it were commercially succesfull I would consider that a personal failure". I think that shows Korn is still doing what THEY like in stead of making what fans and record labels expect from them. And let that be the thing that started Korn in the first place, doing their own thing and becoming famous for it, even with no radio play or commercial succes in the beginning!

The next album, I read in an interview, will be more back to their roots. I will look forward to that!

usnibrutski

usnibrutski

March 3, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
Korn is an aquired taste, that's for sure! Always referred to as nu-metal they started off as something quite different from all the metal-bands allready out there. Low-tuned guitars and dark melodies always make me shiver! With lyrics about all the cruelty in the world the music is completed and this band keeps on being unique, even after their 7th album release. After a bunch of cd's based on old tracks, we're looking forward for the new material!!
Goad

Goad

June 23, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
These guys should stop making crap albums, or just stop making music all together. Their newer music is totally boring and mediocre (not that I listen to it). I heard one of the newer songs on the radio and I changed it immediately. Why are they still making music?? They should've stopped after "Issues."

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