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As a kid, Fieldy spent much of his adolescence "standing around in dirt fields, drinking beer, watching other kids fight." At some point, Fieldy and some friends decided their time would be better spent taking out their frustrations on musical instruments instead. And rock music would never be the same.
So Fieldy, James "Munky" Shaffer, David Silveria, Brian "Head" Wetch, and eventually, an assistant coroner with a troubled past named Jonathan Davis left Bakersfield for Los Angeles and collectively became known as Korn. It helped that they all had common influneces - the angry, urban stylings of hip-hip, the heavy, riff-driven angst of metal. But the sounds emanating from this band's Huntington Beach rehearsal space would soon set an entirely fresh musical precedent and set off a wave of imitators that eventually threatened to engulf the band itself.
After touring for nearly two years, Korn was signed by Immortal and released their now-classic eponymous 1994 debut. Korn opened with the prophetic, gravel-throated challenge "Are you ready?!" before kicking into the heaviest guitar sound yet heard in rock, thanks to the team of Shaffer and Welch, who tuned their already-low 7-string guitars even lower and played with no regard for the traditional harmonic consonance. The sound was metallica sludge, but tempered oddly by bassist Fieldy and drummer Silveria, who added a mix of porn-soundtrack funk and hip-hop rhythms tha was puzzlingly aggressive and chill. Next, nursery rhyme-like melodies were woven into the dark mix, helping make Korn the creepiest, heaviest debut since Black Sabbath. But Davis had no desire to sing about devils and witches; he was busy exorcising real-life demons. Songs such as "Faget" and "Shoots and Ladders" were discomfortingly personal confessions of shattered childhood, and by album's end Davis was literally in tears in the harrowing "Daddy."
And so they began to amass a following that would send their next album, 1996's brutal yet cheekily titled "Life is Peachy," into platinum sales. Years of touring followed again as the band fortified its fan-base to the degree that their next album, 1998's "Follow the Leader," would debut at No. 1 on the Billboard's Top 200, as would "Issues."
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My biggest issue with metal in the 2010s is that in contrast to the past three decades, there's just a lack of creativity. Newer metalcore is being increasingly influenced by nu-metal and post-hardcore as the new musicians who are in their 20s and 30s are now playing music that's entirely an amalgam of what they grew up with as teens rather than creating anything new.
Blackgaze was novel for the first few years but now feels like the light beer version of black metal at this point that doesn't have the same edge that metal is supposed to have. I'm not sure if I want black metal to have a kinder, gentler, dare I say, “cuddlier” face when compared to the antisocial behavior that defined the second wave. When I hear a band like Alcest or Deafheaven, I don't feel like these are maniacs with serious mental issues precisely because it sounds way too calculated and professional for my aging ears.
Djent is nice but often feels too monotonous to really do justice to how technical it is. For, “progressive metal” the songwriting lacks the same level of unexpected changes in direction that make progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes so appealing. Yeah, Djent is heavy but it's also often predicable when unconventional songwriting is half of what separates metal and makes it so special and unique. Blackened sludge on the othe rhand is only going to appeal to people who want extremely raw production... who will never be great enough in number to establish a trend rather than a fad. More...
The daily band lineup has been announced for the second annual Northern Invasion taking place Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 at Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, WI, just outside the Twin Cities.
After quickly selling out its inaugural year with 25,000 fans in attendance, Northern Invasion expands to two full days in 2016. Single day tickets for Northern Invasion go on sale Wednesday, April 20 at 10:00 AM Central Time for $99 (plus fees).
The daily band lineup for Northern Invasion is as follows (subject to change):
Saturday, May 14
Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Chevelle, A Day To Remember, Lamb Of God, Clutch, Babymetal, P.O.D., Black Stone Cherry, Yelawolf, Asking Alexandria, Parkway Drive, Enter Shikari, Avatar, Aranda, Monster Truck, The Shrine, Hands Like Houses, Wild Throne, Second Pass More...
Rob Zombie and Korn announced jointly they will embark on a co-headlining amphitheater tour this summer.
Produced by Live Nation, the two influential bands will kick off their tour in July and will visit 25 North American cities including Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Seattle, Las Vegas and more. A full list of cities is below (dates and venues to follow).
In This Moment will join the tour as special guests, with the band commenting: "In This Moment is thrilled to be a part of the BIGGEST tour of the summer! We are long time fans who are continuously inspired by both Rob Zombie and Korn, so to be a part of this tour is a dream come true for us! North America, prepare to have your faces melted and your minds blown! This show is going to be pure insanity. Don't miss out!" More...
It was going to happen eventually. Nu metal, or at least what most people refer to as "nu metal," is being covered in Sunday Old School. Somewhat surprisingly though, it's definitely been around long enough to be featured in the column and despite the criticism the genre still gets, there's no denying it was a big part of the late nineties and early 2000s, providing plenty of gateway bands that led young rockers to "true metal." Today, we'll be looking at one of the most successful bands of the era, who many people credit with inventing the style, Bakersfield, California's own, Korn.
Korn began life in 1993, forming from the ashes of the bands L.A.P.D., which featured guitarist James Schaffer, drummer David Silveria and bassist Reginand Arvizu, and who released two albums before breaking up. The three aforementioned members decided to continue working together and recruited a second guitarist, Brian Welch and eventually a singer named Jonathan Davis, who only joined the group after consulting a psychic. That same year, the band released a demo album, "Neidermayer's Mind," which wasn't received particularly well by many listeners or critics, but nonetheless, seemed to attract enough interest to earn them support slots for House of Pain and Biohazard. More...
California based metal outfit Suicide Silence will be direct support to Korn on an upcoming U.S. headlining run this fall.
Suicide Silence will continue a crusade in support of latest album "You Can’t Stop Me," which came in at #16 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 Chart upon its release last year.
“I have been going to Korn shows for about 16 years now,” says vocalist Eddie Hermida. “Korn was always a band that brought the rawest energy to the stage and I always looked to Jon for inspiration. 'Paradigm Shift' proved that Korn will always be there for us freaks and I am beyond proud to be a part of this band's history.”
The tour kicks off in Chicago, IL on October 1st and concludes in Tucson, AZ on October 30th. Tickets go on sale everywhere on July 22nd. More...
Korn is streaming a remixed version of Rihanna's current hit single "Bitch Better Have My Money". You can now chekc out that new Korn-remix using the player below.
A limited number of tickets for the Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion festival are still available for purchase at this location, with the fest set to take place from May 1st - May 3rd. The full lineup and performance times have also been announced and will be as follows:
Friday, May 1 — Friday Night Campground Party (for those with hotel and camping packages)
7:30 PM 21st Century Goliath
8:40 PM Failure Anthem
9:50 PM Brown Sabbath
Saturday, May 2 Doors open at 11am
Monster Energy Rebellion Stage
12:30 PM We Are Harlot
2:00 PM Of Mice & Men
4:00 PM Hollywood Undead
6:10 PM Papa Roach
7:40 PM Sammy Hagar & The Circle
9:50 PM Korn More...
Just For Fun
In his new parody series' debut of "Secret Metal Mysteries" Joey Siler - creator of "Cooking Hostile" - reveals the secret behind the origin of Korn‘s name and why Deftones frontman Chino Moreno played the key role in the whole story.
Check out the parody below.
Danny Wimmer Presents, the City Of Jacksonville and SMG are happy to announce that in order to accommodate increased demand for Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville tickets, this year’s festival will be expanding into a portion of the EverBank Field grounds.
To facilitate festival attendees’ movement between Metropolitan Park and EverBank Field, Gator Bowl Blvd. will be closed at the boundary of Lot TT from 6:00 PM Friday, April 24 until 2:00 AM Monday, April 27.
The new scenario will expand the festival’s capacity 25%, from 40,000 to 50,000, over the two-day event. The lineup for the fifth annual Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, held April 25 & 26 at Jacksonville, Florida's scenic Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River, includes Slipknot, Korn, Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Ministry, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless, Of Mice & Men, and many more.
Says Danny Wimmer Presents CEO Danny Hayes, “This year’s Rockville will be the largest yet, with a 25% increase in sales from last year’s record attendance. We are so appreciative of Mayor Brown’s support and leadership in expanding this festival into EverBank Field. I believe this is the first step in unlocking Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville’s full potential.”
“Jacksonville is looking forward to another great Welcome To Rockville,” said Mayor Brown. “By expanding its footprint in Downtown Jacksonville, fans will have an even bigger and better experience. Rockville brings thousands Downtown every year and helps solidify our reputation as a premier destination for top-quality entertainment events.”
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville will celebrate its fifth anniversary at Jacksonville, Florida's Metropolitan Park on April 25th & 26th.
The Bay Area thrash pioneers in Exodus are along for the ride this year, joining a stacked rock line-up including Slipknot, Korn and Godsmack. The currently announced lineup is as follows:
Slipknot, Korn and Godsmack, along with Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Ministry, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless, Of Mice & Men, In This Moment, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Queensrÿche, Live, Hollywood Undead, In Flames, Motionless In White, Tremonti, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, All That Remains, The Devil Wears Prada, Hatebreed, Periphery, Fozzy, Nonpoint, Exodus, Young Guns, Butcher Babies, Starset, We Are Harlot, Like A Storm, Upon A Burning Body, Beartooth, Islander, ’68, Stars In Stereo, Red Sun Rising, From Ashes To New, Sons Of Texas, World Gone, with more to be announced. More...
Korn has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new hard cover book to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band's first album:
"Korn's debut album was released on October 11th, 1994.
"To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the band is releasing a limited-edition 300-page hard cover book including photos from the archives paired with brand new notes and commentary from the members.
"From the stage to the dressing room to the recording studio, you’ll have unlimited access to everything that went into the band’s career so far. Pre-order it first along with lots more on PledgeMusic here."
The full lineup and band performance times have been revealed for the first Louder Than Life festival - featuring music, whiskey and "gourmet man food" - on October 4th & 5th at Champions Park near downtown Louisville, Kentucky.
In addition to the band lineup on three stages, the show will include celebrity chef appearances on the Jägermeister Cooking Stage. More than 70 food and beverage vendors will be on hand to help celebrate the bourbon culture and culinary heritage of this unique American city.
Formed by Rammstein's Richard Kruspe, Emigrate has now set October 21st as the release date for the band's new studio album - the follow up to the previous 2007 self-titled debut.
Titled "Silent So Long," this sophomore outing - produced by Emigrate and mixed in Los Angeles by Ben Grosse (Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Disturbed, etc.) - features 11 brand new recordings, with a lead single / video to be announced shortly.
As with the debut, Kruspe adds to his guitar playing / song-writing duties by stepping up to the mic, only this time he's joined by a number of guest singers: Lemmy from Motörhead, Korn's Jonathan Davis, Marilyn Manson, Canadian born Berlin-dweller, Peaches, plus Frank Dellé from chart-topping German collective Seeed.
"I didn't write the songs with specific guests in mind," explains Kruspe, "I just thought who would do the best job on this or that track, and the final performances were everything I was hoping for. You know, I've had about five moments in my music career when I've been left smiling like a child - one was when Rammstein sold out New York's Madison Square Garden in 20 minutes (2010), but the last one was hearing Lemmy on tape. It just sounds fucking great! I wrote him a really long message and he came back 'alright!' Fantastic!"
For Kruspe, still firmly ensconced within the Rammstein ranks, Emigrate has never been a side or a solo project. Preferring to tap into the energy of a team, and looking to revive the collaborative spirit of the East German punk scene he grew from, the guitarist has always put value on those around him, and this time - in addition to the existing personnel of guitarist / producer Olson Involtini and bassist / co-conspirator Arnaud Giroux - he's joined by drummers Mikko Sirén (Apocalyptica) and Joe Letz (Combichrist). More...
In addition to the Knotfest taking place in California this coming October, the festival is also headed to Japan in November.
Sweden's Amon Amarth will be sailing to Tokyo, Japan for Knotfest 2014, which takes place on November 15th and November 16th, with Slipknot headlining both days.
Amon Amarth will be performing on the 16th along with Korn, Trivium, In Flames, and Five Finger Death Punch. Tickets, the complete line up, and more information can be found at this location.
Other bands to appear at the Japanese edition include Lamb Of God, Papa Roach, Limp Bizkit, Bring Me The Horizon, and more.
In other Amon Amarth news, earlier this month a brand new trailer was released for "Northmen - A Viking Saga," the upcoming action film featuring Amon Amarth's Johan Hegg. Hegg appears alongside Ryan Kwanten (True Blood, Knights of Badassdom), Ken Duken (Inglourious Basterds), Tom Hopper (Merlin, Doctor Who), and more. To view the official trailer (watch for Hegg in action around the 1:28 mark), visit this location. More...
Slipknot's comeback album ".5: The Gray Chapter," will be released worldwide on October 21st, 2014.
In celebration of that forthcoming release, the band will hit the road with Korn and King 810 for the "Prepare For Hell" tour this Fall.
Tickets go on sale September 5th at this location, and dates can be seen below.
10.25 San Bernardino, CA @ Knotfest
10.26 San Bernardino, CA @ Knotfest
10.29 El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum
10.31 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
11.01 Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center
11.02 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
11.04 Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
11.05 Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
11.06 Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
11.08 Madison, WI @ Alliant Energy Center
11.09 Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premiere Center
11.11 Denver, CO @ Denver Coliseum
11.19 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Arena
11.21 Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
11.22 Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena
11.23 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
11.25 Moline, IL @ iWireless Center
11.26 Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
11.28 Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
11.29 Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
11.30 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
12.02 Reading, PA @ Santander Arena
12.03 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
12.05 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
12.06 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
12.07 Boston, MA @ Paul E. Tsongas Arena More...
Korn has released a new music video for "Hater," which features footage of wild audiences from across the world. Check it out below, courtesy of Rollingstone.com.
"Hater" is a bonus track included on "The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition."
You can also check out the band's previous video for "Spike In My Veins" at this location.
Shane Gibson - who left his touring position with Korn in 2010 to pursue his solo project stOrk - has passed away. The stOrk Facebook page was updated with this message:
"It is with deepest sadness and regret that we must confirm that stOrk founding member and lead guitarist Shane Paul Gibson passed away at 5:45 AM on April 15th, 2014 in the UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama as a result of complications from a blood clotting disorder.
"He was 35 years old. He was one of the best guitar players the world has ever known and his virtuosity was matched only by his wit and generosity of spirit. He will be missed beyond measure.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all those who loved him as much as we did." More...
The Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival has now revealed the lineup for the 2014 tour, which kicks of July 5th and will feature four stages.
The lineup will feature: Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Suicide Silence, Body Count Featuring ICE T, Miss May I, Emmure, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition, Veil Of Maya, Upon A Burning Body, Darkest Hour, Ill Nino, Wretched, Islander, King 810 and Erimha.
Dates are as follows:
July 05 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
July 06 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 08 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
July 09 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
July 11 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
July 12 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
July 14 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 15 Maryland Heights, MO Verizion Wireless Amphitheater
July 17 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 18 Milwaukee, WI Eagle's Ballroom ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK TASTE OF MAYHEM
July 19 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
July 20 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
July 23 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 24 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Theatre
July 25 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 26 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
July 27 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre
July 29 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake PAC
July 30 Wantagh, NY Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
August 01 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 02 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
August 03 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
August 05 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
August 07 Oklahoma City, OK OKC Downtown Airpark
August 09 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
August 10 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion More...
Korn has now dropped another music video off latest album "The Paradigm Shift," which saw the return of former member Brian "Head" Welch.
Check out "Spike In My Veins" in the player below, courtesy of Rollingstone.com.
The track listing for "The Paradigm Shift" is as follows:
1. Prey For Me
2. Love & Meth
3. What We Do
4. Spike In My Veins
5. Mass Hysteria
6. Paranoid And Aroused
7. Never Never (watch the video here)
8. Punishment Time
9. Lullaby For A Sadist
11. It’s All Wrong
12. Wish I Wasn’t Born Today (deluxe)
13. Tell Me What You Want (deluxe) More...
Monster Energy's Welcome To Rockville triumphantly returns to Jacksonville, Florida's scenic Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River April 26th and 27th.
Full details can be found at the festival's website, and the initial daily band lineup for Monster Energy's Welcome To Rockville is as follows (with more to be announced):
Saturday, April 26
Memphis May Fire
We Came As Romans
Middle Class Rut
Devour The Day
We As Human
Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner More...