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From: Bakersfield, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

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."

Latest Korn News

Below is our complete Korn news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Rock On The Range 2017 Lineup Announced

An unprecedented lineup has been announced for the 11th annual Rock On The Range festival taking place May 19th, 20th, and 21st at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH.

Rock legends Metallica, Soundgarden, and Korn will each headline one night of the festival. Overall, Rock On The Range 2017 - fueled by Monster Energy - will feature over 50 bands performing on three stages, plus the comedians in the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent, The Music Experience, art installations, and unique onsite activities during the three-day weekend.

Presale and layaway tickets, as well as limited numbers of new Weekend Field VIP tickets and Premier (hotel and camping) Packages, are on sale now at this location. The Rock On The Range music lineup includes: More...

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A Killer's Confession Premieres Self Titled Track

A Killer’s Confession (Ex-Mushroomhead) premieres a lyric video for its self titled track, taken from the band's upcoming debut album "Unbroken", which will be out in stores February 17th via Megadeth bassist David Ellefson‘s EMP Label Group.

The band is led by ex-Mushroomhead vocalist Waylon Reavis and the song features a guest turn from Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch.

Check out now "A Killer's Confession" below.

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Korn Debuts New Music Video "Take Me"

Korn debuts its new music video for "Take Me", taken from the brand new album "The Serenity Of Suffering", out in stores now through Roadrunner Records.

Check out now "Take Me" below.

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Korn Premieres New Song "Take Me" From Upcoming CD

Korn today premieres a new song titled "Take Me", taken from the upcoming new album "The Serenity Of Suffering", due out in stores next Friday, October 21st through Roadrunner Records.

Check out now "Take Me" below.

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Korn Premieres New Song & Music Video

Korn premieres a new song and music video entitled "A Different World", taken from the upcoming new album "The Serenity Of Suffering".

"A Different World" also features a guest appearance from Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour).

Check out now "A Different World" below.

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Korn Premieres New Song & Live Performance Video

Korn premieres a new song and music video entitled "Rotting In Vain", taken from the upcoming new album "The Serenity Of Suffering", which will be out in stores October 21st through Roadrunner.

Check out now "Rotting In Vain" below.

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Korn Premieres New Song "Insane"

Korn premieres a new song entitled "Insane", the opening track from the upcoming new album "The Serenity Of Suffering," which will be out in stores October 21st via Roadrunner Records.

Korn's 12th studio album, "The Serenity of Suffering," was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones, Mastodon) and features a special guest appearance from Corey Taylor of Slipknot.

Check out "Insane" below.

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Korn Reveals New Album Details

Korn's 12th studio album, "The Serenity of Suffering," was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones, Mastodon) and will be released on October 21st.

The album features a special guest appearance from Corey Taylor of Slipknot and marks the return of Korn to Roadrunner Records, which previously released 2010's "Korn III – Remember Who You Are" and 2011’s "The Path of Totality."

Pre-orders are live now physically here and digitally here. Cover artwork is available below and a video for "Rotting In Vain" can be seen at this location.

The full track listing for "The Serenity Of Suffering" will be as follows:

1. Insane
2. Rotting in Vain
3. Black Is the Soul
4. The Hating
5. A Different World (feat. Corey Taylor)
6. Take Me
7. Everything Falls Apart
8. Die Yet Another Night
9. When You're Not There
10. Next in Line
11. Please Come for Me More...

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Chicago Open Air Day Two

I knew going into Saturday that it'd be in the most incongruous day of the festival since Disturbed were supported on their own tour by a number of hard rock acts which made the overall festival feel a bit disjointed. The heaviest acts on the tour were playing on the second stage while the radio rock acts tackled the main stage. The best way to describe it would be ADHD comorbid with DID.

One of the best parts of Chicago Open Air is that it's actually a place where I could wear arctic camo shorts and not look get weird looks from people. Granted, there are probably some other places. For instance, if I was ever tempted to go hunting in the jungles of Alaska or the frozen tundra of Florida, I'd break them out again. But for the most part, I was never going to wear them anywhere else. More...

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Korn Posts New Music Video

Korn's official video for "Rotting In Vain" has come online (check it out below) and is culled from upcoming album "The Serenity Of Suffering."

The album is due for release on October 21st via Roadrunner Records and will feature the following track listing:

1. Insane
2. Rotting in Vain
3. Black Is the Soul
4. The Hating
5. A Different World (feat. Corey Taylor)
6. Take Me
7. Everything Falls Apart
8. Die Yet Another Night
9. When You're Not There
10. Next in Line
11. Please Come for Me More...

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Louder Than Life Announces 2016 Lineup

Following a 2015 sellout with 50,000 in attendance, Louder Than Life returns to Champions Park near downtown Louisville October 1st & 2nd, 2016 for the third annual destination festival celebrating the region’s culture and cuisine.

The festival features award-winning bourbons and spirits, Gourmet Man Food, craft beer and some of the biggest names in rock music. Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold top a music lineup of over 35 bands on three stages, with performances from Disturbed, Korn, Slayer, The Cult, Ghost, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick and many more.

Louder Than Life founder and producer Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents declares: “Louisville: The home of bourbon. Great people. Great food. How can those ingredients not make a perfect place to have a festival? This is a place you have to visit if you’re a lover of bourbon, a lover of food…a lover of life. I asked my team how we could top last year’s Louder Than Life sellout. The easy answer? Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold." More...

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OpEd

Metal Must Evolve

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...

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Northern Invasion 2016 Lineup Revealed

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...

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Rob Zombie To Tour With Korn, In This Moment

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...

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Sunday Old School: Korn

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...

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Suicide Silence To Support Korn On U.S. Tour

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...

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Korn Streaming Rihanna Remix

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.

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Carolina Rebellion Performance Times Revealed

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)

Jägermeister Stage

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...

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Just For Fun

"Secret Metal Mysteries" Reveals Origin Of Korn

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.

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Welcome To Rockville 2015 Expanding

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.”

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