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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."

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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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Emigrate To Release New Album

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...

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Knotfest Headed To Japan

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...

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Slipknot Announces Tour With Korn

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.

To get a taste of the new album, you can also hear the recently released singles "The Devil In I" and "The Negative One."


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...

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Korn Releases "Hater" Video

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.

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Former Korn Guitarist Passes Away

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...

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Mayhem Festival 2014 Lineup Revealed

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...

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Korn Releases New Video

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
10. Victimized
11. It’s All Wrong
12. Wish I Wasn’t Born Today (deluxe)
13. Tell Me What You Want (deluxe) More...

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Welcome To Rockville Lineup Announced

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

Avenged Sevenfold
The Cult
Motörhead
Volbeat
Alter Bridge
Chevelle
Hellyeah
Chiodos
Memphis May Fire
We Came As Romans
Middle Class Rut
Adelitas Way
Rev Theory
Fozzy
Butcher Babies
Devour The Day
We As Human
Evergreen Terrace
Monster Truck
Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner More...

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Head Welch Talks Love And Death

Korn reunited with former member Brian "Head" Welch for the release of new album "The Paradigm Shift," which is available now.

While away from Korn, Head started his own project titled Love And Death, which is now in limbo after the reunion.

Head recently conducted an interview with Artisan News Service about being in the two bands. Check it out below.

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Korn Posts "Reconciliation" Teaser

A teaser has been posted online for the "Reconciliation" documentary focusing on the writing sessions for Korn's new album "The Paradigm Shift" at the Buck Owens studio in Bakersfield, CA.

Check it out below courtesy of Bloody-Disgusting.com. The "Reconciliation" documentary will be included with the deluxe edition of "The Paradigm Shift," which is due out October 8th, 2013.

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Korn Announces One-Night Family Values Fest

Korn has checked in with the following announcement about a one-night "Family Values" festival:

"Family Values is back... and so is the Korn Kage!! Come celebrate the release of 'The Paradigm Shift' for the one-night-only Family Values Festival in Denver, CO October 5th!

"TIckets are on sale now here. 'The Paradigm Shift', in stores 10/8, is available for pre-order now on iTunes and Amazon."

You can also watch the band's new music video for "Never Never" at this location. The new album's track listing 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
8. Punishment Time
9. Lullaby For A Sadist
10. Victimized
11. It’s All Wrong
12. Wish I Wasn’t Born Today (deluxe)
13. Tell Me What You Want (deluxe) More...

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Korn Releases New Music Video

Korn, after reuniting with former member Brian "Head" Welch, is now gearing up for the release of new album "The Paradigm Shift" on October 8th, 2013.

In anticipation of the album's release, the band has dropped a music video for "Never Never," which can be viewed at Vevo or in the player available below.

The full album's track listing 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
8. Punishment Time
9. Lullaby For A Sadist
10. Victimized
11. It’s All Wrong
12. Wish I Wasn’t Born Today (deluxe)
13. Tell Me What You Want (deluxe) More...

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Asking Alexandria To Tour With Korn

Asking Alexandria has just announced more dates with Korn this fall. See the updated itinerary below, with more dates to be announced soon.

9/26 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
9/27 - New York City, NY - Roseland Ballroom
9/28 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
9/30 Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
10/2 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theatre
10/3 Minneapolis, MN - The Myth
10/10 Los Angeles, CA - The Palladium

Asking Alexandria's new album, "From Death To Destiny," officially debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 charts with 41,082 units sold. This achievement marked the group's highest charting debut ever. Check out the band's music video for "The Death of Me" at this location. More...

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Korn Shoots "Love & Meth" Video

Korn shot a music video last week in Los Angeles, CA for the song "Love & Meth," taken from the new album, "The Paradigm Shift." Check out a behind the scenes clip from the set below. "The Paradigm Shift" will see release this coming October, and the track listing 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 (streaming here)
8. Punishment Time
9. Lullaby For A Sadist
10. Victimized
11. It’s All Wrong
12. Wish I Wasn’t Born Today (deluxe)
13. Tell Me What You Want (deluxe)

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Aftershock Festival Hosting Battle Of The Bands

The first annual Ernie Ball Aftershock Battle Of The Bands will be held from August 12th -September 6th, 2013. Bands can enter the competition--and fans can vote for their favorite band--at this location.

The grand prize winner of this unsigned band competition will have the opportunity to perform on the Ernie Ball Stage on Sunday, September 15th at Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival held September 14th and 15th at Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento, CA.

The top 100 “Buzz Rated” bands that sign up for the Ernie Ball Aftershock Battle Of The Bands will be eligible to win. A panel of judges will choose the winner of this global search for the best undiscovered rock band. The winning band will be announced on Monday, September 9th, 2013.

Ernie Ball will provide the winning band with an all-expense paid trip to the festival in Sacramento, CA and an Ernie Ball Music Man endorsement.

To enter the Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands, bands must complete a short informational profile and upload at least one MP3 to the Battle Of The Bands website. Entrants should use the Band Promotional Toolkit provided in their profile after logging in to promote their entry on the web and drive fans to vote.

"Buzz Rating" is a proprietary system developed by Ernie Ball that gives a real time snap shot of each band's overall exposure level. The system takes into account both viral reach and real world factors that produce a 1-100 rating system giving a reading on each band's relevance within the industry. “Buzz Rating” also calculates fan votes as an overall percentage of each band’s rating. In order to boost “Buzz Rating,” bands should be sure their profile is complete with a valid link to their public Facebook profile.

The daily band performance lineup for Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival is as follows: More...

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Korn Streaming New Song

Korn has released a new song online titled "Never Never," which can be heard at the band's Facebook profile, or through the leaked YouTube version below, courtesy of YouTube user "kornmextv."

The track comes off new album "The Paradigm Shift," due out October 1st, 2013. The track listing 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
8. Punishment Time
9. Lullaby For A Sadist
10. Victimized
11. It’s All Wrong
12. Wish I Wasn’t Born Today (deluxe)
13. Tell Me What You Want (deluxe)

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Korn Reveals New Album Artwork, Track Listing

Korn will release "The Paradigm Shift," the band's 11th studio album and first new record with original guitarist Brian "Head" Welch in a decade, in stores and via digital retailers on October 1st. The art is available below, and the album's track listing will be 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
8. Punishment Time
9. Lullaby For A Sadist
10. Victimized
11. It’s All Wrong
12. Wish I Wasn’t Born Today (deluxe)
13. Tell Me What You Want (deluxe)

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Korn Announces "The Paradigm Shift" Release

Korn will be releasing the band's new album - and 11th studio release overall - titled "The Paradigm Shift" this coming October 1st, 2013.

"The Paradigm Shift" features the return of former member Brian "Head" Welch, who previously left the band to pursue a career in Christian books and music.

New album "The Paradigm Shift" follows the band's 2011 full-length "The Path of Totality." For more info on the coming album, you can also read the band's recent interview with Rollingstone.com about the writing process right here.

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Testament And More Added To Aftershock Fest

An expanded band lineup has been announced for the second annual Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival.

Additions to the Northern California summer rock festival - September 14 and 15 at Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento - include Sunday co-headliner Five Finger Death Punch, along with Testament, Filter, Miss May I, Thousand Foot Krutch, Love And Death, We As Human, Eye Empire, Gemini Syndrome, Girl On Fire, and Butcher Babies.

"We're excited to take the new albums out on the road so fans can hear some of the new music live,” says Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody. “And what better way to kick off our fall tour than with a massive festival like Aftershock?"

The updated daily band performance lineup for Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival is as follows:

Saturday, September 14
Korn, Megadeth, Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet, Buckcherry, Testament, In This Moment, Steel Panther, P.O.D., Pop Evil, Thousand Foot Krutch, Otherwise, Love And Death, We As Human, Heaven’s Basement, Girl On Fire, Nothing More

Sunday, September 15:
Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, A Day To Remember, Asking Alexandria, Halestorm, HIM, Falling In Reverse, All That Remains, Filter, Device, Miss May I, SOiL, Airbourne, Eye Empire, Gemini Syndrome, Butcher Babies, Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands Winner TBA

Bands will perform one of the festival’s three stages: Monster Energy Main Stage East, Monster Energy Main Stage West and the Ernie Ball Stage. Details and ticket info can be found at this location.

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Graspop Metal Meeting Live Stream Available

Couldn't make it to Belgium this weekend for the Graspop Metal Meeting? Good news is that the festival will be streaming live over at this location. The live stream has two channels streaming from the various stages.

Scheduled to appear at the annual festival are:

Friday, June 28th:

Twisted Sister
Korn
Soulfly
Papa Roach
Helloween
Grave Digger
Heathen
Crucified Barbara
Kreator
Mayhem
Dark Funeral
Korpiklaani
Unleashed
Varg
Coal Chamber
Heaven Shall Burn
Prong
All That Remains
Asking Alexandria
Veil of Maya
Katatonia
Rotting Christ
Entombed
Love and Death
Bliksem
The Monolith Deathcult
Generation Kill More...

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