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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

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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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Korn Kicking Off World Tour

Roadrunner recording group Korn has announced plans for a spring headline tour set to get underway May 7th at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD. This run will continue through May 18th and sees Korn joined by special guests Animals As Leaders and DED.

Korn will begin another wide-ranging world tour by kicking off back to back nights Grand Opening week at Anaheim, CA’s brand new House of Blues on March 5th and 6th. From there the two-time Grammy Award-winning band embarks on a marathon global run visiting Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Columbia, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile.

Next, Korn returns to North America for a series of festival performances, including Concord, NC’s Carolina Rebellion (May 6th), Columbus, OH’s Rock on the Range (May 20th), Oshkosh, WI’s Rock USA (July 13th), and Chicago, IL’s Chicago Open Air (July 15th). More...

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Chicago Open Air 2017 Announced

The second annual Chicago Open Air will bring together an all-star lineup on July 14th - 16th at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL just outside Chicago.

The three day music, craft beer, and food festival will feature over 40 performances, including Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, and Korn, along with Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Meshuggah, Anthrax, Clutch, Body Count, and many more.

Tickets for Chicago Open Air 2017 go on sale Friday, January 20tj at Noon CT right here. In addition to three days of nonstop rock, Chicago Open Air’s celebration of everything loud will also include local and regional cuisine, the Headbangers Bier Hall highlighting top brews from the region, other entertainment and fan experiences, and will be hosted by SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin. More...

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2017 Grammy Nominees Revealed

It's Grammy Award nomination time again, which is always an odd experience for metal fans. There's only one actual metal category - Best Metal Performance - and no category for actual metal albums to win.

Best Rock Album occasionally has heavy metal releases, but usually only of the most well known bands that aren't representative of the best metal had to offer in any given year.

In a move that literally left the audience scratching their heads, earlier this year Ghost took home the Best Metal Performance for the 2016 Grammy Awards.

Today the nominees are announced for the upcoming 59th annual 2017 Grammy Awards. These songs are now in the running for Best Metal Performance:

- "Shock Me" by Baroness
- "Silvera" by Gojira
- "Rotting In Vain" by Korn
- "Dystopia" by Megadeth
- "The Price Is Wrong" by Periphery

Alright, it's prediction time: who do you think is going to win the 2017 Grammy Best Metal Performance?

Gojira's "Magma" album also managed to land in the Best Rock Album category alongside the likes of Blink-192, Weezer, and Panic! At The Disco.

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Carolina Rebellion 2017 Lineup Revealed

Soundgarden (Friday), Def Leppard (Saturday) and Avenged Sevenfold (Sunday) will headline the 7th annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion May 5, 6 and 7 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC.

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion presale tickets and layaway packages, as well as hotel, camping and VIP packages, are on sale now at this location. In 2016, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion had another record breaking year with over 90,000 fans in attendance, so fans are encouraged to buy early and save and to be sure to secure a ticket for 2017.

The lineup for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is as follows: Soundgarden, Def Leppard and Avenged Sevenfold, A Perfect Circle, Korn, The Offspring, The Cult, Volbeat, Mastodon, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Seether, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, Tesla, Pierce The Veil, The Pretty Reckless, Eagles of Death Metal, Highly Suspect, Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Opeth, Amon Amarth, Sum 41, Skillet, Machine Gun Kelly, Gojira, In Flames, In This Moment, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Falling In Reverse, Motionless In White, Nothing More, Beartooth, Starset, Rival Sons, Every Time I Die, Fozzy, All That Remains, The Amity Affliction, I Prevail, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Kyng, Crobot, Radkey, Volumes, Dorothy, As Lions, Fire From The Gods, Goodbye June, Sylar, Wage War, Badflower, DED, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Charm The Fury, Royal Republic, Mother Feather, Cover Your Tracks, and Citizen Zero. More...

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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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