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From: Bakersfield, CA, United States
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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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Nu-Metal Music Near Extinction

The following excerpts were taken from an article from the Arkansas Traveler website about the fall of nu metal:

In the mid-90s Nu-Metal was an exciting, emerging twist in modern rock music that promised to exchange the best ideas in rock and rap for a single - hybrid music that could expose each style's audience to the other. However, as the 90s gave way and the millennium changed, the second wave of Nu-Metal (NM2) got further away from its hip-hop roots and closer to the dark side of heavy metal. The genre is virtually dismissible, but can it come back from the edge of death?

The first wave of Nu-Metal (NM1) was a hybrid of rap and rock music pioneered by soon-to-be staples of the genera Korn, the Deftones and Rage Against the Machine. It was pioneering and new because, unlike the oft-noted collaborations between Run DMC and Aerosmith or between Public Enemy and Anthrax, the NM1 scene wasn't based on a rock musician pounding out the beats and the emcees simply rapping over the established record.

Rather, NM1 musicians familiar with the repertoire of hip-hop's percussion section transcribed and played those beats (especially the snare and high-hat parts) as rhythm on a detuned, overdriven electric guitar. Ergo, the importance of the riff, which itself had been so dominant in eighties rock, was largely missing.

As a result, Nu-Metal made the listener want to jump up and down rather than pump twin, clenched fists in the air. It was ultra-aggressive hip-hop, or it was modest, unassuming rock. Either way, it was crossing genres and exposing new listeners to the ideas inherent in the parent style's musical genotype.

There ended the exciting part. In the late 90s Nu-Metal got heavier and louder. Korn gave way to Limp Bizkit, to Taproot, then to Mudvayne. By the time Slipknot had entered the scene, the double-kick drum was back, the screaming was incessant, and virtually no rapping was taking place.

Whereas, visually, earlier bands projected an image of body piercing, seriously baggy clothes and short haircuts, the post-Slipknot NM2 had opted instead for tattoos, long hair and regular-fit, all black clothing. By 1999, things were again starting to look orthodox

Read the full article at The Arkansas Traveler.

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Korn Frontman To Once Again Collaborate w/ Lil Jon

According to a post on the KORN fan site KornWeb.cjb.net, KORN frontman Jonathan Davis revealed during an online chat Sunday (March 27) that he will once again be collaborating with rapper Lil Jon on an as-yet-untitled "crunk rock" song. Davis was said to be unsure if the track will end up on Lil Jon's next album or it will surface on an upcoming soundtrack. Jonathan also explained that he and Lil Jon have many things in common, including the fact that both artists have a 9-year-old son named Nathan.

KORN had previously collaborated with Lil Jon on a cover of PUBLIC ENEMY's "Fight the Power", but the rapper's contributions were subsequently replaced by those of XZIBIT ? allegedly due to an unspecified "record company" issue. The KORN/XZIBIT collaboration will surface on the soundtrack for "XXX: State of the Union", due April 19 via Jive.

As previously reported, the recording sessions for KORN's as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2003's "Take a Look in the Mirror" are scheduled to begin on April 11. A September release is expected.

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Head Responds To Davis' 'False Crusade' Remark

Former KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has defended himself against accusations by KORN singer Jonathan Davis that he has embarked on a "false crusade" by leaving the band to focus on Christianity. In an e-mail sent to MTV News, Welch said he still loves his KORN brethren, but that he was beginning to bristle at those who doubt the sincerity of his transformation.

"Sorry Jonathan, my 'false crusade' was not the reason I left KORN, it was what saved my life," Welch wrote. "I still love those guys to death, but if anybody trashes God, I am human and will defend Him and myself by any means necessary."

Welch's solo CD is close to being completed, and he added that he's just finished one instrumental track called "A Letter to Dimebag", which he wrote in tribute to the late guitar legend.

"It's a guitar-solo instrumental," he explained, according to MTV News. "I wrote it for Dimebag because he always used to tell Munky and I to put guitar solos in KORN's music."

Another track which may or may not get released is — as Welch described it — "a personal letter to 50 CENT from God."

"The Big Guy speaks through me a lot when I write, and I have a song for 50 CENT I wrote in the Holy Land. I feel like it's a personal letter to 50 from God, so I'm going to give it to him personally and see what his reaction is," Welch wrote to MTV News. "If it's a positive reaction and he's willing to talk to me, then I'm not gonna release it, but if the reaction is not positive, I'm going to share it with the world."

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Korn, Guns N Roses Stars Cameo In 'The Still Life'

Total Rock is reporting that Korn's Jonathan Davis, Dizzy Reed from Guns N' Roses and Joshua Todd of Buckcherry all have cameo roles in the new movie 'The Still Life'. So far, there are no further details on the project.

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Jonathan Davis Offers Career Advice

Kerrang.com has a video clip of Korn frontman, Jonathan Davis, talking about the the beginning of the band and his previous job.

Go here to see the video interview.

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Ex-Korn Guitarist Gets Baptized

According to an article on ChartAttack.com, former Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch was baptized on Saturday (March 5) at the Jordan River in Israel. A few excerpts from the article:

Welch attended the baptism with about 20 other pilgrims (all dressed in white robes) from his church in Bakersfield, California, under pastor Ron Vietti. Vietti has credited the rocker’s conversion with inspiring young people to go follow him into the arms of J.C.

Of course the hug-happy Welch hasn’t completely changed his identity —like a true Christian bad-ass, he’s commemorated his new beliefs by having "Jesus" tattooed across his knuckles and "Matthew 11:28" inked right across his neck. And while we don’t like to throw around terms like "messiah complex" in the face of this guy’s newfound happiness, he’s also announced plans to release some pretty interesting solo music in the future.

Read the full article at ChartAttack.com.

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Korn's Davis Reacts To Head's Departure

Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has posted the following message on his Butt Sex Crips web site: "Well, the writing [for the new album] is almost done. I have been having fun watching my ex-guitar player [Brian 'Head' Welch] bash us. What can I say but good luck, bro. I'm done with your false crusade. Korn will keep 'poluting' the world as long as we have fans. Life is fu**in crazy. Damn, fu** it. Anyways, the music you're gonna hear on this album is the best sh** we have ever done. It's insane. I can't wait to record it."

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Korn To Cover 'Fight The Power' For 'XXX' Movie

Korn's version of Public Enemy's 'Fight The Power' (also featuring rapper Xzibit), is to be included on the soundtrack album for new movie 'XXX: State Of The Union', starring Samuel L. Jackson, Willem Defoe and Ice Cube. The record is to be released next month.

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Korn To Remain a Four-Piece?

According internet reports, Korn have no plans to replace recently departed guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch. The band are said to be recording as a four-piece and will remain so for touring purposes later in the year.

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Korn's Brian "Head" Welch Audio Statement

An audio statement from Brian "Head" Welch himself has been exclusively uploaded to Korn Web. The 50-second clip, from KRAB, 106.1 FM, is a personal message explaining his departure from the band. It can be downloaded here, here, or here.

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Headline News

Korn Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch Leaves

Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, a founding member of Korn, has left the band and has rededicated his life to Christianity, according to the group's management.

"Korn has parted ways with guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch, who has chosen Jesus Christ as his savior, and will be dedicating his musical pursuits to that end," a statement from the band reads. "Korn respects Brian's wishes, and hopes he finds the happiness he's searching for."

The announcement puts to rest weeks of rumors that Welch was unhappy with Korn's direction. On February 8, he had apparently written a "letter of resignation" to the band's management. In the note, Welch detailed a long list of reasons for leaving the band, including increased moral objections to Korn's music and videos. In particular, he was upset by how he was portrayed in the clip for their cover of Cameo's "Word Up," off their recently released Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 album. In the video, Welch's face was superimposed on a dog patrolling a strip club.

"I can go up there and play those songs and those solos but ... I distanced myself from Korn for probably a year and a half, two years. I just wanted to fade away, it was crazy. I was so gone," Welch told Bakersfield, California, radio station KRAB on Sunday. "But I found my way out and I want to help anyone that wants to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I had to go through the lows to appreciate the highs and it's not perfect but it's damn near."

Welch plans on further explaining his decision to leave Korn this coming Sunday, when he'll address the congregation at the Valley Bible Fellowship in Bakersfield, California. And on February 28 he plans to leave for Israel.

The rest of the band are in the studio finishing the album which is due out in September.

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Korn Singer Comments On New Album "It's A Trip"

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis has issued the following update on the recording process for the group's new studio album, tentatively due this summer:

"Oh my God, I'm tired. We have been working very hard, have 13 songs demo'd, just got done workin' with Atticus Clark. Did some really different stuff with him. Dallas [Austin, TLC, MADONNA, MICHAEL JACKSON] was so good — heavy, trippy, old-school hip-hop influence stuff, and just us classic heavy groove stuff. This album is gonna be a trip — a lot of different styles goin' on. I fuckin' love it."

KORN's last release, "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1" (Immortal/Epic), featuring highlights from the first 10 years of the band's recording career, has sold 763,091 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In addition to KORN's biggest songs, "Greatest Hits" also includes two brand-new covers — a remake of CAMEO's "Word Up" and a medley of PINK FLOYD's "Another Brick In The Wall, Parts 1, 2, & 3".

KORN are also planning on releasing a live DVD featuring footage mainly from last summer's Projekt Revolution Tour.

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Korn Commence Work On New Album With TLC Producer

KORN have commenced work on their new studio album with producer Dallas Austin, who has previously worked with TLC, MADONNA and MICHAEL JACKSON, among others. "The writing is going really good, we have wrote [sic] at least five songs already," KORN frontman Jonathan Davis said in a Jan. 28 online posting. "It's really tight, heavy, headbangin' shit.

"We are now working with Dallas Austin, he is one bad-ass producer - one of the best we have ever worked with. We are doin' some crazy, heavy, trippy shit with him.

"This album is gonna be slammin'.

KORN's last release, "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1" (Immortal/Epic), featuring highlights from the first 10 years of the band's recording career, was certified gold in December by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for shipments in excess of 500,000 copies.

In addition to KORN's biggest songs, "Greatest Hits" also includes two brand-new covers - a remake of CAMEO's "Word Up" and a medley of PINK FLOYD's "Another Brick In The Wall, Parts 1, 2, & 3".

KORN are also planning on releasing a live DVD featuring footage mainly from last summer's Projekt Revolution Tour.

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Korn Covers Album Tracklisting Revealed

According to fansite www.childrenofkorn.net, metal magainze "Revolver" have revealed a number of covers set to show up on Korn's forthcoming covers album, "Korn Kovers". Tracks said to be appearing include:

Prince - "Erotic City"
Motley Crue - "Shout At The Devil"
Psychedelic Furs - "Love My Way"
Public Enemy - "Fight The Power" (Feat. Lil' Jon)
Faith No More - "We Care A Lot"
Nine Inch Nails - "Head Like A Hole" (Feat. Chester Bennington)
Black Sabbath - "Paranoid"
Ozzy Osbourne - "Diary Of A Madman"

Also said to be featured on the disc are the bands two previously released covers, one being Cameo's "Word Up" and the other being Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall: Parts 1,2,3". Expect a release later this year.

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Watch Korn's "Another Brick In The Wall" Video

Korn are out with the video to their Pink Floyd remake 'Another Brick In The Wall'. You can watch it online at Launch.com.

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Deftones, Korn & Ministry Photos From Mexico City

Deftones, Korn, and Ministry performed at Foro Sol in Mexico City on Sunday (December 12). Check out pictures from Clasos (Ministry / Deftones / Korn).

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After 10 Years, Korn Hasn't Gone Stale

Bob Gendron of the Chicago Tribune reviewed Korn's concert on Friday (November 26) at the Aragon Ballroom. Gendron writes, "Angst has always pervaded popular music, but few groups have tapped it more successfully than Korn, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary and touring behind its first greatest-hits record. Such a release typically implies that the end is near. But unlike many of its contemporaries, Korn hasn't lost its appeal - Friday's concert sold out weeks in advance, and the quintet's energy suggested anything but that of an artist resting on its laurels."

Read the full article at Chicago Tribune.

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Korn Perform On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Korn was recently on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' where they performed their Cameo remake 'Word Up'. Watch the performance online in high quality or low quality formats.

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Korn Interview And Performance On Launch.com

Korn took part in an interview and performed their single 'Y'all Want A Single' on LAUNCH. Watch the interview and performance.

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Korn, Deftones, Ministry To Play Mexico City

According to Ocesa.com.mx, KORN, DEFTONES, MINISTRY, ILL NINO, SPARTA and PUYA will be teaming up for a special concert in Mexico City on December 12. More information is available at this location.

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