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


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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Korn Video Interview Available

Korn guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer was interviewed by the Talk To Me Project last month in Kiev, Ukraine. Video from the interview can be viewed in the player available below.

Korn's latest album, "The Path of Totality," is available now. The band has also released two music videos from the album. Check out the clips for "Way Too Far" and "Chaos Lives in Everything."

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Mayhem Festival Cruise Canceled

The inaugural Mayhem Festival Cruise that was to take place this December has been canceled. The cruise was to set sail on Friday, December 7th, 2012 from the Port of Miami, FL and travel to the Bahamas, returning to the mainland on Monday, December 10th.

Bands confirmed for the cruise included Lamb of God, Machine Head, Anthrax, Hatebreed, Suicide Silence, and Kingdom of Sorrow, Gojira, Periphery, Born of Osiris, Battlecross, Otherwise, Girl on Fire, Anti Mortem, and Gypsyhawk. Mayhem veterans JDevil (Jonathan Davis of Korn) and DJ Starscream (Sid of Slipknot) were also to perform full DJ sets each night.

Here's the official statement from the organizers:

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been forced to cancel the Mayhem Festival Cruise. If you purchased a cruise package, you will be automatically refunded to the credit card you used to purchase. If you used a prepaid card or gift card to purchase the cruise, please contact Rose Tours for your refund (215-663-8800). If you used a credit or debit card, you will see the credit within the next 2 to 3 weeks.

We are also offering anyone who purchased a cruise ticket a lifetime complimentary pass to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Summer Tour. You will still receive your cruise refund in addition to the lifetime pass to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour. This pass is valid on any tour date beginning in 2013. Details on getting these lifetime passes will be announced shortly.

We apologize for the cancellation.

We'll report on the details of the cancellation when they become known.

Of course, Barge To Hell sets sail the week prior to the planned Mayhem Festival Cruise and also goes to the Bahamas.

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Korn Video Interview Available

A new video interview has been posted online with Fieldy & Ray from Korn, which was conducted by Montreality. Check out the clip below, in which the band discusses the possibility of another album and more.

You can also watch Korn's latest music video for the song "Way Too Far" over at this location.

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Roadrunner Bands Talk Supportive Moms

This Sunday is Mother's Day, and Roadrunner Records though it would be nice to let some of the label artists represent for their moms, who supported their kids' musical ambitions early on. Roadrunner asked two simple questions - "Does your mom like/support your band?" and "What's your mom's favorite song by your band?"

Max Cavalera, Sepultura/Nailbomb/Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy: "Yes, my mom was our first big supporter. She let everybody camp in our house. Our house was always full of metal kids. Her favorite song is 'Innerself' [from Sepultura's Beneath the Remains]. I think she likes the lyrics, because it was about when I was living in Brazil and she remembers that period of our life."

Tyler Connolly, Theory of a Deadman: "My mother is a big supporter of our band, of course, and always wants to make sure we wear our seat belts on our tour bus. I don't think she has a favorite song, but always wonders where I got my terrible potty mouth from. We usually roll through her home town once a year and she's the best at wrangling sluts for me. I love my mom."

Phil Demmel, Machine Head: "My mom, being a musician, was supportive of my interest in music from the word go. Her and my father cultivated my 'hobby' doing everything from matching me dollar for dollar on my first guitar, videotaping my earliest gigs at the seediest Bay Area bars/clubs, to standing on stage with me in front of 60,000 people in her native Portugal when we opened for Metallica. She loves our acoustic material. Our songs 'Descend the Shades of NIght' and 'Darkness Within' are favorites." More...

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Korn Releases "Way Too Far" Video

Korn has posted a new video online for "Way Too Far," which is taken from "The Path of Totality," released via Roadrunner Records. The video clip, available below, was directed by Joshua Allen and produced by S├ębastien Paquet. The track features 12th Planet and Flinch.

In other Korn news, the band was recently joined on stage by former member Brian "Head" Welch. Video from the reunion show can be found at this location.

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Brian "Head" Welch Joins Korn On Stage

Fan-filmed footed has been posted online of Brian "Head" Welch joining his former band mates from Korn onstage on May 5th, 2012 to perform the song "Blind." You can check out videos from the event below.

Head left Korn in 2005 to pursue a solo career and release his book "Save Me from Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story." You can also check out Korn's recent music video for "Chaos Lives in Everything" at this location.


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Golden Gods Heavy Metal Curators Interviewed

Jamie of Hardrockchick.com interviewed the curators of the Golden Gods' History of Heavy Metal exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum in downtown LA. You can watch the interview below.

She also spoke with a number of artists on the black carpet about items they have featured in the GRAMMY Museum's History of Heavy Metal exhibit (or what of theirs should be in there). Interviews include: Machine Head, Quiet Riot, Twisted Sister, Ministry, Motorhead, Hatebreed, Black Label Society, Hellyeah, Halestorm, Dethklok, Adrenaline Mob, Evanescence, and Korn.

HardRockChick's GRAMMY Museum Black Carpet Interviews:

More interviews from the black carpet are also available from Metal Injection here.

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Korn Premiers New Music Video

Korn has posted its new music video for the track "Chaos Lives In Everything." The song appears on the band's latest album "The Path Of Totality," which was released available now.

Check out the video here:

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Wombwrecker Streaming Korn Cover

U.K. based Tribunal Records recording artist Wombwrecker has posted a cover version online of the Korn track "Here to Stay." Check out the lyric video for the cover song in the YouTube player below, or listen to more of Wombwrecker's music via Facebook.

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Korn Posts "Narcissistic Cannibal" Live Video

Korn has posted a live video clip online of "Narcissistic Cannibal," which was filmed in New York City on November 4th, 2011. You can find the video clip after the jump. The song is off Korn's new electronic/dubstep themed album "Path of Totality."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Chaos Lives in Everything
2. Kill Mercy Within
3. My Wall
4. Narcissistic Cannibal
5. Illuminati
6. Burn the Obedient
7. Sanctuary
8. Let's Go
9. Get Up!
10. Way Too Far
11. Bleeding Out
12. Fuels the Comedy
13. Tension More...

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Korn Streaming Entire New Album

Korn is currently streaming the band's entire new album "The Path of Totality" online, which is an entirely dubsteb themed album in which the band collaborated with electronic/dubstep producers such as Skrillex. You can check out the full album stream by clicking here. The previously posted music video for the song "Sanctuary" is also available at this location.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Chaos Lives in Everything
2. Kill Mercy Within
3. My Wall
4. Narcissistic Cannibal
5. Illuminati
6. Burn the Obedient
7. Sanctuary
8. Let's Go
9. Get Up!
10. Way Too Far
11. Bleeding Out
12. Fuels the Comedy
13. Tension

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Korn Premieres New Video

Metal veterans Korn will be releasing their tenth album, "The Path of Totality," on December 6th. The new record contains songs produced by dubstep artists such as Rotten, who contribute to the new video for the song "Sanctuary," featured below. More...

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Korn Posts New Lyric Video Online

Korn has posted a new lyric video online for the single "Narcissistic Cannibal," which is taken off the upcoming album "The Path of Totality."

You can check out the track below, which is a collaboration with dub-step producer Skrillex. "The Path of Totality" will be available on December 6th, 2011.

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48 Hours Festival Band Lineup Announced

The daily performance times have been revealed for the inaugural 48 Hours Festival Powered by Rockstar Energy Drink, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th at the Luxor Festival Grounds on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. Band performance times are as follows:

Saturday, October 15 (doors open at 2:00 PM)

Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage

9:10 PM Avenged Sevenfold
7:40 PM Five Finger Death Punch
6:20 PM Hollywood Undead
5:00 PM Bullet For My Valentine
4:00 PM Escape The Fate
3:00 PM Adelitas Way

Second Stage

5:40 PM Hatebreed
4:30 PM Rev Theory
3:30 PM Black Tide
2:35 PM Hell Or Highwater
2:00 PM Orange Blossom Special More...

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Five Finger Death Punch To Play 48 Hours Fest

The 48 Hours Festival, powered by Rockstar Energy Drink, will take place on Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16 2011 in Las Vegas. A trailer for the upcoming festival can be viewed below.

The show will include live sets by Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine, Hollywood Undead, Sick Puppies, Escape The Fate, Sevendust, Hatebreed, Adelitas Way, Rev Theory, 10 Years, Black Tide, Art of Dying, Eyes, Set to Kill, Butcher Babies, Valora, Hell or Highwater, Orange Blossom Special and more.

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Korn Frontman To Release Live CD/DVD Set

Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis has announced that he will be officially releasing his debut live solo album on August 16, 2011 onto North American soil. The two disc set, titled "Live At The Union Chapel," was filmed and recorded in London, England and is to be issued through eOne Music. You can check out footage from the DVD portion of the set below.

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Korn Posts Lyric Video For New Single

American nu-metal veterans Korn have posted a new lyric video online to promote its latest single "Get Up." The track, which features a collaboration with dub-step producer Skrillex, is to be included on the band's forthcoming dub-step themed full length due out by the end of the year through Roadrunner Records. You can check out the clip in the player below.

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Korn To Record New Silent Hill Theme Song

Bloody-Disgusting.com is reporting that Korn has been tapped to record a theme song for the upcoming new Silent Hill game "Silent Hill: Downpour." While Korn fans may be rejoicing, many followers of the series are less than pleased, with a petition already posted online begging Konami to go with any other band or composer. The petition can be found here, and you can check out a trailer for the game below.

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Suicide Silence Reveals New Album Track Listing

American deathcore act Suicide Silence has revealed the track listing and guest musicians that are set to appear on its forthcoming new album. The album, titled "The Black Crown," is the third full length release from the group and is set to hit store shelves on July 12, 2011. You can view the album's track listing below.

1. Slaves To Substance
2. O.C.D.
3. Human Violence
4. You Only Live Once
5. Fuck Everything
6. March To The Black Crown
7. Witness The Addiction feat. Jonathan Davis of KoRn
8. Cross-Eyed Catastrophe
9. Smashed feat. Frank Mullen of Suffocation
10. The Only Thing That Sets Us Apart
11. Cancerous Skies

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New Korn Song Posted Online

American nu-metal act Korn has made its new single "Get Up" available for streaming. The song is a collaboration between Korn and Skrillex. You can check out the song in the player below.

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