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From: Bakersfield, CA, United States
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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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Korn Guitarist Munky Answers Fan Questions

Korn guitarist Munky took the time to answer some fan questions on a couple short videos. Munky answers questions about his favorite song to play live and what is was like being on the T.V. show South Park. Korn is currently on tour headlining the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, and recently released their most recent studio album, "Korn III: Remember Who You Are."

The first video is below, and the second is after the jump.


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Korn Announces New Album Chart Positions

Korn’s ninth studio album, "Korn III: Remember Who You Are" debuted today at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 sales charts. The album sold 63,000 copies. The album also debuted at #1 on the Hard Music Chart, both top and current, and is #1 on the Current Alternative Chart, as well.

Internationally, Korn III debuted top 5 in Austria, Canada, Japan, Germany and New Zealand, Top 10 in Australia, Mexico and Switzerland and Top 20 in France, Denmark and Holland, with several countries yet to report.

Korn will also be hosting a live web chat with fans this coming Thursday, July 22nd at 7:00 PM EST. The web chat will be available at this location.

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Korn Announces Live Chat With Fans

Korn will be hosting a live web chat with fans through Stickam.com this coming Thursday, July 22nd at 7:00 PM EST. Viewers will be able to watch a live video stream of the band and ask their own questions in real time. The web chat will be available at this location.

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Korn Posts Album Track By Track Breakdown

Footage has been posted online of Korn guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer providing part of a track-by-track breakdown of the band's new album "Korn III: Remember Who You Are," which can be viewed below. The new album was released on July 13th, 2010.

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Korn To Perform Inside Crop Circle

Korn is once again reinventing itself and doing something completely innovative, nine albums and two decades into its incredible career. The band will perform for an hour and twenty minutes inside the mysterious crop circle that was recently revealed in the final installment of a viral web campaign. The band worked closely with longtime U.K.-based circle makers, circlemakers.org, on the shadowy design which features a series of intricate circles, one of which includes the iconic KORN logo, and stretches over 920 feet long and 350 feet wide. The concert event, which is a first for a rock band, takes inspiration from the eerie atmosphere of PINK FLOYD's legendary "Live at Pompei". The concert will make its North American broadcast premiere on HDNet on Sunday, July 11 at 8 p.m. ET and will have a worldwide online premiere on Monday, July 12 via MySpace in countries all over the world.

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Israel To Hold Ozzfest Concert This Year

Heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne will be bringing his infamous festival Ozzfest to the Holy Land this year, with a show being scheduled for September 28th HaYarkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel. Only one other band has been confirmed for the event so far, which is Bakersfield, California natives Korn. Stay tuned for further details.

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Korn Streaming Entire New Album Online

Korn is set to release the new album "Korn III: Remember Who You Are" on July 13th through Roadrunner Records. The entire album is currently available for streaming online through CraveOnline at this location. The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Oildale (Leave Me Alone)
2. Pop A Pill
3. Fear Is A Place To Live
4. Move On
5. Lead The Parade
6. Let The Guilt Go
7. The Past
8. Never Around
9. Are You Ready To Live?
10. Holding All These Lies

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Korn Posts Jimmy Kimmel Live Footage

Bakersfield, California nu-metal act Korn have posted full performance footage from their recent appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. The video features Korn performing their new single "Oildale" from their upcoming studio album titled "Korn III – Remember Who You Are," which is due for release on July 13th, 2010.

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Dimmu Borgir To Tour With Korn

Dimmu Borgir have just announced a series of dates with long running nu-metal act Korn. The concerts, which are taking place at various locations across Europe, feature Dimmu Borgir in the direct support slot - playing right before Korn.

Dimmu Borgir & Korn dates:
19 September – HMH, Amsterdam
23 September – Eishalle Seutweg, Winterthur
24 September – Zenith, Munich
26 September – Gasometer, Vienna
1 October – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
2 October – Rosengarten, Mannheim
3 October – Palladium, Cologne
5 October – Haus-Auensee, Leipzig
6 October – C-Halle, Berlin

Guitarist/songwriter Silenoz commented by saying:
"We [are] really look forward to finally start the touring cycle in support of our new monster! Special thanks to Jonathan and Korn for giving us the opportunity!"

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See Korn Perform at Jimmy Kimmel Live Stage

See Korn perform at Jimmy Kimmel Live’s outdoor stage for free and meet the band at Hot Topic immediately after on Thursday, July 1st. Pre-order the new album from the Hollywood and Highland Hot Topic to receive an exclusive wrist band that gets you access to the performance and the signing.

More information is available here.

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Pain Of Salvation Added To Metal Hammer Lineup

Pain Of Salvation and Votum have just confirmed their appearances at this year’s edition of the Metal Hammer Festival in Poland. The bands will play alongside Katatonia, Opeth, Riverside and the headlining act KoRn. One more band is still to be revealed. The event will take place on August 27th, 2010 in Spodek Hall in Katowice, Poland. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location.

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Chthonic Confirmed for Japan's Loud Park Festival

Taiwanese black metal band Chthonic has been confirmed for this year's edition of Loud Park, the biggest metal festival in Japan. The festival is set to take place October 16-17 at Saitama Super Arena.

The line-up includes: Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Motorhead, Angra, Dir En Grey, Edguy, Amon Amarth, 3 Inches of Blood and many more.

For more information, visit www.loudpark.com.

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Ozzfest 2010 To Hit The U.K.

Ozzy Osbourne will be bringing his Ozzfest tour to the United Kingdom this September for the first time in five years. The one off event will take place on September 18th at London's 02 Arena where Ozzy will be joined by Korn, the Muderdolls and Skindred on the main stage, with a special guest to be confirmed at a later date. There will also be a second stage, though no bands have been confirmed as of yet. There will also be fairground attractions, tattooists and stalls.

Ozzy stated: "It means a lot to bring Ozzfest back to the UK. This is the first time that we’re bringing Ozzfest indoors. The O2 is the perfect place to hold a festival. Let it rain, let it hail, let it thunder, because we’ll be rocking inside."

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Korn to Boycott Use of BP Oil While On Tour

Motivated by the BP disaster and its devastating effects, KORN is taking a stand by launching a boycott against using the company’s gasoline while on tour this summer. The band has formally announced that it will not be fueling any of its touring vehicles with BP products and is strongly encouraging other touring artists to do the same.

“The daily images are hard to watch,” says Korn frontman Jonathan Davis. “We need to do our part to let BP know there are consequences for causing something like this. We want to send a message to corporations like BP so that they will take more preventative measures in the future. The more costly their punishment, the more money they will spend to make sure disasters like this don’t happen again. It’s plain and simple capitalism.”

In a timely coincidence of life imitating art, Korn’s new album artwork, photography and stage set imagery reference the band’s hometown area near Bakersfield, CA and its bleak landscape littered with oil rigs. The video for the first single “Oildale (Leave Me Alone)” reveals a poverty-stricken area situated among the rich oil fields and tells a story of a young boy’s desire to escape. The video story echoes the band’s own struggle out of Bakersfield. Davis adds, “It was one thing for us to grow up near such poverty. But the situation in the Gulf takes things to a whole new level where people’s lives and livelihoods are affected forever.”

Korn will spend their summer as a headliner on the third annual Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival playing in 14,000 to 30,000 seat amphitheaters. “We urge the other acts on Mayhem and anyone on tour this year to be with us on this,” Davis also said.

Korn is touring to support their upcoming album, due out July 13, 2010. The title, "Korn III – Remember Who You Are," is a reference to the band’s past and is a nod to their roots.

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Amon Amarth To Play Loud Park Festival

Sweden's Amon Amarth has been confirmed to perform at the 2010 edition of Japan's Loud Park festival, which takes place in Tokyo on October 16th and 17th. The band issued the following brief comment about the festival appearance: "We are very excited to announce that we will be going to Japan this year! It will be the very first time for us and this long overdue show will be at the legendary LOUD PARK Festival..... Kanpai!"

Other confirmed acts include Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Motorhead, Avenged Sevenfold, Angra, Spiritual Beggars, Dir En Grey, and more. You can find all the details on the festival at this location.

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Korn Releases New Music Video For "Oildale"

Korn has released their latest music video for "Oildale (Leave Me Alone)" online. The music video was Directed by Phil Mucci and the song is the first off the band's upcoming new album, "Korn III: Remember Who You Are," which will be released on July 13th through Roadrunner Records. Check out the video below.

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Roadrunner Offers Exclusive Download of New Korn

Roadrunner Records is offering an exclusive link to download Korn's new song "Are You Ready To Live" which is off Korn's upcoming album. The download offer is available only for 24 hours, and requires entry of a valid email address.

Click here to get to Roadrunner's download page.

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Korn And Hatebreed Pay Tribute To Slipknot Bassist

As was reported yesterday, Slipknot bass player Paul Gray was found dead in a Urbandale, Iowa hotel room at around 10:50 yesterday morning, with the cause of death currently unknown. Several of his peers have posted tributes online, including a video message from Munky of Korn. You can check out the tributes below.

Brian Fair (Shadows Fall): "I'm so crushed to hear about the passing of Paul Gray. I had the pleasure of first getting to know him on a press trip to New York City before our tour with Slipknot and Lamb Of God in 2005 and then sharing stages and good times with him and the boys around the world. He was a great musician, an underrated songwriter and a truly warm soul underneath the evil mask he rocked onstage. This is a huge loss to the metal world. He will be missed deeply." (courtesy of MTV News) More...

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Korn Reveals New Album Art

Nu-metal veterens Korn have revealed the album art for their upcoming release "Korn III - Remember Who You Are."

You can check out the art, as well as a track list and the first single, "Oildale," at the RoadRunner Records website.

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Korn To Headline Metal Hammer Festival

Metal Mind Productions has checked in with the following announcement about nu-metal pioneers Korn headlining the upcoming Metal Hammer festival:

"Metal Hammer Festival returns to life after a two-year gap! The new edition will take place on 27th August in Spodek Hall, Katowice (Poland) and will be headlined by the revolutionary multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning rockers – KORN! Full line-up to be announced soon!"

Further details on the festival's lineup will be announced as they are made available.

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