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Review by Jeff Maki
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My, how time flies. Twenty years of Korn? Technically, the anniversary of Korn’s seminal, genre-altering debut album was in 2014, but the band extended its tour into 2015, in which it is playing the album from start to finish. Yep, from “Blind,” all the way to the rarely before performed “Daddy.” One week into the tour, Korn played the Fillmore Silver Spring, with deathcore metallers, Suicide Silence and rap-metal up-and-comers Islander in support.

I’ve been a fan since the debut and was a self-proclaimed “Korn-kid” back in the day. I’ve seen, heard and done it all when it comes to this band—it’s been much documented on this site (read here). But this one was extra special, in that many of these songs I either had never heard live before, or you would have to go back to 1994-’95, when I saw the band play smaller clubs in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area, when I was thumping around in my late teens. (more…)

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Jonathan Davis of Korn live at Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, MD.

To celebrate more than twenty years of Korn, the band will perform its self-titled debut album in its entirety (and more) in intimate U.S. venues this October. Support on the trek will come from Suicide Silence and Islander. View tour dates inside.  (more…)

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Korn performing during the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, August 3, 2014 – Bristow, Va. Photo courtesy of Korn.com

By Jeff Maki
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Twenty years ago, I bought a CD solely based on liking the album cover art—a shadow of an intimidating figure with a hook hand stalking a little girl on a playground swing—and the music contained inside went on to impact the next several years of my life. So when vocalist Jonathan Davis introduced the band’s closing song, “Blind” on this date of the 2014 Mayhem Festival, he led into it by shouting,  “This is the motherfuckin’ one that started it all!” Why yes, it was. It was the first Korn song many fans ever heard, and now in 2014, we’ve come full circle. Read the full live recap inside. (more…)

Korn-debutSo I decided to spin Korn’s debut album a few weeks ago on a road trip. Why? I’m not entirely sure. As a diehard fan back in the day, I had heard this album, and my friends and I recited the lyrics hundreds upon hundreds of times. I can play the entire album out through my head without even hitting play. It’s a CD I see every day, as I have a copy autographed by all five original band members on my shelf display.

After some thought, I realized why I pulled it out again. For my own curiosity, I wanted to revisit Korn, not to have something to write about, or for nostalgia. I wanted to hear how the music, and the 12 songs that make up the album—from “Blind” to “Daddy”— sound today, 20 years later. After two decades of trends, genres and sub-genres and the enormous wealth of music I have taken in over that time while growing up into an adult, I wanted to know what the original appeal was, what made me become obsessed with Korn and if I still could get enjoyment from spinning this record. (more…)

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Rock on the Range 2013. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Rock on the Range 2011. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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No place to hide: Ray Luzier finally recognized as Korn’s drummer

I have some news—good or bad, depending on how you look at it—for longtime fans of Korn anxiously waiting for the band’s original lineup to reunite. Brian “Head” Welch, who left the band to pursue Christianity and now has a solo career, remains a possibility to return one day, as the band has had ongoing communications with the estranged guitarist. But drummer David Silveria, for all intents and purposes, seems to have been replaced permanently. After Silveria’s departure in 2006, Korn hired many touring drummers, including Joey Jordison of Slipknot, but Ray Luzier (Army of Anyone, David Lee Roth) eventually auditioned and has held the job unofficially since late 2007. It’s taken roughly three years for the band to recognize Luzier as a full-time member, but on its new album, Korn III: Remember Who You Are, it’s finally happened. No more playing behind curtains or being left out of photo shoots and press. No place to hide—Luzier is now an official member of the band. (more…)

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)