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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-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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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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Years of hard work finally is paying off for Droid. In 2007, the band’s self-titled debut album was the first release on Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer’s Emotional Syphon Recordings. They spent last summer on the Family Values tour and the fall on Korn’s Bitch We Have a Problem arena run. They have stayed on the road virtually nonstop since then, opening for the like of Ill Niño and Shadows Fall. It was on the last night of the two-week East Coast tour with Shadows Fall that vocalist James Buddy Eason sat down with Live Metal’s Greg Maki. (more…)

Korn-MTV_UnpluggedIn 1995, when Korn was starting to break through with their smash self-titled debut, the thought of an “unplugged” album from this band would have been completely absurd, but they’ve become a rock-radio band ever since achieving commercial success with 1998’s Follow the Leader. (more…)