Posts Tagged ‘Munky’


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

By Jeff Maki
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…)


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


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


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


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

kornIIII was a diehard Korn fan from the beginning. In late 1994-early 1995 when I got my hands on their self-titled debut album, I was one of the ones who relentlessly spread the word about this up-and-coming band that went on to lead its own revitalization of metal. For my friends and I—then in our late teens and into our early 20s—it was a lifestyle. But the band lost much of its fan base in recent years by changing its sound, experimentation, the loss of original members and superstardom. Finally accepting this Korn decided to revert back to its roots and basics of when they first started. (more…)

head-save-me-from-myselfSave Me from Myself is the solo debut of former Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch. Everyone should know the story by now. Head quit Korn to pursue a life of religion, spend time with his daughter and, most importantly, free himself of his deadly drug addiction. The album works as a companion with his best-selling autobiography of the same name. (more…)



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…)

Droid_-_DroidReview by Greg Maki
Years from now, if someone wants to know what metal sounded like in 2007, at the top of the playlist will be Droid’s self-titled debut, which has been released through Emotional Syphon Recordings, the label founded by Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer. It punishes the listener with its intensity, grooving rhythms and enraged vocals. I don’t know has pissed these guys off so much, but they’ve channeled it into one imposing slab of metal. The issue is whether that is all you want to hear for 46 minutes. The disc would come across even heavier if the band employed a more dynamic assault with vocalist James “Buddy” Eason varying his delivery at times and guitarists Jamie Teissere and Bruce Childress taking an occasional solo. (more…)