Posts Tagged ‘Ray Luzier’

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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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Photos by Greg Maki (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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Photos by Greg Maki (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…)

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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…)

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…)

Cycle of Pain

Cycle of Pain

It was Zakk Wylde, an old friend from New Jersey, who gave bassist John “J.D.” DeServio his biggest break, bringing him into the fold to play bass for Black Label Society. Now J.D. is doing the same for childhood friends Joe Taylor and Greg Locascio. The three of them, along with drummer Rich Monica, comprise Cycle of Pain and their self-titled debut album hits stores April 21. On the same day, Cycle of Pain joins the Black Label Bash, the spring tour featuring Black Label Society, Sevendust, Dope and others. J.D. recently checked in with Live Metal’s Greg Maki to discuss his new band, the tour, BLS and more. (more…)