KORN

Nu Metal • United States
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Korn, occasionally typeset as KoЯn or KoRn, is an American metal band from Bakersfield, California, and is often credited with popularizing the nu metal scene. Along with other bands at the time, they have also inspired many mainstream metal bands throughout the mid 1990s and early 2000s.

The band's catalogue consists of thirteen studio albums. To date, Korn has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, including 16.5 in the U.S., whilst earning six Grammy nominations—two of which they have won.

History, Formation, Neidermeyer's Mind demo, Korn (1993–1995)

Korn formed after the group L.A.P.D. folded, due to singer Richard Morrill's drug addiction. Musicians Reginald Arvizu, Brian Welch, and David Silveria wanted to continue, and recruited guitarist James Shaffer and vocalist Corey Cinque and started a new band called Creep. Corey was soon dropped due to the band being dissatisfied with him.

In early 1993, the band took notice of vocalist Jonathan Davis after seeing his
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KORN albums / top albums

KORN Korn album cover 3.59 | 33 ratings
Korn
Nu Metal 1994
KORN Life Is Peachy album cover 3.62 | 19 ratings
Life Is Peachy
Nu Metal 1996
KORN Follow the Leader album cover 3.62 | 22 ratings
Follow the Leader
Nu Metal 1998
KORN Issues album cover 3.80 | 23 ratings
Issues
Nu Metal 1999
KORN Untouchables album cover 3.82 | 15 ratings
Untouchables
Nu Metal 2002
KORN Take a Look in the Mirror album cover 3.41 | 11 ratings
Take a Look in the Mirror
Nu Metal 2003
KORN See You on the Other Side album cover 3.55 | 18 ratings
See You on the Other Side
Nu Metal 2005
KORN [untitled] album cover 2.47 | 12 ratings
[untitled]
Nu Metal 2007
KORN Korn III: Remember Who You Are album cover 2.39 | 9 ratings
Korn III: Remember Who You Are
Nu Metal 2010
KORN The Path Of Totality album cover 2.45 | 10 ratings
The Path Of Totality
Nu Metal 2011
KORN The Paradigm Shift album cover 3.64 | 7 ratings
The Paradigm Shift
Nu Metal 2013
KORN The Serenity of Suffering album cover 4.17 | 2 ratings
The Serenity of Suffering
Nu Metal 2016
KORN The Nothing album cover 4.50 | 3 ratings
The Nothing
Nu Metal 2019

KORN EPs & splits

KORN Good God: French Remixes album cover 0.50 | 1 ratings
Good God: French Remixes
Nu Metal 1997

KORN live albums

KORN Live & Rare album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Live & Rare
Nu Metal 2006
KORN MTV Unplugged album cover 2.88 | 4 ratings
MTV Unplugged
Nu Metal 2007

KORN demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

KORN Neidermayer's Mind album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Neidermayer's Mind
Nu Metal 1993

KORN re-issues & compilations

KORN Greatest Hits, Volume 1 album cover 4.50 | 4 ratings
Greatest Hits, Volume 1
Nu Metal 2004
KORN Chopped, Screwed, Live & Unglued album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chopped, Screwed, Live & Unglued
Nu Metal 2006
KORN Playlist: The Very Best of Korn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Playlist: The Very Best of Korn
Nu Metal 2008
KORN Collected album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Collected
Nu Metal 2009

KORN singles (20)

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Clown
Nu Metal 1994
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Christmas Song
Nu Metal 1994
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Shoots and Ladders
Nu Metal 1994
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Blind
Nu Metal 1995
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4.50 | 2 ratings
No Place to Hide
Nu Metal 1996
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3.33 | 3 ratings
A.D.I.D.A.S.
Nu Metal 1997
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3.50 | 3 ratings
Good God
Nu Metal 1997
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3.17 | 3 ratings
Got the Life
Nu Metal 1998
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2.83 | 3 ratings
Freak on a Leash
Nu Metal 1999
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4.00 | 2 ratings
Falling Away From Me
Nu Metal 1999
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4.00 | 2 ratings
Make Me Bad
Nu Metal 2000
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3.75 | 2 ratings
Here to Stay
Nu Metal 2002
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3.25 | 2 ratings
Thoughtless
Nu Metal 2002
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4.00 | 2 ratings
Did My Time
Nu Metal 2003
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Word Up
Nu Metal 2004
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0.00 | 0 ratings
The Other Side, Part 2
Nu Metal 2005
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0.00 | 0 ratings
The Other Side, Part 1
Nu Metal 2005
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Coming Undone
Nu Metal 2005
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4.00 | 3 ratings
Twisted Transistor
Nu Metal 2005
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3.33 | 3 ratings
Evolution
Nu Metal 2007

KORN movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Keeping the Faith
Nu Metal 2006
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3.50 | 1 ratings
Korn Live On The Other Side
Nu Metal 2006
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2.50 | 1 ratings
Korn: Steal This DVD - The Unauthorized Biography
Nu Metal 2006
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Live at Montreux 2004
Nu Metal 2008

KORN Reviews

KORN Untouchables

Album · 2002 · Nu Metal
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Untouchables is faced with that unfortunate fate of such an ugly album cover that it took a while for me to actually listen to this album. That was unfortunate for me, because it's an incredible album and among my favorites of theirs.

It continues from the depressive gloom metal of Issues, but with even more chugging grooves to contrast with the sadness. I love albums where every song immediately gets my head banging as soon as it starts, and Korn does that all the while tugging at my heartstrings. It's such an interesting contrast, but they always manage to pull it off like no other.

Here to Stay, Blame, Bottled Up Inside, Thoughtless, Hating, Embrace, and the Ministry meets NIN-esque industrial metal of Wake Up Hate are all among my favorites and nail the aforementioned sound I described perfectly. My absolute favorite though, and maybe among my top five Korn songs, is Beat Me Upright. I don't think I've heard any song that sounds as fucking massive as this, even the beefiest Obituary, Meshuggah, or even other Korn albums haven't made my speakers boom with bass as much as this!

A fantastic balance of heaviness and melody, be careful of whiplash!

KORN Follow the Leader

Album · 1998 · Nu Metal
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Unitron
With Follow the Leader, Korn once again creates a unique album different from the last. In some ways, it does follow the noisier Life is Peachy, but more ideas make it sound like a transitional album. It's On! fittingly opens the album with a great 'jumpdafuckup' banger, and then it's anything goes from there.

Successful singles Got the Life and Freak on a Leash are almost dance metal, bringing to mind certain goth-new wave songs of the 80's, while most of the second half follow a different sound. They mix the screeching and noisy groove of the previous two albums with a moodier and depressive sound that would take complete form on the fantastic album that would follow.

Reclaim My Place, Justin, Seed, My Gift to You, and hidden track cover of Earache My Eye, these all strike that great transitional sound. Seed especially balances a dark Cypress Hill-esque sounding production with a fantastic chorus, perfectly blending crushing heaviness with some of the band's best melodies. My Gift to You sounds like a doom metal song, done in the style that only Korn can do. It's a great finale to the album, before the hidden track. The cover of Earache My Eye has always reminded me of Cathedral but with the Korn bass sound, whoever's doing vocals has a similar exuberance to Cathedral's Lee Dorian.

Unfortunately there are a couple songs that I'm not a fan of and feel out of place. Rap metal battle All in the Family and Children of the Korn, the latter with one of the most laughably bad intros I've ever heard, courtesy of Ice Cube. I don't want to spoil it, listen to it yourself and have a good laugh.

While the weakest of Korn's classic 90's albums, it's still an excellent album. Cut out some of the filler, and this would be as fantastic as the rest.

KORN Life Is Peachy

Album · 1996 · Nu Metal
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Unitron
With their debut, Korn had already created a signature sound for themselves and became one of the most unique bands in metal. Life is Peachy shows them expanding their sound and with it a noisy and frantic album. One of the only albums that could be called noise metal? Maybe.

It's fitting that the album's intro is called Twist. It and much of the album brings to mind images of Expressionist paintings of the turn of the century. Figures twist and contort, and colors are distorted (in this case probably bleak from a Munch painting). The music reflects said imagery, with jagged riffing and this might be the album where Davis does the most scatting.

Life is Peachy isn't as consistent as the debut, but the best songs on here are among the band's best. Aforementioned intro Twist, which has a fantastic contrast between scat and clean singing, Lost, Swallow, the weird bagpipe cover of Lowrider, and No Place to Hide are all excellent. The latter is probably my favorite and has a great hook.

While not the band's best, probably their most experimental.

KORN Issues

Album · 1999 · Nu Metal
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"All I want in life is to be happy"

While twenty years later, The Nothing presents itself as perhaps my second favorite Korn album, there's no beating Issues. It's one of those artist-defining albums, emotionally powerful and including everything that I connect with the band.

It's an album drenched in misery and sorrow, both lyrically and atmospherically. The bagpipe intro of Dead perfectly sets the mood, with the unsettling chanting of 'All I want is to be happy' combined with the defeatist lyrics of the rest of the intro. As with most Korn albums, Jonathan Davis' vocal performance really drives the emotions exuded. Somebody Someone and Dirty are a couple of the main highlights on this end.

Along with Godflesh's Songs of Love and Hate, Issues is one of the darkest metal albums I've heard. The two albums are actually pretty similar in some ways. Both are enveloped in this depressive and hopeless atmosphere, yet contrast it with fantastic grooves and hooks that keep it immensely enjoyable in any mood. Falling Away From Me, Beg for Me, Wake Up, and Counting all display this perfectly.

Korn has many fantastic and excellent albums, but Issues stands out as perhaps my favorite. It's one of those albums that just hits the perfect balance of cathartic and catchy.

KORN Korn

Album · 1994 · Nu Metal
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siLLy puPPy
Perhaps more than any other band other than Nirvana, KORN (stylized as KoЯn) completely changed the world of metal music with a style that was equally loathed as it was eagerly embraced by an appetite for everything alternative in the early 90s. This Bakersfield, CA band only formed in 1993 and after one simple demo tape and a few live gigs already found itself with a record contract and was releasing its first album from the very next year in 1994. This was the era when glam metal and everything 80s was being thrown out the window and suddenly anything that sounded new and alternative was skyrocketing up the charts and laughing all the way to the bank. KoЯn was very much riding this new wave of deemphasizing hairspray fueled bands that cranked out cheesy ballads along with high-fueled guitar solos which started to get a little stale by the early 90s and KoЯn positioned itself to jump on the scene at the very right time.

With its eponymous debut album KoЯn dropped a bomb on the world with a completely new metal paradigm that put the ultimate face on the exploding world of the everything alternative world of the 90s. With the appearances of a schizoid hip hop group playing a down-tuned grunge funk, this band adopted the aggressive guitar angst of alternative metal and mixed into elements of hip hop, funk, industrial and grunge. One of the more notable attributes of the nu metal sound was the use of seven-stringed guitars that were down-tuned to sound more like a bass. The use of DJ’s and samplings also blurred the lines between electronic music like techno and turntablism and once KoЯn dropped its bomb on an unsuspecting world, the aftermath left old bands in the dust with glam metal going extinct and older extreme metal bands following in the wake by crafting more alternative sounding albums throughout the 90s. Coupled with the creepy themes like child abuse, drug use and bullying, this album struck a few nerves at the time.

KoЯn’s debut album had somewhat of a slow start commercially and while sales weren’t stellar in the beginning, the band did launch a tidal wave of nu wave metal bands that followed. With acts like Coal Chamber and Limp Bizkit getting into the act the genre was picking up steam rather intensely and KoЯn’s debut album finally hit the album charts and subsequently was certified gold. While forming in Bakersfield, the band moved together in Huntington Beach in the LA area where they crafted all the songs for their debut and even at that stage were attracting crowds just from the rehearsals in their garage which clearly was a sign that the band was honing in on the zeitgeist of the era. It seems that Nirvana pretty much changed the musical compass to point towards anything with a grungy sound and KoЯn took that sound into completely different areas.

While many consider this debut to be the band’s best effort, i’m completely in opposition to those claims as i find that the band hadn’t really quite honed its own idiosyncratic sound so perfectly quite yet. While the down-tuned dueling guitar riffs, the grungy yet funkified bass and atmospheric backdrops had already gestated into the mid-tempo nu metal style that eschewed guitar solos and focused on heavy syncopation and Jonathon Davis’ agro-metal vocal deliveries coupled with the detached introverted utterances, the KoЯn exhibited many of its influences clearly on its sleeves as well. Sometimes a little too clearly for my personal liking. True that the album has the rawest nu metal sound before the sub-genre became quite popular and subsequently over-produced but i personally find that the albums that had all slick production techniques to suit this style of metal quite perfectly. Commercial yes and in many cases pathetic, but KoЯn is one of the bands from this era that i actually like quite much.

The album starts off fairly well with the bass driven funk grooves, twin guitar assaults and the insane asylum vocal styles that alternate with the sedated semi-whispers. The tracks all have that classic nu metal nonchalant way of keeping things mid-tempo but heavily distorted with a rather unimpressive percussive drive that merely keeps the beat. One of the more interesting aspects of KoЯn is the use of bagpipes as heard on the beginning of “Shoots And Ladders.” The band certainly came up with an original sound however as the album carries on it becomes more obvious that one of the primary influences was “The Real Thing” album by Faith No More at least in the guitar riffing department with Davis’ cleaner vocal styles emulating Mike Patton on many occasions.

Overall KoЯn’s debut album is not a bad one and single-handedly change the metal paradigm throughout the 90s. Personally i find this debut to be a bit on the long side with a few too many Faith No More worship sessions and the irritating silence that finds creepy abused kid sounds into the seventeen minutes is a bit too much. I think the band’s future releases are much more interesting and more diverse however there’s no denying that it all started here and that the earlier tracks starting with “Blind” up to “Shoots And Ladders” are all pretty cool. This is actually an album that i wafer on quite a bit. Sometimes it sounds brilliant and other times it completely turns me off but as a music critic who judges things fairly by their merits it do have to say that this is fairly unique and even the nu metal acts that jumped on the bandwagon didn’t display their brand of alternative nation with the same amount of finesse. This is lower on my list solely due to the fact that the string of albums that follow are much more consistently pleasant.

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KORN Korn: Steal This DVD - The Unauthorized Biography

Movie · 2006 · Nu Metal
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Larry Sakin
Documentaries about rock bands work on a formula. First, we have the all important formative years of the band, where we learn how the group struggled to learn their craft. Interviews with the band members, record company hacks, managers and DJs that cleared the way for eventual superstardom follow, giving the viewer a portrait of the turmoil, joy, and excesses that come with success. And finally, we have the where-are- they-now or what’s-to-happen with them sequence, which is supposed to answer the all important questions fans are supposed to have.

Steal This DVD, an unauthorized biography of the band Korn, is another in a long line of heavily formulaic views of a band that changed the rock world forever. But there are some differences here. At least with the other documentaries, you can listen to the bands music while the grand story unfolds, and possibly hear early interpretations of the songs that catapulted the band onto rock n’ roll radio. But because of some sticky licensing problems, viewers of Steal This DVD won’t even attain this modicum of satisfaction. The background music is eerily similar to that of Korn, but is just another copycat band grinding away.

So what we’re left with is a cut-and-paste production of other people interviewing the band, a lot of still photos of individual group members, and a great deal of detail on growing up in Bakersfield, California.

I’ve been to Bakersfield, and believe me, it’s no mystery why a group of guys from that dusty Central Valley area would produce the intensely angry funk-metal chords Korn is known for. Still, it occurs to me that major fans of Korn would already know how the damaging effects of a conservative California city impacted these superheroes of nu-metal. In fact, it’s hard to imagine there is any content on Steal This DVD that might illuminate Korn fans any more about the dark mystique that surrounds the band.

And if you don’t know very much about the group and their humble beginnings, maybe the time is right to really listen to singer-songwriter Jonathan Davis’ lyrics, because everything you need to know is right there. Davis has joined the ranks of songwriters who willingly split open their veins and bleed their madness onto an empty page, much like Kurt Cobain before him.

So I’m not really sure who the producers of Steal This DVD are looking to market this documentary to. Maybe they think there are enough die-hard fans out there that obsessively collect anything with the Korn brand on it, or that there are even more naive kids so unfamiliar with what makes Korn the brilliant band they are and need some kind of instructional DVD to help them “get it.” Whatever their direction may be, I think the producers are in for a huge surprise.

It would be so much better if the people who pumped these damned things out really thought like real fans do. They’d actually produce some interesting and entertaining packages that music lovers would appreciate. But unfortunately, the entertainment business too often conforms to the “biggest bang for a buck” theory, and cashes in by promoting anything that has a big-named group attached to it.

Consider this a caveat emptor, Korn fans. This trashy documentary won’t satisfy you until the next Korn release. Save your money, and listen to Life Is Peachy instead.

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