KORN

Nu Metal / Alternative Metal • United States
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Korn, often stylized as KoЯn, is an American nu metal/alternative metal band from Bakersfield, California formed in 1993 out of the ashes of funk metal/crossover band L.A.P.D. whom guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer, bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvisu Jr., and drummer David Silveria were members of. Along with guitarist Brian "Head" Welch and vocalist/occasional bagpiper Jonathan Davis, this would be the band's original lineup and would remain until 2005.

After releasing their first demo in 1993, the band had attracted the attention of Paul Pontius of Epic/Immortal records during their performance at a nightclub and signed the band on the spot. In 1994 the band released their self-titled debut studio album, which was both the first album to kick off what would become known as nu metal and one of ex-Detente member Ross Robinson's first production jobs. Robinson would go on to produce for many other metal bands such as Sepultura, Limp Bizkit,
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KORN Discography

KORN albums / top albums

KORN Korn album cover 3.59 | 35 ratings
Korn
Nu Metal 1994
KORN Life Is Peachy album cover 3.56 | 19 ratings
Life Is Peachy
Nu Metal 1996
KORN Follow the Leader album cover 3.76 | 23 ratings
Follow the Leader
Nu Metal 1998
KORN Issues album cover 3.71 | 25 ratings
Issues
Nu Metal 1999
KORN Untouchables album cover 3.88 | 16 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 2.98 | 12 ratings
[untitled]
Nu Metal 2007
KORN Korn III: Remember Who You Are album cover 2.65 | 10 ratings
Korn III: Remember Who You Are
Nu Metal 2010
KORN The Path Of Totality album cover 2.23 | 11 ratings
The Path Of Totality
Nu Metal 2011
KORN The Paradigm Shift album cover 3.62 | 8 ratings
The Paradigm Shift
Nu Metal 2013
KORN The Serenity of Suffering album cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
The Serenity of Suffering
Nu Metal 2016
KORN The Nothing album cover 4.08 | 6 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 All Mixed Up album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All Mixed Up
Nu Metal 1999
KORN The Other Side, Part 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Other Side, Part 1
Nu Metal 2005
KORN The Other Side, Part 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Other Side, Part 2
Nu Metal 2005
KORN Politics Remixes: Election Day EP album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Politics Remixes: Election Day EP
Nu Metal 2006
KORN Digital EP #1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Digital EP #1
Nu Metal 2009
KORN Digital EP #2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Digital EP #2
Nu Metal 2010
KORN Digital EP #3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Digital EP #3
Nu Metal 2010

KORN live albums

KORN MTV Unplugged album cover 2.88 | 4 ratings
MTV Unplugged
Non-Metal 2007
KORN Live at the Hollywood Palladium album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Hollywood Palladium
Nu Metal 2012

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

KORN Neidermayer's Mind album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Neidermayer's Mind
Nu Metal 1993
KORN The Best of Korn TV album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Korn TV
Nu Metal 1998
KORN Studio Roughs album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Studio Roughs
Nu Metal 1998

KORN re-issues & compilations

KORN Korn / Follow the Leader album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Korn / Follow the Leader
Nu Metal 1999
KORN EP Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
EP Collection
Nu Metal 1999
KORN Greatest Hits, Volume 1 album cover 4.50 | 4 ratings
Greatest Hits, Volume 1
Nu Metal 2004
KORN Live & Rare album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Live & Rare
Nu Metal 2006
KORN Chopped, Screwed, Live & Unglued album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chopped, Screwed, Live & Unglued
Nu Metal 2006
KORN Life is Peachy / Untouchables album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Life is Peachy / Untouchables
Nu Metal 2006
KORN Korn / Issues / Untouchables album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Korn / Issues / Untouchables
Nu Metal 2007
KORN Issues / Take a Look in the Mirror album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Issues / Take a Look in the Mirror
Nu Metal 2007
KORN Playlist: The Very Best of Korn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Playlist: The Very Best of Korn
Nu Metal 2008
KORN Follow the Leader / Deuce album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Follow the Leader / Deuce
Nu Metal 2008
KORN Korn / Issues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Korn / Issues
Nu Metal 2008
KORN Super Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Super Hits
Nu Metal 2009
KORN The Music of Korn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Music of Korn
Nu Metal 2009
KORN Collected album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Collected
Nu Metal 2009
KORN 3 Original Album Classics album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
3 Original Album Classics
Nu Metal 2010
KORN Falling Away From Me: The Best of Korn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Falling Away From Me: The Best of Korn
Nu Metal 2011
KORN The Essential Korn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Essential Korn
Nu Metal 2011
KORN The Path Of Totality / Korn III: Remember Who You Are album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Path Of Totality / Korn III: Remember Who You Are
Nu Metal 2011
KORN Original Album Classics album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Original Album Classics
Nu Metal 2013
KORN Follow the Leader / Issues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Follow the Leader / Issues
Nu Metal 2013

KORN singles (24)

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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 | 1 ratings
Need To
Nu Metal 1995
.. Album Cover
3.33 | 3 ratings
A.D.I.D.A.S.
Nu Metal 1996
.. Album Cover
4.50 | 2 ratings
No Place to Hide
Nu Metal 1996
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3.83 | 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 1998
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1.50 | 1 ratings
Children of the Korn
Nu Metal 1998
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4.00 | 1 ratings
All in the Family
Nu Metal 1998
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3.00 | 1 ratings
B.B.K.
Nu Metal 1998
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Somebody Someone
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
.. Album Cover
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
.. Album Cover
3.50 | 2 ratings
Coming Undone
Nu Metal 2005
.. Album Cover
4.00 | 3 ratings
Twisted Transistor
Nu Metal 2005
.. Album Cover
3.33 | 3 ratings
Evolution
Nu Metal 2007
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4.00 | 1 ratings
The Devil Went Down to Georgia
Alternative Metal 2020

KORN movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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0.00 | 0 ratings
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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0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Montreux 2004
Nu Metal 2008
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Double Play: Playlist: The Very Best Of Korn/Live
Nu Metal 2010
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Hollywood Palladium
Nu Metal 2012

KORN Reviews

KORN [untitled]

Album · 2007 · Nu Metal
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Korn always change it up a bit on every album they put out, but Untitled especially sticks out as a particularly unique album within their discography and metal as a whole. I've always loved this album yet had a hard time describing it. It's noisy, it's melodic, it's heavy, it's eclectic, and more.

Songs like Starting Over, Evolution, Hold On, and Ever Be are instant classics with soaring bittersweet melodies, moody keyboards, atmospheric riffs and especially Ever Be's grandiose finale. Killing is a perfect example though of all the places the album will go. The pounding yet off-beat industrial percussion that opens it up reminds me of the Thought Industry song Cornerstone, the melodies and electronic undertones are of 80's goth nature, and the song closes with a blistering pure death metal finish.

and speaking of finish, I Will Protect You is up there with My Gift to You and Dirty as one of the band's best closing tracks. There's a brief bagpipe intro, constant ominous atmosphere, great melodies, crazy percussion, thunderous doom riffing bridge, sci-fi sounding ending, and like Killing another song that shows off the album's mix.

Untitled is like no other album I've heard, and one that defies a lone genre.

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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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. Cameltosis with Tre Hardson from hip hop group The Pharcyde is probably one of the band's strangest songs, but once it hits it really does. Closest comparison is something from an alternate universe The Real Thing.

Unfortunately there are a couple songs that I'm not a fan of and/or 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. All in the Family has actually grown on me a bit, but being an intentionally comedic song it would've fit better as another hidden track like the Earache My Eye cover.

While maybe the weakest of Korn's classic 90's albums, it's still obviously an excellent album. Cut out the little bit of filler, and this would be as fantastic as the rest as it holds some of their best songs.

KORN Life Is Peachy

Album · 1996 · Nu Metal
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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 Movies Reviews

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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