KORN drummer Ray Luzier said in a new interview with the Las Vegas Sun that the band is working on a “really heavy and ruthless” follow-up to KORN‘s 2013 album “The Paradigm Shift” for a 2016 release. He said: “Everyone always likes to say this is the best record they’ve been working on, but I just came from the studio. We have a long way to go, but every time I hear it, I get chills. I love ‘The Paradigm Shift’, I’m a huge fan of that record, but I didn’t get chills every time I heard that record. This I literally get goose bumps, and that’s a great thing because that’s what you want as an artist to get those kinds of feelings.”
He continued: “Right now it’s really heavy and ruthless, which is my favorite. Who knows what’s going to happen later. Heavy is definitely a good word, but it’s too early to tell everything right now, so I’ll just leave it at that.”
KORN guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer said in a recent interview with Billboard that the band is about a third of the way through the writing process for its next CD. He said: “We went in, we wrote about 20 songs and about 10 of those we’ve kept and made better. So I think we’re gonna need to go back in and write another batch of songs and then fine-tune those into maybe four, five really great songs. There’s no rush, which feels great.”
A producer has already been selected for KORN‘s 12th studio effort, but Shaffer said that the band “is gonna wait a couple more weeks before we announce that.”
KORN guitarist Brian “Head” Welch said in a recent interview with “Do You Know Jack?” that the band’s new music is “heavier than anyone’s heard KORN in a long time… just the beginning stages are proof of that to me.”
Welch added that touring with SLIPKNOT last year inspired KORN to get back to a heavier sound, saying, “I think it sparked and reminded everybody in the band what KORN started out to be.”
KORN kicked off a fall North American tour on October 1 in Chicago. The band is performing its self-titled 1994 debut in its entirety at every stop, finishing up on October 30 in Oakland.
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Perhaps more so than any other band, Korn is inextricably linked to the nu-metal movement of the late 1990s; a movement they helped spearhead and sonically define, whether they like that to be their legacy, or not. Originating in Bakersfield, California, circa 1993, Korn was born when vocalist Jonathan Davis and guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch joined forces with guitarist James ‘Munky’ Shaffer, bassist Reginald ‘Fieldy’ Arvizu and drummer David Silveira, all three of whom had played in a defunct funk metal band named L.A.P.D. With the help of producer Ross Robinson, the quintet unknowingly codified the building blocks of nu-metal on their hugely influential self-titled debut from 1994 (its dissonant, down-tuned guitars, angst-ridden vocals, and intensely rhythmic approach — everything but the DJ and turntables, in fact) and its even more successful follow-up, ‘Life is Peachy’ (1996). But it was ’98’s Billboard Chart-topping ‘Follow the Leader’ that took Korn stratospheric (on the strength of an estimated 14 million copies and counting) paving the way to the band’s own Family Values festival, a pair of Grammy awards, and no end to media attention over the ensuing years, shored up by additional studio albums like 1999’s ‘Issues’ and increasingly experimental ‘Untouchables’ (2002) and ‘Take a Look in the Mirror’ (2003). Then, in the early weeks of 2005, guitarist Head shockingly announced his retirement from Korn after finding religion — just as the group’s deal with Sony Music was expiring and internal relationships were at their most strained, casting some doubt upon the band’s future. But by the end of the year, Korn had rebounded as a quartet with their first of two releases for Virgin Records, ‘See You on the Other Side’ and an untitled 2007 album recorded without drummer Silveira, who himself had recently departed. Ray Luzier was eventually recruited to replace him and debuted on 2010’s back-to basics, Ross Robinson-produced ‘Korn III: Remember Who You Are,’ which was itself followed by another radical musical departure via 2011’s dub step-influenced ‘The Path of Totality.’ No matter where they took their sound though — backwards or forwards — Korn was now firmly entrenched as one of the heavy metal scene’s cornerstone bands. Their sheer sales figures and popularity may no longer match the heady days of the late 1990s, but the group plowed ahead in 2013 with their eleventh studio album, ‘The Paradigm Shift,’ and even welcomed back guitarist Head after a decade removed from the group — suggesting everything really does come full-circle, in the end.
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