Korn – The Kings of Psychedelic Rock

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Korn was one of the most influential bands of the 1990s. They helped to define the sound of Nu-metal and went on to influence a whole generation of bands. They were also one of the first bands to fuse elements of Hip-Hop and Rap with Metal, creating a new sub-genre in the process.


Korn started in Bakersfield, California in 1993. The original members were vocalist Jonathan Davis, guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer, bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, and drummer David Silveria. They were soon joined by Brian “Head” Welch on guitar. Korn’s unique style of music mixed elements of hardcore punk, hip hop, and heavy metal. This, combined with their aggressive on-stage performance, quickly made them a force to be reckoned with in the nu metal scene.

Formation and early years (1993–1994)

Korn began touring in 1993, performing at several shows around Los Angeles, California. Their first release was a 1994 EP titled Neidermeyer’s Mind, followed by their debut album in October 1994. The album was initially released on the small independent label Creative Maniacs, butwas soon picked up and re-released by the much larger Immortal/Epic Records.

Mainstream success (1994–2010)

After the release of Follow the Leader, Korn started to experience strong mainstream success. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 235,000 copies in its first week. It was certified five times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on November 16, 1999. In 2003, it was ranked number 376 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. From October 28 to November 8, 1998, the band headlined the Family Values Tour with Rammstein and Ice Cube as support acts. The tour’s popularity caused a significant increase in sales for Life Is Peachy as well as all of Korn’s previous albums.

On June 15, 1999, Korn released Issues. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and sold 433,000 copies in its first week. It was certified three times platinum by the RIAA on December 20, 2000. Later that year, the band headlined Woodstock ’99 alongside Limp Bizkit and Rage Against the Machine; it featured some controversial incidents such as rioting and looting by attendees during Limp Bizkit’s set. In 2000 and 2001 the group co-headlined tours with Rob Zombie and Powerman 5000 respectively. In November 2002, they headlined their own tour with support from Hatebreed and Chevelle.

Recent activity (2010–present)

On March 5, 2010, Head was interviewed on the Sirius/XM show Trunk Nation LA Underground and announced that he had officially returned to Korn to record new material. The new album, The Path of Totality, was released on December 2, 2011. The album features a number of prominent dubstep producers and DJs such as Skrillex, Excision and 12th Planet.

Head produced Falling Away from Me: A Korn Tribute Album along with Jonathan Davis and Fieldy. In February 2012, Davis revealed that the band would enter the studio in May to begin recording their next album. The album was recorded throughout May and June 2012 with Head producing and Jeremy Colson returning on drums. The album was released on October 8, 2013.


Korn is an American rock band from Bakersfield, California, that formed in 1993. The band’s current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis (lead vocals, bagpipes), James “Munky” Shaffer (guitar), Brian “Head” Welch (guitar, backing vocals), and Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (bass), with the addition of Ray Luzier (drums) who replaced the band’s original member, David Silveria.


The current members of Korn are:
-Jonathan Davis – lead vocals, bagpipes (1993–present)
-James “Munky” Shaffer – rhythm guitar (1993–present)
-Brian “Head” Welch – lead guitar, backing vocals (1993–2004, 2013–present)
-Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu – bass (1993–present)
-Ray Luzier – drums (2007–present)


Korn has had many members throughout the years, with the current lineup consisting of founding members James “Munky” Shaffer (guitar) and Brian “Head” Welch (guitar, backing vocals), along with Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (bass), Ray Luzier (drums), and Jonathan Davis (lead vocals, bagpipes). Past members of the band include David Silveria,Terri Nunn, Dee Snider, Robbie Merrill, and Rod Morgenstein.


Korn’s first album, “Korn”, was released in October 1994. The album was recorded and mixed in a matter of weeks, and was released to critical acclaim. The album featured a nu metal and groove metal sound, as well as elements of hip hop, and is considered to be one of the pioneering albums of the nu metal genre. “Korn” was followed by the release of the band’s second album, “Life Is Peachy”, in October 1996. The album continued the band’s trend of nu metal and groove metal, and featured a more experimental sound.

Studio albums

9 Korn
7 Life Is Peachy
6 Follow the Leader
3 Issues
5 Untouchables
7 Take a Look in the Mirror
2003 8 See You on the Other Side
2005 6 Issues Remixes RIAA: Gold[16] BRIT: Silver[17] BPI: Gold[18] ARIA: Platinum[19] RMNZ: Gold[20] US: 1,000,000 [21] 10 See You on the Other Side remixes 2006 9 Live & Rare 2007 4 Untitled 2007 7 The Paradigm Shift 2013 8 The Serenity of Suffering 2016 9 A Paranormal Evening at the Olympia Paris 2018

Live albums

Korn’s first live album, Alive & Kicking, was recorded during their 1996 World Tour and released in November 1996. The album featured material from their first two studio albums as well as two new songs: “A.D.I.D.A.S.”, which featured Ice Cube, and “Wicked”, which would later be released as a single.

The album was a commercial success, debuting at number 13 on the Billboard 200 and selling over 100,000 copies in its first week of release. It was certified gold by the RIAA in December 1996.

Korn’s second live album, Live & Rare, was released in May 2006 and contained live performances of songs from their first six studio albums as well as four rare or previously unreleased tracks: “Loco”, “Alive”, “Did My Time (live)”, and “Politics (live)”.

Live & Rare was a moderate commercial success, debuting at number 40 on the Billboard 200 and selling over 34,000 copies in its first week of release. It was certified gold by the RIAA in July 2006.

Compilation albums

Korn’s first compilation album, Greatest Hits Vol. 1, was released on October 11, 2004. It included one new track, “Right Now”, which was recorded specifically for the release. The album peaked at number 12 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the RIAA on December 6, 2004.

The second compilation album from the band, Greatest Hits Vol. 2, was released on October 31, 2006. It featured two new tracks: “Coming Undone” (a reworking of the song of the same name from See You on the Other Side) and “Twisted Transistor” (a rap song featuring Snoop Dogg, Xzibit and Lil Jon). The album peaked at number 9 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the RIAA in February 2007.

Video albums

Nu Metal band Korn has released thirteen video albums, the first being Who Then Now? in 1998. The release of the live album and DVD Live & Rare in 2006, coincided with the band’s greatest hits album, Greatest Hits Vol. 1. The concert DVD Alive & Rockin’ was included with the limited edition of their studio album MTV Unplugged in 2007. In 2008, they released the live CD/DVD combination Live at the Hammerstein Ballroom and a greatest hits compilation DVD. The following year, Korn released three DVDs: complicated live performance recording of issues; Music as a Weapon IV, a concert played during the tour of the same name; and Remember Who You Are, a documentary on two-discs which chronicles their reunion tour and new album recording process.


Korn is currently on their The Nothing Tour in support of their latest album release,. The Nothing. The tour will make stops across the United States and Europe throughout 2019. Get ready for an unforgettable experience when Korn brings their high-energy live show to a city near you.


Although they did not achieve widespread commercial success until the release of their 1994 album, Korn has been together since 1992 and touring almost non-stop since then. They have headlined dozens of tours, including several headlining stints on the annual Ozzfest tour.


In May 2018, Korn announced that they would be co-headlining a North American tour with Stone Sour. The joint tour, which is set to begin in July 2018, will feature support from Skillet, Babymetal, Yelawolf, and Diamante.


The Kings of Psychedelic Rock are currently on tour! Check out the tour dates below to see if they’re coming to a city near you.

May 5 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
May 7 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
May 10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
May 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
May 14 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
May 17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
May 19 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre

See also

In addition to the bands and artists listed above, there are many other great psychedelic rock bands worth exploring. Here are just a few:

-The Jimi Hendrix Experience
-The Doors
-Pink Floyd
-King Crimson
-Sly and the Family Stone
-The Grateful Dead
-Jefferson Airplane





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