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Korn

Korn's cathartic nu metal sound positioned the group among the most popular and provocative to emerge duringthepost-grungeera.Kornbegan their existence as the Bakersfield, California-based metal band LAPD, whichincludedguitaristsJames"Munky" Shaffer andBrian"Head"Welch, bassist Reginald "Fieldy Snuts" Arvizu, and drummer DavidSilveria.After issuingan LP,the members of LAPD in 1993crossedpaths withJonathan Davis, a mortuary science studentmoonlightingas the leadvocalistfor the local group Sexart. They soon askedDavis to jointhe band,and upon his arrival thequintetrechristened itselfKorn. < ...read more

Korn's cathartic nu metal sound positioned the group among the most popular and provocative to emerge duringthepost-grungeera.Kornbegan their existence as the Bakersfield, California-based metal band LAPD, whichincludedguitaristsJames"Munky" Shaffer andBrian"Head"Welch, bassist Reginald "Fieldy Snuts" Arvizu, and drummer DavidSilveria.After issuingan LP,the members of LAPD in 1993crossedpaths withJonathan Davis, a mortuary science studentmoonlightingas the leadvocalistfor the local group Sexart. They soon askedDavis to jointhe band,and upon his arrival thequintetrechristened itselfKorn.

After signing to Epic's Immortal imprint, they issued their debut album in late 1994; thanks to arelentlesstourschedulethatincludedstintsopening for Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, Marilyn Manson, and 311, the record slowlybutsteadilyrosethecharts, eventually going gold. Its1996follow-up, Life Is Peachy, was a more immediate smash, reachingthenumberthreespoton the pop album charts. The following summer,theyheadlined Lollapalooza, but were forced to drop offthetourwhenShaffer was diagnosedwith viral meningitis. While recording their best-selling1998 LP Follow the Leader,Kornmadenationalheadlines when a student in Zeeland,Michigan was suspended for wearing a T-shirtemblazonedwith thegroup'slogo(theschool's principal later declared their music "indecent,vulgar, and obscene," prompting the band to issueacease-and. desistorder). Their annual Family Values tour also started in 1998, featuring alineup that consisted ofKorncollaboratorssuchasLimp Bizkit andIce Cube and like-minded artists such as Rammstein. The tour was anenormous success,so muchsothatitcontinued on with Korn overseeingthe lineup for years after.

Issues followed in 1999, and in typical Korn fashion they debuted their new single in an episode of South Park.Thebandtouredbehindthealbuminto the next year, but their efforts were cut short by an injury that took out drummerDavidSilveria.Theyhired former Faith NoMoredrummerMike Bordin to help them finish the remaining shows, and took a shortrestbeforejoining asummer tour with Metallica, KidRock,Powerman 5000,and System of a Down. (Silveria later returnedamidrumors ofleavingthe band for a fashion career, but these stemmedfromsome modeling workhe had done before hisinjury.) Inthemeantime,Fieldy released a gangsta rap album and Davis scored the film Queenofthe Damned, but at theend of2001theband reunitedas a unit and entered the studio. A few shows with Static-X helped iron the wrinkles outofthenewmaterial,andby the nextsummer they had Untouchables ready for release. Korn did a run of Ozzfest dates in support,andthealbumwasanother smashhit.The self-produced Take a Look in the Mirror arrived in 2003. Billed by the band asareconsideration oftheirsound, thealbumwas accompanied bya tour of smaller venues called Back to Basics.

In 2005, Welch left the band, evidently due to his newfound Christian faith. But Korn continued on, playingshowsthatsummeras aquartetandsigning an expansive recording and development deal with Virgin. The followingDecembertheyreleased SeeYou on the Other Side,anumberthree hit that featured a batch of songs co-written withhitmakingproductionteam theMatrix. Live & Rare, an aptly titled disc ofliverecordingsand rarities, was released in May 2006with theliveacoustic recordingMTV Unplugged following in March 2007. Later that year,afterreturning tothe studio, thistimewithoutdrummer DavidSilveria, the band resurfaced with an underwhelming album appropriatelynamedUntitled.Thebandfound apermanent drummerby way of Army of Anyone's Ray Luzier. In 2010, it was announced that thebandhadsignedwithRoadrunnerRecords, andlater that year they released their ninth studio album, Korn III: Remember WhoYouAre.Lookingtoexpand their sound innewdirections, Korn sought out electronic producers like Skrillex and Noisia, whohelpedtheminfusetheiralready heavy soundwith pounding dubstepon their electronic-tinged tenth album, The Path of Totality. « hide

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LPs
The Serenity of Suffering
2016

3.3
4 Votes
The Paradigm Shift
10/08/2013

3.1
519 Votes
The Path of Totality
2011

2
1,072 Votes
Korn III: Remember Who You Are
2010

2.8
834 Votes
Untitled
2007

2.5
1,111 Votes
See You on the Other Side
2005

2.8
1,477 Votes
Take a Look in the Mirror
2003

3
1,277 Votes
Untouchables
2002

3.2
1,427 Votes
Issues
1999

3.5
1,688 Votes
Follow the Leader
1998

3.5
1,978 Votes
Life Is Peachy
1996

3.4
1,507 Votes
Korn
1994

3.8
2,088 Votes
EPs
All Mixed Up
1999

2.2
33 Votes
Neidermeyers Mind
1993

3.2
43 Votes
Live Albums
Live at the Hollywood Palladium
09/04/2012

3.3
7 Votes
MTV Unplugged: Korn
2007

2.5
265 Votes
Live at CBGB
2004

3.6
105 Votes
Compilations
The Essential Korn
2011

3.9
31 Votes
Collected
2009

1.7
71 Votes
Live and Rare
2006

3.1
45 Votes
Greatest Hits Vol. 1
2004

3.7
524 Votes
Deuce DVD
2002

3.7
89 Votes

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