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Korn

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

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

After signing to Epic's Immortal imprint, they issued their debut album in late 1994; thanks to a relentlesstourschedulethatincluded stintsopening for Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, Marilyn Manson, and 311, the record slowly butsteadilyrosethecharts, eventually going gold. Its 1996follow-up, Life Is Peachy, was a more immediate smash, reachingthenumberthreespot on the pop album charts. The following summer, theyheadlined Lollapalooza, but were forced to drop offthetourwhenShaffer was diagnosed with viral meningitis. While recording their best. selling1998 LP Follow the Leader,Kornmadenationalheadlines when a student in Zeeland, Michigan was suspended for wearing a T-shirt emblazonedwith thegroup'slogo(theschool's principal later declared their music "indecent, vulgar, and obscene," prompting the band to issue acease-and-desistorder). Their annual Family Values tour also started in 1998, featuring a lineup that consisted of KorncollaboratorssuchasLimp Bizkit andIce Cube and like-minded artists such as Rammstein. The tour was an enormous success,so much sothatitcontinued 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.Thebandtouredbehind the albuminto the next year, but their efforts were cut short by an injury that took out drummerDavidSilveria.Theyhired former Faith No More drummerMike Bordin to help them finish the remaining shows, and took a shortrestbeforejoining asummer tour with Metallica, Kid Rock, Powerman 5000,and System of a Down. (Silveria later returnedamidrumors ofleavingthe band for a fashion career, but these stemmed from some modeling workhe had done before hisinjury.) Inthemeantime,Fieldy released a gangsta rap album and Davis scored the film Queen of the Damned, but at theend of2001theband reunitedas a unit and entered the studio. A few shows with Static-X helped iron the wrinkles out of thenewmaterial,andby the nextsummer they had Untouchables ready for release. Korn did a run of Ozzfest dates in support, andthealbumwas another smashhit.The self-produced Take a Look in the Mirror arrived in 2003. Billed by the band asareconsideration oftheir sound, thealbum was 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 a quartet andsigning an expansive recording and development deal with Virgin. The followingDecembertheyreleased SeeYou on the Other Side, a numberthree hit that featured a batch of songs co-written withhitmakingproductionteam theMatrix. Live & Rare, an aptly titled disc of live recordingsand rarities, was released in May 2006with theliveacoustic recordingMTV Unplugged following in March 2007. Later that year, after returning tothe studio, thistimewithoutdrummer DavidSilveria, the band resurfaced with an underwhelming album appropriately named Untitled.Thebandfound apermanent drummerby way of Army of Anyone's Ray Luzier. In 2010, it was announced that the band hadsignedwithRoadrunnerRecords, andlater that year they released their ninth studio album, Korn III: Remember Who You Are.Lookingtoexpand their sound innewdirections, Korn sought out electronic producers like Skrillex and Noisia, who helpedtheminfusetheir already heavy soundwith pounding dubstepon their electronic-tinged tenth album, The Path of Totality. « hide

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LPs
The Paradigm Shift
10/08/2013

3.1
469 Votes
The Path of Totality
2011

2
1,001 Votes
Korn III: Remember Who You Are
2010

2.8
788 Votes
Untitled
2007

2.5
1,052 Votes
See You on the Other Side
2005

2.8
1,420 Votes
Take a Look in the Mirror
2003

3
1,216 Votes
Untouchables
2002

3.2
1,365 Votes
Issues
1999

3.5
1,607 Votes
Follow the Leader
1998

3.5
1,903 Votes
Life Is Peachy
1996

3.4
1,440 Votes
Korn
1994

3.8
1,995 Votes
EPs
All Mixed Up
1999

2.2
30 Votes
Neidermeyers Mind
1993

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

3.5
6 Votes
MTV Unplugged: Korn
2007

2.5
258 Votes
Live at CBGB
2004

3.6
102 Votes
Compilations
The Essential Korn
2011

4
27 Votes
Collected
2009

1.8
68 Votes
Live and Rare
2006

3.2
42 Votes
Greatest Hits Vol. 1
2004

3.7
509 Votes
Deuce DVD
2002

3.7
87 Votes

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