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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, which includedguitaristsJames"Munky" Shaffer and Brian "Head"Welch, bassist Reginald "Fieldy Snuts" Arvizu, and drummer David Silveria.After issuingan LP,the members of LAPD in 1993 crossed paths withJonathan Davis, a mortuary science student moonlightingas the leadvocalistfor the local group Sexart. They soon asked Davis to join the band,and upon his arrival the quintetrechristened ...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, which includedguitaristsJames"Munky" Shaffer and Brian "Head"Welch, bassist Reginald "Fieldy Snuts" Arvizu, and drummer David Silveria.After issuingan LP,the members of LAPD in 1993 crossed paths withJonathan Davis, a mortuary science student moonlightingas the leadvocalistfor the local group Sexart. They soon asked Davis to join the band,and upon his arrival the quintetrechristened itselfKorn.

After signing to Epic's Immortal imprint, they issued their debut album in late 1994; thanks to a relentless tourschedulethatincluded stintsopening for Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, Marilyn Manson, and 311, the record slowly but steadilyrosethecharts, eventually going gold. Its 1996follow-up, Life Is Peachy, was a more immediate smash, reaching thenumberthreespot on the pop album charts. The following summer, theyheadlined Lollapalooza, but were forced to drop off thetourwhenShaffer 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 the group'slogo(theschool's principal later declared their music "indecent, vulgar, and obscene," prompting the band to issue a cease-and-desistorder). Their annual Family Values tour also started in 1998, featuring a lineup that consisted of Korn collaboratorssuchasLimp 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 drummer DavidSilveria.Theyhired former Faith No More drummerMike Bordin to help them finish the remaining shows, and took a short restbeforejoining asummer tour with Metallica, Kid Rock, Powerman 5000,and System of a Down. (Silveria later returned amidrumors ofleavingthe band for a fashion career, but these stemmed from some modeling workhe had done before his injury.) Inthemeantime,Fieldy released a gangsta rap album and Davis scored the film Queen of the Damned, but at theend of 2001theband reunitedas a unit and entered the studio. A few shows with Static-X helped iron the wrinkles out of the newmaterial,andby the nextsummer they had Untouchables ready for release. Korn did a run of Ozzfest dates in support, and thealbumwas another smashhit.The self-produced Take a Look in the Mirror arrived in 2003. Billed by the band as areconsideration 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, playing showsthatsummeras a quartet andsigning an expansive recording and development deal with Virgin. The following Decembertheyreleased SeeYou on the Other Side, a numberthree hit that featured a batch of songs co-written with hitmakingproductionteam theMatrix. Live & Rare, an aptly titled disc of live recordingsand rarities, was released in May 2006 with theliveacoustic recordingMTV Unplugged following in March 2007. Later that year, after returning tothe studio, this timewithoutdrummer 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 had signedwithRoadrunnerRecords, 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 helped theminfusetheir 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

3.2
347 Votes
The Path of Totality
2011

2
847 Votes
Korn III: Remember Who You Are
2010

2.8
707 Votes
Untitled
2007

2.5
962 Votes
See You on the Other Side
2005

2.8
1,320 Votes
Take a Look in the Mirror
2003

3
1,115 Votes
Untouchables
2002

3.2
1,262 Votes
Issues
1999

3.4
1,446 Votes
Follow the Leader
1998

3.5
1,727 Votes
Life Is Peachy
1996

3.4
1,302 Votes
Korn
1994

3.8
1,782 Votes
EPs
All Mixed Up
1999

2.3
24 Votes
Neidermeyers Mind
1993

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

3.8
7 Votes
MTV Unplugged: Korn
2007

2.5
250 Votes
Live at CBGB
2004

3.6
105 Votes
Compilations
The Essential Korn
2011

3.9
28 Votes
Collected
2009

1.8
70 Votes
Live and Rare
2006

3.2
42 Votes
Greatest Hits Vol. 1
2004

3.7
490 Votes
Deuce DVD
2002

3.8
86 Votes

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