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It’s been twenty three years since Korn released their first single, Blind. The song didn’t chart but gained major acclaim in the press and was included by Kerrang! in its list of the ‘100 Greatest Singles of All Time.’ They changed metal music forever and went on to win many accolades including, two Grammy Awards. The quintet is now gearing up for tour. So, if you want to watch them perform live then book your Korn tickets today.
Formed in Bakersfield, California, Korn is credited with pioneering nu metal music. They rose to prominence by introducing an innovative sound in the mid 90s by fusing the elements of rap and rock. This led to them releasing many influential studio albums, which inspired bands like Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, Evanescence, Seether, One Minute Silence, Theory of a Deadman and Breaking Benjamin. Their music has stood the test of time and the world still can’t get enough of them.
Early Life & Influences
Korn is influenced by bands like, Faith No More and RHCP. The group’s co-founder and rhythm guitarist, James Shaffer stated,
“In the beginning of our career, we were driven, and I was driven, just by inspiration. And that inspiration came from a lot of early artists, bands like Faith No More, RATM and RHCP.”
He also said,
“A big influence and a band that really created a lot of drive for us was the band Mr. Bungle, who a lot of people still don’t know. But that was in the beginning of the inception of the band Korn, really.”
Before Korn was established, three of the group’s original members, Reginald Arvizu, James Shaffer and David Silveria were a part of the band, L.A.P.D. The trio along with Richard Morrill signed with Triple X Records and started their career by spawning their first extended play, ‘Love and Peace Dude’ in 1989. Two years later, they churned out their debut studio record, ‘Who’s Laughing Now.’ The album didn’t get much attention and before long, L.A.P.D. broke up. Arvizu, Shaffer and Silveria remained together however and recruited Jonathan Davis and Brian Welch to form Korn.
In 1993, Korn hit the Underground Chicken Sound Studio and with a little help from the producer, Ross Robinson, the quintet recorded their demo album, ‘Neidermeyer’s Mind.’ The band later began to perform shows and soon, they were spotted by Paul Pontius who was an A&R employee of Epic Records at that time. He helped the group in getting signed with the Epic’s Immortal imprint and on October 11, 1994, they released their first self-titled studio effort. This album got their career on the road and was awarded double platinum certification by the RIAA. The album was called ‘The Most Important Metal Record of the Last 20 Years’ by the Rolling Stone.
Korn then experienced a significant boost in their popularity when they dropped their second album, ‘Life is Peachy.’ It made a huge impact in America and peaked at the third spot on the Billboard 200. The record also sold more than two million copies in the United States. ‘Life is Peachy’ contained fourteen songs on the track-list, which discussed topics related to drugs, revenge and social encounters. Among those tracks, three were released as singles out of which, No Place to Hide got them a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Metal Performance.’
Breakthrough & Recognition
Korn enjoyed their biggest success when the group came out with their third record, ‘Follow the Leader’ in 1998. Produced by Steve Thompson and Toby Wright, the album marked their first record to debut at the top of the Billboard 200. Moreover, it was certified five times platinum by the RIAA, hence, making it their highest selling studio effort to date. The record also made it to the book, ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.’
‘Follow the Leader’ offered great music. It featured a single, Freak on a Leash, which earned them nine MTV Video Music Award nominations out of which it won two for ‘Best Rock Video’ and ‘Best Editing.’ In addition, VH1 also placed this song on its list of the ‘100 Greatest Songs of the 90s’ and ‘100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.’ It also appeared in video games like, ‘Rock Band 3,’ ‘Guitar Hero World Tour’ and ‘Guitar Hero Live.’
Just when the fans of nu metal were jamming to, ‘Follow the Leader,’ Korn released its next record the following year titled, ‘Issues.’ It topped the charts again in the United States and went on to sell in excess of thirteen million copies globally. The album gave three singles, Falling Away From Me, Make Me Mad and Somebody Someone out of which Falling Away From Me appeared in the Comedy Central’s animated series, ‘South Park.’
Korn continued to make headlines in the new millennium and released three consecutive platinum selling studio albums, ‘Untouchables,’ ‘Take a Look in the Mirror’ and ‘See You on the Other Side’ in 2002, 2003 and 2005 respectively. All of these records received favorable response from the critics as well.
Album Releases and Notable Work
For more than two decades, Korn has been at the forefront of the alternative rock music scene. They have spawned twelve albums since 1994. In 2016, the band treated fans to new music in the form of their twelfth album, ‘The Serenity of Suffering.’ It received 67/100 rating from Metacritic and reached fourth spot on the Billboard 200. The album also offered a hard hitting single, Take Me, which landed at the second spot on the Mainstream Rock Songs.
In addition to their studio efforts, Korn has released three live and eight compilation albums. They are also behind seven video records.
Korn Tour Tickets
Korn has done it all. They have racked up album sales of over twenty five million worldwide and have performed sold out shows at venues including, the Madison Square Garden. They have also recorded songs for major Hollywood films like, ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer,’ ‘The Crow: City of Angles’ and ‘Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.’
The group is now scheduled to tour once again. They plan to hit the stage in your city soon, so get your Korn tour tickets here, if you want to get rocked.