Soundscape’s A-Z Of Bands: Korn

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Korn first formed in Bakersfield, California in 1993. They released their debut self titled album in 1994. It is one of the albums to have first popularised the genre of nu metal. The album was received well all over, allowing the band to continue to bigger things with future releases.

The bands next album was Life Is Peachy, released in 1996. This album would reach number 3 on the Billboard 200 despite receiving mixed review from critics. Despite this it would continue to propel the band. It has since been certified both gold and then later platinum and then double platinum.

1998 would bring the bands third studio release titled Follow The Leader. This would bring the band worldwide mainstream success when it reached number 1 in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, as well as charting high elsewhere. The album has gone on to be certified five times platinum in the US and three times platinum in both Canada and Australia, as well as gold status in The Netherlands. The album was generally received well by critics and would allow the band to continue with further successes on future releases.

The band did not wait long to release their next album Issues. It was just 1999 when the band would release this and it would debut at the top spot again on the US Billboard 200 despite being different to the bands previous release. They would lose the hip hop elements and move away from nu metal, heading back towards alternative rock instead.

Korn’s fifth studio album was 2002’s Untouchables. It debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and it was certified platinum in the US. Whilst the album was received well by critics, it was the first album that was recorded whilst the band was suffering from tension and strains.

The bands next album Take A Look In The Mirror was released in 2003 and was a rushed production to try to make up for the lower than expected sales of Untouchables. The band were basically in debt at this point. Critics did not generally receive the album well and it’s the rushed nature of tech record that had let the band down with this release. This would be the last album to feature Brian “Head” Welch for a decade.

2005’s See You On The Other Side would be Korn’s last album to feature original drummer David Silveria. The band worked with producers The Matrix to bring a more mainstream accessible sound to their songs without losing elements that were specifically Korn. Critics overall received the album well and praised the bands move to a more radio friend sound, whilst still managing to maintain and combine their classic genre. The album was certified platinum in the US.

In 2007 Korn released their one and only album to be recorded as a 3 piece and the album also featured no name being known as Untitled. The band wanted the album to be Untitled so that their fans could call it whatever they wanted. Most critics called it not too bad with mixed reviews. Some said the band had hit a middle aged slump, others said the band had returned to form with the album reaching number 2 on the Billboard 200, something not done since 2992’s Untouchables.

The band release Korn III: Remember Who You Are in 2010 and had stripped their sound back to their more classic original sound. The album was the first to feature the bands new drummer Ray Luzier and was released via Roadrunner Records. Most critics received the album well, happy that the band are returned finally to their more gritty sound.

2011 saw Korn return with The Path of Totality and it was an album that well and truly mixed critics in their opinions. The band had just returned to their form with their previous album and critics were settled in to the classic Korn again only to be thrown the curve ball of this dub step album. It was a nice idea to mix it up and try something new but only few liked it, others found the change stupid and a marketing ploy to try make the band interesting and relevant once again. They didn’t really succeed though.

Korn’s latest album is their eleventh and was released in 2013. The Paradigm Shift also sees the band return to a five piece with the return of guitarist Brian “Head” Welch. The album received mostly positive reviews, mainly with those sighing in relief that it wasn’t another dub step album from the metal band. Others however stated that the band wasn’t the bands best but that it was a perfectly serviceable album.

With a band that have been around as long as Korn you never really know what you’re going to get next but we do know that they’ve managed to sustain an incredibly long career so they must be doing something right at the very least.

Recommended Tracks:
Freak On A Leash
Falling Away From Me
Make Me Bad
Twisted Transistor

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