Grab your sickest sickle, chuck on your Adidas track suit that you’ve guiltily tucked away in a box of nostalgic junk stored in your parents attic, and lace up your DC’s tight because it’s time to harvest and life couldn’t be more peachy with this announcement… Korn are returning!
On the 21st of October, this dynamic group that has been thrashing our eardrums for twenty three years will be releasing their twelfth studio album, The Serenity of Suffering, under Roadrunner Records. The new album will be produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones, Mastodon) and will feature a special guest collaboration from Corey Taylor of Slipknot (MEANAGE!).
For those who are not familiar with Korn or those who did not grow up in a “pre-emo” epoch, where the only solution to teenage angst was to succumb to the “Nu Metal” scene of the late 90’s and early 2000’s… (Wait can I say Emo or is that classed as “un-PC” nowadays? Seriously what happened to them? It seems to be an unspoken era now, what’s with that?) Anyway, Korn is comprised of the following members – Jonathan Davies (Vocals), James “Munky” Shaffer (Guitar), Brian “Head” Welch (Guitar), Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (Bass) and Ray Luzier (Drums).
Their first single from the album called Rotting in Vain was premiered at Chicago’s Open Air Festival in front of an audience of 25,000 people and the band have continued to play their latest single on their current US tour.
Korn have also released a music video for Rotting in Vain, directed by Dean Karr who has worked with Marilyn Manson, Queens of the Stone Age and many more. The video, which was premiered on RollingStone.com stars Sons of Anarchy actor Tommy Flanagen, appearing in a very steampunk-ish attire set in a gloomy Dickensian style house. Very recently Korn announced on Twitter that their single is now available to listen on Spotify too.
Frontman Jonathan Davies has this to share about the new single:
“Rotting in Vain was written about being in that black place, being in situations that I don’t like in life – be it relationships, or feeling when you’re stuck and you’re just being abused or you don’t like where you’re at, and you just sit there and rot,” shares Jonathan Davis. “It takes you years and years to figure out how to claw your way out. That’s where Rotting in Vain came from. I’m just sitting there, fucking dying and letting it happen for years and years and not helping myself to get out of that place. That’s the vibe that inspired the song.”
Known for their heavy riffs, clashing atonal melodies, dark lyrics, and a fusion of static hip-hop, it is safe to say after listening to their recent single, Korn seem to be returning home to their roots. Just listening to this single alone, the unique sound Korn created and established from the first half of their career is definitely more prominent than the last couple of albums that they have released.
Davies on the new album:
“I always thought this was the album that’s in the same vein as Untouchables, ’cause that’s my favorite Korn record in totality. Sonically it’s massive; the production on it is over the top; I love my vocal sounds, everything in the music is amazing. It’s still old-school Korn with the heaviness and the grooves, but there’s something new and fresh about it that I like. I can’t stop listening to it. In the beginning I didn’t really know what I thought. There’s still electronic stuff in it, ’cause I love the electronic stuff. I’m really proud of the record. That’s what differentiates it from the last one; there’s a lot of cool, subtle stuff in there. So it’s not overbearingly electronic, but it’s still heavy ’cause we wanted to make a heavy record. Everybody in the band wanted to make a heavy record. I think we pulled it off.”
So stop what you’re doing, “grown-up”, because buried deep down inside you is that die hard Korn fan, Yes! Stop what you’re doing right now and give Rotting In Vain a listen! Seriously they play seven string guitars and bagpipes.. Yes.. You read that right.. BAGPIPES!!!
Korn have sold over 35 million albums to date and have won multiple Grammy Awards for their efforts. Based on past achievements, this The Serenity of Suffering is going to be incredible!
The new record will be available on CD, Vinyl, iTunes and most online streaming services.
You can pre-order The Serenity of Suffering in all of the above formats here.
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