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Korn’s 11th Studio Album Progress
UPDATED 18 May 2013 at 5:27 pm EST
We decided to do an article on what we’ve seen so far about the upcoming 11th studio album that Korn are working on right this very moment! The boys are VERY hard at work, as you can tell from their absence from all forms of social media!
At a glance:
Release Date: July (According to Drum Workshop Inc. (DW Drums)) or August/September (According to Ray Luzier on Musikmesse, March 2013)
Singles: UNKNOWN (Pray For Me or Love and Meth possible contenders)
*UPDATED* Tracks: Victimized; Never, Never; Pray For Me; Love and Meth (aka Balls) (15 tracks will be on the album (confirmed by JD) 15-25 based on Sluggo’s Instagram, Munky on KROQ, Fieldy on Bakotopia, and JD on Korn Chat)
Producer: Don Gilmore
Engineer: Mark Kiczula
Artists Involved: BetaTraxx, Sluggo, and Rick Norris
Studios: Korn’s Studio in Bakersfield and NRG StudiosStudio A
Label: Prospect Park
Status of tracking: Drums complete 8 Apr 2013, Vocals begun 10 Apr 2013, Vocals complete 13 May 2013
More details below:
UPDATE (13 May 2013): JD says
@Korn record is done by far the best album we have ever done so excited!!!
i can go home now ive lived at studio for 2 months…. fuck this ride has been very trippy
on his Twitter @jdevil33
@korn record is done by far the best album we have ever done so excited!!!
— JDEVIL (@JDEVIL33) May 14, 2013
i can go home now ive lived at studio for 2 months…. fuck this ride has been very trippy — JDEVIL (@JDEVIL33) May 14, 2013
Munky was in the studio tracking some more guitars.
UPDATE (2 May 2013): For those of you in disbelief about Brian “Head” Welch returning to Korn…read his tweet!
Korn confirmed that Brian “Head” Welch will be on this new album! Head, Munky, JD, Fieldy, and Ray are not only together again on-stage for shows beginning May 15, but KORN is also in the studio recording a new album! Korn’s Instagram
We knew we would have a blast playing together, ‘cause we love each other so much…everything just started pouring out, now I can’t wait until our fans hear this stuff!!”
Brian ‘Head’ Welch tells Rolling Stone
UPDATE (22 Apr 2013): Ray Luzier interview with musikmachenDE at Musikmesse 2013 in Frankfurt indicates that Korn have tracked around 20 songs and JD is doing vocals for the next few weeks. He said that the new album should be out in the August/September timeframe!
UPDATE (10 Apr 2013): “Its goin down!” says JD on his Twitter! And Vocals have begun! And there will be “a little” dubstep on the new album according to JD on Twitter…which we already knew since Sluggo, Rick Norris, and BetaTraxx have be involved with this album.
starting vox on new korn album be scared
UPDATE (8 Apr 2013): Ray says drums are COMPLETE on his Facebook
Drumz for the new KoRn record are complete! At NRG studios in NoHo, CA — in North Hollywood, CA.
NRG Recording Studios posted this photo on their Facebook
They also announced that Mark Kiczula is an engineer working on the new album. He has quite an impressive discography to check out! Mark Kiczula on ARTISTDirect, AllMusic and Discogs
Our old friends, Korn, were in last week putting on the finishing touches for their new album with producer Don Gilmore and engineer Mark Kiczula! Here’s Ray Luzier in Studio A after drums were done.
UPDATE (7 Apr 2013): Comeback Media Instagram
UPDATE (6 Apr 2013): Fieldy posted a new photo on his Instagram
Rockin out yesterday with @rayluzier1 at NRG ! photo credit : @comebackmedia #rayluzier #fieldy #drumbs #bass #k5 #korn #music #friends #fun #rockinout #tracking #studio #hollywood
Last day at #NRGstudio @RayLuzier1 KILLED it!! Great fkn job man
Aspen posted this photo on her Instagram
Chillin in studio listening back
UPDATE (5 Apr 2013): Comeback Media Instagram
UPDATE (4 Apr 2013): From Korn’s Instagram
Drums tracking #Korn #Drums
UPDATE (3 Apr 2013): Ray posted this on his Facebook
In the studio tracking more KoRn tunes. Mike Fasano is tuning my drumz up & makin’ it happen. — in Los Angeles, CA.
And from the Korn Instagram
Getting ready for drums tracking #Korn #Reflection #Drums #Studio
And Munkys Instagram
UPDATE (2 Apr 2013): Fieldy posted this on his Instagram
Ray your next! Korn drum tracks! #beats #drums #korn #m.i. #
UPDATE (29 Mar 2013): Majik Box posted on their Facebook this photo:
Munky from Korn is currently recording in the studio with his custom Origin guitar and Majik Box pedals, including our new prototype Fuzz.
UPDATE (26 Mar 2013): According to Roxy at HardDrive, we might see some new Korn as early as June!
I am hearing a new Five Finger Death Punch track could be coming to radio in May and a new Korn single as early as June.
Read full article here.
UPDATE (24 Mar 2013): JD said on Korn Chat early this morning that he’s doing vocals now.
UPDATE (21 Mar 2013): And JD says the new Korn is badass!
I want to clarify that this person on twitter @eltrackss is NOT involved with Korn or JD at all! Confirmed with JD today.
UPDATE (20 Mar 2013): A new article in Bakotopia by Matt Munoz has a quote from Fieldy about the new album!
The remaining members of Korn are commuting between studios in Oildale and Southern California, putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to 2011’s “The Path to Totality.” Arivzu offered a tantalizing tease of what to expect:
“Right now, I will tell you this … we’ve done something we’ve never done before. Normally if we do a new Korn record, we’ll normally put 12 or 13 songs and that’s how many we make. This time we’ve made 20-plus songs, and we’ll put the best of what we have on there, whatever the numbers end up being. We have so many to choose from, I think it’s going to be a little extra special this time.”
Arvizu said there are no plans at this point to invite Welch to the studio.
“The only things we can confirm are the shows that we got,” he said. “When we’re really confirmed on something, that’s when we let the world know. We are confirmed to do these tour dates with him, it is going down and he will be there to rock out with Korn the way everybody remembers Korn.”
Ray Luzier posted this on Twitter
Listening back to a new tune
Fieldy posted these photos to his Instagram
Just another day in the studio making music!
Sluggo posted these to his Instagram
Going home….last day for now.
Comeback Media post this on their Instagram
UPDATE (18 Mar 2013): Fieldy posted a new photo on his Instagram and says:
Back to the studio tomorrow !
UPDATE (16 Mar 2013): Sluggo indicates that they are almost done via his instagram:
So close to being done….#studiolife
UPDATE (14 Mar 2013): Sluggo posted this photo from the Korn studio in Bakersfield and made a comment that make one wonder how many songs will be on this next Korn album!?:
13 down….7 more to go…bed time
UPDATE (13 Mar 2013): Comeback Media posted these photos from the Korn Studios in Bakersfield on their Instagram
UPDATE (10 Mar 2013): Although this was previously announced, here is more information on Prospect Park Record Label.
Jeff Kwatinetz has made some changes at his Prospect Park record label, amicably parting ways with longtime label head Deb Klein and moving the recently hired Ron Cerritos into the role. The label has also added KORN and Mindset Evolution to its roster, which also includes the hit metal act Five Finger Death Punch. In addition, Kwatman has brought in successful music manager Brian Schechter as part of Prospect Park’s music management team. The management changes have come as the company looks to diversify and expand into new genres and business models.
Source: Audio Korner
UPDATE (9 Mar 2013): Sluggo posted a photo of working edits…notice JD’s guitar to the left! Who knew he’d have the Christmas Story lamp too! HAHA Sluggo’s Instagram
UPDATE (8 Mar 2013): Sluggo posted this photo on his Instagram from the Korn Studio in Bakersfield
UPDATE (2 Mar 2013): Fieldy posted this photo on his fieldykorn Instagram saying it was taken “on break in the studio couple days ago”
UPDATE (27 Feb 2013): JD was asked on Twitterby Absolute Xero about how “heavy” the new music is going to be to which JD replied “it is!!!!”.
Sluggo posted this photo on his Sluggodubstep Instagram
Fieldy posted this photo on his Fieldykorn Instagram as day 3 in the studio tracking bass!
UPDATE (26 Feb 2013): Fieldy posted these photo’s on his Fieldykorn Instagram as day 2 in the studio tracking bass!
Korn posted these photo’s of Munky tracking guitars in the Korn Studio on their Korn_official Instagram
UPDATE (21 Feb 2013): Drum Workshop is reporting on their Facebook that Korn’s 11th studio album is expected to release July 2013!
Ray Luzier tweeted that they are in the studio today, 21 Feb 2013!
UPDATE (17 Feb 2013): Munky posted these photo’s on xjamesxevisx Instagram as the 7th day tracking guitars and said this:
Tryin to get everyone of you in the tracks! Problem : tuning!
UPDATE (16 Feb 2013): Sluggo posted this photo on Sluggodubstep Instagram
UPDATE (11 Feb 2013): From the BK Entertainment Group website, Prospect Park is the record company for the upcoming album! Five Finger Death Punch are also on Prospect Parks label.
Thanks for the find Fans For Korn
UPDATE (11 Feb 2013): Munky tweeted this:
UPDATE (8 Feb 2013): Munky posted this photo of his guitars on xjamesxevisx Instagram
UPDATE (6 Feb 2013): Sluggo posted this photo on Sluggodubstep Instagram
UPDATE (4 Feb 2013): Sluggo posted this photo on Sluggodubstep Instagram
UPDATE (2 Feb 2013): Sluggo posted this photo on Sluggodubstep Instagram
UPDATE (31 Jan 2013): Fans for Korn asked Sluggo about the new Korn album on Sluggo’s Facebook and Sluggo says:
all the tracks are absolutely amazing….perfect blend of both worlds! beware!
UPDATE (27 Jan 2013): According to Ray Luzier, the producer for the new Korn album is Don Gilmore who has produced Lacuna Coil, Eve 6, Three Days Grace, Hollywood Undead, Good Charolette, Bullet For My Valentine, Linkin Park, Dashboard Confessional and even Duran Duran!!
UPDATE (27 Jan 2013): Beta Traxx commented on the photo he posted on his Facebook this morning about the new album!
UPDATE (26 Jan 2013): Techno artist Beta Traxx posted on his facebook that he worked on a Korn track yesterday and posted a photo of JD in the studio!
Messed around on a new track with Korn yesterday. Sickest studio ever…. Felt like i was in a giant Guitar Center designed by Tim Burton. – Beta Traxx
UPDATE (14 Jan 2013): From ARTISTDirect
There are a few records on the horizon in 2013 that we’re sure are going to completely change the game.
New music is always exciting prospect, and we bring you the records we think will totally blow you away in 2013.
Next up is…
There are game changers and then there’s Korn.
These are the men who gave us Korn, Life is Peachy, Follow the Leader, and last year’s The Path of Totality. Every one of those records altered the course of heavy music, and that’s why they cultivated one of the most diehard audiences in history. That brings us to their highly (understatement) anticipated eleventh studio effort.
Coming off The Path of Totality, the guys are emphasizing a return to the guttural guitar driven apocalyptic funk of their classic efforts, while still paving a new path. Whatever they do, it’s bound to break ground and shake up music as a whole.
Are you ready to follow the leaders once more?
UPDATE (7 Jan 2013): James ‘Munky’ Shaffer Tweet (7 Jan 2013)
UPDATE (4 Jan 2013): Revolver Magazine has just put Korn’s upcoming album on their list of most anticipate albums of 2013 as well!
RELEASE DATE: TBA
It may have seemed like the band members’ side projects were ringing in the end of Korn, with vocalist Jonathan Davis spending a lot of time on his electronic work and guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer focusing on Fear and the Nervous System. However, when Revolver spoke with Munky last year, he said Korn had 15 new songs already and was looking for a producer, adding, “We have a big 2013 planned for our fans, for ourselves, and our families.”
Source: Revolver Magazine
UPDATE (2 Jan 2013): ARTISTDirect has just named the forthcoming album one of the most anticipated albums of 2013!
Korn’s tenth studio album, The Path of Totality, was in no uncertain terms a “game-changer.” It featured cutting edge production from the likes of Skrillex, 12th Planet, Noisia, and more of EDM’s hottest artists, and was widely hailed by critics and fans alike as Korn’s best album in years. In 2013, expect the follow-up from metal’s most innovative artists to deliver. (MP) Source: ARTISTDirect
Munky Interview – Phoenix NewTimes (29 Oct 12)
Korn has always been at the forefront of the metal’s evolution. Jonathan Davis said back in July that you guys are getting ready to record your 11th album, but it’s not sticking with the dubstep style. What can you tell me about that?
Well, I’m headed there right now actually. I’m driving to the studio now. We’ve been working on it for awhile, just recording ideas. I wouldn’t say it’s a 180 from the last album, but we’re definitely taking a different approach. We’re not going with the dubstep style, but we are using a lot of interesting recording techniques.
So do you think it will be a bit heavier than the last one?
I think it will be. I think once Jonathan puts vocals on it, it has…it’s more melodic and the guitars are more aggressive and much more in your face. I think what we did before was bold and took a lot of balls, in regards to the album devoted entirely to dubstep. To me it’s very much a Korn album, but I want to feature more guitar on this album, on the one were writing right now, we still have one foot in the electronic [style], not necessarily the dubstep [sound], and we still have a fresh approach on the guitar riffs with some melodic vocals. Jonathan is great at sort of delivering the aggressive lyrics and vocals.
“We’re writing a Korn album now, and we have probably about 15 ideas for songs,” Shaffer explained during a recent interview with CBS Local. “They’re not complete, because we’re still in the process of polishing them up and finding the right producer. We’re going through meetings with different guys to find one.
“It’s really exciting,” he added. “Korn has a big year planned for 2013. “We’ve gone back into the studio and are writing more like a metal or rock band,” in comparison to the band’s last release, the heavily dub step-influenced The Path of Totality. “That’s why they came up with the ‘nu-metal’ term, because we’re not really a rock band and we’re not really a metal band. So many people hate that term, but it’s pretty cool that they had to come up with something to describe what we were doing musically.”
When asked to explain the sound of the new Korn songs, Shaffer harkens back to Korn albums past for comparisons.
“The new music is inspired by our Issues album, or even Untouchables, that era. It’s a little more melodic and a little more aggressive at the same time.”
As for Korn, which begins a month of touring on July 29 in Syracuse before heading to Russia and Europe, Davis says “we’re getting ready to start writing a new record” and predicts that it probably won’t embrace the same electronic path that “…Totality” did. “Our motto is to keep ever-evolving,” Davis says. “I’m sure there’ll still be some electronic influence in there, but I don’t think it’ll be like the last one and go to all those different guys again. We’ll switch it up and try to do something new, ’cause that’s how we work.”