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Korn – The Paradigm Shift (2013)
UPDATED 2 Aug 2013 at 2:44 pm EST
Check here often for updates on Korn’s new album, The Paradigm Shift.
Title: The Paradigm Shift Rolling Stone
Release Date: 27 Sep 2013 (Germany) Metal Hammer Germany
27 Sep 2013 (Finland) Metalshockfinland.com
27 Sep 2013 (Austria) Vienna.at
30 Sep 2013 (France) Byzegut.fr
30 Sep 2013 (UK) Kerrang
30 Sep 2013 (Asia) AsianFanatics.net
30 Sep 2013 (Brazil) Rockemgeral.com
1 Oct 2013 (Czech Republic) MusicServer.cz
1 Oct 2013 (USA) Rolling Stone
1 Oct 2013 (Hungary) Offline
1 Oct 2013 (Italy) SpazioRock
1 Oct (Poland) Codzienne Gazete Magazine
1 Oct (Portugal) Whiplash.net
Status: ‘The Paradigm Shift’ masters approved, cutting and shipping today.Euphonic Masters
Prey for Me
Love & Meth
What We Do
Spike in My Veins
Paranoid and Aroused
Lullaby for a Sadist
It’s All Wrong
Wish I Wasn’t Born Today (Bonus Deluxe)
Tell Me What You Want (Bonus Deluxe)
Jonathan Davis – vocals
Brian “Head” Welch – guitars
James “Munky” Shaffer – guitars
Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu – bass
Ray Luzier – percussion
Producer: Don Gilmore
Engineer: Mark Kiczula
Mastering: Euphonic Masters
Mixing: Don Gilmore and Tom Lord-Alge
Other Artists Involved: BetaTraxx, Sluggo, and Rick Norris
Studios: Korn’s Studio in Bakersfield and NRG Studios Studio A
Label: Prospect Park
Distributor: Caroline/Caroline International
More details below:
UPDATE (2 Aug 2013): This is old, yet new. Ditore Mayo Entertainment posted a couple of photos back in May of the filming of the DVD of Head’s return that, as we know now, will be in the deluxe edition of The Paradigm Shift.
Brian “HeAd” Welch, the former rock star drug addict at the center of our most watched I Am Second film has rejoined his former bandmates in KoRn after 8 years away. This is the reconciliation that no one thought would ever happen. The tour kicked off last night in PA, and we were there. Documenting the moment for a film that will come together later this year. Trey Hill is directing.
The director, Trey Hill posted this:
So, for those who have been trying to put the pieces of what I’m up to following Korn around, this is it. I’ve partnered with my friends at DME to tell the story of Brian Welch’s return to Korn.
I have to say, I’ve been amazed to find such warmth, humility and authenticity out here dwelling in (what my judgmental heart believed to be) such an unlikely place.
I literally cannot wait to share this film with you guys.
UPDATE (2 Aug 2013): Revolver Magazine’s Brandon Geist talks about “The Paradigm Shift” and “Never Never” on Twitter
Thanks Maestroknux and zsera
Spent the afternoon w/ the new Korn album, 1st w/ Head in a decade. Send your condolences or… http://t.co/9wIGom2oci
— Brandon Geist (@BrandonGeist) August 1, 2013
UPDATE (1 Aug 2013):
Sebastien Paquet’s Instagram
Today’s shoot. #Korn #TheParadigmShift
Any leak on the street on the name of the Korn song that’s about to drop? #newkornsong #kornvidsnipcomingsoon
Korn’s 11th album The Paradign Shift is out on Oct 1st. With a single nearly ready to drop in two weeks, singer Jonathan Davis told us what the experience was like having Brian “Head” Welch back in the studio, making this record extra special.
Thank you stylodead
Read the original article on WMMR
“Untouchables used to be my favorite, but this one’s mine now. You know, it’s just all those years of work and being able to be in a band this long with the guys. And having Head back bringing, you know, that ole chemistry back with him with Munky James Shaffer on the rock side and I was on the electronic side. It was good having the compromise on both sides. It was just good for the creative process, I think.”
Listen to a clip of the call in here
- The album’s first single “Never Never” drops August 12th.
- The deluxe version of The Paradigm Shift will contain two bonus tracks and a 60 minute documentary chronicling Head’s return to the band produced by the band’s behind the scenes “filmographer” Sebastien Paquet.
- In 2014, Korn will celebrate their 20th anniversary as recording artists.
- Davis also revealed that he is doing just fine after discontinuing the use of anti-anxiety medicine he had been taking for many years.
- Korn is set to appear on the cover of an upcoming issue of Revolver later this fall.
- The band will be performing on August 6th in Sturgis, South Dakota at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and Festival.
Surprise call from Korn mainman Jonathan Davis yesterday while he was driving from his home in Bakersfield to LA. He told me the album is finished and mastered, and we are less than two weeks away from the new single from The Paradigm Shift called “Never Never.” (Which I campaigned to be the single, I’d like to add.)
Read the original article on HardDriveRadio.com
Thank you LifeisPeachy725
He’s in great spirits, has completely kicked his use of his anti-anxiety meds and feels awesome. Excited about the new album, waiting on Sluggo and some of the other guys who helps do electronic tracks the band will use in their shows to be created for the new music, and was heading to LA for the photo shoot for the Revolver mag cover (the band will be featured in an upcoming issue.) The guys are heading to Sturgis for their show on the 6th next. Plans are in progress for their headlining tour this fall. Meanwhile, a 60 minute documentary on the band will be included (and sold separately) in the deluxe edition of the album, which will also include two bonus tracks. Jon told me where he thinks The Paradigm Shift, their 11th album, fits into the band’s legacy: ” ‘Untouchables’ used to be my favorite, but this one’s mine now. You know, it’s just all those years of work and being able to be in a band this long with the guys. And having Head back bringing, you know, that ole chemistry back with him with Munky (James Shaffer) on the rock side and I was on the electronic side. It was good having the compromise on both sides. It was just good for the creative process, I think.” Here’s the link to Revolver, who last week, leaked the tracklisting and album cover, which again was designed by Roboto, who also did The Path of Totality artwork. And wait, there’s more! His 18 year old son Nate is following in dad’s footsteps, not as a singer, but in the direction of JD’s J Devil DJ work. Nate’s been performing shows in Vegas under the name of Brickhouse. So EDM fans, keep an eye out for Brickhouse. Dad is very proud! (I met Nate as a young teen playing World of Warcraft in JD’s dressing room. Sweet kid.)
UPDATE (27 Jul 2013): Fieldy’s Instagram
Korn photo shoot. #these guys #crazy #rockers
UPDATE (26 Jul 2013):
The eleventh studio album KORN released on October 1st. This is called The Paradigm Shift is produced by Don Gilmore (who previously worked on the album Hybrid Theory of LINKIN PARK or with PEARL JAM) and also marks the return of guitarist Brian “Head” Welch in the studio after eight year absence. The cover and the tracklist of the new album to be discovered below.
Read original article <a href=”http://www.radiometal.com/article/korn-pochette-et-liste-des-titres-du-nouvel-album,114473″>here</a>
Le onzième album studio de KORN sortira le 1er octobre prochain. Celui-ci se nomme The Paradigm Shift, est produit par Don Gilmore (qui a déjà travaillé sur l’album Hybrid Theory de LINKIN PARK ou encore avec PEARL JAM) et marque également le retour du guitariste Brian « Head » Welch en studio après huit ans d’absence. La pochette ainsi que la tracklist du nouvel album sont à découvrir ci-dessous.
**Note: Album art by Roboto
Prey for Me (3:37)
Love & Meth (4:03)
What We Do (4:06)
Spike in My Veins (4:24)
Mass Hysteria (4:04)
Paranoid and Aroused (3:34)
Never Never (3:41)
Punishment Time (4:00)
Lullaby for a Sadist (4:18)
It’s All Wrong (3:31)
Wish I Wasn’t Born Today (Bonus Deluxe) (3:03)
Tell Me What You Want (Bonus Deluxe) (3:01)
And for those of you that think this is a fake cover or a fake track listing…this is what Munky posted on Instagram!
#NowPlaying Korn – The Paradigm Shift. Ridiculously good. Really didn’t expect Korn to be among my AOTY, but it looks like it will be…
— Amit Sharma (@666amit) July 26, 2013
UPDATE (21 Jul 2013): Metal Hammer are the first to review the album in print. Here are a few statements from the article.
With guitarist Head returning to the band for the first time since his 2005 departure, our natural inclination led us to expect something slightly nostalgic, harking back to the band’s ‘classic’ sound. The result couldn’t be further from that assumption.
The as-yet-untitled (The Paradigm Shift) new album combines the involved songwriting of Untouchables with a whole host of the won-heavy electronics that gave The Path Of Totality its identity. If you thought that record was a one-off experiment, think again. Those face-punching electronics are now an integral part of Korn’s sound. Add the pop-vocal sensibilities of producer Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Good Charlotte) into the mix and you have an album that’s fresher than a new pair of Jordans – one that revitalizes the band in terms of invention and quality.
There’s a collaboration here with Dutch drum’n'bass mob Noisia, a twisted ballad, a straight-up face-melter and a whole host of modern sounds that bring out what could be the most varied vocal performance of Davis’s career.
Read all of the article here.
UPDATE (17 Jul 2013): This photo was on Stefano Micchia‘s Facebook from the photo shoot for Korn’s “The Paradigm Shift”! Lo shoot con i KORN per il nuovo album è finito. E’ stata dura, ma ce l’abbiamo fatta. Tutto in 24 ore. Grazie a tutti voi, senza i quali tutto ciò non sarebbe stato possibile. Una grande CREW, un gran team. Got the Life!!!! Google Translate: The shoot with KORN for the new album is finished. It ‘was hard, but we made it. All in 24 hours. Thanks to all of you, without whom this would not have been possible. A large CREW, a large team. Got the Life!! UPDATE (17 Jul 2013): Early reviews by Metal Hammer journalist Amit Sharma and Scuzz TV manager Terry Bezer and Ryan Alexander Bird from RockSound:
Some wobble just happened. Just a little, though. — Rock Sound (@rocksound) July 17, 2013
New Korn album klaxon. — Ryan Alexander Bird (@DeputyBird) July 17, 2013
UPDATE (17 Jul 2013): JD posted a line from “Punishment Time” on his Instagram and Twitter
UPDATE (10 Jul 2013): Euphonic Masters posted on their Facebook
Korn’s ‘The Paradigm Shift’ masters approved, cutting and shipping today.
UPDATE (9 Jul 2013): Euphonic Masters posted on their Facebook
Korn discusses the creation of their new album ‘The Paradigm Shift’, produced and mixed by Don Gilmore with additional mixes from Tom Lord-Alge, mastered at euphonic:
Hard Drive Radio posted information about the upcoming single:
Paradigm Shift. It’s due September 24. The single, which I think is gonna be “Never Never” although it COULD be “Love & Meth” is set for the first week of August.
UPDATE (8 Jul 2013): Zac says this of “The Paradigm Shift”:
paradigm shift – a major change in a certain thought-pattern, a radical change in personal beliefs, complex systems or organizations
paradigm shift – a major change in a certain thought-pattern, a radical change in personal beliefs, complex systems or organizations — zac baird (@justcallmehorse) July 8, 2013
Fits life & path well!
UPDATE (26 Jun 2013): Metal Hammer Germany has the new Korn album listed as “Paradigm Shift” and a release date of 20 Sep in Germany.
UPDATE (23 Jun 2013): Ray posted this on his Instagram:
Korn press Konference in France, we played them parts of 2 new songs off our SIC new record coming out Sept 24th. #korntour2013 #kornfans #korn #korn2013 #fieldy #brianheadwelch #munky #jdevil
UPDATE (22 Jun 2013): An album title could be decided in the next few days says Munky…and the release date is 24 Sep 2013!
Finished up a couple of cool projects today for Camp Sounds on Warner Music Norway and for Memphis’ own Jeff Jensen, now cutting a new Korn radio single, mixed by Tom Lord-Alge. Best job ever…
UPDATE (19 Jun 2013): Euphonic Masters posted on Facebook that they just began work on the new Korn album. It appears that “Prey For Me” was being mastered on Wed, 19 Jun!
UPDATE (14 Jun 2013): Interview by Kerrang! with Munky he stated that “Mass Hysteria” was a track title and that we might see a new song by the end of the month (June)!
UPDATE (24 May 2013): In an interview with Hispanic Business, JD was asked: So you’ve chosen not to repeat the dub step/rock fusion of your last album on this new album, I understand. Why have you chosen to do that and what will your new approach be?
Davis: “I think it’s just homing in on mixing that stuff together so it’s perfect. I mean there’s still dub step stuff going on this record. It’s just not as prominent. I think we take every album that we do and learn from it and bring it on to the next little part of it. So I’m really excited about this. It’s rockin’ guitar, electronic, everything all in one. It’s really good. I think it’s a big step forward. It’ll freak people out I think. Don’t worry, it still sounds like Korn, in a good way.”
With the rebirth of the Shaffer and Welch dual-guitar attack, will this be somewhat of a return to the classic Korn sound of 10 years back?
Davis: “Oh, yeah, that’s in there. For sure. That was the whole … that was the thing. There’s a lot of that on the record. It’s a much bigger (sound). Huge. Super good.”
UPDATE (18 May 2013): KornRow conducted an interview with James “Munky” Shaffer and Brian “Head” Welch…we also got to listen to 7 tracks off the new album…and all we can say is THIS SHIT’S GOING TO RIP YOUR FACE OFF! Are you ready? KornRow Exclusive Interview from Korn Row on Vimeo.
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
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.”