From left to right: Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, Ray Luzier, Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, and Brian "Head" Welch
Korn (sometimes rendered as KoRn or KoЯn) is a Nu Metal band formed in 1993 from Bakersfield, California. Well, we say a nu metal band. What we actually mean is the nu metal band. Korn are notable for being the first nu metal band - though others had fused rap and metal before (Rage Against the Machine, Faith No More), Korn were the first to play the famous style of nu metal, adding angsty lyrics, downtuned guitars and funk-influenced bass playing and removing guitar solos. Korn's surprise success in the mid-nineties spawned a legion of similar bands that were more geared for the mainstream, resulting in nu metal becoming a separate genre from Alternative Metal.Korn themselves are one of the few nu metal bands to try and reject the commercialism of other bands of the movement (not that they're uncommercial, mind you. After all, their latest album throws in Dubstep, A genre which they had no familiarity with). They even commented on this trend-hopping tendency with the title of their third album, Follow the Leader. They also try and reject all genre classification, including rejecting the term "metal" to describe their music, (hence their exclusion from the Metal in the musicians page; you never know who reads this site, they might) though this had more to do with a dislike of being classified, period.Influences:
Audience Participation Song: "Y'All Want A Single". Before singing it, Jonathan calls out the name of the city they're in, thanks the audience for being fans and coming out to see them, and asks them to hold their middle fingers in the air and shout "Fuck that!" before singing.
Deadpan Snarker: Jonathan, of all people, gets his moments on "All In the Family." Where Fred Durst mostly responds to Jon's insults with "Say what, say what" or "Oh yeah?" or other phrases that really just exist so Fred can keep time, Jon comments on many of Fred's lines. For instance...
Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: For obvious reasons, Korn tends to reside on the higher single digits of the scale, usually around the 5-7 range. Untouchables is arguably one of their heaviest albums, with songs going up to as high as 8 or 9, helped in no small part by the production. The Path of Totality occasionally creeps up to 10 due to the heavy brostep and Harsh Noise influences.
Mondegreen: In "Falling Away from Me", towards the end of the bridge, Davis shouts out "FALLING!!!", which almost sounds like an Atomic F-Bomb.
Lady Looks Like a Dude: The music video for "Falling Away from Me" shows a teenaged girl with Boyish Short Hair being beaten by her Abusive Father because of who she is. Feeling like a Damsel in Distress, she opens the magic box to evoke Korn's help. Just then, a group of kids arrive to help her, and she escapes through the window, never to be beaten by her father again.
One-Hit Wonder: Technically, "Did My Time" was their only top 40 hit on the Hot 100, but they are one of the most well known rock bands of the past 15 years. Not to mention, "Did My Time" is certainly not their most famous song; that would probably be "Freak on a Leash."
Out-of-Genre Experience: Sorta. Their album The Path of Totality was a Dubstep album, a genre they have never done before. Their next album The Paradigm Shift, however, reverted back to their usual Nu Metal style.
The Bus Came Back: As of 2013, Head is a full-time member again. Lampshaded by an album titled The Paradigm Shift released that very year.
The Rival: Ben Folds. Korn mocked him as an opening act as a lame Cheers performer. Folds responded with the savage mocking song Rockin' the Suburbs (aka Korn Sucks), with such lyrics as "I'm rocking the suburbs / I take the checks and face the facts / That some producer with computers / Fixes all my shitty tracks".
Also Eels. The two bands didn't get along at all during Lollapalooza 1997.