YMMV: Korn

  • Awesome Music: The entire Untouchables album.
    • The self-titled debut deserves special mention, as it was the beginning of the Nu Metal era in earnest. It cannot be overstated just how fresh the album sounded at the time.
    • For both Korn and Pink Floyd, whenever the former plays their cover of "Another Brick In The Wall" live, expect everyone present, many of whom are more likely to have been too young to remember the latter in their heyday, singing, with the strength of every fiber of their being, "HEY! TEACHER! Leave those kids alone!!" It really proves that song's staying power.
  • Base Breaker: See You On The Other Side alienated some of the more "hardcore" Korn fans with its softer sound. The Untitled album was supposed to bring back the fanbase, but it didn't help much...
    • Korn III seems to be doing the trick.
    • The Path of Totality has started this up again, with reactions the the bands new Dubstep sound being .... mixed, to say the least.
    • This continued to occur for their single Never Never, and many fans wondered if the new album would be any good. However, the new album seems to have received praise from many fans for returning to their Nu Metal roots.
    • The return of Head has helped immensely.
      • Speaking of which, his departure from Korn in 2005 caused quite a stir among fans. Not just because of the departure itself but also because of the reasoning behind it (his conversion to Christianity). A matter not helped by the fact that, for a short while afterwards, he was publicly denouncing the band (especially Jonathan Davis) and its music. While he remains a dedicated Christian to this day, his views of the band and its music have softened up considerably.
  • Covered Up:
    • Cameo's "Word Up".
    • All three parts of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall."
    • Also inverted: not by them; but the artists covering Davis' songs in Queen of the Damned.
  • Ear Worm: "Fear is a place to liiiiive..."
    • "WAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIT! I AM COMING UNDONE!"
    • "Feelin' like a freak on a leash!"
    • "Love sooong for the dear departed..."
    • "SHUT THE FUCK UP! GET UP!!!"
    • "You're so cynical, narcissistic cannibal. Not to bring myself back from the DEEAAAAADDDD!!!!"
    • *Wub wub wub wub*
  • Funny Moments: From the Korn South Park episode.
    Jonathan Davis: "Korn! Form of...corn!"
    • The video for "Twisted Transistor", where the band is portrayed by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Lil' Jon, Xzibit and David Banner.
  • Gateway Music: The majority of metalheads in the 2000s became fans through Korn. This is a quality of all nu-metal.
  • Magnum Opus: Follow the Leader, Untouchables, or the first one.
  • Memetic Mutation: ARE YOU READY?!? from "Blind".
  • Misattributed Song: Pick a famous nu-metal song. Chances are at least someone out there thinks it's by them.
  • Nausea Fuel/Nightmare Fuel:
    • The video for "Right Now". It contains a disturbingly animated man mutilating himself in various horrific ways. The "highlight"? When he pulls his entire skull out of his mouth!
    • Then there's the video for their cover of "Word Up!". The band member's faces on a bunch of dogs.
    • The dogs are less disturbing than watching "Lloyd's Lunchbox" (name of the animation) set to Korn.
    • The song "Pretty" is unnerving enough, but when you learn the truly horrifying story behind the lyrics, it goes to a whole other level.
    • "Daddy" is this in spades, not only because of what really happened to Davis, but the fact it has Adult Fear written all over it.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Considering how many metal bands ripped off the sound of the band's Self-Titled Album, it can be hard to believe that at one time it sounded original.
  • Signature Song: "Freak on a Leash", "Narcissistic Cannibal and "Word Up!"
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The Path of Totality, which was mostly dubstep, drum 'n' bass and noise metal. See Base Breaker above.
  • Tear Jerker: "Daddy". The singer himself starts crying. The entire song is about child abuse. He comes close to it again in "Kill You", about his step mom.
    • On the topic of "Daddy", The song itself is actually about child molestation, as Johnathan based it from being molested by a family friend and telling his parents, only for them not believing him. Hearing him breaking down into tears is spine chilling, even more by the fact his band mates did not know the lyrics were about him. The lyrics...man the lyrics..:
    No one hears me
    It hurt!
    I'm not a liar
    My God!
    Saw you watching
    Mommy why?!
    Your own child
    • He also cries a little bit at the end of "Holding All These Lies." Of course, considering that Remember Who You Are was all about returning to form, one can't help but question if this bit of crying was genuine or done for the sake of nostalgia.
      • Pretty sure the crying in "Holding All These Lies" is genuine. An interview by Revolver reveals this is the first time Jon has cried during recording since Life is Peachy.
      • They also made a song called Tearjerker which was the final song for See You On The Other Side.
  • Values Dissonance: Frontman Jonathan Davis grapples with his childhood experience of being accused of homosexuality by bullies on "Faget" and "Children of the Korn" and, although these songs are simply cathartic in nature, it isn't far-fetched to read an implied disapproval toward homosexuality into them, which isn't helped by the fact that Davis and Fred Durst toss homophobic slurs at one another wholesale on "All in the Family." However, this is clearly the product of a mere lack of tact rather than actual intent to convey a homophobic sentiment, which would simply be uncharacteristic of the band (the video for Korn's recent single "Hater" is dedicated to fans who sent the band accounts of their experiences of bullying, which includes a lesbian fan who briefly discusses being picked on due to her homosexuality).
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