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From left to right: Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, Ray Luzier, Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, and Brian "Head" Welch
Something takes a part of me,
Something lost and never seen.
Every time I start to believe,
Something's raped and taken from me from me.
"Freak on a Leash"

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, The Path of Totality threw in Dubstep, a genre which they had no familiarity with beforehand). 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, though this had more to do with a dislike of being classified, period.

Their lineup consists of:

  • James "Munky" Shaffer - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Reginald "Fieldy" Arizvu - bass
  • Jonathan Davis - lead vocals, bagpipes
  • Ray Luzier - drums (2007-present)
  • Brian "Head" Welch - lead guitar, backing vocals (1993–2005, rejoined in 2013)

Former member(s)

  • David Silveria - drums (1993–2006)


  • 1994 - Korn
  • 1996 - Life is Peachy
  • 1998 - Follow the Leader
  • 1999 - Issues
  • 2002 - Untouchables
  • 2003 - Take a Look in the Mirror
  • 2005 - See You on the Other Side
  • 2007 - MTV Unplugged
  • 2007 - Untitled
  • 2010 - Korn III - Remember Who You Are
  • 2011 - The Path of Totality
  • 2013 - The Paradigm Shift
  • 2016 - The Serenity of Suffering


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  • Animated Music Video:
    • "Freak On A Leash", directed by Todd McFarlane.
    • "Right Now" recycles some Deranged Animation taken from shorts played at the Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Animation Festival.
  • Brick Joke: "Falling Away From Me" starts where "Freak On A Leash" left off (with a security guard holding a bullet while several animated kids run past him) before the scene changes to live-action.
  • Bullet Catch: The aforementioned "Freak on a Leash" video.
  • Bullet Dodges You: Neo can evade bullets by hacking into the Matrix with his mind. According to the video to "Freak on a Leash", Jonathan Davis can stop, alter the trajectory and repel a bullet. Mostly by screaming GO!! at it.
  • Bullet Time: Most of the "Freak on a Leash" video, as well as the damage the bullet causes.
  • Cover Drop: The "Freak on a Leash" music video starts with the cover of its album, Follow the Leader (a girl playing hopscotch on a cliff).
  • Hypocritical Humor: The video for "Y'All Want a Single".
  • 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.
  • Monster Clown: Their video for "Clown" contains several. And a few Creepy Dolls.
  • Music Video Overshadowing: "Freak on a Leash".
  • Self-Deprecation: The video for "Alone I Break," to the band as a whole; it depicts Jonathan killing the other members of the band. And then the cameraman, possibly.
  • Take That!: In the video for "Y'All Want a Single", some of the captions say that Britney Spears' music video for "Toxic" cost $1,000,000 to make, while their video only costs less ($150,000).

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