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SCATTERBRAIN: Ray Luzier On The Making of KXM’s Dynamic Sophomore Album!

SCATTERBRAIN: Ray Luzier On The Making of KXM’s Dynamic Sophomore Album!

Ray Luzier – Photo by Fadewood Studios

Building upon the success of their 2014 self-titled debut, KXM returns with their sophomore album “Scatterbrain.” The new album is scheduled for release on March 17 via Rat Pak Records. KXM is comprised of dUg Pinnick of King’s X on vocals/bass, George Lynch of Lynch Mob/Dokken on guitars and Ray Luzier of Korn on drums. Scatterbrain features 13 new tracks and was recorded at the Steakhouse studio in North Hollywood, California. The album was produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier (Flotsam & Jetsam/Prong/Last In Line) who also produced the band’s 2014 debut.

From the infectious riff of the album opener “Scatterbrain” to the outro of “Angel,” KXM created something special and musically diverse. Songs like “Breakout,” “Calypso” and “True Deceivers” are sonically different from each other, taking the listener on a musical journey. Scatterbrain is thematically a darker record than the debut. The album builds upon the developed KXM rock sound but, this time, includes different dynamics drawing inspiration from prog, ska, punk and metal. Through it all, it remains KXM.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Ray Luzier to discuss the making KXM’s dynamic new album, ‘Scatterbrain,’ there creative process and the lessons learned along the way!

In the past, we discussed your musical influences. Going a step further, we were curious to know how your journey in music began.

Cool! It’s weird because I grew up on a giant farm outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was 188 acres to be exact. It was pretty secluded from everything. My uncle was a big rock fan and he would listen to Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, KISS, Rush, Yes and all kinds of other bands. At the same time, my sister was five years older than me and she would play everything from Sabbath to Ted Nugent. I don’t know what drew me to it but I just loved music. My parents were always playing Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and The Beatles. I think being around music all the time had a big effect on me. No one in my family is in music, so it was kind of weird how I just started tapping on stuff. They bought me my first drum kit when I was 6 years old and I destroyed it! [laughs] It was this really bad paper kit from K-Mart or something! Six months later, they bought me a junior pro-kit and I just never stopped. I was self-taught. I would just put on KISS or AC/DC records, whatever I had, and just drum along. I had no idea what I was doing but I knew I loved what was going on! When I got to high school, I started doing all the concert, symphonic and marching band stuff. That was when I first learned what a quarter note was and how to read music a little bit. I got into some rock bands in high school and tried to do the original band thing in Pittsburgh a little bit but I was kind of too young. My guitar player talked us into moving to Los Angeles when we graduated. When I was 18, two months after I graduated, I packed up the church van that I bought and drove 2,600 miles to LA! We attended Musicians Institutes, which was a percussion and guitar institute. We went there for a year and he didn’t really care for LA, so he moved back. I wanted to stick around because I knew LA was a giant opportunity! I did everything from teaching drum lessons to playing in a couple of original bands; I did anything I could to make a living by playing!

What kept you going during those lean years in Los Angeles?

It was nuts! I was so naive and I didn’t know anything. [laughs] I didn’t even really go to downtown Pittsburgh when I was growing up, aside from going to concerts like Motley Crue, KISS or whatever. When I moved to LA, all of a sudden, I lived in an apartment with neighbors above, below and on both sides of me. LA’s its own animal as it is, so it took me years to get inside there. I didn’t know where to go or who to meet! Nothing! I would just practice six hours a day! What I didn’t know was that I should have been networking by going out to clubs more and meeting people. I just thought, “I’m going to lock myself up in a room and practice so much that no one can turn me down!” Little did I know that it wasn’t necessarily the right thing to have in my head. [Laughs] I’m glad I practiced so much because you are never where you want to be and always want to be better. I worked at a fan club and stuffed envelopes and filled T-shirt orders. I did anything I could in the music industry because I didn’t want to bus tables or work at a coffee shop. I wanted to do something in the entertainment business, so I worked a fan club for Cypress Hill, House of Pain, Richie Sambora, Slaughter and all the bands back then. It was really interesting. I worked for five bucks an hour but I got free concert tickets! From there, all my original bands would get signed and get dropped, get signed and get dropped. Finally, that led me to the Jake E. Lee gig from Ozzy Osbourne and that was my first official tour. It was the first time I was on a tour bus, playing and actually making a couple of dollars from playing drums. From there on out, I just went for it. I joined David Lee Roth, not long after that, and toured with him for eight years. Then I did Army of Anyone with Robert and Dean De Leo from Stone Temple Pilots and Richard Patrick from Filter. I’m really proud of that record we did. That led me to Korn; Korn’s manager was also Army of Anyone’s manager. Now, this is the 10th year I am in Korn!

KXM at Steakhouse Studios in North Hollywood.

Those are big milestones, as is the sophomore record you are putting out for KXM. I loved the first record and was excited to see you back for another round. Going back to the beginning, how did you cross paths with George Lynch and dUg Pinnick?

I was such a huge fan and had such a great admiration for their musicianship. To find out they were also great people was a huge bonus! There is nothing worse than looking up to someone, only to meet them and being let down. I waited in line for Dokken tickets at Pittsburgh Civic Arena when I was 15 years old, so just meeting George was a huge thing! He asked me to do a couple of ESP clinics back in the day. I was an instructor at PIT for almost a decade, around all the tours. I did a couple of clinics with him and then he asked me to do a DVD with him. We just kind of stayed in touch from there. We always said we would like to do a band someday but it was really hard because we were both so busy. The same thing goes for dUg; I’m a huge King’s X fan! I would fly to other states and drive to San Diego to LA, Phoenix or anywhere I could to see them! It’s such a great thing for the soul for me as a die-hard King’s X fan! Low and behold, I get to know dUg because I showed up at so many shows, he would say, “Hey man, I just saw you not too long ago!” I would say, “Yeah, I know! I’m here again!” [laughs] We exchanged numbers and the next thing you know I’m putting his name on the guest list for David Lee Roth shows every time I would go to Texas. I told him, “Before I die, I just want to play tambourine on one of your records! That’s my dream!” Low and behold, we had a birthday party for my son’s first birthday and I invited a bunch of people over. dUg, George and myself ended up in my little studio at the end of the night. George was looking through all of my guitars and looked at us and said, “Man, this would be a good lineup for a band. We should do a record someday.” I said, “Yeah, right, that’ll happen!” [laughs] He’s just so busy and Korn is out of their mind busy but amazingly we made it happen! George was really persistent about getting together. The great thing about KXM is that it doesn’t take a lot of time out of our schedules. We have this formula where we just do one song a day and that’s it. That way no one can come in with any preconceived notions or riffs or grooves. We just meet up at the studio at noon and go! By 5 or 6 o’clock, we are arranging the songs and by 6 or 7 o’clock, I’m tracking drums. Then George does his rhythm guitars and the next day we move on. dUg did all his vocal overdubs and his bass but, for the most part, everything was done on the spot. That’s saying a lot because most musicians write a song, live with it for a couple of months and change this or that along the way. With this band, there is none of that. We just go for it! There is a beauty about not overthinking it and the spontaneity.

“Scatterbrain” has a darker tone than the first release from KXM. Is that by design or did it come about organically?

It just kind of happened. We didn’t know what we were going for on the first record or for the second one for that matter. We really don’t know what we are going to end up with. When you have that up-in-the-air style to it, anything goes! Sometimes, just because you respect each other’s musicianship, it doesn’t mean that you are going to sound good and mesh together. In this case it did and actually worked better than we thought. When the first record was so well-received, we said, “OK, let’s do another one!” There wasn’t anything like us having a meeting and saying, “Let’s get darker with this one.” It just came out that way. George was really experimental with his chords and was doing some really cool, jazzy, darker stuff using whammy pedals. dUg had his new signature head, which is an amazing bass tone that he has with it. We really just went for stuff this time recording. “Scatterbrain,” the title track, happened because I wanted something a little more up-tempo. We had been writing a lot of mid-tempo stuff and George had this whammy pedal out, which you hear on the intro. That song was crazy to try and arrange and solidify. The video for the song came out really cool too! Definitely check out the YouTube channel. We have three videos you can watch right now on there and I’m really proud of the way they came out.

When it comes to what you brought to the album, where did you look for inspiration?

Ya know, George and dUg really inspired me. When we get together, like I said, there are no rules. I mean, I love Korn and it’s my baby and it’s 100% of my time but we always have a producer. There is always someone saying, “Hey, let’s not do that. Let’s try this … ” That is cool because you do need outside ears on occasion because you can get lost in your music. You need that outside person to say, “You’re not thinking of it this way.” That way you can say, “I didn’t think of it that way but you’re right.” With KXM there are absolutely no rules and dUg and George inspire me because of that. I’m not going to tell dUg what to play on bass, he’s not going to tell George what to play on guitar and he’s not going to tell me what to play. All of the parts just kind of fit together and that’s inspiring in itself. We have so many miles on us and so much experience from touring and all the records we have done combined that it is just fun! Especially when I am traveling the planet with Korn so much. I love those guys to death, I love everything we do and I never get sick of playing the songs but it is so cool when you get into a room like that with such different personalities as dUg and George! They are such different people and that’s a good thing! It’s definitely inspiring in itself!

They say you take something away from every project. Was that the case with “Scatterbrain?”

Yeah, definitely! Like you said, everything is an experience! Whether it’s a new mic’ing technique or whatever, there is so much involved with making a record. That’s what kind of bums me out about today’s generation who doesn’t buy music. I’m not going to do the old guy preachy thing about “go buy a record!” But, kids really don’t get how much goes into just mic’ing a drum set from the types of microphones you’re going to use or acoustics of the room or just getting dialed in for one instrument, let alone all the guitar tones that George and dUg go through. Then you’re talking about writing process, arranging all this stuff and then when it’s all down and arranged, it has to be mixed properly! There are so many processes and steps, so I’m always learning something about the recording process and I have been on about 70 or 80 records at this point! That’s really cool and I love learning that kind of stuff! As far as it goes musically, when you step outside of the box and there are no boundaries, rules or producer telling you no, I think it makes me more mature as an artist to think up a song as a whole. Back in the day, when you’re first starting out, you just want to show everyone how cool a drummer you are. As you mature, in your late 20s or early 30s, you’re like, “OK. This is more about the songs.” I always try to get younger musicians to think about it as a whole. I mean, if you are talented, your talent is going to shine somewhere and someone is going to see it. That’s one of the main things I have learned over the years; playing for the song and trying to make the best song you can.

That’s a great segue to my next question. As an artist, is there any musical ground you are anxious to cover or other artists you would love to work with?

Yeah. I had this side band called Hideous Sun Demons and we actually had one record out on Magna Carta records. It was very experimental. For example, there is a Latin song on there, jazz fusion and metal. It’s all instrumental and without vocals. I love that kind of stuff! I would love to do another one of those records, just to branch out. We got pretty experimental on the “Scatterbrain” record and we are doing some proggy stuff, some ska, straight ahead rock and odd timed stuff. There is all that on there but I always tell people I want to get into a room with Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor and Billy Sheehan. [laughs] It would be a little whacky and out there but that’s kinda what KXM is with George Lynch, dUg Pinnick and myself being from such different worlds. I would love to get experimental someday with people I really respect, like Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor and Billy Sheehan. I’ve played on Billy’s last two solo records. It’s really fun to see what you come up with. Sometimes, it’s not good. I mean, just because you are somewhat talented, it doesn’t mean you’re going to write a good song! [laughs]

You mentioned the videos KXM has put out. I enjoyed them but it makes me what to see you guys play together live. Is that something that might be in the cards this time around?

That’s the golden question with a lot of people! [laughs] It’s completely my fault. I say that because my band is so busy and I have dedicated everything to Korn. I actually love the band so much that I told them to get a drummer to tour and they said, “No way!” [laughs] I respect that! Ultimately, I wouldn’t want them to do that but I just love the band so much, I want to see it succeed more and I don’t want to hold them back. However, if you add a different flavor to the mix, it’s going to sound different, even though it’s just drums. We need a good frame of a month-and-a-half to two months to really rehearse and do it right because we’re not going to go out there and half-ass it. We’ve had so many offers from cruise ships to other big name people who really liked the record, who I won’t even mention because it could still happen some day. Hopefully, they will like this new one too! [laughs] It’s definitely something I want to do someday. If worst comes to worst, I want to go out for a couple of weeks and then film a DVD after we have those few weeks under our belt. That way, at least the fans could have something to watch in the form of a really great live recording. Who knows! Korn isn’t a band to take a break! We just had two months off but that was the holidays and we are about to get out there and hit it hard again! I’m not saying it’s not going to happen because it very well could!

My last question for you is about playing live with Korn. As you said, you are a fan of the band and dedicated yourself to it. Is there anything you haven’t played from their huge back-catalog of music you would like to take on in the future?

That’s the thing, man! When you have 140 or 150 songs to choose from, it’s really hard for us to make a set list! [laughs] We are always trying to get new songs in the setlist but you have to play the bigger hits. The problem is that it isn’t like Korn only has one or two hits! They have a ton! You always want to appeal to the die-hards who are old school because if you play something really weird, they go nuts! Some of these Korn fans are beyond dedicated! There is one fan in particular who will be attending her 48th Korn show! [laughs] I mean, if Bonham came back from the dead, I don’t think I would see Zeppelin more than 10 times! [laughs] That’s nuts to me! So, you want to give the die hard fans something different things. There is a song that we started playing called “Dirty” that is really cool with a slow groove. We almost did that but we ended up pulling it out. I kept joking about doing “Word Up,” which is the Cameo song we covered. We actually did it on the last tour and I think we are doing to do it in Europe this time. It started as kind of a joke because I love the funkiness of the song but then we started doing it again! They are definitely not afraid to pull out something! I’m a little bummed that we don’t do anything off of “Korn III” anymore. That was my first studio record with them and I really like the song “Oildale (Leave Me Alone)” and I would love to pull that one back out!

Awesome, Ray! Thanks again for your time today and we can’t wait to catch up with you on the road very soon!

Cool. Thank you, Jason! I appreciate it!

Follow the continuing adventures of Ray Luzier through social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. KXM’s ‘Scatterbrain’ is available now from www.ratpakrecords.com

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KXM Release Video for “Breakout” from the Upcoming Album ‘Scatterbrain’

KXM Release Video for “Breakout” from the Upcoming Album ‘Scatterbrain’

Coming on the heels of the video for the debut single “Scatterbrain,” KXM has released a video for another song from the upcoming sophomore album.

The video for “Breakout” premiered on the band’s Facebook page and can be seen here:https://youtu.be/E7NEoECwbeI. The video, directed by previous KXM director Jamie Brown, is a barrage of visuals of the band that captures the high-energy feel of the song. The song comes from the album Scatterbrain that is scheduled for worldwide release on March 17th via Rat Pak Records. Fans who pre-order the album digitally via iTunes (http://smarturl.it/kxmsbitunes) will receive both “Breakout” and the first single “Scatterbrain” as an instant download. The album is also available via Amazon (http://smarturl.it/kxmsbamazon).

Scatterbrain is currently available for pre-order via the Rat Pak Records website in various bundles including signed CD’s and t-shirts. All fans who pre-order the album through the Rat Pak website will be entered to win a one-of-a-kind custom guitar as well as other prizes. The pre-order is available at RatPakRecords.com/KXM. The video for the debut single “Scatterbrain” can be seen here: https://youtu.be/UvTnzne69Ts and has become a fan favorite since it was released. KXM is comprised of dUg Pinnick of King’s X on vocals/bass, George Lynch of Lynch Mob/Dokken on guitars and Ray Luzier, of Korn on drums. Scatterbrain features 13 brand new tracks and was recorded at the Steakhouse studio in North Hollywood California. The album was produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier (Flotsam & Jetsam/Prong/Last In Line) who also produced the band’s 2014 debut.

KXM formed in early 2013 when dUg, George and Ray spoke about trying to jam together. At the time it wasn’t clear what would come from those jams. The only thing that was clear was that these 3 musicians, at the top of their game, wanted to play together. The self-titled debut, KXM, was released on March 11, 2014 and debuted at #31 on the Billboard 200. The band takes its name from the combination of the member’s other projects: K from Korn, X from King’s X and M from Lynch Mob. In a world that constantly searches for new and unique music, KXM delivers all the power and punch that one would expect from these high level players.

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KXM Return With Sophomore Album ‘Scatterbrain’ In March of 2017

KXM Return With Sophomore Album ‘Scatterbrain’ In March of 2017

Building upon the success of their 2014 self-titled debut, KXM returns with their sophomore album Scatterbrain. The new album is scheduled for release on March 17th via Rat Pak Records. Scatterbrain is currently available for pre-order via the Rat Pak Records website in various bundles including signed CD’s and t-shirts. All fans who pre-order the album through the Rat Pak website will be entered to win a one-of-a-kind custom guitar as well as other prizes. The pre-order is available at RatPakRecords.com/KXM.  KXM is comprised of dUg Pinnick of King’s X on vocals/bass, George Lynch of Lynch Mob/Dokken on guitars and Ray Luzier, of Korn on drums. Scatterbrain features 13 brand new tracks and was recorded at the Steakhouse studio in North Hollywood California. The album was produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier (Flotsam & Jetsam/Prong/Last In Line) who also produced the band’s 2014 debut.

From the infectious riff of the album opener “Scatterbrain” to the outro of “Angel,” KXM have created something truly special and musically diverse. Songs like “Breakout,” “Calypso,” and “True Deceivers” are sonically different from each other taking the listener on a musical journey. Scatterbrain is thematically a darker record than the debut. The album builds upon the developed KXM rock sound but this time includes some different dynamics drawing inspiration from prog, ska, punk and metal. Through it all, it remains undeniably KXM.

Recorded over the span of 10 days, every song on Scatterbrain was the result of a musical jam from all three members playing together in the same room. Ray Luzier explains on the process, “We wanted to use the same formula as the 1stKXM record: book studio time, come in fresh every day with a new idea & run with it and not over think anything.” George Lynch described the sessions as Record-topia: “we showed up in the studio, camped out with a bunch of gear and let the tape roll! Just like the first album, no pre-production, no rehearsal, no pre-written songs.” dUg Pinnick adds: “The vibe was like a bunch of old friends having fun creating music like the previous record, nothing but fun!”

The track listing for Scatterbrain is:

  1. Scatterbrain
  2. Breakout
  3. Big Sky Country
  4. Calypso
  5. Not a Single Word
  6. Obsession
  7. Noises In The Sky
  8. Panic Attack
  9. It’s Never Enough
  10. True Deceivers
  11. Stand
  12. Together
  13. Angel

KXM formed in early 2013 when dUg, George and Ray spoke about trying to jam together. At the time it wasn’t clear what would come from those jams. The only thing that was clear was that these 3 musicians, at the top of their game, wanted to play together. The self-titled debut, KXM, was released on March 11, 2014 and debuted at #31 on the Billboard 200. The band takes its name from the combination of the member’s other projects: K from Korn, X from King’s X and M from Lynch Mob. In a world that constantly searches for new and unique music, KXM delivers all the power and punch that one would expect from these high level players.

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KORN Unveil New Video for “Insanity” From Upcoming Album, ‘The Serenity of Suffering’

KORN Unveil New Video for “Insanity” From Upcoming Album, ‘The Serenity of Suffering’

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The multi-platinum Grammy-winning rock band KORN have unveiled the strange and fascinating video for “Insane” today (August 22) via LOUDWIRE.COM. Directed by Ryan Valdez, it’s a ghastly take on post-mortem photography or ‘momento mori,’ the practice of preserving loved ones after death with images.

Filled with heavily distorted riffs and bloodcurdling deep growls, “Insane”– available at all DSP’s today–appears on KORN‘s upcoming 12th studio albumTHE SERENITY OF SUFFERING.  Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones, Mastodon), the album will be released October 21 and features a special guest appearance from Corey Taylor of Slipknot. Pre-order the album here: http://flyt.it/KORNSOS

The first single “Rotting In Vain” has been streamed 2 million times and is fast approaching Top 10 at Rock Radio. The single’s macabre video–which is now over 4 million views–stars “Sons of Anarchy” actor Tommy Flanagan along with KORN and taps into the dark underbelly of a bizarre world. View the video-lensed by famed rock video director Dean Karr–now here: https://youtu.be/nq9j1qkj2Vc

KORNJonathan Davis (vocals),  James “Munky” Shaffer (guitar), Brian “Head” Welch (guitar), Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (bass) and Ray Luzier (drums)–is currently in the midst of their successful “Return of the Dreads Tour” with co-headliner Rob Zombie and special guest In This Moment through September 3. Beginning September 24KORN will share co-headlining duties with Breaking Benjamin on the “Nocturnal Underground” fall arena tour, featuring special guests Motionless In White and Silver Snakes, that takes the band deep into the heart of America through late October. Additionally, KORN is also set to appear at the Louder Than Life and Aftershock Festival in October. KORN’s full tour routing can be found below.

KORN’s complete U.S. tour routing for 2016 is: 

Co-headlining with Rob Zombie
Tue
8/23
Toronto, ON
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Wed
8/24
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Blossom Music Center
Thu
8/25
Burgettstown, PA
First Niagara Pavilion
Sat
8/27
Syracuse, NY
Lakeview Amphitheater
Sun
8/28
Boston, MA
Xfinity Center
Tue
8/30
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center
Thu
9/1
Hartford, CT
Xfinity Theatre
Fri
9/2
Camden, NJ
BB&T Pavilion
Sat
9/3
Bristow, VA
Jiffy Lube Live

Co-headlining with Breaking Benjamin
Sat
9/24
Fargo, ND
Scheels Arena
Sun
9/25
Omaha, NE
Baxter Arena
Tue
9/27
Cedar Rapids, IA
US Cellular Center
Wed
9/28
Peoria, IL
Peoria Civic Center
Festival Appearances
Sat
10/1
Madison, WI
JJO Sonic Boom
Sun
10/2
Louisville, KY
Louder Than Life
Co-headlining with Breaking Benjamin
Wed
10/5
Charlotte, NC
PNC Music Pavilion
Fri
10/7
Pelham, AL
Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Sat
10/8
Southaven, MS
Landers Center
Sun
10/9
Biloxi, MS
Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Tue
10/11
Tampa, FL
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
Wed
10/12
Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Thu
10/13
Alpharetta, GA
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat
10/15
Rogers, AR
Walmart AMP
Sun
10/16
Tulsa, OK
BOK Center
Tue
10/18
Topeka, KS
Landon Arena
Wed
10/19
Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs World Arena
Festival Appearance
Sat
10/22
Sacramento, CA
Aftershock Festival

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Korn Announces 12th Studio Album, ‘Serenity of The Suffering,’ On October 21st

Korn Announces 12th Studio Album, ‘Serenity of The Suffering,’ On October 21st

'The Serenity of Suffering' cover art by Ron English.

‘The Serenity of Suffering’ cover art by Ron English.

Following great anticipation, KORN–one of the most influential rock bands of modern times have announced their 12th studio albumTHE SERENITY OF SUFFERING. Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones, Mastodon), the album will be released on October 21 and features a special guest appearance from Corey Taylor of Slipknot. It marks the band’s welcomed return to Roadrunner Records who previously released 2010’s KORN III – Remember Who You Are and 2011’s The Path of Totality.

KORN–Jonathan Davis (vocals),  James “Munky” Shaffer (guitar), Brian “Head” Welch (guitar), Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (bass) and Ray Luzier (drums)-performed the first single “Rotting In Vain” in front of 25,000 peopleduring a thunderous set at Chicago’s Open Air festival this past Saturday, July 16.  Today, fans everywhere can tune in as the song is officially released alongside its video with the launch of the album’s pre-order here: http://flyt.it/KORNSOS

“‘Rotting in Vain’ was written about being in that black place, being in situations that I don’t like in life–be it relationships, or feeling when you’re stuck and you’re just being abused or you don’t like where you’re at, and you just sit there and rot,” shares Jonathan Davis.  “It takes you years and years to figure out how to claw your way out. That’s where ‘Rotting in Vain’ came from. I’m just sitting there, fucking dying and letting it happen for years and years and not helping myself to get out of that place. That’s the vibe that inspired the song.”

“Rotting In Vain”‘s macabre video–which makes its premiere today via Rollingstone.com–captures the essence of the song.  Starring “Sons of Anarchy” actor Tommy Flanagan along with KORN, the video taps into the dark underbelly of a bizarre world. View the video-lensed by famed rock video director Dean Karr below.

Earlier this week, the multi-platinum Grammy-winning rock band kicked off the “Return of the Dreads Tour,” their co-headlining summer trek with Rob Zombie and special guest In This Moment that crosses the U.S. through September 3.Beginning September 24, KORN will share co-headlining duties with Breaking Benjamin on the “Nocturnal Underground” fall arena tour, featuring special guests Motionless In White and Silver Snakes, that takes the band deep into the heart of America through late October. Additionally, KORN is also set to appear at the Louder Than Life and Aftershock Festival in October. KORN’s full tour routing can be found below.

KORN’s complete U.S. tour routing for 2016 is:

Co-headlining with Rob Zombie

 

Fri
7/22
Albuquerque, NM
Isleta Amphitheater
Sat
7/23
Phoenix, AZ
Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sun
7/24
Irvine, CA
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Tue
7/26
Nampa (Boise), ID
Idaho Center Amphitheater
Wed
7/27
Auburn, WA
White River Amphitheatre
Fri
7/29
Mountain View, CA
Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sat
7/30
Las Vegas, NV
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Tue
8/2
Austin, TX
Austin 360 Amphitheater
Wed
8/3
The Woodlands, TX
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Thu
8/4
Dallas, TX
Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sat
8/6
Noblesville, IN
Klipsch Music Center
Sun
8/7
Cincinnati, OH
Riverbend Music Center
Tue
8/9
Maryland Heights, MO
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Wed
8/10
Kansas City, MO
Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Sat
8/20
Mt. Pleasant, MI
Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort (without Rob Zombie)
Sun
8/21
Clarkston, MI
DTE Energy Music Theatre
Tue
8/23
Toronto, ON
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Wed
8/24
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Blossom Music Center
Thu
8/25
Burgettstown, PA
First Niagara Pavilion
Sat
8/27
Syracuse, NY
Lakeview Amphitheater
Sun
8/28
Boston, MA
Xfinity Center
Tue
8/30
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center
Thu
9/1
Hartford, CT
Xfinity Theatre
Fri
9/2
Camden, NJ
BB&T Pavilion
Sat
9/3
Bristow, VA
Jiffy Lube Live

Co-headlining with Breaking Benjamin

Sat
9/24
Fargo, ND
Scheels Arena
Sun
9/25
Omaha, NE
Baxter Arena
Tue
9/27
Cedar Rapids, IA
US Cellular Center
Wed
9/28
Peoria, IL
Peoria Civic Center

Festival Appearances

Sat
10/1
Madison, WI
JJO Sonic Boom
Sun
10/2
Louisville, KY
Louder Than Life

Co-headlining with Breaking Benjamin

Wed
10/5
Charlotte, NC
PNC Music Pavilion
Fri
10/7
Pelham, AL
Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Sat
10/8
Southaven, MS
Landers Center
Sun
10/9
Biloxi, MS
Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Tue
10/11
Tampa, FL
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Wed
10/12
Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Thu
10/13
Alpharetta, GA
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat
10/15
Rogers, AR
Walmart AMP
Sun
10/16
Tulsa, OK
BOK Center
Tue
10/18
Topeka, KS
Landon Arena
Wed
10/19
Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs World Arena

Festival Appearance

Sat
10/22
Sacramento, CA
Aftershock Festival

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KORN Announces Limited Edition Photo Book Documenting Their 20-Year History On October 27th

KORN Announces Limited Edition Photo Book Documenting Their 20-Year History On October 27th

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The first KORN album was released on October 11, 1994. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum hard rock innovators announced today (10/13) they will release a limited edition 300-page hard cover photo book, Korn: Est. 1994, on Tuesday, October 27, that includes images from two decades of archives paired with brand new notes, stories and commentary from band members. The book will give fans unlimited access into a career that includes 11 seminal releases, countless sold-out shows, and 35 million albums sold worldwide.

Fans can pre-order the photo book exclusively via Pledge Music for $55 (with a deluxe package available for $90 that includes the photo book and a limited-edition litho print of the band’s debut album cover) up until Tuesday, October 20 and then the book will be available at kornmerch.com from release day, October 27. All fan pre-orders via Pledge Music will be shipped on Wednesday, October 21. Additionally, the book will be available for purchase at the last seven tour dates (Dallas, TX on October 20 through Oakland, CA on October, 30) on their current fall tour. Full tour itinerary below.

The 20th anniversary shows, which started in 2014, were so well-received that the band–Jonathan Davis (vocals),  James “Munky” Shaffer (guitar), Brian “Head” Welch (guitar), Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (bass) and Ray Luzier (drums)–wanted to bring this iteration of the live show into an intimate setting for the core fanbase. The band’s month-long tour around the U.S., during which they’re performing their self-titled debut album in its entirety, wraps up October 30 in Oakland, CA. At each show, fans get to experience KORN at an intimate venue, two decades later.

KORN’s self-titled debut album, released in May, 1994, has been heralded by Rolling Stone as “…the most important metal album of the last 20 years.” Produced by Ross Robinson, the critically acclaimed album features singles “Blind,” “Shoots and Ladders,” “Clown” and “Need To.” With little mainstream support, Davis’ dark and disturbing lyrics alongside the band’s new and unique hyper-aggressive soundtrack, KORN went on to sell over two million albums worldwide.

Dates remaining on KORN’s 20th anniversary fall tour

DATE
CITY
VENUE
Wed
10/14
Atlanta, GA
Tabernacle
Thu
10/15
Orlando, FL
Hard Rock Live
Fri
10/16
Miami, FL
Fillmore Miami Beach
Sun
10/18
New Orleans, LA
Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
Mon
10/19
Austin, TX
Stubbs
Tue
10/20
Dallas, TX
South Side Ballroom
Thu
10/22
Tempe, AZ
The Marquee
Fri
10/23
Las Vegas, NV
House of Blues
Sat
10/24
San Bernardino, CA
Knotfest*
Tue
10/27
Denver, CO
The Fillmore
Wed
10/28
Salt Lake City, UT
The Great Saltair
Fri
10/30
Oakland, CA
The Fox Theater

* notes festival appearance

For more information, visit:
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Korn Unveils Politically Charged Video For “Spike In My Veins”

Korn Unveils Politically Charged Video For “Spike In My Veins”

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Fugitive Edward Snowden, Miley Cyrus, disgraced Toronto mayor Rob Ford and Kanye West all “star” in “Spike In My Veins,” the provocative new video from KORN that’s based on the second single from their Top 10 album THE PARADIGM SHIFT (Released October 8 on Prospect Park). Government corruption, NSA spying tactics, political scandals, the cult of celebrity and more–the video’s assaultive imagery underlines and comments on how the media projects chaos into our lives. “We are the ones taking all the pain/Falling on our faces, they don’t care anyway,” KORN frontman Jonathan Davis announces in the opening lines of “Spike In My Veins,” currently Top 10 and rising on the rock chart. Directed by David Dinetz and his team at Culprit Creative, the video premieres today (2/6) at Rollingstone.com; seen here: www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/korn-fight-media-manipulation-with-spike-in-my-veins-20140206

 

As previously reported, KORN–Jonathan Davis [Vocals], James “Munky” Shaffer [Guitar], Brian “Head” Welch [Guitar], Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu [Bass] and Ray Luzier [Drums]–scored their 12th Top 10 album with THE PARADIGM SHIFT which entered theBillboard albums chart at #8 last October. According to Billboard.com, “…this debut ties KORN with Dave Matthews Band for the most top 10 albums by a band in the SoundScan era (May 1991-present). Among all acts in that time span, George Strait has logged the most, with 18.”

THE PARADIGM SHIFT
 also features the single “Never Never” which brought the Grammy Award-winning multiplatinum hard rock innovators a new career milestone by achieving the #1 spot on the Active Rock Airplay Chart and hitting #2 on the Rock Chart, thus marking their biggest radio success ever. View the video for “Never Never” at http://vevo.ly/UaDV41.

KORN will be kicking off their world tour in Australia on February 20. For a full list of tour dates and ticket links, visit:http://korn.com/events.

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The Paradigm Shift: Korn’s Ray Luzier Talks The Band’s Aggressive New Album!

The Paradigm Shift: Korn’s Ray Luzier Talks The Band’s Aggressive New Album!

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The Fall of 2013 marks a very special time for Grammy Award-winning multiplatinum hard rock innovators KORN — Jonathan Davis [Vocals], James “Munky” Shaffer [Guitar], Brian “Head” Welch [Guitar], Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu [Bass] and Ray Luzier [Drums] — as they prepare to unleash their 11th studio album, ‘The Paradigm Shift.’ This aggressive new album marks the emotional return of co-founding guitarist Brian “Head” Welch for his first album with Korn since 2003’s ‘Take a Look in the Mirror,’ and it serves as the follow-up to the band’s 2011 critically acclaimed trend-setting dubstep metal hybrid, ‘The Path of Totality,’ which debuted Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and was named Revolver Magazine’s “Album of the Year.” ‘The Paradigm Shift’ is also Korn’s first time working with super producer Don Gilmore [Linkin Park’s ‘The Hybrid Theory, etc.] who recorded the album with the band at Buck Owens’ studio in their original hometown Bakersfield and at Los Angeles’ famed NRG Recording Studios.

When it comes to taking on challenging new ventures, drummer Ray Luzier has never been one to back down. His past work includes stints as a highly sought after session musician, providing the backbeat for the legendary David Lee Roth, playing on bassist Billy Sheehan’s (Mr. Big) solo albums, and working alongside The DeLeo Brothers (Stone Temple Pilots) and Richard Patrick (Filter) in Army of Anyone. Not a bad resume for an ordinary guy from Pittsburgh with a lifelong passion for playing the drums! As an artist, he feels he has just scratched the surface of his musical legacy and the latest effort from Korn is yet another milestone on his path. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Ray Luzier to discuss the creation of Korn’s highly anticipated new album, the return of Brian “Head” Welch to Korn, Luzier’s collaboration with George Lynch and Doug Pinnick for KXM and what the future may hold for one of the most exciting drummers in the music industry.

Ray Luzier

A lot has happened in both your world and the world of Korn since we last spoke. Obviously, the biggest story is the return of Brian “Head” Welch to the band. What can you tell us about meeting him and his return?

It is weird; I met his daughter first at a gig in Phoenix, Arizona. It was probably about three years back. It was really cool. She came to the show and I told her I was a big fan of her Dad. That was the first time I met her. When the Carolina Rebellion kicked in, we heard that Head was going to be there. Fieldy and J.D. [Jonathan Davis] had been in touch with Head through the years. They said, “Hey, Head is coming down to sit in with the band RED on the side stage.” I said, “Man, I really want to see him play!” We all hopped in a golf cart and headed out to the side stage to watch him to play. He and Fieldy had spoken but, the way I understand it, Head and Munky hadn’t spoken in seven years. Fieldy went over and literally pushed him onto the bus! Forty-five minutes later, they came off the bus hugging and laughing! There was a lot of ice broken that day. Towards the end of the night, Head asked if him and his daughter, Jennea, could watch from the stage. We were like, “Yeah, that works! Not only that but you are going to get up and play ‘Blind’ at the end!” [laughs] It took him by surprise. We had a guitar tech prepare an amp and guitar for him just in case! He got up and went ape! The ball started rolling from there!

Was there much behind the scenes discussion about his return to the band?

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Not at that time. We all just thought it was cool that everyone was talking again. I have been in the band for six years and I wasn’t in the band during the darker period they had but I know what was going on. I think that moment was an ice breaker. Everyone was just happy to be getting along again. From what I understand, he had left kind of abruptly. Munky said that he had sent an email and didn’t even call anyone when he left, if you can imagine that. After the ice was broken, Munky gave him a call a few months later and said “We are getting ready to start writing again up in Bakersfield. I am just throwing it out there if you are interested.” He said “Oh, cool. Thank you for the offer. Let me think about it and if it is the right time.” He called back within a few weeks and said “Yeah, let’s get in the studio and see what happens!” You never know, years pass and people change, both personally and musically. The second he stepped foot in the studio, everything brightened up. There was no awkwardness at all. To me, not ever playing a note with the guy, it just instantly clicked. There were a lot of grooves and riffs pouring out of us within minutes.

How did the approach to songwriting differ on this album as opposed to the band’s more recent work?

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It was drastically different. Korn has never been a band who sticks with one thing. The band is definitely experimental. I learned that really quickly when I got into this band! There are a lot of signature things but I love being a part of a band that is not afraid to expand, grow and change. Everyone should! There are a lot of bands that have formulas where there new record sounds exactly like the last one and they have a big fan base and the fans are used to that. That is cool but Korn is just not like that! Even when Jonathan approached us with the dub step angle for the “Path to Totality” record, it was such a big switch but we were like, “Hey, let’s embrace it and see what happens.” It is still Korn at the end of the day, even though it is a drastic change. Obviously, bringing Brian back in is a big deal because he was a part of the giant hits they have had through the years. It would be too easy to release another “Life Is Peachy.” You can write riffs all day and have that mentality but we wanted to make sure it sounded like 2013. The riffs were definitely the heart and soul of Korn but bringing in Don Gilmore as a producer had a lot to do with it. We had a guy named Zavion and Sluggo the dub step stuff just write little nuances and add little effects here and there to make it modern. We couldn’t be happier with the way it all turned out!

How many songs did you guys end up writing for “The Paradigm Shift” and what made the record?

The cool thing about this record was nothing was forced. A lot of records are approached as “Oh, hurry up. Let’s get in there and do this because we only have this amount of time…” It wasn’t like that this time. The creation of this record was an over a year long process. Brian was doing his thing and we were still doing Korn shows. We would just get together, write three or four songs and take a month off. We would come back, listen to what we just wrote, change a few things or chop something up. That is what was so cool about it — the un-forced process. We had about 25 songs going by the time it was all said and done — full songs. Then Don [Gilmore] would come in and say “This section is stronger than this section. Let’s get rid of this.” He was trimming the fat, so to speak. I think that is when things really started to take shape. Then we narrowed it down from there. I tracked about 16 tunes at the studio at NRG and 15 ended up being kept — 11 on the record, 13 on the deluxe edition and an extra for iTunes and Japan.

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As a drummer, what was the most satisfying part of working on this particular record?

I love working at NRG Studios. That is where Korn’s legendary “Follow the Leader” album was recorded. There have been so many giant records recorded there. You want in the building and it just oozes with inspiration and great sound! When we started talking about doing drums there, I was happy. It just took it up to a whole new level and really inspired my playing. We tracked almost everything else in our studio in Bakersfield, Buck Owens studio. I think that was a big part of it. Passing the multi-platinum “Follow the Leader” record hanging on the wall was really cool because Brian was in the band then. It was a very cool experience overall! I hope everyone checks out “The Paradigm Shift.” In my personal opinion, it is probably the best Korn record in the past ten years. We are definitely looking forward to getting out there and playing it live!

As you mentioned, musical exploration has been the name of the game for Korn. Has there been any discussion of where the band plans on going in the future?

Ya know, it is a case of when we start writing the next record seeing where everyone’s head is at. There is definitely no sign of stopping, which is great because with a band of this caliber that has been around for 20 years, ya never know! The music is in such a weird state in 2013 but it is never going to truly die because people truly love and appreciate good music. You can never replace live entertainment no matter how much people get bummed by record sales and all of that. That is one thing you can never replace — a moment in time when you are one stage, everyone is connecting, feeding off the crowd and they are giving it back. That is the good news! We will see where we are at when the time comes. I know we are going to be touring a lot off ‘The Paradigm Shift,’ so whenever we start writing again, be it on the road or after a break, we will put our heads together and see where it takes us.

You are a guy who definitely keeps himself busy. I wanted to talk about the supergroup project you have put together with George Lynch and Doug Pinnick. How did the KXM come about initially?

Ray Luzier

It is really cool. With Korn, the one thing about everyone’s side projects is that they are all so different. For example, Stillwell sounds nothing like Fear and The Nervous System and J-Devil sounds nothing like KXM. I think it is so cool. You have to keep you mind open musically. I was a session guy for so many years and playing with David Lee Roth and so many other bands that were completely different from Korn’s sound. That is how I made my living for quite some time. KXM came about when I threw a big party at my house for my daughter’s birthday. George and Doug happened to be here. L.A. is the land of flakes, so you invite 200 of your friends and 20 people show up! [laughs] That is just the way it is! I had just got my studio finished and they were in there messing around. It was just us three sitting there and I said “I would kill to be on a record with you guys. It has been a dream of mine.” I am a huge King’s X fan and George is one of the greatest guitar players ever. He said, “We should do a record sometime!” I said, “Yeah! Try to find a time where our schedule’s can be the same!” That is exactly what happened! A few months went by and finally our schedule’s matched up. We just started chipping away. We got together and wrote a song a day. We would track a live drum track at the end of the day and move on. It was really cool. The album came out way better than I had anticipated. Sometimes, you get together and even though it seems like a good idea, it is really not! This was a great idea! Doug is still finishing up vocals at the moment. Hopefully, we will have it out by the end of the year but if not, definitely by the beginning of 2014.

You have always struck me as the type of musician who is a bit of a sponge when it comes when it comes to learning from the guys you have worked alongside. What have you learned from your time working with George Lynch and Doug Pinnick?

It is crazy because George can play anything on guitar but yet when you start focusing on writing, his ideas can come from anywhere. All musicians have really bad ADD! [laughs] George will get so crazy in the studio, he will go on to something and then something else before you get the section you are working on down. Doug Pinnick is more like “Wait! Let’s solidify what we just did!” It was really interesting, being huge fans of both of them over the years, seeing how they work in the studio and how they produce a song. It is crazy! Doug is so full of soul! He has the most soul, in my opinion, on the planet! They guy should be bigger than John Mayer! I don’t get it! [laughs] He has his fan base, he definitely does! He is very popular but I just don’t know why he isn’t bigger than James Brown! I have always been into people who feel it. There is so much music out there that is just surface and no depth. That really bums me out. I am into stuff that hits you or effects you emotionally. Watching Doug work has been amazing. I might be messing around tuning my drums, getting ready for the session and he will say “Wait, wait! What are you doing right there!” I am like “I am tuning my drums.” He says “No. You did some pattern right there!” He would immediately pick his bass up and that is how a song would evolve! It was crazy! It has been a very cool thing to be a part of. They are just great guys! I am the baby of that band again! I thought I would never be the baby again but I am! [laughs]

Last time we spoke you mentioned how you felt you were only scratching the surface of what you wanted to achieve in your career. What are some of your short term goals at this point in time?

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Ray Luzier

You know, it’s funny. You think you hit a plateau but you really don’t. I am definitely a lifer. I have been doing this since I was 5 years old. It is kinda weird and you don’t know it as a kid but there is a fire burning inside of you. I knew at a very young age I would never stop playing. It didn’t matter if I was rich, poor, famous or unknown, I didn’t really care! I think I am still very much excited about everything I do. The little personal accomplishments mean a lot to me these days. For example, I am going to be on the cover of ‘Modern Drummer’ magazine next month! To me, that is one of the little closet bucket list things. I have probably been on the cover of 15 or 16 drums magazines but never on ‘Modern Drummer,’ which is the biggest in the world. Little accomplishments like that which are happening lately have been really cool and satisfying. You just never stop growing!

How do you feel you have evolved through the years? Is there something that really stands out as a major change for you?

It is crazy. Everyone always says thing change when you have kids and your family gets bigger. It really does! The last 2 1/2 years since my son was born has been amazing. That is what jumps out at me — how you start appreciating life a lot more! Little petty things don’t mean as much as they used to. I used to stress out over certain things but I don’t do that anymore because it’s not worth it. There are things much bigger than what you have going on, especially when you bring a human life into the world. Mixing that along with my music over the last 2 1/2 years has been a huge deal.

It definitely sounds as if you have had time to be a bit reflective of your life and work. What do you hope you musical legacy will be?

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I am still a huge music fan. I love listening to music, going to shows, discovering new music and how it moves me. If I could move anyone with my music, affect them emotionally and inspire them to pick up a stick, which is the most I could hope for. People are still buying my instructional DVD! It has been about 8 years since I put that thing out. I am at Korn shows and people still come up to me and say “Hey! This video really helped me out!” It is things like that which mean a lot. If I can continue to help, teach and affect people in a positive way, I have done my job!

What is the best piece of advice you can pass along to those young musicians looking to make a career in music?

That is my big joke — Go to law school of be a doctor! [laughs] That is a rough one because your heart has to be in it 110%. You have to be so dedicated to your craft and willing to sacrifice family, where you live and everything else. If you are willing to do that and the fire burns deep inside you, then the big thing is networking and getting out there. It’s not only getting your instrument down but getting the business down! That is a big thing! When I moved out here at a very young age, I didn’t know the game and that you had to get involved and network. That to me is a big part of it. If I could speed up the process for any young musicians out there, I would say get the business side down, just as much as your instrument and playing with others. It is a huge deal and it took me 6 or 7 years out here to really figure it out. I still have question marks in my head about a lot of stuff! [laughs]

Thank you for your time today, Ray! We really appreciate it and look forward to seeing you again soon when you hit the road!

Thanks, Jason. I really appreciate it! Take care!

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Korn Unleash Video For “Never Never” From New Album ‘The Paradigm Shift’

Korn Unleash Video For “Never Never” From New Album ‘The Paradigm Shift’

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While the countown continues for the release of their new album THE PARADIGM SHIFT, KORN has released the video for their Top 10 Active Rock track “Never Never.” For it, the band teamed with director Giovanni Bucci who sets KORN performing against a surrealistic clock.  It  plays into the theme of love gone bad through the unexpected perspective of time as front man Jonathan Davis sings “I’m never going to love again.” View the video now at: http://vevo.ly/UaDV41

Look for the rock luminaries–Jonathan Davis [Vocals], James “Munky” Shaffer [Guitar], Brian “Head” Welch [Guitar], Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu [Bass] and Ray Luzier [Drums]–to tour this fall in support of THE PARADIGM SHIFT. Dates include the return of the FAMILY VALUES FESTIVAL as a one-time spectacular Saturday, October 5at the 1st Bank Center in Denver, Colorado with Hollywood Undead, Asking Alexandria, Machine Gun Kellyand Beware of Darkness. The FAMILY VALUES concert lands in the middle of KORN’s special cross-country whirlwind tour of record release “launch dates”–with support from Asking Alexandria and Love And Death–starting in Philadelphia, PA on September 26 and heads west where the band will finish up in Las Vegas onOctober 12.  Tickets are on sale now for all shows.

THE PARADIGM SHIFT marks the emotional return of co-founding guitarist Brian “Head” Welch for his first album with KORN since 2003’s Take a Look in the Mirror, and it serves as the follow-up to the band’s 2011 critically acclaimed trend-setting dubstep metal hybrid, The Path of Totality, which debuted Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and was named Revolver Magazine‘s “Album of the Year.”  THE PARADIGM SHIFT is also KORN’s first time working with super producer Don Gilmore [Linkin Park’s The Hybrid Theory, etc.] who recorded the album with the band at Buck Owens’ studio in their original hometown Bakersfield and at Los Angeles’ famed NRG Recording Studios.

KORN’s tour dates are as follows:

DATE CITY VENUE
Thu 9/26 Philadelphia,   PA Electric   Factory
Fri 9/27 New   York, NY Roseland   Ballroom
Sat 9/28 Worcester,   MA The   Palladium
Mon 9/30 Toronto,   ON Sound   Academy
Tue 10/1 Detroit,   MI The   Fillmore
Wed 10/2 Chicago,   IL Riv
Thu 10/3 Minneapolis,   MN The   Myth
Sat 10/5 Denver,   CO 1st   Bank Center – Family Values
Thu 10/10 Los   Angeles, CA The   Wiltern
Sat 10/12 Las   Vegas, NV Pearl

For more information, check out the following:
 www.korn.com
www.facebook.com/korn
www.twitter.com/korn
www.myspace.com/korn

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Korn’s Jonathan Davis Offers Up Sample of New Solo Tracks

Korn’s Jonathan Davis Offers Up Sample of New Solo Tracks

KORN singer Jonathan Davis has uploaded three solo tracks — “Final Days”“Happiness” and “Medicate” — to his official Soundcloud account. Check out the tracks below and be sure to weigh in with your thoughts!

Davis has been working on his debut solo album for the past couple of years. He told The Pulse of Radio in a 2009 interview that he had high hopes for his first solo effort. “I want the record to be the most amazing record I could possibly put out,” he said. “I want all songs to be amazing and different. I want it to be really a very artistic, crazy album that no one’s ever heard before. ‘Cause it’s very world music-y and dark, heavy, PETER GABRIEL-esque type music and I want all the songs to be different, and nothing like KORN.”

Davis in September 2008 posted a new song called “Got Money” at his personal web site. The track will reportedly appear on his upcoming solo album and was a cover of the rap hit originally done by T-Pain and Lil WayneDavis‘ version featured guest appearances from SLIPKNOT guitarist Jim Root and KORN drummer Ray Luzier.

Final Days by JonathanDavisKorn

Happiness by JonathanDavisKorn

Medicate by JonathanDavisKorn

Source: Blabbermouth.net

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