Korn recently made some eyebrow-raising comments in an interview with Billboard.com. Perhaps chief among them was frontman Jonathan Davis with the following:
“We were dubstep before there was dubstep. Tempos at 140 with half-time drums, huge bassed-out riffs. We used to bring out 120 subwoofers and line them across the whole front of the stage, 60 subs per side. We were all about the bass.”
The interview went on to focus on the impact of Dubstep on Korn‘s audience; and how it has grown since their initial collaboration with Skrillex earlier this year. Speaking on how it has influenced their recent live shows specifically, Davis offered:
“It’s really cool to see glow sticks at the show, to see dance music culture infiltrating and becoming one with the metal community. At the last show, there was one mosh pit where they were moshing, and another with kids doing glow stick tricks. They were taking turns and shit. I think we’ve opened up a new style that both sides are happy with.”
Meanwhile, when the focus shifted to the various collaborators the band enlisted for their upcoming new album “The Path Of Totality“, Davis stated:
“These kids are onto something completely innovative and new. It’s pure and awesome and underground and heavy and different, not like stale-ass metal and rock’n’roll. I love them all, but the old-school metalheads are not open to change.”
Of course, “The Path Of Totality” has not been without internet controversy. One complaint leveled against the band has been that the album nearly shares a name with this years release by Tombs, “Path Of Totality“. That effort, has recently been topping various ‘best of 2011’ lists from numerous publications and websites.
Korn have elaborated on how they came upon the title themselves via the new bio for “The Path Of Totality“. You can read an excerpt from that relating to their title choice below:
“Taking on a project of this magnitude that encompasses two genres is a monumental moment for the band. That’s why the title proves so apropos. Davis actually asked Shaffer to come up with ideas for an album name. While on a flight to Asia, the guitarist watched a documentary about solar eclipses, and he came upon the phrase The Path of Totality. As soon as the plane landed, he shared it with Davis.
“I wanted to come up with a name that felt otherworldly,” Shaffer explains. “A shadow is cast on the earth when a solar eclipse occurs. The moon has to be perfectly aligned with the sun to create this flawless shadow that completely covers the sun from the earth. Similarly, all of the producers and writers had to come together at the perfect time to cast these songs onto tape.”
Davis continues, “Everything simply fit with this record, and we were able to achieve our goal. It’s a rebirth.””
In other news, various artists (including members of Slipknot, Disturbed, Staind, Hollywood Undead and more) were asked about how they discovered Korn and what the band mean to them by ARTISTdirect.com. While the article is full of praise and kind words, it would appear not everyone is a fan of the band these days.
Bring Me The Horizon guitarist Jona Weinhofen tweeted the following earlier today:
“Korn just ruined dubstep”
Korn‘s “The Path Of Totality” will see a release through Roadrunner this coming Tuesday, December 06th. Some of you dubious folk have likely heard it already though, so if you want to express your opinion on it then why not hit up the new poll on the lower right.