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Korn Speak On Dubstep, New Album Title Choice; Get Slammed By Bring Me The Horizon Guitarist

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.

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    • wearesorta138     November 30, 2011 at 7:09 pm

      Yeah…Okay. Dubstep is electronica music right? At it’s core at least? So they are mixing electronica with metal…Wow…Sorry Godflesh, Fear Factory, Stabbing Westward, MINISTRY, Velvet Acid Christ, Atari Teenage Riot and White Zombie. Looks like Korn hopped on the TARDIS and beat you to the fucking punch.

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    • Weird_White_Dude     November 30, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      Bring Me The Horizon did a Dubstep Remix Record last year…So, Yea. Shut up and go back to getting beat up at your own shows or shopping for some girl jeans, or whatever you were doing before you gave your EVER so insightful thoughts on Korn ruining Dubstep, You swoopy haired douche bag.

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    • Aggroculture     November 30, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      OK, Munky. You read about the Tombs album, and subconsciously stole the album title. But Korn had plenty of time to rectify the mistake. Instead, like douches, they went ahead and used the title anyway.
      The current Korn show is utter garbage. 2 hours of dubstep bullshit. Then Korn come on and play more of it. I love dance music, but it belongs in a club not at a rock show. The audience was booing the (2nd) DJ and chanting “We want Korn! We want Korn!” The fucker said OK, you’ll get Korn…and then played five (!) more songs.
      Korn have seriously fucked up this time. I’ve never seen a Korn show that was so bad, so poorly conceived that I wanted my money back.

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    • D. Ron Hubbard     November 30, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      I can’t believe people that think this way even exist. So many different subdivisions of fucking idiots. It’s like the string theory of stupid. Dupstep sucks regardless, then there’s this butt rock band from the 90′s that thinks it’s great and wants to sound even shittier, then this punk from a fake death metal band thinks an equally shitty band ruined an already shitty genre as if he’s somehow above that shitty band when in reality, he sucks just as hard… Are you fucking kidding me?! It’s exhausting just knowing that people like this are alive and breathing. I think if we all just sat down and listend to Steely Dan’s “Aja”, the world would be a better place.

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    • I think you’re all missing the most exciting news in this…

      You can now do TRICKS with GLOWSTICKS! Wow, those innovators – not only have Korn rescued metal, they’ve also re-invented the things you can do “in the pit”. Wow.

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    • I don’t think I’ve checked out Metal Injection before, but seeing the pingback above and that they actually bother to use a special backwards “R” character when they write Korn’s name is severely disappointing. It’s bad enough we have to put up with all the stupid spellings in band names, but to encourage ridiculous formatting by going out of the way to accommodate it? C’mon, now.

      …Though I’m just now realizing I’m a total hypocrite, since I’d be totally cool seeing the same done with NIN. But maybe that’s because they’re some actual thought and design behind that backwards letter, rather than a random attempt to look different.

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    • 8 bit ninja     December 1, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      1. You were not dubstep before dubstep
      2. Not cool to see glowsticks at a show of any type
      3. Dubstep is not underground
      4. Metal and rock are not stale…do I really have to list all the great bands ?
      5. I am an old school metaller and I love hip-hop, jazz, blues, house, etc
      6. Path of Totality, fine. No emo rat knows who Tombs are.(They are quite good)
      7. With all my anger towards their choice of words, I like the new sound. I think they have found a way to stay relevant by doing a decent job at melding two sounds they did not create…I still will not be purchasing it

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      • I think you do have to make a list… I’d say metal and rock are pretty stale. There are plenty of good bands out there, yes, but I don’t think I’ve heard any rock music which I really felt I haven’t heard before in at least 2 years.

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    • They were trying to be relevant again, and guess what…?
      They succeeded in doing so.
      Horribly done if you ask me, but my opinion has no value in the collective consumer consciousness.

      I guess in the end it’s all about what you respect as good music and what you do not respect as so…
      What brings me to the reason for logging in… Why the fuck is this news on prp?

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    • korn is still irrelevant, i bet the single off this album last less than a month and then they play to half filled halls. the only place this album gets played with regularity is at some brit disco club. glowsticks in the pit? that’s cool? wow! as far as bmth go, i almost quit listening to every time i die for taking those guys out on tour with them after i saw how utterly terrible they were.

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