Korn frontman Jonathan Davis was recently interviewed by Full Metal Jackie and expressed his problems with the band being labeled a ‘metal’ outfit during the conversation. He said of that:
“I’ve always had a problem with the term ‘metal.’ We never were that. I mean, just go back to the beginning when Korn started out. We came out of Huntington Beach, California, and they didn’t know what to do with us. The first tour we went out was with Biohazard and House Of Pain. Second one was, I think, Sick Of It All, Orange 9mm and us, and then we went out with, like, KMFDM.
And we played shows with No Doubt, Cadillac Tramps and Pennywise, and just stuck us all over the place. So I think that we went out and did all that stuff, and it seems like the metal community took us in. We were like the black sheep—we had no place to really go—and I really appreciate and I love the metal community. But as far as us being a metal band, a metal band, to me, is, like, Judas Priest or Iron Maiden—that’s a metal band.
I don’t think Korn does that. I know it’s something we do that’s different. But I love the scene and there’s some passionate people in it—really diehard fans. They don’t care. If they don’t like what you’re doing, they’ll let you know it, and I respect that about them and that scene.”
When asked how he would describe the band’s sound, he offered:
“I think we’re just heavy rock. I mean, I don’t like categories, period, but we’re more of a heavy rock band than just straight metal. I’m coming from when metal was, like I said, Priest and that era… Dio and those [bands]… singing about swords and dragons, and I love that. You know what I mean? To me, that was real metal music, and I love it. Don’t get me wrong. But when it comes all down to it, it’s music, and who cares what the hell it is? If you like it, you like it; if you don’t, you don’t. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters.”