Korn’s James “Munky” Shaffer Credits Nick Raskulinecz For Helping “Steer” New Album


It has long been cliché for band members to refer to their upcoming new album as being ‘heavy’ or ‘returning to their roots’, but that doesn’t stop it from happening routinely. That said, ‘heavy’ was a term Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch generously  threw around in recent months when discussing the band’s new album, “The Serenity Of Suffering“. It’s an opinion his band mate, guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer shares, as Shaffer recently told The Telegraph:

“It’s more about the songs and kind of stripped down. I think it definitely had us thinking more about keeping some of these elements that we used to do and how fans reacted to our first album. There’s heavy guitar riffs and certain elements we used to do that we want fans to hear, bringing those back into the forefront.”

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Shaffer later added that the album’s producer Nick Raskulinecz (Mastodon, Deftones) played a large part in the album’s direction:

“Metal has gone through an evolution. We went down that road a few years ago, but I think with Nick being a producer and a fan, he focused on what we’re good at and steered the ship back onto that course, like, the scat Jonathan does, he does that heavy-metal scat. Nick just encouraged all that.”

The Serenity Of Suffering” is due in stores on October 21st. Korn are currently touring on the ‘Return Of The Dreads Tour‘ with Rob Zombie and In This Moment.

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