Korn Favorites from Slipknot, Skrillex, Skylar Grey, Asking Alexandria, Hollywood Undead, Of Mice & Men and More
Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:20:47
2013 is going to be remembered as one of the most monumental years in Korn's storied career.
Their brand new album The Paradigm Shift [Get it on iTunes] is poised to exert the same kind of impact as their self-titled debut, Life is Peachy, Follow the Leader, Issues, and Untouchables when it drops October 8 via Prospect Park. Not only does it feature the return of Brian "Head" Welch, it boasts some of their most powerful and poetic songs.
The band's influence across music is beyond pervasive. They've influenced not one but two generations of artists at this point from Skrillex and Skylar Grey to Slipknot and Five Finger Death Punch. Ask them, and they will tell you…
That's precisely what ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino did. He spoke to all of the above and more about the band's impact.
Check out the exclusive feature below!
What Korn song or album do you come back to? What's your favorite and why?
Joey Jordison of Slipknot, Scar the Martyr & The Murderdolls
Joey Jordison: I just love all of Korn's records [Laughs]. It's impossible to choose a favorite. It was such an honor to tour with those guys. I had a blast, and it's something I'll always remember forever, man.
Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch
Ivan Moody: I love Life Is Peachy. I love the band in general. Jonathan Davis started letting go during Life Is Peachy. It wasn't a radical point-of-view. It was more like, "This is who I am, and this is what I am. Fuck you!" Who comes up with a title like "A.D.I.D.A.S." and then gets endorsed? It's incredible by the company. In my opinion, JD came out of his shell there. Korn changed rock 'n' roll, metal, and the world of music. It's about emotion.
Skrillex: The first Korn album started a whole movement, and it revolutionized what music is currently. It shifted the standards. Their debut was the first one I got. When I was a kid, like eight-years-old or so, I actually found a Korn tape in a discount basket with hair bands at a thrift store [Laughs]. The only songs were "Blind" and "Clown". It was scary, but it was incredible. Korn's debut changed the game. I still go back to it, and I always will.
David Draiman of Disturbed & Device
David Draiman: It'd be the first Korn record without a doubt. The first Korn record and the first Deftones record were the two big ones. I remember "Blind" was out as a single for Korn, and "7 Words" was out for Deftones. My roommate was always into metal. He was into death metal and black metal more than the type of world I entered into. He was the one who ended up exposing me to all of that music. He first introduced me to Korn, Deftones, and Type O Negative. Those bands were just coming to fruition, and everybody was starting to hear about them at that particular point in time. That was one of the reasons I ended up joining Disturbed and getting that whole thing started back in the day. As for the first Korn album, it's got their signature songs like "Blind". Then, there's the emotion Jonathan has in a song like "Faggot" or any number of tracks off that record. It's a defining record for the genre and a very seminal record for a whole lot of bands.
Johnny 3 Tears of Hollywood Undead
Johnny 3 Tears: There are a few ways I can go with this, but I have to go with Korn's self-titled debut simply because I'll always remember the first time I heard it. In my opinion, this record was just as groundbreaking as any band that came along and shifted the direction of rock music. Even the album cover with the kid on the swing was outside of the box. It was very ahead of its time.
J-Dog of Hollywood Undead
J-Dog: I've been listening to The Path of Totality a lot. I listen to it from front to back at least twice a month. I really like that record. It's so different. They did a great job.
Derek Mears star of Friday the 13th, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, & Hatchet 3
Derek Mears: I love The Path of Totality. It's such a huge thing for an artist to take a risk and do something different. It's that daredevil mentality. I really enjoy it!
Jeff Kendrick of DevilDriver & AllAxess.com
Jeff Kendrick: My favorite Korn record has to be, 'Life is Peachy'. The record came out right at a time when I was really getting more and more into music and into playing guitar. I also saw them several times in my first concert road trip in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island area. The record possesses some of their most commercially viable songs, but I feel that to me, it has some of their darkest and heaviest. It was a more well-defined and honed in album then their debut; better production; catchier songs etc., don't get me wrong, the first record is has an unparalleled vibe, but 'Life Is Peachy' came out and is indicative of a time period in my life. You know how records like this affect us, every music-lover has them and their memories of who they were at when the album first came across their peripheral.
Ben Bruce of Asking Alexandria
Ben Bruce: When most people think of Korn, they think of Follow the Leader, Life is Peachy, or their first album. However, I really did love Untouchables. It was doom-y and gloomy. It was different. I truly enjoyed that record. I think it's a brilliant album. It's awesome. I was born in 1988, but it's apparent we all love the '80s and bands like Guns N' Roses, W.A.S.P., Whitensake, and all of that. When we were in teens and pre-teens, we were listening to Korn, Soulfly, and Slipknot. We have so many different influences and eras. We try to incorporate all of it into our music.
Matt Heafy of Trivium
Matt Heafy: Follow the Leader was one of my favorites. I'd say that and Life Is Peachy.
Charly B of Dirtyphonics
Charly B: This is a tough one…I'd probably say their earliest works. I got into them on the first record. All of their records are great though. We still listen to Korn on pretty much a daily basis.
Hyro Da Hero
Hyro Da Hero: I remember I first saw the name "Korn" it was back in high school. Motherfuckers everywhere would be carving it into desks or writing it in the bathroom. I listened to their first album, and it was life-changing for me. Those dudes changed the game forever. Having their respect means the world to me.
Rob Ulrich of Mindset Evolution
Rob Ulrich: I'd say the first album or Life Is Peachy. They were a huge part of my younger years. I love Korn. Out of all Korn's songs, "Clown" especially spoke to me. That's my absolute favorite Korn song. It's so guttural. We got to play with them in Big Flats, NY. Our whole band was standing backstage. Because we all love Korn, we had this five man mosh pit happening in the backstage corner while we were watching Korn [Laughs]. Every time they dropped that bass, we just lost our minds and beat the shit out of each other. Jonathan Davis's Queen of the Damned soundtrack is unbelievable. The songwriting, sense of melody, and structure are incredible. It's amazing.
Sid Wilson of Slipknot & The Miami Vice Sound Crack
Sid Wilson: Follow the Leader is a great record. I always liked "Freak on a Leash". I saw the on MTV for the first time like everybody else did. The video came on, and Jonathan Davis was wearing an Adidas jumpsuit. He had the dreads, and I was like, "What is this shit?" Right away, I knew there were going to be fucking huge. I thought, "This is big right here!" I knew it. I think most people did. For me, Korn was the first refreshing band since Nirvana. It was a new style. It was wild. I hadn't heard something that drastically different until Korn. I was listening to Mr. Bungle before for that feeling.
Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach
Jacoby Shaddix: I'm stoked to see them with "Head" again. My favorite record is their first album. It's got "Blind", "Ball Tongue", and all of that shit. I saw them the first time they came around in Northern California. They were skinny, mangled-looking grimy fuckers back then [Laughs]. They had chicken wire on their guitar cabinets and shit. They came out and destroyed. It was a bloodbath. It was awesome.
Austin Carlile of Of Mice & Men
Austin Carlile: I love Korn. They're one of my favorite bands. My favorite record is Follow the Leader. Tons of bands came out and started doing music like that after them. There are so many like Disturbed and Mudvayne. Even Slipknot came after. There were a lot of bands who were influenced by Korn and made it to platinum status because of them. Korn is still massive.
Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember
Jeremy McKinnon: I still listen to Korn. Follow the Leader is my favorite record. It just sounds so good. The mix is absolutely perfect. It's timeless. They're still influencing people.
Skylar Grey: When I rediscovered Korn, they had a song out called "Ya'll Want a Single". That's the first thing coming to my head right now, so I'll that's my favorite song. When I was in middle school, I had a weird group of friends. I didn't belong to any clique in my school, but everyone kind of accepted me even though they didn't know what to do with me. It was like I would hang out with people, and then I would feel like a loner. One group of my friends was really into Korn. That was the first time I heard them, and I hated it at first because it was so aggressive to my ears [Laughs]. Then I moved to Los Angeles and started working with Linkin Park. I saw their Projekt Revolution tour in 2004, and Korn was on that. I saw them live, and that's when it changed for me. I became a fan after experiencing them live. I love Jonathan Davis's voice.
Lzzy Hale of Halestorm
Lzzy Hale: Live is Peachy is awesome. You can listen to a Korn record all the way through. They're one of the greatest bands because you can do that. Everything was a cohesive thought. You have to listen to the entire record in order and figure out where Jonathan Davis's head was at. His thought process is incredible. Lately, Korn has been my go-to when I'm on a long plane flight. I end up listening to dark stuff while I'm flying. I don't know why [Laughs]. I've been mixing it up and shuffling a mixture of Life is Peachy and Follow the Leader. Sometimes, that spurs inspiration, I have to keep a pen and paper out. I'll get ideas for songs. They kill it live. I admire that they keep doing it. I'm glad they haven't stopped.
Craig Mabbitt of Escape The Fate
Craig Mabbitt: I was super fucking into Korn back in the day. I'm excited to see them back with "Head". The last time I saw them with "Head" was when I was in high school. A few months ago, I saw them in Arizona. Whether you like the techno-sounding music or not, I really enjoy what they did incorporating what that genre of music is doing and releasing really fucking cool songs. See You On The Other Side was the album I really fucking enjoyed. It's got "Coming Undone". The first time I saw them, Jonathan Davis walked out all scraggly looking and wearing a fucking kilt playing the bagpipes. The whole fucking crowd went insane. I was like, "Goddamn, this is fucking dope! I don't want to ever leave this concert".
Aaron Lewis of Staind
Aaron Lewis: Music that hit me hard and helped didn't really come around until Korn. Their first record flattened me. I cried like a little bitch the moment I heard "Daddy". That record really touched me in a way that no record ever had to be quite honest with you. It totally changed the game. It changed what was acceptable as lyrical content. It changed how deep and dark you could go with your lyrics at full-on face value without even trying to use any sort of imagery or metaphorical writing. It was raw, brutal, honest, in-your-face, and no-holds-barred, like nothing before it. It paved the way for people like me and Corey Taylor [Slipknot, Stone Sour] to say what we say. It really kicked the doors wide open for us.
Ajay Bhattacharyya of Data Romance
Ajay Bhattacharyya: That's a good question! They were going before I was even paying attention to music. The first one I bought was Follow the Leader. After that I got the first album, I think their debut is more impressive in retrospect just because of what was going on around it in the musical climate. It was so different. They made such a different record, and they had such a distinct sound for the time. It was adventurous in early 1994. I think their best record is Follow the Leader though. It sounds the best. They'd found their sound and gotten into it. It doesn't have some of the first album's spontaneity, but it's pretty impressive.
Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust
Lajon Witherspoon: I still come back to the first Korn record. I remember exactly where I was when I first heard it. I was in Atlanta, GA. I had a band called Body and Soul, and we were at this cool bar called The Scrap Bar. One of the artists in Atlanta was a welder, and he had all of this crazy, cool stuff in there. Bands would rock out. My bass player was a rich kid. He had a Trace Elliot bass rig he played in. Back then, nobody had one. It was like he was from outer space. I remember he had a lowered Honda Prelude with tinted windows. He had two 15-inch speakers and all of the cool stuff. He said, "You've got to hear this band. No one knows about them yet. They're called Korn!" I was like, "What do you mean?" We stood in the parking lot, and he turned that thing on. We weren't used to an 808 in that type of rock. Those 15-inch speakers were going off. We were like, "What the hell is going on?" We fell in love with the band that night. It's a true story. Korn changed the way I played and listened to rock. That first album is a classic. I loved touring with Korn. It was a blast doing Shiprocked! too. It was such a long time coming! We did some shows over the years. We had so much fun hanging out with those guys.
What's your favorite Korn song or Korn album?
See our exclusive retrospective on Follow the Leader here!
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