Korn's Best Collaborations in Honor of "Narcissistic Cannibal"
Thu, 13 Oct 2011 09:14:15
Korn are heavy music resident kings of collaboration.
They've been bridging gaps and bringing genres together since their now classic self-titled debut album. However, they've always invited their friends to the party. One of their best collaborations ever is new single "Narcissistic Cannibal" featuring Skrillex and Kill The Noise, and you can hear it on ARTISTdirect.com now!
In honor of Korn dropping, The Path Of Totality on December 6, 2011, their tenth studio album and second for Roadrunner Records, ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino takes a look back at some of Korn's most innovative, inventive, and important collaborations over the years.
Korn & Ice Cube — "Children of the Korn"
It's an eerie explosive concoction of rap and metal from Follow the Leader. Korn's creepy sounds and dark riffing are punctuated with raw street grit, straight from the master of raw street grit, Ice Cube. They played it together every night on the first Family Values tour in 1998, and it was a historical moment, perfectly bringing two seemingly disparate genres together just like "Narcissistic Cannibal" does.
Korn & The Dust Brothers — "Kick The P.A."
Korn's flirtations with electronic music really began on this collaboration with The Dust Brothers for the Spawn soundtrack. It's another gorgeously evil classic, driven by guttural guitars and strange industrial soundscapes.
Korn & Chino Moreno of Deftones — "Wicked"
This cover of Ice Cube's "Wicked" from Life Is Peachy saw Jonathan Davis firing off gut-wrenching schizophrenic screams as Deftones mainman Chino Moreno ripped through visceral verses with an MC style on his own. This is one of the group's ultimate collaborations, bringing together two of the most important heavy bands of all time…
Korn & Nas — "Play Me"
The king of New York hip hop, Nas, lights up one of James "Munky" Shaffer's most intense riffs as Davis harmonizes with eerie elegance. Everything subsides into some classic crooning from Davis before a final explosion. Imagine how incredible this would be live?
Korn & Corey Taylor of Slipknot & Stone Sour — "Freak on a Leash"
This comes from Family Values 2006, and it's another metal moment for the history books. Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour simply soars as he locks in with Davis. There's all kinds of intensity just emanating from the stage on this one.
Korn & Amy Lee of Evanescence — "Freak on a Leash" [MTV Unplugged]
This rendition of "Freak on a Leash" from Korn's legendary MTV Unplugged show illuminates another side of the song. There's a delicate vulnerability in Davis's voice as a lilting piano resounds. Amy Lee of Evanescence carries the song to the heavens like only she can. It's pure bliss.
What's your favorite Korn collaboration?
Watch the lyric video for "Narcissistic Cannibal" here!
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