Korn is a metal band that was formed in Bakersfield, California in 1993. Three of its original founding members, Reginald Arvizu, James Shaffer, and David Silveria, came from the band L.A.P.D., a band formed a few years earlier also in Bakersfield. The band also included Richard Morrill. Korn is still active today, and includes original members Reginald Arvizu and James Shaffer, with newer members Brian Welch, Ray Luzier, and Jonathan Davis.
The sub-genre of music Korn plays is known as nu-metal, which combined metal with other styles such as punk, grunge, and hip-hop. Other bands known for the style included Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit. Korn, however, was one of the first and most prominent bands playing in the genre. The nu-metal sound uses heavy, distorted guitar riffs and a groovier, funk-based drum beats that deviated from typical heavy metal beats.
Korn released their first demo album in 1993, entitled “Neidermayer’s Mind.” This album was the beginning of the nu-metal genre, and though it didn’t become widely popularized, it led to Korn’s first full-length album, “Korn.” This was released in 1994 on Immortal Records and was well-received, making the top 100 on Billboard in 1996. After 2 Grammy Awards and 10 more records, several of which went platinum and multi-platinum, Korn is still active touring and recording.
- Korn (1994)
- Life Is Peachy (1996)
- Follow the Leader (1998)
- Issues (1999)
- Untouchables (2002)
- Take a Look in the Mirror (2003)
- See You on the Other Side (2005)
- Untitled album (2007)
- Korn III: Remember Who You Are (2010)
- The Path of Totality (2011)
- The Paradigm Shift (2013)