Rock Blog: Korn - Beating Personal Demons

December 13, 2016

Korn is too much of an insane energy and presence to be warped into words, but one can attempt to share their insane love and respect by trying.  With their 12th studio album, The Serenity Of Suffering dropping this past October, Korn once again reinvented themselves.  Formed in 1993 out of Bakersfield, CA, they created the nü-metal subgenre.  They were among the first bands to incorporate hip-hop beats with heavy guitars, and they even incorporated dubstep with their 2011 album, The Path of Totality.  If you were lucky, you got to see them at White River Amphitheater last July with Rob Zombie.  Right now they are touring in the U.K.  Click here to see their tour schedule.  On Saturday, Korn dropped in on the Tribute Band, Korn Again at Manchester’s Ruby Lounge in the U.K. and shared the stage with them for a couple songs! 

What I admire most about Korn, is their desire to improve themselves, not only professionally, but personally as well.  It's not easy for a band to stick it out for 23 years without letting personal issues come in between them, leading to a break up or a long hiatus. Members, Jonathan Davis (vocals, bagpipes), James "Munky" Shaffer (guitar), Brian "Head" Welch (guitar, backing vocals), and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu (bass) all admit they were high on meth while recording their debut album.  None of them ever thought they would all be struggling with alcohol and drug problems.  Here's where it gets amazing.  They are all sober today.  You might think, "Oh, I hear this story all the time about bands struggling with addiction".  In my opinion, I don't think this should be looked at so loosely.  Alcoholism and addiction are very real diseases, and getting sober is by far the toughest thing anyone can do, especially being in the environment that they live in.  I've been sober 3 years and 3 months, and it took 8 years of trying to get where I am today.  If there were a hell on earth, living in active addiction would be it.  So, there's another reason for mad respect for Korn.  People that have overcome alcoholism and addiction are the most real and most strong individuals I have ever met, after all...they (we) have already been dead.  There's no more fear after that. 

With Korn, there is no pretending, and you know that when listening.  Playing Korn during my shows at KISW gives me the biggest natural high and major goose bumps.  I crank it as loud as it will go in the studio and imagine you doing the same wherever you are listening from.  Ready for some goose bumps?  Check out their video to Rotting In Vain off of The Serenity of Suffering.

Long live Korn!