Today in nu-metal revival: Korn release new video, on tour with Rob Zombie
You might hate 'em for it, but Korn are some of the most significant contributors to the last 20+ years of popular rock music. The godfathers of nu-metal just announced a new album, and resistance is futile.
It's called The Serenity Of Suffering, and it will be out October 21 on Roadrunner Records, but they just released the first single "Rotting In Vain." It's also got a video, with a guy from Sons of Anarchy in it.
They definitely aren't returning to the benzo, boyish testosterone and trauma-fueled sound of their early albums -- as the album name and the fact that these guys are middle aged now may suggest -- but it's much, much closer to that than that weird dubstep phase they had. As someone who wholeheartedly loves Korn's first four albums and would never willingly listen to the rest of their albums, I'm genuinely excited. This new track even features Jonathan Davis' infamous growls.
The album features all the original members except for the drummer, who was replaced by Ray Luzier in 2007. It was produced by go-to mainstream rock dude Nick Raskulinecz, who you know from his work with Foo Fighters, Deftones and a bunch of others.
The music video tries kind of hard to be spooky with snakes and crows in a decrepit house, and it has Davis singing in an empty bathtub. So basically how can you not love it? The song itself is decently heavy with a melodic, chorus-driven bent. It's above average for most radio rock, and actually pretty good when Korn's own style shines through. Check it out below (via Rolling Stone).
Korn just began their "Return of the Dreads Tour" with Rob Zombie earlier this week, which is either your worst nightmare or a double dose of nostalgia. (Also worth pointing out: White Zombie recently reissued their old noise rock material on The Numero Group.) The tour doesn't hit NYC proper, but it'll be in the area for two NJ shows and one in Hartford. All dates are listed below.
Korn / Rob Zombie -- 2016 Tour Dates
Fri 7/22 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
Sat 7/23 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sun 7/24 Irvine, CA Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Tue 7/26 Nampa (Boise), ID Idaho Center Amphitheater
Wed 7/27 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
Fri 7/29 Mountain View, CAShoreline Amphitheatre
Sat 7/30Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Tue8/2Austin, TXAustin 360 Amphitheater
Wed8/3The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Thu 8/4 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sat 8/6 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
Sun 8/7 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Tue 8/9 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Wed 8/10 Kansas City, MO Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Sat 8/20 Mt. Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort (without Rob Zombie)
Sun 8/21 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Tue 8/23 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Wed 8/24 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Thu 8/25 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Sat 8/27 Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheater
Sun 8/28 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
Tue 8/30 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Thu 9/1 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre
Fri 9/2 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
Sat 9/3 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Korn / Breaking Benjamin -- 2016 Tour Dates
9/24 — Fargo, N.D. — Scheels Arena
9/25 — Omaha, Neb. — Baxter Arena
9/27 — Cedar Rapids, Iowa — U.S. Cellular Center
9/28 — Peoria, Ill. — Peoria Civic Center
10/2 — Louisville, Ky. — Louder Than Life Festival (Korn only)
10/5 — Charlotte, N.C. — PNC Music Pavilion
10/7 — Pelham, Ala. — Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
10/8 — Southaven, Miss. — Landers Center
10/9 — Biloxi, Miss. — Mississippi Coast Coliseum
10/11 — Tampa, Fla. — MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the State Fairgrounds
10/12 — Jacksonville, Fla. — Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum
10/13 — Alpharetta, Ga. — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
10/15 — Rogers, Ark. — Walmart Amp.
10/16 — Tulsa, Okla. — BOK Center
10/19 — Colorado Springs, Colo. — World Arena
Korn Festival Appearances
Sat 10/1 Madison, WI JJO Sonic Boom
Sun 10/2 Louisville, KY Louder Than Life
Sat 10/22 Sacramento, CA Aftershock Festival