Korn
1992
United States
Music group
In 1992 a band called L.A.P.D. is playing the local circuit in Bakersfield, California, US with members Richard Morales (vocalist), James Shaffer (Guitar), Reginald Arvizu (Bass) and David Silveria (Drums).

Mean-while another band Sexart featuring Jonathan Davis (at the time an assistant coroner) was also hitting the scene.

Munky and Brian happened to see Sexart one night at a bar and were blown away by Johnathans performance. The two bands melded into one and called themselves "Creep" which would soon be changed to "Korn".

Korn developed a local following through their heavy playing schedule and put out their first demo tape, 'Niedermeyer's Mind', featuring 4 songs: Blind, Predictable, Daddy, and Alive.

With a "buzz" going on about the band and their new demo Korn began the search for a record deal.
They were insistant that the record company understand their music and not make them compromise their art.
Immortal Records seemed to be in tune with their music and they agreed on a deal.

Korn quickly hit the studio to record their powerful self titled album "Korn". Korn (the album) would eventually go gold due mostly to their insane touring schedule with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, 311, Marilyn Manson, KMFDM and Megadeth.

Due to their amazing live performances and heavy touring, Korn established a wide and very loyal following.

In 1996, Life Is Peachy (their second release), debuted at No. 3 and spawned the radio hit "A.D.I.D.A.S.," --an acronym for "All Day I Dream About Sex."

1998 saw the release of their third release Follow the Leader. Without fail it was a smash hit and heavy air play gave Korn a much wider fan base. The "Freak on a Leash" video went on to win two awards at the 1999 MTV Music Video Awards.
In '98 they also started their own rock festival called "Family Values", their own record label "Elementree Records" and a weekly internet program called "KoRn T.V.". Needless to say Korn was busy kicking ass.

This wasn't enough for them though, and they soon hit the studio.
Producing their 4th release, "Issues" put them over the top.
Korn were now officially superstars with millions of fans, yet still somehow maintained the loyalty of their original followers.
Despite all the succees Issues still had original Korn angst and power. The album also featured 4 different covers with the art done by fans.

So what makes Korn so unique?
Maybe it's the identification with Jonathans lyrics. He tells stories of disillusion and lost childhood.

Or maybe it's the new sound they helped cultivate. Taking the sound of heavy-metal and fusing it with rap and alternative rock spawned a new genre of rap-metal.

Part of Korn's unique sound can be credited to their equipment. Both Brian and Munky use seven-string guitars with crazy tunings (A D G C F A D for all you guitarists).
Fieldy uses a five string bass tuned very low and kicks out bass lines that are almost drum-like in their rhythm.

Whatever it is that makes Korn tick, they seem to be doing it right and are definitly here to stay.
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