They emerged from the unlikely rock scene of Bakersfield, California and managed to become the forefathers of a new-age of heavy metal rock. Korn has continued to surprise us with their heavy-hitting guitar riffs and lyrics since their debut album in 1994. Now in their twenty-third year as a unstoppable musical force, Korn continues to pioneer the numetal genre with new music and pulse-pounding tour dates.
The band formed in Bakersfield in the early '90s out of the defunct band L.A.P.D. with the addition of Jonathan Davis on lead vocals. Korn released their Ross Robinson produced demo Neidermeyer's Mind in 1993 and were eventually picked up by Epic Records. They released their self-titled debut LP in 1994 which garnered a lot of attention amongst music critics and fans alike. The album was noted for the unique heavy metal sound that was soon dubbed Nu Metal for its inclusion of hip-hop raps, grunge, and metal. Korn dates were scheduled alongside hard rock band Biohazard for a national outing before heading back to the studio to craft the follow-up.
Korn released Life Is Peachy in 1996 and achieved huge success in the rock world. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and featured the Grammy nominated single "No Place to Hide". Korn tour dates were scheduled as the co-headlining act on the Lollapalooza Festival in 1997 with Tool. 1998 proved to be the band's hugest year to-date when they released Follow the Leader to massive commercial success. It featured the singles "Got The Life" and "Freak on a Leash", both of which received heavy rotation on MTV. The video for "Freak on a Leash" won the band their first Grammy Award in 1998 for Best Short-Form Music Video and was nominated for nine MTV Video Music Awards in 1998. The album went on to sell ten million copies worldwide and was certified five times platinum in the United States. In support of the album, the band started their own headlining music festival called The Family Values Tour in 1998 which they have revived several times throughout the past two decades.
The band released their third album Issues in 1999, it immediately debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and outsold new releases from Dr. Dre and Celine Dion. The band went on to release several more albums in the 2000s including Untouchables in 2002, Take a Look in the Mirror in 2003 and a Greatest Hits collection in 2005 before parting ways with Epic Records. Korn signed a lucrative deal with EMI and Virgin Records to distribute their music, license their image, and schedule their tours. Their first Virgin release was See You on the Other Side in 2005 and Korn tour dates were scheduled on the accompanying "See You On The Other Side Tour" throughout the year. The band resurrected the "Family Values Tour" in 2006 and toured internationally with the Deftones and Flyleaf. On the 2007 "Family Values Tour", the band recorded a session of the successful MTV Unplugged series which was the first time a metal band was featured on the acoustic music program. To close out the decade, the band released an untitled album in 2008 and their most recent album Korn III: Remember Who You Are in 2010.
Korn's 2010 concert schedule included a co-headlining outing with Disturbed on the "Music as a Weapon V Tour", which featured Sevendust as the opening act. This was shortly before the band signed with Roadrunner Records, releasing The Path of Totality as their first album with the label. The album -- which was produced by Skrillex and Datsik, among others -- featured a prominent dubstep sound that was commended as bold and innovative by numerous music critics.
2013's aptly titled album, The Paradigm Shift, not only saw the return of Korn's signature, heavier sound, but also original guitarist Brian "Head Welch". Once again held to the standard of Korn's early work, the album met the expectations of both critics and fans. Longtime listeners of the group rallied around the band's return to its roots, and Brian Welch has said that Korn's next album, The Serenity of Suffering, will be even heavier.