- 11:05 AM, Oct 03
While many other bands play with six-string guitars, Korn distorted seven-strings instead. The unique style has been copied since, but the forerunner Korn remains immortal. The band first formed as LAPD (Love And Peace Dude) and was later changed to Creep. They renamed to Korn after the vocalist, Jonathan Davis, joined the band in 1993. Unfortunately, in 2005, the nu-metal godfathers lost their guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch refer to his religious reason. Korn current line are vocalist Jonathan Davis, bassist Reginald 'Fieldy' Arvizu, drummer David Silveria and guitarist James 'Munky' Shaffer.
Korn was touring for nearly two years before signed to Immortal Records and released their self-titled debut in 1994. Sad to say, radio stations and MTV refused to play their songs. The rejection did stop the band as they continued to play on the road and joined the Ozzfest. The next album "Life is Peachy" was offered for sale in 1996 and instantly went platinum. As for the success, MTV agreed to play Korn video.
Korn won their first Grammy in 2000 for Best Short Form Music Video and they also achieved two MTV Video Music Awards, thanks to their animated video "Freak On A Leash" taken from album "Follow the Leader" (1998). This song was later on played unplugged with Evanescence's Amy Lee and ran on MTV at tremendous rate. Korn's tour was particularly something worth to see. Their idea on "The Family Values Tour" that featured everyone from Ice Cube to Limp Bizkit to Rammstein has made the tour as one of 1998's most successful tours. In 1999, Korn released their fourth album "Issues" The album that featured four different covers, put their single "Falling Away From Me" on "South Park" episode. The frontman Davis also appeared on special South Park Halloween episode, entitled " Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mistery."
Disappointing sales occured on Korn's next album "Untouchables" (2002). The Internet piracy was the issue for the decline. The band tried their luck with their following album "Take a Look in the Mirror" (2003) and sent one of its singles "Did My Time" to be featured as Angelina Jolie's "Tomb Raider: The Craddle of Life" movie soundtrack. Then, Korn and rapper Xzibit recorded cover of Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" for the soundtrack of Van Diesel's "XXX: State of the Union" (2005). From movie to TV series, Korn has also re-recorded the theme for UPN's "Twilight Zone."