This Alternative-Metal group was formed in Bakersfield, California USA, in 1992 by lead singer Jonathan Davis, guitarists James 'Munky' Shaffer and Brian 'Head' Welch, bassist Reginald 'Fieldy' Arvizu and drummer David Silveria.
Two years later, Korn released its self-titled debut album; although it received very little support from critics, cracked The Billboard Top 200 chart reaching a respectable #72 position, but their wildly dynamic heavy-Rock was ready to explode.
In October 1996, the band released their second album, "Life Is Peachy"; the record peaked at #3 on The Billboard Top 200 and cracked the top 40 in the U.K. while the band toured across Europe with Limp Bizkit and Helmet.
Korn's audience continued to grow, during the second half of the '90s as the group's third album, 1998's "Follow The Leader", climbed to the top spot in the United States, Canada and Australia and crashed into the top 5 of the British chart; it spawned two huge hit singles: "Got The Life" made top 20 on both Modern and Mainstream Rock charts and "Freak On A Leash" climbed into the top 10 on the same charts.
In the fall of 1999, the quintet released "Issues", another strong commercial LP which shot to #1 on The Billboard 200 and to #2 on the Top Canadian Albums chart. The record included two U.S. Modern and Active Rock radio top 10 smashes, "Falling Away From Me" and "Make Me Bad".
Korn, after two-year break, rumors of crisis and solo projects, reconvened to record a new album. "Untouchables" was released in mid-2002 and hit the top 3 of the North American Albums charts; the first single, "Here To Stay", peaked at #4 spots, the highest chart-position that the band ever reached, on both Billboard's Rock charts, the track also won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance; the second single, "Thoughtless", reached the #6 position on The Mainstream Rock airplay chart. An international tour with Puddle Of Mudd and TRUSTcompany ensued, by this point "Untouchables" became a huge hit in Europe, cracking the top 5 on the National U.K. Albums chart.
The next year saw the release of the band's sixth album: "Take A Look In The Mirror", it jumped straight into the top 10 of The Billboard 200 chart and generated four Active Rock smash singles including the #11 "Right Now", "Did My Time", "Ya'll Want A Single" and "Everything I've Known".
Korn, in late 2004 issued a greatest hits compilation which debuted at #4 on the U.S. Top 200 chart, the set featured two new cover-songs: Cameo's "Word Up!" cracked both the top 20 of The Mainstream and Modern Rock charts and Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall" peaked at #12 on Billboard's Active Rock airplay chart.
In February 2005 guitarist Brian
'Head' Welch, announced his departure from Korn to concentrate on
his Christian faith.
The band returned in the fall with, "See You On The Other Side", their seventh studio record and their first album release on the Virgin label. The disc, which rose to #3 on The Billboard 200 yielded three Hot Mainstream Rock top 20 singles including the #3 "Twisted Transistor", the top 5 hit "Coming Undone" and "Politix".
"MTV Unplugged", which was recorded December 9, 2006 in New York City at MTV's Times Square studio, was released in March 2007; the CD, which peaked at #9 on The Billboard Top 200 chart, featured acoustic performances of the band's greatest hits, along with several new songs exclusive to their unplugged performance. Korn was also joined by The Cure and Amy Lee of Evanescence for this one time only performance; the first single off the 11-song set, "Freak On A Leash", featuring Amy Lee, hit the top 30 on both Modern and Active Rock charts.
Korn's eighth fully original studio album, "Untitled", followed in July and quickly bulleted into the top 5 of the Billboard's U.S. Top 200 and Top Canadian Albums charts, producing two Hot Mainstream Rock top 10 hit singles "Evolution" and "Hold On". Their regular drummer David Silveria has decided to sit this one out, so the band has rotated Davis, Bad Religion's Brooks Wackerman and Terry Bozzio through the drummer's chair. Silveria was later replaced by Army Of Anyone drummer Ray Luzier.
The modern Metal powerhouse's ninth offering, "Korn III - Remember Who You Are", was the band's first effort on their new label, Roadrunner Records. Released in July 2010, it peaked at #4 in Canada and #2 on The Billboard 200 while the single, "Oildale (Leave Me Alone)", climbed into the top 30 on both Billboard's Alternative and Rock Songs chart; the second singe, "Let The Guilt Go", was a top 30 hit at Active Rock radio.
With "The Path Of Totality", Korn set up an unexpected revolution for both Metal and Electronica, in fact their tenth outing features collaborations with Los Angeles DJ, Sonny Moore, better known as Skrillex, Kill the Noise, 12th Planet and many other Dubstep heavyweights. Released in December 2011, the disc hit #10 on The Billboard 200. The first single, "Get Up!" (feat. Skrillex), peaked at #21 on The Rock Songs list and also charted into the top 30 of the Billboard's Alternative Songs. "Narcissistic Cannibal", another heavy electro tune in which they collaborated with Skrillex and Kill the Noise, was released as a single, it crashed into the top 20 of both Rock and Alternative Songs charts. The final single, "Way Too Far", just squeaked into the top 40 of the Active Rock chart.
Released in October 2013, "The Paradigm Shift", marked the emotional return of co-founding guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch for his first album with the band since 2003's "Take A Look In The Mirror". Korn chose not to repeat the Dubstep/Metal fusion of their previous album, but remained intent on keeping the sounds fresh and new. On this album, they mesh up the classic dual guitar attack of Shaffer and Welch with an all new approach to the integration of electronics. The disc opened at #8 on The Billboard 200 and at #9 on the Top Canadian Albums chart; the first single, "Never Never", was soon played on almost every major Rock stations.