Jonathan Davis Comments On Nü-Metal Being Back & Puts Over New Band

Jonathan Davis Comments On Nü-Metal Being Back & Puts Over New Band
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Korn is one of the pioneering bands of the nü-metal genre, and the group has sold more than 40 million records worldwide. Nü-metal has experienced a resurgence of sorts recently with Limp Bizkit on the road on the back of a critically-acclaimed new album. Rob Zombie, Mudvayne, Static-X and Powerman 5000 also recently announced a summer tour, and new bands Tetrarch, Tallah and Wargasm are all continuing the nu-metal sound. 

Recently, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis talked about the genre’s return to form in an interview with Metal Hammer. “I’m glad it’s back, but the whole nu metal thing, it’s just whatever!” Davis said. “Ha ha! I like this one band called Wargasm. They’re pretty cool. They’re heavy, but they’re new and different.” 

Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch also previously said that Korn are proud to be seen as forefathers of the genre. “We’re proud to be seen as scene elders. It’s funny, every band that would be associated with nü-metal never liked that title, because we never gave that tag to ourselves, it was whoever made it up, you know? When you’re in a band, you want to call the shots, you want to be in charge of your branding, and it was someone else who branded us that. And so we were like, ‘No, that’s not cool. So we didn’t like it. But nü-metal, love it or hate it, and Korn, has stood the test of time. And we’re very grateful that we can be looked at as the originators, and that we started something that still reverberates all these decades later, and people are still liking it.”

Davis also shared the weirdest gig Korn ever played. “The craziest one was at a lawnmower repair shop in Georgia with Sick Of It All,” he said. “It was literally a tin-roof shed with a dirt floor. If you had to go to the bathroom, they’d just give you a roll of toilet paper and say, ‘Go sh*t in the woods.’ There were 200 people there and it was an OK show, so it was kind of cool, I guess – apart from the sh*tting in the woods part! Ha ha!”

Davis also revealed that after Korn’s current tour run, he will begin writing a new solo record. “After we do this run [with Korn], we’re gonna go back and start writing again. I haven’t written a lot, and that’s good because I’ve just been really enjoying my life; I’m a lot happier now. I have no preconceived notion of what it’s gonna be; it could be in the same vein, or I’ll try something different. I’ve experimented with all kinds of music, from country to big band. It could be any of them mixed together, as long as it’s got my vibe.”

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