KORN (1993–PRESENT). Jonathon Davis (vocals), James “Munky” Shaffer (guitar), Brian “Head” Welch (guitar), Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (bass), David Silveria (drums).
Korn are one of the most popular and respected of the nu metal wave of the early to mid-nineties, and one of the few bands from that time period that continue to produce listenable music to the present day. The band was founded in Bakersfield, California, in 1993, and their first album, Korn, established them as different from the usually more macho metal bands that formed around the same time. Lead singer Jonathan Davis writes lyrics that celebrate the loner and the misfit, providing the soundtrack and outlet for the dispossessed nerds of metal.
While bands such as Limp Bizkit were singing empty anthems to misplaced anger, Korn was tying to articulate the anguish that the meekest members of the metal community go through and tried to articulate their rage, not against a nameless machine but at the very real oppressive teachers, parents, and school bullies. Surprisingly, the band, who tour and record infrequently, seem to be as popular today as they were in their nineties heyday, although drummer Silveria and guitarist Brian “Head” Welch both left the band in 2006. Welch apparently left to proselytize as a newly born again Christian. Korn remains one of the more emotional and honest bands of the new metal scene, and this is probably why they survive as a band to this day.
Discography: Korn (Immortal/Epic, 1994); Life Is Peachy (Immortal/Epic, 1996); Follow the Leader (Immortal/Epic, 1998); Issues (Immortal/Epic, 1999); Untouchables (Immortal/Epic, 2001); Take A Look In The Mirror (Immortal/Epic, 2003); See You on the Other Side (EMI/Virgin, 2005); Untitled ((EMI/Virgin, 2007); Live & Rare (Immortal/Epic, 2006); Korn III: Remember Who You Are (Roadrunner, 2009).