Korn Dives Into Dubstep



The path of totality — not the kind that involves a mountaintop guru — involves a lot of subsonic bass.

Korn’s adventurous new album, “The Path of Totality,” dives headfirst into the dubstep and electronica craze.

Guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal it’s not so radical of a departure for the nu-metal band that headlines Day 2 of Siesta Fest at HemisFair Park tonight with Sluggo and JDevil. Gates open at 7 p.m.

“When I think about the beginning of the band, when I think about the elements that inspired us, which was basically us taking metal and mixing it with hip-hop, I don’t really think this is any different,” Shaffer said about the dance floor-friendly elements.

“It’s just a fresh take on what we’ve been doing. And we’ve always been sort of a band to push the envelope of creativity and just see what other elements we can include in this band without diluting too much of the original sound.”
The new record, inspired by singer Jonathan Davis’ discovery of (some might say, obsession with) Skrillex’s music, features several guest artists including Exision, Noisia, Kill The Noise and Downlink.
Yes, Skrillex is part of the mix.

“We started out with a couple of Skrillex songs and basically had him come to the studio and sit down and listen to some of the tracks that he’d been working on,” Shaffer said.

“We chose one, and that was the song ‘Get Up.’ So that was the first song we worked on. And then everybody loved it, and we were really surprised at how well it worked.”

Performing it onstage takes things to a much more aggressive level. Korn’s freaks-on-a-leash-fans have taken to it.

“Personally I think it sounds better live. I think it’s more aggressive. I think there’s a heaviness, there’s a heavier Korn element.

“And I think it’s just the presence of the bigger, fatter guitars. That’s sort of the Korn element. Sometimes it’s like you take an album and you re-create it live and it’s not quite the same. But to me, these are better live.”

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