Welcome to Dissected, the place we disassemble a band’s catalog, primarily based on the oh-so-exact science of private opinion, rants, debates, and the love of music. On this installment, we rank Korn’s discography to date, together with their newest album, Requiem.
Rising out of Bakersfield, California, Korn emerged on the scene within the early Nineteen Nineties and fairly actually modified the face of heavy music. Not many bands can say they helped invent a brand new style, however that’s precisely what Korn did as pioneers of nu steel.
On the heels of festivals like Lollapalooza that featured hip hop, grunge, different, and exhausting rock artists on the identical invoice, it appeared logical that each one of those parts would ultimately come collectively in a single group. As singer Jonathan Davis put it in an interview with Revolver, “At the moment, we have been simply emulating our influences, Sepultura meets Cypress Hill.”
With down-tuned chugging riffs performed on effects-driven seven-string guitars by Brian “Head” Welch and James “Munky” Shaffer, bizarre hip-hop impressed noises and funky bass traces supplied by Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, and the offended and mournful wail of Davis, Korn appeared like no different band earlier than them.
Davis’ personal private demons are a big a part of what has all the time made Korn so fascinating through the years. He has by no means been shy about discussing his private issues in his lyrics, a truth which is equal components disturbing and endearing. He laid naked his traumatic childhood on their self-titled debut, and explored the trimmings of fame on Comply with the Chief and Points.
General, this rating was a tough process, as Korn have had their experimental moments, resembling exploring a extra industrial sound on 2005’s See You on the Different Aspect and teaming up with dubstep artist Skrillex on 2011’s The Path of Totality. Korn have a really strong catalog of their 25-plus years as a band, so after some verbal jousting, we managed to provide you with the next rating of each Korn album from worst to finest.
— Colette Claire
Editor’s Be aware: This rating was initially printed in 2019 however was up to date in 2023 to incorporate Korn’s newest album, 2022’s Requiem.