Hard rockers Korn bring their brand of ‘nu-metal’ back to Korea for concertKorn, the multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning hard rock band, is coming to Seoul next week, one of five stops on the Asian leg of their 2006 world tour. It will be the group's second visit to Korea.
In 2004, the American band performed for the first time in Korea with the local rock band Seotaiji and the Boys, spreading “nu-metal” fever among Korean rock music fans.
“Nu-metal” refers to a musical genre fusing influences from grunge and the alternative metal of the 1990s with sounds from hip-hop, electronic music and other genres. Korn is often credited with having originated this style of rock music.
Unlike their previous visit, next Saturday’s concert will feature the California-based group as sole performers.
This time, fans will get a chance to hear tracks from their most recent album, “See You on the Other Side,” released last December, including “Love Song,” “Liar” and “Throw Me Away.” Produced by Jonathan Davis with The Matrix and Atticus Ross, the album is supposed to be their best work since the band’s debut 14 years ago.
In its first two weeks of release, “Twisted Transistor,” the first single from “See you on the Other Side,” was the most-added track at both Alternative Rock Radio and Active Rock Radio ― Web sites where visitors can submit their favorite station or artists.
Korn started as a four-person heavy metal band called LAPD in 1992, based in Bakersfield, California. The name, LAPD, stood for “Love and Peace Dude.” They changed their name to Korn after the group brought in vocalist Jonathan Davis as their fifth member.
The remaining members are guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer, bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu and drummer David Silveria. Guitarist Christian Brian “Head” Welch left the group last year to devote himself to evangelical Christianity. The band is currently made up of four artists.
Since appearing on the rock scene, Korn has released seven albums and is best known for Davis’ distinctive style of singing ― heavy on grunts, scats and whines. They have sold 25 million records worldwide.
Korn is also noted for pioneering the use of seven-string guitars among metal rock musicians and collaborating with hip hop artists such as Ice Cube, Nas and Xzibit.
The group's first live album, “Korn: Live and Rare,” will be released in May.
by Lee Min-a
The Korn concert will be held on April 22 at 7 p.m., at the Olympic Hall in Olympic Park, southeastern Seoul. Tickets are 66,000 won ($70) to 88,000 won. Take subway line 5 to the Olympic Park station. To purchase tickets, call 1544-1555. For more information on the concert, call 1588-9088 at MCM Tickets.