Korn’s decision to title their breakout third album Follow The Leader was a particularly prescient move. In the few years since their 1994 self-titled debut essentially created the sonic template of we know as nu-metal today, a plethora of like-minded bands like Coal Chamber had emerged in its wake. Certainly, the first two Korn records were an unqualified success. How could they not be, considering they both went Platinum? Still, it was clear the band had much more ambitious goals in mind – and with the 1998 release of Follow The Leader, they achieved them in spades. Multi-platinum spades.
Equal parts menacing, emotive, and terrifying, Korn’s 1994 self-titled debut album, which was released on this day in 1994, is immediately recognizable as essentially the birth of a new genre – nu-metal – within the first 20 seconds of “Blind”. 5 men in a room playing some of the most unnerving and groundbreaking music to ever hit your auditory canals, and even today, it’s still a vital listen for any music fan.
Having previously played with Korn on multiple festivals, as well as touring with the iconic nu-metal band a few years back, it’s not much of a surprise that Suicide Silence decided to cover “Blind” – arguably the song that introduced the world to nu-metal. The cover, which you can stream below, arrives as part of the band’s upcoming live album Live And Mental, due out in a couple weeks. Originally recorded in 2015 at a benefit for mental health awareness, the cover is now available for your listening ears.
Here’s the real question – does the cover do the original justice? Weigh in below.
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 31: (L-R) Musicians Brian Welch, Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, Jonathan Davis, Ray Luzier and James “Munky” Shaffer of Korn attend the BUILD Series to discuss the band’s newest studio album “The Serenity Of Suffering” at AOL HQ on August 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Nu-metal pioneers Korn have re-emerged with a plethora of new information, including both a new album, and a new track, “You’ll Never Find Me”. The song, which continues the band’s quality over their last few records, is one that asks a simple question upon first listen – are you ready?
The new record will arrive this September, courtesy of Roadrunner Records. The Nick Raskulinecz-produced record is the band’s first since 2016’s The Serenity Of Suffering, and if this early song is any indication, it looks like another great late-career Korn album might be in the cards. The band will also be playing new material on their upcoming co-headlining tour with Alice In Chains, which is sure to be a treat for fans of hard rock and metal.