Korn is planning to reissue their latest album, The Paradigm Shift,this summer in an expanded format featuring new studio and live tracks.
The new edition of the 2013 set, which marked the return of original guitarist Brian “Head” Welch after a ten year break, will feature songs the group worked on during the original album sessions but didn’t make the final cut, including one track originally titled “Hercules,” which was intended for a movie, as well as live tracks “from all over the world.” The set will also include new artwork.
Frontman and vocalist Jonathan Davis tells Billboard the reissue will also include a newly recorded track, “Hater,” which will serve as the band’s next single when it hits radio on June 19th and released for sale digitally on June 23rd.
Davis told Billboard that he recorded the track in Bakersfield, CA, with The Paradigm Shift producer Don Gilmore, then shipped it to the other Korn members to add their parts.
“Everyone has someone who hates on you ’cause you have something they want,” he says. “It’s really, like, the first empowering song I’ve ever written. The lyrics are: ‘You can’t bring me down/I’ve already had my life turned upside down/I ride a downward spiral round and round/But I keep flying, I keep fighting/Don’t ever bring me down.’ That’s like the most positive shit I’ve ever written. And everyone who’s heard it loves it, and I think it’s going to give people who get down on people picking on them and hating them, like, ‘Fuck this! I don’t give a fuck what you think. I don’t give a fuck what you say. You just fuckin’ are a hater.’ I think people will relate with that.”
“Everyone has someone who hates on you ’cause you have something they want,” he says. “It’s really, like, the first empowering song I’ve ever written.”
Outside of Korn, Davis is also working on other new music. He’s recorded a new solo track called “So Unfair,” which was inspired by his youngest son Zeppelin’s battle with Type 1 diabetes, and will donate proceeds from the single to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Davis says, “It’s kind of me, my dealing with that and it’s very personal to me, the most personal to me.”
Davis is also working on a new album with his EDM side band, Killbot, in which Korn drummer Ray Luzier also drums. Davis describes the single as a “digital metal record” that’s “all over the place.” He states the track is a “straight pop tune” with a “heavy rock-dub” sound.
“It’s really cool and I’m working on this week to get it done before we go on tour,” he claims. “I’ve got six songs more to do. It’s some different shit that you’ve never heard before. It’s really cool.”
Korn headlines three nights of the Tail Creek Mud & Music Festival in Alberta, Canada, July 27-29th before hitting the States for a summer trek starting July 5th in San Bernardino, CA. The tour will make stops in St. Louis, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and more before wrapping August 10th in The Woodlands, TX.
The band will perform at the Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville, KY on October 4th before heading to Asia for a November 16th performance in Toyko.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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