“Everyone always says wait until you hear the new music, that it’s the best we’ve ever done,” he says. “But we firmly believe that. We just listened to the rough cut, and I swear our mouths hit the ground.”
News OK interviewed Jonathan Davis, read an excerpt below.
So you've chosen not to repeat the dub step/rock fusion of your last album on this new album, I understand. Why have you chosen to do that and what will your new approach be?
Davis: “I think it's just homing in on mixing that stuff together so it's perfect. I mean there's still dub step stuff going on this record. It's just not as prominent. I think we take every album that we do and learn from it and bring it on to the next little part of it. So I'm really excited about this. It's rockin' guitar, electronic, everything all in one. It's really good. I think it's a big step forward. It'll freak people out I think. Don't worry, it still sounds like Korn, in a good way.”
"The band sounds so much better now - we just finished our 11th studio album," Luzier said.
By "finished," he means there are 20 some tracks the band's put together and are still working out. He said that everyone - Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, Luzier and Welch - have been "locked in a room" since last August and are ready to hit the road.
"We'll be rehearsing something for the tour, and a riff will just sort of fall out," Luzier said. "We'll be sitting there with our mouth gaping open, and someone will say, 'What's that?' and someone else will say, 'That's part of the new song.' "
Despite word the new disc will move away from the dubstep that the band embraced with D.J. Skrillex on its last disc, 2011’s “The Path of Totality,” Davis saysthe new disc definitely still will include that sound as an element.
“I wouldn’t say dubstep; it’s just electronic,” he says. “It’s not in a dubstep format; it’s more in a rock format. We never want to repeat ourselves. It’s really cool – we’re just using the electronic stuff to highlight the rock, our music.”
Davis says he’s “an EDM freak. I’ve been listening to electronic music since, yeah, when I got in the band.”
Korn fans obviously are excited for the next record, more so because you are a part of it. What can fans expect of the new music? If you had to compare it with an older Korn record, which one would you point to?
I really do think it sounds a little different, but maybe along the Issues side. The record has got the best choruses I’ve heard Jonathan do. The lyrics! He’s putting words together in a way that I’ve never seen him do before. It’s really cool for me to hear how he has [evolved vocally]. It’s really heavy in parts, and really exciting. He’s still tracking vocals right now. He’s got a couple more songs and bridges to do. So I haven’t heard everything. From what I have heard, it’s slammin’. It’s guitar-driven but it sounds new and fresh, too. So it sounds like 2013, but familiar with the past, too.
stlmag.com interviewed Ray Luzier, check out an excerpt below.
I have to go ahead and ask about Head’s rejoining the band. I’m guessing you heard a lot of stories, but hadn’t worked with him before. What’s your relationship with each other?
He’s just awesome, I love to have him along. The way he attacks his guitar is amazing. He and James have this thing. When they’re together, they’re able to play off of each other in a way that you generally don’t hear from two guitar players. It’s a really special thing they have. Since I’d been in Korn, I’d only met him a couple of times. But I always wanted the band, ever since I joined, to be me and the four original members upfront. Which is what we have again. Since he’s rejoined, there’s been no attitude or issues, from anyone. I can tell him to drop his tunings an octave, or he can say that my fills are getting a little busy. There’s never, ‘hey, man, that’s my part,’ which is really cool. He and James are two great players with strong personalities. And when they’re playing the old songs, the ones that stand-out, the rehearsals get really wild. The fans, when they hear these old songs, are going to freak.
James "Munky" Shaffer: The first time I heard Black Sabbath was through my older brother. He was playing records. I actually think he was trying to play some shit backwards. He was forcing the motor on the turntable backwards. There was one part on "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" was the scariest thing I'd ever heard in my entire life. It probably still is! Listening to a Black Sabbath record backwards is the most evil shit [Laughs]. Tony Iommi's amazing.