"You know, as cheesy as it sounds, you've got to envision yourself where you want to be," James "Munky" Shaffer told us recently, and Korn are nothing if not a compelling example of how creating, defining and constantly redefining a unique, signature vision is an apex formula for sustained success. The band of Bakersfield freaks have managed to carve out their own corner of the hard-rock and metal world over the course of 25 years and 13 albums, so we asked you to choose the five best of that crop. See below to find out what LPs you voted to the top of the list.
Fans and critics alike have taken a quick liking to Korn's latest LP The Nothing, and for good reason: Musically, it represents an impressive modernization of their signature approach, rife with familiar touchstones and new quirks, while vocally, it bristles with the raw emotion of singer Jonathan Davis working out his grief in real time. The result is the group's best record in over a decade.
Once introduced as rising rock stars after the drop of their debut, Korn were freed up to experiment a bit and move deeper into their singular sound on Life Is Peachy. Tracks like the brief but impactful "Twist" and instant hit "A.D.I.D.A.S." satiated fans who had been around from the start and drew new listeners in to the weird new terrain of nu-metal.
Follow the Leader is the crowning achievement of the sound and scene Korn spawned, and for good reason. Singles such as "Got the Life" were crack to rock radio, and the stirring imagery conjured up in videos like that for "Freak on a Leash" mesmerized MTV audiences, leaving an indelible impression on an entire generation of heavy-music lovers.
Simply put, Korn's 1994 self-titled breakout changed the rock landscape. Heft, vulnerability and a snarling charm that resonated with disaffected youth set them far away from the stagnant underbelly of heavy metal, leading a charge that continues on today in those who were inspired the second Davis screamed "Are you ready?"
Korn had already conquered the world by the time Issues emerged in 1999, so all they had to do was sit back, enjoy the spoils of success and ride the wave. Instead, they dropped a masterful body of work that, instead of rest on the group's laurels, saw them plumbing new depths of despair and despondency. Plus it contains one of the heaviest riffs of all time in the album's standout track "Falling Away From Me."