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Korn

Korn

1994

Korn
Album Summary

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Korn (printed and stylized as KoЯn) is the first album by the American nu metal band Korn. It was released on October 11, 1994, through Immortal and Epic Records. Before recording the album, the band was approached by Immortal/Epic Records after a performance at Huntington Beach, California. The band signed to their label because they did not want to "sign away all of their creative freedom". The band would record at Indigo Ranch Studios in Malibu, California, with producer Ross Robinson, who also produced their 1993 demo Neidermayer's Mind. The recording took place from May to June 1994. After the recordings, Korn toured with Biohazard and House of Pain. The album's themes include child abuse, drug abuse, and bullying. The album cover depicts a young girl sitting on a swing being approached by a large man who is holding what appears to be horseshoes or possibly blades. Furthermore, the girl's shadow gives the appearance that her body is being hanged due to the position of the band's logo. Photography was done by Stephen Stickler, and the design was directed by Jay Papke and Dante Ariola. The album's first single, "Blind", charted at number 15 on the Canadian Alternative 30, and the album peaked at number 10 in New Zealand as well as number 72 on the Billboard 200. The debut album has sold at least 2.1 million copies in the United States and 10 million copies worldwide, according to Nielsen SoundScan as of January 4, 2013. Many consider the album to have started the nu metal genre. Korn toured with many bands to promote the album. Initially, Korn joined the Sick of It All Tour. Following the Sick of It All Tour, Korn joined the Danzig 4 Tour. Korn also toured with Megadeth, Fear Factory, and Flotsam and Jetsam.

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Rating

2.9

Votes

63

Genres

  • Metal

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Wed May 01 2024
5

Oh man, I'm not particularly proud of this, but I straight up LOVE this album. It takes me right back to middle school and thinking this was the edgiest stuff in existence. Brings back a flood of memories and sort of holds up 30 years later. 5/5 for me.

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Thu May 02 2024
5

The song Blind is basically THE Korn song - it's the first thing I think of when people mention them, and that's probably true for lots of people. It was in something, like a crusty demons video, or some bodyboarding movie. Those were all the rage. Either way, I was right into Korn for a while before nu-metal got really annoying and Linkin Park stank up the genre. I still rate this album. It goes for too long and there's a bit of filler, but it's still a 4 and I'm gonna bump it up because there's too much folk music in these user albums. 5/5.

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Wed May 01 2024
4

I love Nu Metal, so an easy up for just that. And Shoots and Ladders is an incredible track that really enhances the album. However, Follow the Leader is a stronger Entry, and shows off the band's best features.

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Mon May 06 2024
4

Some lesser known songs of Korn. Can't say I'm a fan, but it ain't bad

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Mon Jul 08 2024
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Blind, Shoots and ladders, Daddy

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Wed May 01 2024
3

Great rhythm, rhythmic highs of voice, excellent music...perhaps the vocals suddenly saturate and become tiring.

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Wed May 01 2024
3

What kind of a sick fuck adds a Korn album to the list when there's already one on here? This was perfectly fine but didn't need to be over an hour long.

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Wed May 01 2024
3

Man this album was something, when it came out. It was hard, it was weird, it had bagpipes (!) and it was appealing for all those alternative kids (me being one!) to go creazy on the dancefloor on saturday night. And that's basically what this album still is for me: Memories. Where I was and with whom, when we used to play this on the boombox at full volume. Musically however, I've moved on. Still a fun listen to revisit, but that's about it.....although some of these track still rock HARD! :-)

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Thu May 02 2024
3

Korn's debut is far stronger than the really-listed album, all off-kilter funk and less ill-advised genre blending. Funny to avoid the edgier material given that we had to hear early Eminem, but who's counting. The band's not going for faux-hip, just setting down their ideas - a bunch of 'em - with verve. The album's very close to guilty-pleasure, modulo a handful of the gimmicks.

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Fri Jul 12 2024
3

Thanks for the submission. I saw these guys in 1994 and this brought back so many memories.

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Wed May 01 2024
2

Korn has always been one of those bands I could have liked but never did. Too much now metal and not enough depth.

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Thu May 02 2024
2

Way too edgelord for me. They certainly rock hard but whole lyrical package is super skeeze.

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Sun May 05 2024
2

While the production here is commendable, this band’s music has always felt homogenous and sludgy in an unappealing way. Even with the wrenchingly honest lyricism from the frontman on the final track, the LP just felt as if it lurched from one mids-drowned riff to another without much distinction.

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Sun May 12 2024
2

Nah, can't do this one. Just not my thing.

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Wed May 01 2024
1

I couldn't even get through the Korn album on the actual list, and this was no different.

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Wed Jun 05 2024
1

There was already a Korn album on the list. A second one certainly was not warranted.

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Sat Jun 22 2024
1

Went in with as an open of a mind as possible and oh my god this is beyond terrible. Edgy music for 13 year old who hate their caring step parents.

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