Had a successful drink at the American and European countries, L.A.P.D career stalled after releasing one album, WhoÃ ¢ â,¬â “¢ s Laughing Now? (1991). The cause is no different because the behavior of all personnel are “magical”. Their true hobby is damaging their own backstage. Even more miraculous, they see it as an effective technique for publication and media attention!
Of course the affairs are troublesome all parties involved. Management and, of course, the labels that overshadow them. Until at one point, the label can not take it anymore then immediately concluded the contract. Termination of the contract also has an effect on the dissolution of L.A.P.D arrangement, which is actually the most promising. Their lead vocalist, Richard Morral, was under severe stress, and immediately resigned.
Fortunately, losing the label contract plus the vocalist did not discourage. They persist in continuing their ideals. In fact, with confident Fieldy cs recruited Brian Welch, a friend who often became their roadies when L.A.P.D still triumphant, to be used as a tandem Munky in the guitar sector. Along with the entry of Brian, they also agreed to process the color of the music that was carried. From the funk of choice to a more aggressive metal. Through an unplanned encounter, this quartet finally chases the right person to fill the vocalist position. Jonathan Davis is his name. Also, the birth of Bakersfield, a boy who at that time had a permanent job as a post-mortem assistant at the Kern County corpse’s residence, was found while performing on stage with his band SexArt. Impressed by Jon’s appearance and voice that night, Fieldy cs just concluded to “plow” him into their vocalist. It did not take long, Jon immediately said, “Yes!”
The choice that indeed, in the end, proves to be at least wrong. The reason, in addition to have a voice that is so united with the music Fieldy cs, Jon also had a myriad of later life plus a fairly dark empirical life. Experiences that can be dug and then used as a source of inspiration for a row of lyrics of their songs later.
It was this meeting that finally made their music so unique. How come? Groove-groove nuanced funky, which around it feels more fitting to accompany the music nuanced cheerful, combined with a distorted guitar tape deliberately created low-sized wrap the lyrics that are not at all cheerful, but instead on the contrary, the darkest and gripping. At that time, with the exception of Creep (their name before it was finally processed into KoRn), no single band also advanced with such a contrast combination.
That’s it. Three years after the meeting, KoRn’s debut album was also launched. Capitalized by the singles of Blind and Daddy, their appearance seemed to open a tap for a new kind of metal wave: NuMetal / hip-metal!
Yes. Not long afterwards, the stages and formulations combined by all KoRn personnel were instantly imitated by various bands. The use of a seven string guitar is a must for metal guitarists. The straight forward lyrics whose content is only about pain, anger, roar, and melancholy are a must for vocalists. And every bass or drummer he wants to work on should be able to form grooves like all hip hop, R & B or funky musicians!
Apparently they are also good at organizing concerts. Later, their work became one of the successful concert examples because of its unique packaging. Named Family Values Tour (FVT), the annual tour began in 1998. Until now, FVT is still ongoing and is in the waiting arrangement of metalheads in America each year.
The specialty of this tour is not different because of the strength of all the performers. Although not too diverse, but the line up that formed Jonathan cs can represent two camps that had felt opposite each other: metal and hip hop. For the first round of 1998, in addition to their own, Jonathan cs took Ice Cube, Limp Bizkit, Orgy, and Rammstein.
In addition to the performers, the sympathetic attitude shown by KoRn as the executor who created this event drew so few audiences and became a highly anticipated tour arrangement. Just imagine. For a 6-7 hour long serving with patent performers plus a magnificent laser and stage attraction, audiences are all charged with a 30 dollar equivalent ticket. For comparison, the price of tickets for the same type of concert at that time is the cheapest between 75-85 US dollars!
Of course this affair increasingly catapulted KoRn’s name in the eyes of all metal fans. Their allegiance to the fans is very clear. So is their position that is felt “honorable” one of the other bands. As the third album, Follow The Leader (1998), launched, KoRn has become practically a kind of Godfather of NuMetal!
Yep. Whether or not it is realized, KoRn joins into a band-of-the-band group on the way. Bands that no longer need a number one hit in many countries to be recognized. The band did not really care that the album no longer scored sales of millions of copies, but the bands were often the inspiration of other bands to do the same. Bands are there for fans and not infrequently times oriented to fans’ satisfaction!
Armed with the band-of-the-band basic principles (as well as a little bit of the bad experiences of Untouchables) that, almost throughout 2003 was drained by Jonathan cs in the studio, formulating make Take A Look In The Mirror.
No longer helped by producers outside the bandÃ ¢ â,¬â € œsame as they used to do in the previous five albumsÃ ¢ â,¬â € œ this time all the process they made themselves do. Starting from the formulation of concepts, composing the basic composition, until the whole arrangement. Jonathan is then asked to take control of all production processes.
“Ah, I never felt like a leader of the band. KoRn always belongs to us together. And therefore each has the right to be the boss. My position during the creation of Take A Look …, is practically merely a cheerleader. That encourages and encourages friends to do their best! “Denied Jonathan.
What is also mentioned by Jonathan, which is clear, such work patterns proved successful. At least, according to information from Jonathan, more timely and costly, with equal results, can even be more than reached through Untouchables.
“We no longer rely on the magnificent open chorus, but rather pass away on the jerking riffs, which became our characteristic around this,” Fieldy explained.
“Yes. During the creation of this album, we were not rarely oriented to stage performances. You see, the lessons from Untouchables proved more dull onstage than fun for the fans! “Munky said fiercely.
“(Music) KoRn is for KoRn fans!” Said Jonathan. “We do not care how little our album will be sold later. Want ten million, ten thousand, or just ten pieces also baseball will make no difference to us. The important thing is that we and our fans are sure to be happy and satisfied with what we have done! “He added.
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