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Korn (sometimes rendered as KoRn or KoЯn) is a Nu-metal band formed in 1993 from Bakersfield, California. Well, we say a nu metal band. What we actually mean is the nu metal band. Korn are notable for being the first nu metal band - though others had fused rap and metal before (Rage Against the Machine, Faith No More), Korn were the first to play the infamous style of nu metal, adding angsty lyrics, downtuned guitars and funk-influenced bass playing and removing guitar solos. Korn's surprise success in the mid-nineties spawned a legion of similar bands that were more geared for the mainstream, resulting in nu metal becoming a separate genre from Alternative Metal.

Korn themselves are one of the few nu metal bands to try and reject the commercialism of other bands of the movement (not that they're uncommercial, mind you). They even commented on this trend-hopping tendency with the title of their third album, Follow the Leader. They also try and reject all genre classification, including rejecting the term "metal" to describe their music (though this had more to do with a dislike of being classified, period).

Their lineup consists of:

  • Jonathan Davis - lyrics (occasionally Guitar or Drums; and sometimes Bagpipes)
  • James "Munky" Shaffer - guitar
  • Reginald "Fieldy" Arizvu - bass
  • Ray Luzier - drums

Former member(s)

  • Brian "Head" Welch - guitar
  • David Silveria - drums
  • 1994 - Korn
  • 1996 - Life is Peachy
  • 1998 - Follow the Leader
  • 1999 - Issues
  • 2001 - Untouchables
  • 2003 - Take a Look in the Mirror
  • 2005 - See You on the Other Side
  • 2007 - MTV Unplugged
  • 2008 - Untitled
  • 2010 - Korn III - Remember Who You Are
  • 2011 - The Path of Totality
Korn provides examples of the following tropes:

Song tropes

Video tropes

  • Animated Music Video: "Freak On A Leash", directed by Todd McFarlane.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The "Freak on a Leash" music video had several animated characters playing hopscotch on a cliff, who ran off at the end of the video. The hopscotch-over-a-cliff thing is also the cover art of Follow the Leader.
    • The next album (Issues) had a single called "Falling Away From Me" with a music video beginning with several animated kids run past a security guard holding a bullet before the scene changes to live-action.
  • Bullet Catch: The aforementioned "Freak on a Leash" video.
  • Bullet Time: Most of the "Freak on a Leash" video, as well as the damage the bullet causes.
  • Hypocritical Humor: the video for "Y'All Want a Single"
  • Monster Clown: Their video for "Clown" contains several. And a few Creepy Dolls.
  • Music Video Overshadowing: "Freak on a Leash",
  • Self-Deprecation: The video for "Alone I Break," to the band as a whole; it depicts Jonathan killing the other members of the band. And then the cameraman, possibly.

Misc tropes