Korn is Ready to “Start the Healing” with Dynamic New Music Video; ‘Requiem’ Album Due in February

Adrian GarroCategories:Latest News

Rock Cellar Magazine

Throughout the course of its nearly three-decade career, Korn has exorcised some intense aggression and complex emotions into memorable hard rock/metal anthems. It’s more or less been the trademark of the Bakersfield-based band, vocalist Jonathan Davis often using his songs to further the search for answers amid painful confrontations with dark thoughts. 2019’s The Nothing was especially crushing, both musically and thematically.

On Feb. 4, the band will release its 14th studio album, Requiem, as announced on Thursday.

The news came with the premiere of its lead single, “Start the Healing” — another effort toward finding the path to handling the pain. Musically, the band blends crunching guitars with a memorable vocal hook from Davis, the end result landing somewhere between the band’s more recent output and some of its most successful records, such as 2002’s Untouchables.

I should’ve been good
I should’ve been down
I couldn’t let go
What could I do?
I can take it all away, the feelings
Break apart the pain and start the healing

The song’s music video from director Tim Saccenti blends live action and animated sequences depicting death and rebirth:

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Said Saccenti of the video:

“Our idea for this video was to mutate that aspect of the DNA of Korn, of what makes them so inspiring, their mix of raw power and transportive aesthetics and human emotion.

I wanted to take the viewer on an emotional journey, as the song does, a visceral, cathartic death and rebirth that will hopefully help transport the listener through whatever their personal struggles are.

Collaborating with 3-D artist Anthony Ciannamea we tapped into Korn’s mythology and explored their vast well of light and darkness to create a surreal, liminal-pace body-horror nightmare.”

The album’s track listing:

1. Forgotten
2. Let The Dark Do The Rest
3. Start The Healing
4. Lost In The Grandeur
5. Disconnect
6. Hopeless and Beaten
7. Penance To Sorrow
8. My Confession
9. Worst Is On Its Way

News of a new Korn record comes after a tough time for the band, as Davis came down with a positive COVID-19 test in mid-August that forced some cancelled tour dates, though the tour resumed after a while with Davis singing from a seated position until his health returned to normal. Guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer then came down with COVID-19, as did drummer Ray Luzier, throwing more issues into the tour.

Then, bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Avizu stepped away to go on hiatus from the band as he dealt with some personal issues. Revolver Mag notes that Avizu is featured on the album, though he is still not considered an “active” member of the group at this time.

All of this to say: Korn continues to be the picture of resilience, persevering all these years through shifting musical trends, personnel issues and the flow of time — and Requiem looks to be another powerful statement from the group.

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