KoRn is a band from California that formed in 1993. Characterized
by their heavy rhythmic sound made by guitarrists Brian Welch and James
Schaffer with their Ibanez 7-string guitars, KoRn's music is heavy but
relatively unusual, with rhythms quite on the metal side, mixed with lead
singer Johnathan Davis's voice, who varies the tone of the songs with his
sometimes calm, passive singing and sometimes loud, angry screaming
The lyrics are in their majority controversial, because they talk about
life, reincarnation and the dark side of human nature, themes that came
from the influence Davis had for having been an autopsy assistant.
Musically, Davis was influenced by 80's rock bands such as Duran Duran
and Missing Persons. Davis also plays the bagpipe--definitely a non-rock
instrument that produces a devastating effect in their songs. The
succes KoRn has had hasn't softened them, and neither has it satisfied
them. KoRn still keeps their original sound, which hasn't degradated
or commercialized. Also, KoRn are Internet pioneers, being in 1996
the first band who transmitted an interactive radio show from the Internet.