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KoRn

O'Connell Issues Project
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Matthew Stasiewski

on 28 June 2013

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Transcript of KoRn

Photography:
Interview
How to: Mosh
Freak on a Leash By: KoRn
Theme Song
Class Connections
"Religion is for people who are afraid they'll go to hell. Spirituality is for people who have been there."
Quote
Statement of Purpose
By Matthew Stasiewski
Professional Journical Articals
Poetry
In this project I will show the struggles, stories, and success of the popular metal band KoRn. You will take a stroll down memory lane with the stories of singer Jonathan “JDevil” Davis, guitarist Brian “Head” Welch, Bassist Reginald “Feildy” Arvizu, guitarist James “Munky” Schaffer, drummer Ray Luzier, and x-drummer David Silveria will be told. When KoRn was founded, in the 1990’s, all they had was a bassist and two guitarists. One day, when looking for a drummer, they stumbled upon David Silveria. He was an unrecognized drummer who was looking for a fresh start. Munky and Head wanted him to join the band ASAP, and he did. Now all the four needed was an original vocalist. The band stumbled upon vocalist Jonathan “JDevil” Davis. He had an iconic voice, one that still can’t be imitated. With JDevil and Silveria, Head, Munky, an2000’s,d Feildy were a force to be reckoned with. The band had the life. Then in the early the band was introduced to drugs. Lead guitarist Brian “Head” Welch who was married and gave one of his children up for adoption, was affected more than any other band member. When his wife told him that his second child was on the way, Head knew it was time to kick his nasty habits. He left the band and became a Catholic. He was baptized and went through a rehab program. Soon after Head’s departure, drummer David Silveria left the band too. Munky, Feildy, and JDevil found a new drummer by the name of Ray Luzier. He remains with the band today. In 2012 Head surprised the world and appeared with KoRn at Roclahoma Music Festival. In January 2013, Head officially announced that he would join as a permanent member of KoRn.
The story of current KoRn guitarist Brian “HEAD” Welch’s addiction is renowned in the metal community. In July 2005, Welch appeared on CNN's feature-format program "People in the News", where he admitted to having been addicted to alcohol, methamphetamine, Xanax, and sleeping pills before being introduced to the Christian faith.
In 2003, Welch became addicted to drugs. He would prepare for tours by stashing as much methamphetamine as he could in vitamin capsules, deodorant containers, and his clothes. According to Welch, the band members also suffered personal battles with addIniction by stating, "We were only sober for just a couple of hours a day in Korn. Every day. And then when you come home and you've got to deal with real life and your wife isn't having that, crap goes down." Despite his dreams coming true, Welch did not enjoy the touring life with KoRn and on February 22, 2005, KoRn's management announced that after almost 12 years, Welch had left KoRn. They went on to tell how Welch had found God in his life. In 2005 Welch was baptized and told reporters that he was sober and “his "own personal rehab" with God, in which he had checked into a hotel room and sat in his bed for hours. After writing a book, he founded a band called Love and Death. This year, fir the first time in many, Head has rejoined the band KoRn.
Something takes a part of me

Something lost and never seen

Every time I start to believe

Something's raped and taken from me... from me

Life's gotta always be messing with me (You wanna see the light)

Can't it chill and let me be free? (So do I)

Can't I take away all this pain (You wanna see the light)

I'd tried to every night, all in vain... in vain



Sometimes I cannot take this place

Sometimes it's my life I can't taste

Sometimes I cannot feel my face

You'll never see me fall from grace



Something takes a part of me

You and I were meant to be

A cheap fuck for me to lay

Something takes a part of me



Feelin' like a freak on a leash (You wanna see the light)

Feelin' like I have no release (So do I)

How many times have I felt disease? (You wanna see the light)

Nothing in my life is free... is free



Sometimes I cannot take this place

Sometimes it's my life I can't taste

Sometimes I cannot feel my face

You'll never see me fall from grace



Something takes a part of me

You and I were meant to be

A cheap fuck for me to lay

Something takes a part of me



Boom na da mmm dum na ema

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Go!



So fight, something on the...

Fight, some things they fight

So, something on the...

Fight, some things they fight

Fight, something of the...

No, some things they fight

Fight, something on the...

Fight, some things they fight



Something takes a part of me

You and I were meant to be

A cheap fuck for me to lay

Something takes a part of me

Part of me

Part of me

Part of me
Narcissistic Cannibal:
Don't wanna be sly and defile you
Desecrate my mind and rely on you
I just wanna break this crown
But it's hard when I'm so run down
And you're so cynical, Narcissistic Cannibal!
Got to bring myself back from the dead!
Sometimes, I hate, the life, I made
Everything's wrong every time
Pushing on I can't escape
Everything that comes my way
Is haunting me taking its sweet time
Holding on I'm lost in a haze
Fighting life to the end of my days
Don't wanna be rude but I have to
Nothing's good about the hell you put me through
I just need to look around
See that life that has come unbound
And you're so cynical, Narcissistic Cannibal
Got to bring myself back from the dead
Sometimes, I hate, the life I made
Everything's wrong every time
Pushing on I can't escape
Everything that comes my way
Is haunting me taking its sweet time
Sometimes, I hate, the life I made
Everything's wrong every time
Pushing on I can't escape
Everything that comes my way
Is haunting me taking its sweet time
Holding on I'm lost in a haze
Fighting life to the end of my days
Holding on I'm lost in a haze
Fighting life to the end of my days

I chose the lyrics to this song because it combines dubstep and metal music. It is a start of a new genra. This song features Skrillex.
Blind:
Are you ready?!
This place inside my mind, a place I like to hide
You don't know the chances. What if I should die?!
A place inside my brain, another kind of pain
You don't know the chances. I'm so blind!
another place I find to escape the pain inside
You don't know the chances. What if I should die?!
A place inside my brain, another kind of pain
You don't know the chances. I'm so blind!
Deeper! Deeper! Deeper inside me!
To live a life that seems to be a lost reality
That can never find a way to reach.
My inner self
I stand alone!
How deep can I go in the ground that I lay?
If I don't find a way to see through the gray that clouds my mind.
This time I look to see what's between the lines!
I can see, I can see, I'm going blind (12 times)
I'm blind (4 times)

I picked the lyrics from this song because it is catchy and helps me calm down when i'm mad.
This band's music inspires me,
KoRn's songs have messages that you're ment to see,
The band has gone through times,
but they always kept ryiming,
Now that Head is back,
They can contineu to attack the riffs they play,

1. Go to a heavy metal concert
2. Wait for when the song slows down and gets intense (AKA the breakdown or Bass Drop)
3. Find the group of people running either in a circle (a circle pit) or running into each other (a mosh pit).
4. There are two paths you can take from here:
The Outer Edge:
1. Make your way through the crowd to get to the pit.
2. Stand in the circle of people outlining the pit
3. Whenever a person runs or gets pushed close to you, shove him back in to the pit.
The outer edge:
1. Make your way through the crowd to get to the pit.
2. Stand in the circle of people outlining the pit
3. Whenever a person runs or gets pushed close to you, shove him back in to the pit.
The Pit:
1. Make your way to the circle of people outlining the pit
2. Make your way through the barrier
3. Somebody will push you in the pit.
4. Depending on the type of pit, you will either run into people or run in a gigantic circle with people.
5. The #1 rule in mosh pits is: ALWAYS PICK THE OTHER PERSON UP IF THEY FALL.
How to Mosh:
Others Pictures
My Pictures
Picture 1:
KoRn has fun while playing at their shows. Along with pleasing an audience, KoRn also has a good time.
Picture 2:
This picture shows how dedicated the fan base is for KoRn. They will shed sweat and blood. In my opinion, KoRn has the greatest breakdowns, drops, and pits in the metal music community.
Picture 3:
KoRn has become friends over the years. Munky and Head have gotten awards, endorsements, and their own custom guitars made.
Picture 5:
Jonothan “JDevil” Davis puts his blood, sweat and tears into his voclas. If you listen to the originality and passion he puts in his songs, you can see that he is compassionate of his work.
Picture 7:
After members leaving, addiction, and hard times, KoRn is bigger than ever. They are back to their original line up on guitar, bass, and vocals, and this tour will be the biggest achievement of their career.
Picture 6:
Drummer Ray Luzier has a custom drum kit, custom sticks, and a style of his own. Ray has done an excellent job of replacing KoRn’s previous drummer.
Picture 8:
This is my favorite picture. It shows KoRn lead guitarist, Brian “Head” Welch and his one of a kind double neck guitar painted with the Untouchables album cover. (Seen above)
Picture 9:
This picture shows the religious tattoos of Head. It proves that he is human and kept his word about his baptism and rehab.
Picture 10:
This is KoRn playing in Norway. They sold this show out. This shows that KoRn’s music effects other cultures and nations
For You:

Korn Reunites with Brian 'Head' Welch

“Welch last played with Korn on their 2003 album Take a Look in the Mirror, but the guitarist felt an instant reconnection with his bandmates. "We knew we would have a blast playing together, because we love each other so much, but we really wanted to make sure the music felt right before we committed to making a whole album together," Welch tells Rolling Stone. "But since we got in the studio, everything just started pouring out, now I can't wait until our fans hear this stuff!"
Korn's still-untitled album is due late summer. They'll kick off a world tour on May 15th at teh Rostraver Ice Garden in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania. For full tour dates, visit Korn's website.”
From Me:
I chose this article to show that KoRn is getting bigger and better known ever since Head’s returning. KoRn will be going on tour and selling out venues for the majority of the next year. When on tour, one can raise the question, “Will there be arguing and awkwardness?” I feel that the band will grow closer as time goes on. Head will be a gracious addition, and with a new record in progress, I will grow to enjoy the new KoRn.
For You:
Every so often, I come across a stompbox I never even knew existed and — more often than not — surprises me in how good it sounds.
Majik Box’s Krush Distortion is the signature pedal of James “Munky” Shaffer, guitarist from renowned nu-metal band Korn, and is the kind of pedal that provokes a wicked grin in the kind of distortion it dishes out.
Majik Box is one of those boutique pedal companies that flies under the radar, but seeing other signature pedals from noteworthy guitarists Doug Aldrich and Paul Gilbert within their custom pedal line reveals that they must be doing something right.
“Munky” had a hand in designing the pedal, and it shows: The Krush unleashes the kind of thick and sludgy distortion found on Korn records but also can achieve some sinister fuzz that sounds unlike most gain pedals. The pedal features controls for Level, Drive, Tone and Focus, is true bypass for signal purity and operates on a 9-Volt battery or 9VDC adapter
From Be:
The secret of KoRn iconic guitar tone and riffs was finally reveled. Munky has released his own signature pedal. It is on my Christmas list and I hope to get it as soon as it comes out. Many other bands have been trying to imitate KoRn’s songs for a long time. KoRn has an iconic sound that can be imitated using this pedal.
For You:
Korn fans can take comfort in the fact that Welch — who abruptly departed the band in 2005 following his conversion to Christianity — seems to have made peace with his former bandmates. After playing a one-off gig with Korn at last year’s Carolina Rebellion festival, plans are in place for Welch to join the band again for a few dates in Germany this summer. In the meantime, Welch is ready to again connect with fans when Love and Death hit the road next month in support of the new album.

When I left Korn, I did a solo record, which was very personal and experimental. I hired a few guys and went on the road, and a few of them have stayed with me over the years. We’ve all become good friends. Love and Death is really a group effort that shows you what can happen when you let other people in to distribute their gifts on a project.
From Me:
I chose this interview to prove that Welch didn’t need to return to the band. With his side project, Love and Death, he could still be living the life of a rockstar. Welch didn’t need Korn, Korn needed him. After their last album, The Path Of Totality, which featured dubstdep artists and dj’s, Korn needed to get back to the basics. To achive that iconic distorted sound, Welch would have to make a triumphant return.
For You:

There are some people who think because they’re religious that they’re automatically a good person, which isn’t true. Some people who aren’t religious can be good people too. How do you define being good? I’m not a good person. I know that I’m a sinner and have accepted it, but I try my best to live according to reading the word of God. Plenty of times I can read a line in the Bible and know I’m not there right now, and I just [know it’s] through God’s grace and His mercy that I’m not struck dead right now because I’m not there. I want to be and fight to be, but I’m just not ready. So many times in my early days, I was sober and didn’t do this or that, and today I’ve learned to never say those things because you never know what tomorrow is going to bring. Someone can say they stopped eating meat, and they’re just being self-righteous because next year you could see that same person having a steak. Instead, if you don’t eat meat, you don’t have to say anything about it. You can say you’ll take a salad. In most cases, nobody’s going to go, “Salad?!” I just learned to eat humble pie straight in my face and try to do the best I can at being humble and hopefully loving people right where they’re at. People can hang with me and become friends, and from there, sharing my belief if they’re even there. If they’re not, it’s still cool. We’ll still be homies and hang out.



From ME:

I picked this aritcal from inked magizene to show that Fieldy knows what the successfulness to music is. He also says that he thinks that just believing in God wont get you into heaven. Korn is a very spiritual band who’s music inspires millions of people worldwide. I am proud to call myself a KoRn fan.
I chose this song because this is KoRn’s most accomplished song. The video won awards for Best Editing and Best Rock Video at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards and later received a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video in 2000. The video also debuted at number eight on MTV's Total Request Live program on February 9, 1999, and peaking at number 1 on its thirteenth day, February 25. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance, and its music video won the Best Short Form Music Video. In addition, the music video won a 1999 Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award for "Music Video of the Year". It was also nominated during the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards. It was rated the sixth-top single of 1999 by Spin. It reached number six on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart and number ten on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart, although it failed to chart on the Hot 100. The song appeared on VH1's list of the "40 Greatest Metal Songs" at number twenty-three. The song made VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 90s" list at number sixty-nine, and VH1's "100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs" at number forty-eight. "Freak on a Leash" has been used in Puma commercials and was even featured in The Simpsons episode "Stop or My Dog Will Shoot". The song is featured in the video game Guitar Hero World Tour, and was also released as downloadable content for Rock Band 3.
Hello Mr. Danton, my name is Matthew Stasiewski and a few days ago my father contacted you in hopes that you could answer a fer questions. I am doing a project on the band KoRn and i was wondering if you would answer the following questions. Thank you for your time.


Q. What is your favorite song by KoRn?

A. "Freak on a Leash"



Q. What is your favorite album?

A. I can't say I've spent any time with their albums beyond listening for review.



Q. What do you think of Brian “Head” Welch’s returning to the band?

A. I wasn't all that surprised. We're in an age where few splits of that nature are permanent. There's too much money to be made when former members return, or broken-up bands reunite.



Q. Do you feel his return will affect the band positively or negatively?


A. I suppose it depends on how the dynamic in the band changed with his departure, and whether the others are can change again to make room for his return. Overall, Korn's returning to the seminal lineup is probably a positive thing.



Q. Who is your favorite member of the band?

A. Never really considered it, but probably Jonathan Davis.



Q. When Head quit, what was your reaction (if any)?

A. What surprised me most was the religious element to it.



Q. As a writer for the Hartford Currant, you must have seen drugs affect many bands, Is KoRn any different?

A. I left the Courant in May 2012, just so you know. But to answer your question, bands made up of hardcore drug users often lose their way, because the drugs overtake the music in terms of priorities. I haven't seen that happen with Korn: the fact that they're still around after 20 years suggests they've managed to balance their substance intake, whatever it may be (and I honestly don't know), with their music.



Q. What do you expect in KoRn’s next album?

A. I'd imagine they would aim for something that evokes their most popular mid-'90s albums. There seems to be an appetite these days for '90s nostalgia. The trick for them is not sounding dated: the music landscape has changed since nu-metal was king, and while they're still popular, they probably won't reach the same level they did 15 years ago



Q. What do you see for the future of the band?

A. I'd cite the second part of the above answer. Korn still has a large, solid fan base that will be happy to hear anything they do, as long as it's not some radical departure from what has become their defining sound. If artists like Trent Reznor or the Red Hot Chili Peppers can keep at it after so many years, there's no reason Korn can't do it, too.
Picture 4:
This picture shows Fieldy of KoRn. He is playing his custom bass and having fun on stage. He is known for his basses’ colored strings.
This picture was taken at a KoRn show at the Dome at Oakdale Theater. It shows the crowd going hard in a pit.
This picture was taken when I played guitar at the talent show. Korn is my biggest inspiration.
This picture shows my favorite cd by KoRn.
(this is not my picturer, It is my favorite album.)
This picture is of Munky, the lead guitarist.
This picture is from stage left when KoRn came to the Oakdale.
This picture is from stage left at the Oakdale dome. They were playing the song Narscisstic Cannibal.
This image is from stage right, this is at the beginning of the show.
This is toward the middle of the show. It shows Munky and his guitar stand with guitar picks and all.
This is Munky’s guitar pick. I caught it after the show.
This is Ray’s drumstick and Fieldy’s promotional pick I got when KoRn played at the Oakdale dome.
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