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Korn: We invented dubstep

By | Published on Wednesday 30 November 2011

Korn

So, if Korn haven’t annoyed the dubstep community enough already, the band’s frontman Jonathan Davis is now claiming to have invented the genre. As previously reported, the US metaller’s forthcoming new album, ‘The Path Of Totality’, features collaborations with various dubstep producers, including Skrillex.

Davis told Billboard: “We were dubstep before there was dubstep. Tempos at 140 with half-time drums, huge bassed-out riffs. We used to bring out 120 subwoofers and line them across the whole front of the stage, 60 subs per side. We were all about the bass”.

If I remember correctly, Jonathan Davis also once claimed that Korn were the first band to think of putting hip hop and metal together too. Though to be fair, on this occasion I don’t think he was really claiming that he and his bandmates actually invented dubstep, rather that bringing that sound onto their latest album isn’t quite as strange as some are suggesting. And just as Korn’s sound polarised the metal scene in 1994, they’re doing it all over again now.

“These kids are onto something completely innovative and new”, said David. “It’s pure and awesome and underground and heavy and different, not like stale-ass metal and rock n roll. I love them all, but the old school metalheads are not open to change. It’s really cool to see glow sticks at the show, to see dance music culture infiltrating and becoming one with the metal community … I think we’ve opened up a new style that both sides are happy with”.



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