KORN drummer Ray Luzier spoke to Sonic Perspectives about the band's forthcoming album, "The Nothing". Due on September 13 via Roadrunner/Elektra, the follow-up to 2016's "The Serenity Of Suffering" was once again produced by Nick Raskulinecz.
"The new KORN is just so powerful and emotional, I think fans are gonna freak the hell out," Ray said (hear audio below). "It's got elements of the past KORN. It's got a modern sound. I've never heard [singer] Jonathan Davis sound better than this. It's really mindblowing to me, so I can't wait for everyone to hear it."
According to Luzier, "The Nothing" sees KORN experimenting with its sound, yet staying true to it as well.
"That's what I love about Jonathan — he's not afraid to take chances on stuff," Ray said. "When we did the 'Korn III: Remember Who You Are' record , that was my first full studio record [with KORN], and we went back in with producer Ross Robinson, which was a crazy thing to do. It was a very [unorthodox] record as far as how we did it and put it all together, but I'm proud of that record 'cause of how we did it. Then to take a left turn on the dubstep trip and bring DJs in… So he's just not afraid to take chances, and I love that. Sometimes you piss fans off by doing that.
"I think if you're a die-hard KORN fan, you're gonna freak out [when you hear] this new record, because it sounds like KORN 2019, but it's got elements of the past in there," Luzier added. "If you listen to this record from start to finish, it's a mentally exhausting thing in a good way."
Davis, whose estranged wife Deven died in August 2018, told Kerrang! magazine that "The Nothing" reflected events in his life, explaining: "It's basically me dealing with all the stuff that happened to me last year. Very emotional for me, but it is what it is. I can't wait for people to hear it. I really spent a long time on doing what I wanted to do this time."
KORN has teamed up with ALICE IN CHAINS for a co-headlining amphitheater tour across North America. The trek kicked off on July 18 in Del Valle, Texas and is hitting nearly 30 cities before wrapping on September 4 in Mountain View, California.