Korn have announced that they will unleash their 14th album, Requiem, on February 4th. In advance of its release, the pioneering nu-metal band has unveiled the first single, “Start the Healing.”
Other than some recent billboards and an online social tease hinting at some sort of news on “11:11,” the band had been relatively quiet about a new album in the months leading up to the announcement. Requiem will be the follow-up to 2019’s well-received album The Nothing.
“Start the Healing” starts off with an industrial-like guitar riff, as singer Jonathan Davis delivers the verses in a soft, melodic tone. He then shifts to a guttural scream in the heavy chorus.
The song is accompanied by a music video directed by Tim Saccenti (Run The Jewels, Depeche Mode). “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,” said Saccenti.
Korn’s album news comes after a tumultuous tour that saw three different members of the band — Davis, James “Munky” Shaffer, and Ray Luzier — contract COVID-19 at separate times during the summer / fall run.
On top of that, bassist Fieldy dropped off the tour before it started to “take some time off to heal” after falling back on “bad habits.” While he is absent from the new press photos (only featuring four members) and the music video, Fieldy does reportedly play o the new album. Suicidal Tendencies’ Ra Diaz, who filled in for Fieldy on the tour, can briefly be seen in the video.
After their headlining run came to an end, Korn has begun supporting System of a Down on a brief West Coast tour, but the last couple of shows, a two-night stand at Los Angeles’ Banc of California Stadium were postponed when SOAD singer Serj Tankian tested positive for COVID-19. Those two dates will now take place February 4th and 5th, timing perfectly with Korn’s album release.
In addition to the two L.A. makeup shows, Korn also have a European tour scheduled to kick off in May. Pick up tickets to the band’s upcoming concerts via Ticketmaster.
02. Let the Dark Do the Rest
03. Start the Healing
04. Lost in the Grandeur
06. Hopeless and Beaten
07. Penance to Sorrow
08. My Confession
09. Worst Is on Its Way