KORN Guitarist On ‘The Path Of Totality’: ‘We Did What The F**k We Wanted To Do’

Italy’s Musica Metal conducted an interview with KORN guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer prior to the band’s March 18 concert in Milan, Italy. You can now watch the chat below.

When questioned about KORN‘s latest album, “The Path Of Totality”, which was greeted with wildly mixed reactions last December due to the fact that it finds the band experimenting with dubstep and electronic textures, Munky said, “I can see why [the ractions have been mixed]. I mean, you know… one of the things about rock and roll, or metal, is that you do whatever the fuck you want. And that’s what we did: we did what the fuck we wanted to do. We followed or creative path, which has led us down this road, where we’re including dubstep, which [singer] Jonathan [Davis] is hugely influenced by right now. My whole approach was sort of looking back through the history of bands that… like PINK FLOYD, they pissed off a lot of their fans when they started introducing synthetizers. Even a few bands that introduced horns into their sound thirty years ago. It pissed off a lot of fans. But it’s that change that you have to be really be willing to kind of accept, and be willing to hear new ideas, and be willing to change, and that’s where you see real growth. And that’s where we’ve seen growth in our fans, and in who we are as people. And creatively, too.”

Photos of the Milan show in Milan are available on Musica Metal.

The band’s setlist was as follows:

01. Predictable
02. Lies
03. No Place To Hide
04. Good God
05. Narcissistic Cannibal
06. Kill Mercy
07. Chaos Lives In Everything
08. My Wall
09. Get Up!
10. Way Too Far
11. Here To Stay
12. Freak On A Leash
13. Falling Away From Me
14. Oildale
15. Another Brick In The Wall


16. Shoots And Ladders / One
17. Got The Life
18. Blind

“The Path Of Totality” sees KORN teaming up with dubstep producers and DJs to add a whole new electronic layer to their sound.

Much of the material for the album was recorded at Jonathan Davis‘ home studio, and he laid down vocals at home or in hotel rooms while on tour.

Davis said that title refers to the fact that “in order to see the sun in a full solar eclipse, you must be in the exact right place in the exact right time. That’s how this album came together . . . I’m not sure it could ever happen again.”