The U.K. branch of Roadrunner Records conducted an interview with KORN drummer Ray Luzier at this year’s edition of the Download festival, which was held June 10-12, 2011 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, KORN has decided to cancel the release of an EP it was due to release on Tuesday (June 14) and expand the project into a full album. The EP was an experimental recording on which the band was collaborating with a number of dub step producers/DJ, including Kill The Noise, Excision, Skrillex and 12th Planet. It’s not clear whether the entire new album will involve dub step, but singer Jonathan Davis told The Pulse Of Radio that the band was excited by the possibilities. “I thought it would be fun to experiment again and see what we come up with, and maybe come up with something like this that we’re really, really excited about,” he said. “We like to experiment and try things and we’re not gonna put out something that we don’t all like. So I think me and Munky [guitar] and Fieldy [bass] and Ray are really, really excited about this.”
There’s no word on when the new KORN album, which will be the band’s tenth, will arrive. It will follow up 2010’s “Korn III – Remember Who You Are”.
Bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu told NME.com about the new project, “We’ve collaborated with six or seven producers on the new record. I’ve done my parts and I think Jonathan has a couple of vocal takes still to do, but it’s almost done. It’s important to stay current and keep on top of what’s going on.”
Lazier told Download that he thought the move toward dub step meant he might be replaced by a drum machine. He explained, “Normally it would drive me crazy because I think drum machines are soulless. But [Davis] said, ‘No, we’re going to experiment with triggers,’ which I’ve never done before. So we actually triggered the sounds Skrillex made with my kit — I’m actually playing them live. I was excited by that.”
KORN has already released one dub step track, called “Get Up”, which the band played live at England’s Download festival this past weekend.