FullOnDrums.com conducted an interview with KORN drummer Ray Luzier at this year’s NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that took place January 24-27 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked how often he changes his cymbal setup, Luzier replied: “We’re working on the new KORN record right now with producer Don Gilmore [LINKIN PARK, GOOD CHARLOTTE, LACUNA COIL, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE], and Don‘s got great ears. So he’ll make suggestions, like, ‘Hey, try this cymbal,’ Or ‘Try that.’ And I just bring everything I’ve got and I just let him go through it. And his ears are so great, because my band tunes down to Z flat. It’s so low, it’s like you’ve gotta have something matched with those frequencies.”
KORN‘s latest album, “The Path Of Totality”, saw the band teaming up with dubstep producers and DJs to add a whole new electronic layer to their sound. The band’s guitarist, James “Munky” Shaffer, told the Phoenix New Times in an interview last October that while KORN‘s sound will continue to evolve, it is unlikely that the band’s next CD will be like its predecessor. “I wouldn’t say it’s a 180[-degree turn] from the last album, but we’re definitely taking a different approach,” he said. “We’re not going with the dubstep style, but we are using a lot of interesting recording techniques.
Asked if the next album will be a bit heavier than “The Path Of Totality”, Munky said, “I think it will be. I think once Jonathan [Davis] puts vocals on it, it has…it’s more melodic and the guitars are more aggressive and much more in your face. I think what we did before was bold and took a lot of balls, in regards to the album devoted entirely to dubstep. To me it’s very much a KORN album, but I want to feature more guitar on this album, on the one we’re writing right now, we still have one foot in the electronic [style], not necessarily the dubstep [sound], and we still have a fresh approach on the guitar riffs with some melodic vocals. Jonathan is great at sort of delivering the aggressive lyrics and vocals.”
KORN will reunite with founding guitarist Brian “Head” Welch for several festival shows this summer, with Welch playing full shows with the band for the first time since 2004.