Are you ready?! Korn have just announced the release of their 12th studio album, The Serenity of Suffering. Even more exciting, Korn have shared a creepy video for the new single “Rotting in Vain,” featuring Sons of Anarchy star Tommy Flanagan (watch below).
korn – Rotting In Vain (Official Video)
The Serenity of Suffering will hit shelves on Oct. 21 and marks Korn’s return to Roadrunner Records. The album was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters / Deftones / Mastodon) and will feature a guest vocal performance from Slipknot’s Corey Taylor.
“Rotting in Vain” is classic Korn. Led by a heavy groove and chaotic atmosphere, the track spirals into darker realms with Jonathan Davis’ tortured vocals. “‘Rotting in Vain’ was written about being in that black place, being in situations that I don’t like in life — be it relationships, or feeling when you’re stuck and you’re just being abused or you don’t like where you’re at, and you just sit there and rot,” shares Jonathan Davis. “It takes you years and years to figure out how to claw your way out. That’s where ‘Rotting in Vain’ came from. I’m just sitting there, f—ing dying and letting it happen for years and years and not helping myself to get out of that place. That’s the vibe that inspired the song.”
Korn’s video for “Rotting in Vain” feels gothic and suffocating as Flanagan’s character repeatedly inhales inhuman amounts of a mystery drug. Surrounded by dead animals, clocks, laboratory equipment and much more, Korn plow through “Rotting in Vain” while remaining understandably uncomfortable within their environment.
Prepare yourselves for Oct. 21! Korn are currently touring across North America with Rob Zombie and will co-headline even more U.S. dates with Breaking Benjamin later this year.
The new stuff is going to sound like the old stuff according to guitarist Brian “Head” Welch. In a recent radio interview, he said the new stuff is basically the heaviest we’ve heard the group in a long time!
“We started writing a few weeks ago, and we have a bunch of ideas, so it’s really coming out quickly. It’s pretty danged heavy. I mean, we’re really pleased with what’s going on. But, you know, we’re five guys in the band, so we just… we just want everyone to be happy with the album. We want everybody to be smiling at the end of the process. So we do have other things to consider. But, yeah, we’re gonna come out heavier than anyone’s heard Korn in a long time, I think. And just the beginning stages [of the writing process] are proof of that to me. So I’m excited!
When asked if it has anything to do with performing the band’s self-titled debut album in its entirety, he said it did!
“I think it’s helped being on the Slipknot tour last year and seeing the crowd and just seeing Jonathan [Davis, Korn singer] carry the… you know, lead the arena… in all the arenas we played. I think it sparked and reminded everybody in the band what Korn started out to be. And it’s cool to go do other things, but, you know… I think it was all a journey, and that journey’s leading us back to some of the more heavier roots and stuff this time. So… Who knows? Next record, who knows what’ll happen.”
So hey, who knows. Maybe this time next year we’ll all be raving about how Korn’s new record is a return to form and it’s really good! Wouldn’t that be at least a little bit cool?
Korn have lined up a final leg of their 20th anniversary tour celebrating their debut release by playing it in full. They will be joined by Suicide Silence and Islander.
Korn just announced the final leg of their 20th anniversary celebration… a huge fall tour with Suicide Silence and Islander. The band will be playing their entire debut album in full playing intimate venues reminiscent of their debut.
Here are the dates:
New York, NY
The Wellmont Theater
House of Blues
Silver Spring, MD
Hard Rock Live
Fillmore Miami Beach
New Orleans, LA
Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
South Side Ballroom
Las Vegas, NV
House of Blues
San Bernardino, CA
Salt Lake City, UT
The Great SaltAir
The Fox Theate