Look, you likely never would have heard of seven-string guitars if it weren’t for Korn’s seminal 90s work, so respect is due. Like the other alt/nu-metal stalwarts of that time (many of which they influenced directly), Korn has been focused on doing their riff-and-yell thing pretty consistently and pretty well, which makes sense given that they pioneered the whole sound. The band’s new clip for Serenity of Suffering track “Black Is the Soul” exemplifies this, setting the familiar heft of those detuned riffs to some surreal sci-fi imagery. Jonathan Davis’ mic stand is designed by H.R. Giger, what did you expect?
“‘Black Is The Soul’ is a song about being pulled away from the right path and the video reflects that experience of trying to navigate those conflicting emotions,” singer Jonathan Davis told Noisey, with guitarist James “Munky Shaffer adding “I feel that this songwriting and production paired with the aesthetic look of the video shows a maturity and growth from the band that is continually evolving.” Watch the “Black Is the Soul” video above and check out Korn’s summer tour dates with Stone Sour, Skillet, Yelawolf, Islander, Ded, and Babymetal (*heart eyes emoji*) below, which you can grab tickets for here.
6/16 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
6/18 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
6/20 Chula Vista, CA Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
6/21 Inglewood, CA The Forum
6/22 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
6/25 Nampa, ID Ford Idaho Center
6/26 Pocatello, ID Portneuf Wellness Complex Amphitheatre*
7/19 Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheater
7/20 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
7/23 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre
7/25 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
7/26 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
7/27 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/29 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
7/30 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/1 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
8/2 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
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