Korn invented dubstep, according to Korn

Nu metal band were always "about the bass", they say, as they work with brostep pioneer Skillrex.


Words by: Charlie Jones

Korn, the nu metal band that launched a thousand black hoodies, has started making dubstep, as Dummy has tried our collective level best to ignore. However, one quote from a recent Billboard interview raised some eyebrows across the section of the internet that liked dubstep before everyone did: “We were dubstep before there was dubstep. Tempos at 140 with half-time drums, huge bassed-out riffs. We used to bring out 120 subwoofers and line them across the whole front of the stage, 60 subs per side. We were all about the bass.”

Speaking about dubstep fans, presumably, given the mentions of glow-sticks, not DMZ attendees, he said: “These kids are onto something completely innovative and new. It’s pure and awesome and underground and heavy and different, not like stale-ass metal and rock’n‘roll. I love them all, but the old-school metalheads are not open to change. It’s really cool to see glow sticks at the show, to see dance music culture infiltrating and becoming one with the metal community. At the last show, there was one mosh pit where they were moshing, and another with kids doing glow stick tricks. They were taking turns and shit. I think we’ve opened up a new style that both sides are happy with.”

Korn’s album with Skrillex, ‘The Path Of Totality’ is out on the 4th December. Hear the lead single, Get Up, below.

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