Summer is at its end, and the approaching fall is rife with release dates for new albums by hard rock/metal bands that fans have been salivating for. One of the most anticipated ones is Korn's 12th studio project, The Serenity of Suffering, which is set to arrive Oct. 21 on Roadrunner Records. Having reunited with original guitarist Brian "Head" Welch on 2013's The Paradigm Shift, the children of the Korn have wondered what direction the band will follow this time out since Paradigm marked a return to form after the quintet took an EDM turn with 2011's The Path of Totality. Judging by Serenity's first two singles, "Rotting in Vain" and "Insane," Korn is doubling down on the emotional aggression, low-tuned grooves and hip-hop flavorings that it introduced with its self-titled debut in 1994. And fans are favorably responding, with "Rotting in Vain" currently at No. 11 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart.
Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis, drummer Ray Luzier and bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu visited Billboard's New York office to play staff a few new tracks, including "A Different World," which features a guest appearance by Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor. Afterward, they sat for a Q&A to discuss the inspiration behind and making of Serenity. Listen to Davis talk about the challenge of keeping Korn's sound fresh, how Luzier geeked out when Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl popped by the studio while they were recording and what the threesome thinks of the latest songs by Britney Spears, Twenty-One Pilots and Big Baby D.R.A.M.!