Korn is planning to include new tracks and live material on an expanded edition of its latest album, “The Paradigm Shift,” set for release July 15.
The project will be led by the newly recorded single, “Hater,” which will be serviced to radio on June 19 and released for sale on July 1. “In the world, everyone has haters,” frontman Jonathan Davis tells Billboard. Davis recorded the track in Bakersfield, Calif., with “The Paradigm Shift” producer Don Gilmore, then shipped it to the other Korn members to add their parts.
“Everyone has someone who hates on you ’cause you have something they want,” he says. “It’s really, like, the first empowering song I’ve ever written. The lyrics are: ‘You can’t bring me down/I’ve already had my life turned upside down/I ride a downward spiral round and round/But I keep flying, I keep fighting/Don’t ever bring me down.’ That’s like the most positive shit I’ve ever written. And everyone who’s heard it loves it, and I think it’s going to give people who get down on people picking on them and hating them, like, ‘Fuck this! I don’t give a fuck what you think. I don’t give a fuck what you say. You just fuckin’ are a hater.’ I think people will relate with that.”
Davis says the rest of the expanded “Paradigm Shift” set will include songs the group worked on during sessions but that didn’t make the final cut, including one original titled “The Game Is Over” that was intended for a movie, as well live tracks “from all over the world” and new artwork. The original album, which marked the return of guitarist Brian “Head” Welch for the first time since 2003, debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 in October.
It won’t be the only new music we hear from Davis, either. He’s recorded another single, “So Unfair,” inspired by his youngest child, Zeppelin’s battle with Type 1 diabetes. “It’s kind of me, my dealing with that and it’s very personal to me, the most personal to me,” says Davis, who will donate proceeds from the single to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Meanwhile, Davis is also working on a new album with his EDM side band Killbot, for which Korn drummer Ray Luzier plays drums.
“It’s like a digital metal record, but when I start singing the stuff there’s some heavy rock-dub shit going on, and I got a straight pop tune,” Davis says. “It’s all over the place. It’s really cool and I’m working on this week to get it done before we go on tour. I’ve got six songs more to do. It’s some different shit that you’ve never heard before. It’s really cool.”
Korn returns to the road with the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, starting July 5 in Devore, Calif. “I’m real excited about the lineup,” Davis says. “I can’t wait to see Body Count and Cannibal Corpse. It’s gonna be a good summer.” Korn is also playing the Louder Than Life festival Oct. 4 in Louisville, and Davis expects the group will return to the studio during the fall, too. “I think we’re shifting to the future,” he says. “We’re just really in a good place, creatively. Making [‘The Paradigm Shift’] was really fun. We’re all in a great place, and doing the shows has just been incredible. So I would like to get back in the studio and start working on a new record as soon as we can.”