Korn Goes Dubstep and Five Other Odd Midcareer Music Genre Jumps

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Skrillex and Jonathan Davis of Korn.
​American nu-metal crew Korn garnered mixed reactions from fans this year by announcing that the band's jumped on the dubstep bandwagon.

The creepy quartet's upcoming tenth studio album, The Path of Totality, will introduce its new dub-metal sound, forged in collaboration with renowned producers like Skrillex, Excision, 12th Planet, and Noisia.

Now haters will hate. But let's face it -- this new direction is not that big of a leap for Korn.



To be clear, when we say dubstep, we really mean brostep, that sound popularized by the likes of Skrillex and much maligned by the snobs. Its brash, aggressive distorted wobble is not that different from the bass-heavy metal Korn became famous for. It's no coincidence that Korn and Skrillex appeal to the same demographic -- namely angsty white suburban headbangers.

So Korn going dubstep is far from career suicide. In fact, it's the best thing the band could have done at this point in its dwindling career, as it will keep Davis and crew relevant and popular with the kids. And it's certainly not the first time a musical act jumps genres with decidedly positive results.

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funnyandspicy
funnyandspicy

"To be clear, when we say dubstep, we really mean brostep, that sound popularized by the likes of Skrillex and much maligned by the snobs. Its brash, aggressive distorted wobble is not that different from the bass-heavy metal Korn became famous for. It's no coincidence that Korn and Skrillex appeal to the same demographic -- namely angsty white suburban headbangers. "

Bulls**t. Skrillex has brought Dubstep to the mainstream not because it is cheap or "for the bro's" or whatever. It is because it is excellent, incredibly well produced music. I am annoyed by the tone of this article. I don't like Korn, and I don't like what Skrillex has done with Korn. But, Skrillex effin' rules.http://goo.gl/ZMPZF

Guyjusthere
Guyjusthere

Oh, NOOO! A mainstream band is using a non-mainstream sound! Must bash it as hard as possible! This whole article sounds like a serious hipster wrote it... Get off your penny-farthing and take off your pastel salmon scarf! Seriously, that combo causes a child in Africa to starve every time it is exposed to sunlight!

Levisman
Levisman

Spoken like a true hipster music snob yourself, Guyjusthere... and an ignorant one at that. Are you not aware of how commercial and mainstream "dubstep" has become in American this year? 

Granted "dubstep" was originally an underground UK phenomenon, and remains an experimental cutting-edge umbrella sound for underground producers across the Atlantic.

But producers like Skrillex are making bastardized "dubstep" (or "brostep" as many prefer to call it) just as mainstream as Korn. You will find the same white suburban teen males at a Korn show as a Skrillex show.     

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