Korn and the Rise of Nu-Metal
Episode 33

Korn and the Rise of Nu-Metal

We take a deep dive into Korn, the pioneers that took metal into new directions with their unique blend of funk, hip hop, and thrash. Nu-metal took off with a slew of imitators and fast-followers, but Korn's lead singer Jonathan Davis and the rest of his bandmates always stayed one step ahead of the sound they created, pushing the envelope and finding new ways to evolve the genre. What really made Korn so different than their successors was Davis' truly unique vocal performances, ranging from unfiltered emotional outbursts to spazzy scat freakouts and everything in between. Here's our look at Korn's first four amazing records.

Episode Tracklist

  • Korn - "Got The Life"
  • Korn - "Ball Tongue"
  • Korn - "Wicked"
  • Ice Cube - "Wicked"
  • Korn - "Reclaim My Place"
  • Korn - "Beg For Me"

Sidetrack: Static-X - "I Am" (1999)

On this week's Sidetrack we take a quick peak at Static X, one of the many bands that "followed the leader" Korn in the Nu Metal movement of the late 90s. Static X brought their own taste to the mix, dropping in some solid "four on the floor" dance beats and more repetitive hooks, leaning heavily into the industrial metal category. We also listen to a song from the movie "Queen Of The Damned", performed by Wayne Static, but written by Korn frontman Jonathan Davis.


  • Static-X - "Push It"
  • Static-X - "I Am"
  • Wayne Static - "Not Meant For Me"
  • Static-X - "Bled For Days"