KORN Frontman: 'Our Hats Are Off To DEVO'

Launch Radio Networks reports: KORN issues its untitled eighth studio album on Tuesday (July 31), marking the group's first release as a trio. The band has also hinted that the new CD represents a major musical progression for the band, just as 2005's "See You on the Other Side" did. Guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer described the record and said where he thought it fits into KORN's catalog. "This record's very musical for KORN," he said. "Very gothic, musical. It's gonna take listeners a little bit of time to let it sink in, but I think they're really gonna love it. In the KORN catalog, I think I would compare it more to, like, our album 'Untouchables'."

"Untouchables", KORN's fifth album, was released in 2002.

The new disc was recorded without original drummer David Silveria, who took a temporary leave of absence from the band last December. Terry Bozzio, Brooks Wackerman and KORN singer Jonathan Davis all contributed drum tracks to the set.

KORN will hold a press conference in New York City's Times Square on Tuesday to announce plans for working with the USO and initiatives to make this summer's Family Values tour more eco-friendly.

The band will perform a free show on Tuesday evening at New York's South Street Seaport to celebrate the release of the new album. More details can be found at jr.com/korn.

The Family Values tour, which also features EVANESCENCE, HELLYEAH, FLYLEAF, ATREYU, TRIVIUM and others in addition to headliners KORN, makes its next stop in Buffalo, New York on Friday (August 3).

Jonathan Davis also responded to DEVO member Jerry Casale's accusation that KORN ripped off DEVO's "de-evolution" concept for a web site called EvolutionDevolution.com that promoted KORN's new "Evolution" video. Davis told RollingStone.com, "KORN never claimed to be the first to expose De-Evolution, our hats are off to DEVO for that...we are glad to see that our efforts have them speaking up again! It's good to have them back."

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