On July 31, Virgin Records will release the eighth studio album from the multi-platinum, award-winning hard rock band KORN. The untitled album was produced by KORN's "See You On The Other Side" producer Atticus Ross (Ross is also known for his revolutionary work with NIN). In releasing an album with no title singer Jonathan Davis commented, "We didn't want to label this album. It has no boundaries; it has no limits and why not just let our fans call it whatever they wanna call it?"
This is the fourth album (the second studio) to be released through the ground-breaking partnership among KORN and Virgin Records established in 2005 by EMI, and the Firm to create a diversified business relationship operating KORN's recording, publishing, touring, sponsorship and merchandising businesses. In 2006, tour promotion giant Live Nation, which promotes the Family Values tour, became an investor in the partnership.
Los Angeles modern rock radio station KROQ recently gave "Evolution", the album's first single, its world premiere and the band gave its 550,000+ friends on MySpace the opportunity to hear it for themselves. The "Evolution" live debut took place at this year's KROQ Weenie Roast -y- Fiesta.
On the topic of the new single, Jonathan Davis said, "'Evolution' is about us as a human race. We have not evolved since monkeys. Animals and humans are pretty much the same. Look at this war we're fighting; we're the bullies — same sh*t in the monkey world."
This album follows the band's ground breaking "MTV Unplugged: Korn" release, which debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 in March 2007. The band appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and brought more musicians than the show had ever seen on their stage; 25 to be exact which included a taiko drum troupe.
KORN will return to the States in time for this year's Family Values Tour, which launches on July 20t in St. Louis, MO. KORN, along with management company The Firm, created and headlined The Family Values Tour in 1998 and last year's triumphant return outing was an extraordinary success, setting attendance records at numerous venues and selling over 400,000 tickets total. KORN and EVANESCENCE will co-headline this year's festival, which also features ATREYU, FLYLEAF, HELLYEAH (featuring members of PANTERA and MUDVAYNE),and TRIVIUM on the main stage. With David Silveria on hiatus, SLIPKNOT's Joey Jordison will be playing drums for KORN on the tour; Terry Bozzio played drums on "Untitled".