KORN's JAMES 'MUNKY' SHAFFER: 'When I Was A Kid, I Wanted To Be The Next METALLICA'

February 26, 2015

In a brand new interview with The Mancunion, KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer spoke about the inspiration for the band's latest album, "The Paradigm Shift", which has been described by some as "a mixture of old and new KORN."

"I came up with the title, and it felt like with Head [guitarist Brian Welch] coming back in the band and the fact we were reaching our 20th anniversary as a band, it was time to move forward and shift our way of thinking. We wanted to push ourselves, we don't want to fade out and become a thing of the past."

He continued: "I don't want to sound pretentious, but we want to excel, and in my heart when I was a kid, I wanted to be the next METALLICA. I'm not saying we're anywhere near that, but I think we did present a new way of thinking about metal."

Munky added: "With such a massive library of songs to choose from, I think we might have to change our way of playing in the future. Perhaps we will play songs in part, then switch it up at the bridge the way DJs do it, that way our fans can hear more stuff."

The deluxe reissue of KORN's 2013 album, "The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition" (Prospect Park) was made available at Best Buy stores in North America on July 15, 2014. The set featured three brand new songs, including the single "Hater", plus "The Game Is Over" and "So Unfair". In addition, it's been beefed up with a bevy of live tracks recorded all over the globe and expanded artwork.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of its debut album, KORN released a 300-page limited-edition hardcover book that chronicles and celebrates the band's history.

"Korn: 1994-2014 Photo Book" contains a bunch of photos from the KORN archives, as well as entries from the band about their 20-year journey.

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