EXCLUSIVE: Korn Shares the Meaning of 'The Nothing'

The band takes us into the recording of their new album

September 12, 2019

Faced with a year of personal loss and tragedy, Korn is ready to release The Nothing, the powerful and inspiring new album from the band.

Crafted in the shadow of leader Jonathan Davis dealing with the death of his estranged wife after years of battling addiction and mental illness, The Nothing is packed with kinetic catharsis, rattling grooves, and undeniable emotion.

“’The Nothing’ came from just the overall vibe of the record, what I was going for, what I went through,” Davis tells RADIO.COM in the exclusive interview above. “I felt I was being chased or followed by this entity, this thing that always makes things go wrong in my life, and I wanted to call it something. That seemed fitting cause it’s nothing.”

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The album is the band’s first since 2016’s The Serenity of Suffering, and it has been over a year in the making according to guitarist Brian “Head” Welch. “We were just doing two or three week segments, and we would just go in a jam and send songs to Jonathan, see if he liked them and then get some input, ‘what types of jams would you like?’” remembers Welch. “We just piled up songs. It was a fun process.”

Korn produced The Nothing with Nick Raskulinecz, the man behind their last album, who has also worked with bands like Mastodon and Rise Against over the past few years. “He works really well with us. He’s like a sixth member of the band when we do records,” adds Welch.

The band just finished a North American tour, crossing the country with Alice In Chains and playing to some of the largest crowds of their career. “It was really really cool because for me Alice In Chains was one of those bands, when I started getting into rock music, I really loved them,” Davis says of the group. “I liked how dark they were.”

“The crowds sing every lyric on their iconic songs, and it’s just magical to watch,” adds Welch. “They changed the scene of music.”

For more from Korn, including which rising rappers they would most like to collaborate with, check out the full interview above.

The Nothing is available everywhere on September 13.