Coming out of Bakersfield, California, the members of Korn first came together as LAPD. Most of them, at least. Guitarists James "Munky" Shaffer and Brian "Head" Welch, bassist Reginald "Fieldy Snuts" Arvizu, and drummer David Silveria were all there together. Then, in 1993, they met singer Jonathan Davis and Korn it was.
Immortal Records (part of Epic) snatched the heavy metal rockers up and released their first, self-titled album in 1994. And then the guys hit the road. They opened for Megadeth and Ozzy Osbourne and 311 and Marilyn Manson. All of that effort paid off as the record creeped its way into selling more than a half-million copies.
When Life Is Peachy dropped in 1996, the gratification was far more instant. The set peaked at number three on the Billboard 200. Of course, a headlining spot on Lollapalooza didn't hurt.
After issuing Follow the Leader in 1998, Korn embarked on their inaugural Family Values tour with Ice Cube, Rammstein, and Limp Bizkit in tow.
Part of the inspiration for the trek came from a Michigan principal touting their music as "indecent, vulgar, obscene, and tends to be insulting," after she suspended a student for wearing a Korn t-shirt to school. (Lyrics like “Won't you get the fuck out of my face? Now!” are actually a bit tame and modest compared to other Korn excerpts.) In response, Korn donated hundreds of t-shirts that were given away outside the school by a local radio station.
The next year saw Issues released with the help of a South Park episode. The subsequent tour was halted when Silveria got himself hurt. Faith No More's Mike Bordin was recruited to drum out a number of shows with Korn. Then, they hit the road with Kid Rock, System of a Down, and Metallica for a summer run.
One of the band's greatest successes came in 1999 with “Freak on a Leash.” The video won a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video and two MTV Video Awards (Best Editing and Best Rock Video).
With Silveria back in the fold, Korn headed into the studio to ready Untouchables for its 2002 release. Touring with Static X and Ozzfest helped move a lot of units. Korn followed that effort up in 2003 with Take a Look in the Mirror and their Back to Basics tour.
Finding faith, Welch left Korn in favor of Jesus, but the band forged on. They toured in the summer then signed a new deal with Virgin Records. Trying on a new vibe, Korn team with the Matrix to pen tunes for See You on the Other Side in 2005.
A couple of stop-gap releases followed: Live & Rare in 2006 and MTV Unplugged in 2007. Sans Silveria, Korn then made Untitled, also in '07. To fill the drum throne, Korn turned to Army of Anyone's Ray Luzier.
Another shift in business partners took Korn to Roadrunner Records in 2010 for Korn III: Remember Who You Are. In 2011, The Path of Totality experimented with electronica thanks to the skilled hands and ears of Skrillex and Noisia.