Korn Guitarist James Shaffer Discussing Inspiration of The New Album “Requiem”
While Korn has been preparing to promote their new studio album ‘Reqiuem,’ the band’s guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer appeared in a new interview, discussing the inspiration for their new album among other topics.
During his appearance, James “Munky” Shaffer also revealed that the album Korn wrote and recorded entirely during the pandemic was originally supposed to be released as an EP. James started reflecting on the band’s new album, which is just released on February 4, saying:
“We’re so used to having the world as our playground to go and explore. We’ve been doing this for 25 or more years (now). And all of a sudden somebody says, ‘You can’t do that anymore.’ We’re, like, ‘What? What do you mean? I don’t know what to do. I’m fucking going crazy.’
“That’s how we started the record,” explained Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer their new album’s inspiration, and continued. “We were literally going crazy. And I called up my guys and I was, like, ‘Yo, Jonathan [Davis, vocals], Head [guitar], can we get over there? Can we get an engineer in there? Can we get a guitar tech just to start coming up with ideas and write some songs?'”
“Originally it was supposed to be an EP,” Munky revealed as he continued. “And then we were, like, ‘well, we have enough songs now to put out an album.’ It was, like, nine [songs]; that’s not really an album and it’s not really an EP.”
You can also see the short interview Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer made, talking about the band’s new album, down below.
Before releasing their fourteenth studio album a few days ago, Korn has also released a lead single from “Requiem“, titled Start the Healing, as well. The band members have also talked about their new album earlier on a press release and said:
“It is an album born of time and the ability to create without pressure. Energized by a new creative process free of time constraints, the band was able to do things with Requiem that the past two decades haven’t always afforded them, such as taking additional time to experiment together or diligently recording to analog tape – processes which unearthed newfound sonic dimension and texture in their music.”
In the meantime, Korn celebrated their LP’s arrival with a special record-release event on February 3 at the Hollywood United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, California before Requiem was released on February 4 via Loma Vista Recordings, marking the band’s first album after 2 years.
The band has also wrapped up their short play nights for 4 days with System of a Down, Helmet, and Russian Circles, after performing in Phoenix, San Diego, and Los Angeles, relatively, before kicking off their upcoming 2022 tour. The upcoming 2022 tour of Korn will give its start on March 4 in Springfield, Mo. to travel across the country until its wrap-up on April 1 in Wichita, Kan. During their 19-date arena tour, the regarded band also will be accompanied by Chevelle and Code Orange, as well.
While Citi has become the official pre-sale credit card for the Korn 2022 Tour, the tickets will be able to be purchased starting on December 17 this Friday, at 9 a.m. local time on Ticketmaster. In addition, Citi card users also are already able to access purchasing presale tickets since December 14, while the pre-sales is closing today on December 16 at 10 p.m. local time.
Besides Korn, also our other favorite bands have already settled down to release their new albums as well as going on the roads again to reunite with their fans. So, you may also be interested in which anticipated metal albums are also coming this month in February, as well.