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Radio.com recently conducted an interview with KORN singer Jonathan Davis. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Radio.com: How has the band been since Brian‘s [“Head” Welch] return?

Jonathan: One word: happy. It’s so nice to see my bandmates, Fieldy and Munky and Ray, just up there smiling and having such a good time cause he’s back and I missed him so much. And he’s not crazy anymore. He’s not preaching or doing any of that stuff. He was gone for almost ten years… he’s like a little kid again. He’s experiencing this for the first time all over ’cause he was so messed up on drugs, so I’m having a blast watching him.

Radio.com: Seeing Brian‘s return, former drummer David Silveria [1993-2006] has made it public that he’d come back if asked.

Jonathan: I don’t think it’s the right time or place… Right now we’re really really happy where we’re at. I guess that’s all I can say.

Radio.com: The first single, “Never Never” has a big electronic breakdown toward the end. Is that indicative of the rest of “The Paradigm Shift”?

Jonathan: We wanted to do what we did on “Follow The Leader” when we infused hip-hop with rock. We wanted to write for fun, do interesting music and just see what happens and then add electronic elements after. “Never Never” is probably the most electronic one on the album. On this record there’s a song for everybody. There’s a song for old-school fans, a song for new-school fans, it’s all over the place. I think it’s the best album we’ve done in a long long time.

Radio.com: In the trailer for “The Paradigm Shift”, there’s a focus on six words: money, fame, fortune, separation and depression. How does each one come into play on the album?

Jonathan: I think money screws things up. I think money takes away from your creativity. If you get anything you want than your creativity goes away. It’s an easy out. Fame has changed our lives. Being able to go and do things… do what we used to do. I remember when my oldest was out with me and people would come up to me, it would scare him and really freak him out. My other kids love it, they eat that shit up. I’ve bought everything I could dream of. I remember when I bought my first Bentley. I always loved those cars as a kid and growing up and I could finally afford one. And then it became the stupidest thing I ever bought. Over the years… I think money ruins everything. It’s nice to have it and not worry about but it also brings a lot of problems. Addiction. This is pretty self-explanatory. I’m sure [Brian Welch] was depressed through all that, but I’ve always been battling depression so it’s a part of our band. When he [Brian] was going through all that stuff, he had to separate himself from us in order to go get his head together again. He was a single dad. He had a daughter to take care of, he had all kinds of things going on in his life and he couldn’t be in a band and deal with all that.

Read the entire interview at Radio.com.

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Remember when former Korn drummer David Silveria called out Korn for lacking groove and generally not being as good as they were with him behind the kit? Well singer Jonathan Davis is of a slightly different persuasion. Naturally, Davis was asked about what was going on with Silveria after he called the band out in …

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Jonathan Davis: not BFFs with Jesus

In our mega current issue, out now, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis discusses Head’s return, his issues with religion and the Bakersfield legends’ new album, The Paradigm Shift.

Your tattoo sleeve (depicting abuses by the church) strongly suggests that you’re not keen on religion.

“Well not the Catholic Church. I’m not into the Bible, I just believe in a higher power. I also believe in a lower power, I believe in balance. I don’t judge nobody, but the thing with Head is I was so pissed off and talking so much shit because I lost so many people to the fucking Church. They go born-again Christian and they’re like, ‘I can’t do this no more’. Great artists…That church has raped thousands of cultures. I just have a big hard-on against it. Not that I’m a Satanist or anything, but to lose my brother to that…I was pissed!”

And yet at the same time it saved your friend?

“Yeah, if that’s the crutch you need, whether it’s AA or whatever, it’s a good thing. I was mad that I lost him to that, but the kicker is I ended up moving back to my hometown and my kids go to that same church. That pastor is the only pastor I have ever met that I have any respect for. He doesn’t preach to me or anything, we just hang out.”

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Is there any chance of original drummer David Silveria coming back?

“No. I don’t wanna say any negative stuff, but where we’re at right now is perfect and Ray [Luzier] is an amazing drummer. He fits in good and doesn’t have any typical drummer’s complexes.”

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A few weeks ago, we posted the first new Korn single since Head rejoined the band, Never Never, and ultimately it was a bit disappointing to some. Even former Korn drummer David Silveria was all like "guys, where's the groove?" Well, this new song, "Love & Meth" brings some of that old Korn groove back. …

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Korn frontman responds to drummer’s latest comments regarding band’s lack of groove.

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David Silveria reveals intricate writing and studio recording details in his explanation of why Korn lost their sound.

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Former KORN drummer David Silveria has posted the following message on his Facebook page:

“Hello, people.

“Before I get into this post, I want to be clear I’m just explaining some history from the early days of KORN. Not bashing KORN at all.

“I hope KORN fans will find this info interesting.

“To all the haters that will talk smack, then why bother reading this? Maybe you should get some help.

“So here we go.

“In 1991, when KORN was first writing music, it was in our rehearsal studio. When we had 6-8 songs, we went and played our first show, then back to our rehearsal room to keep writing. So over the next couple years, we wrote songs and re-wrote songs, played numerous shows. The songs that became our first record, ‘Korn’, were written and played live and finetuned over a course of around two and half years. Our second and third records, ‘Life Is Peachy’ and ‘Follow The Leader’, were written in our rehearsal studio and rehearsed and finetuned over and over. We didn’t play shows while writing, though. The music and vocals were written all together. This is the key point.

“The first three records had all kinds of strange and off-time breaks in the songs. We would purposely speed up and slow down parts. Most of the weird breaks were made up by Fieldy [KORN bassist] and I. We would change the timing in the middle of songs that made no sense.

“One of the great things about music is there are no rules.

“Fast forward to our next record, ‘Issues’. A big-name producer was brought in telling us he would ‘take us to the next level.’ I immediately called bullshit. I thought we had just made three legendary records?

“Here is the next key point. He wanted to record the record on the digital system Pro Tools. He also wanted to record everything to a click track, eliminating all crazy timing changes and off-time breaks and the pushing and pulling of parts. I was the only one to think this was a horrible idea. Our signature style was under attack and the guys said just listen to this ‘big-time’ producer.

“So we started writing music. I did my thing on the drums by playing in my style. The producer immediately wanted me to simplify my playing. I said to him, ‘This is not your record. I’m going to do my thing.’ The next day, I get a phone call from our manager saying one of the band members says I’m being hard to work with. Seriously!! So I was being asking to be a puppet and dumb down my playing and be a good boy. I heard this enough times I finally just simplified everything.

“Pretty lame, right?

“Then next it came to our attention that we were going to record all of the music before Jon [Davis, KORN singer] even started on the vocals. That’s another major blow to our signature sound. We always wrote songs as a five-piece band and made unique accents and breaks specifically to the vocals.

“Well, there goes that unique KORN sound.

“Once our original way of writing was totally changed, the original sound was also changed. I was disappointed.

“I’ve been asked hundreds of times why our sound changed so much after ‘Follow The Leader’. Well, now you have the answer.

“I love the music we made after ‘Leader’; don’t get the wrong idea. It just lost so much of our unique trademark sound. I really think the fans noticed.

“I made several attempts to get the band to get back to the basics and write and record like we did the first three records, but was met with opposition every time. I don’t know why. All I wanted to do is make better records. But the other members didn’t want to spend the extra time it takes to write the original way. But hey, I tried.

“When I was talking about bringing the funk back, I was talking about the original writing style.

“I would love to get back in the rehearsal studio with the guys and resurrect the original passion and unconventional writing style and make a record that stands up to the first three. Of course, before that could happen, I would love to just sit down with guys and talk about our humble beginnings and really put things in perspective.

“I really hope to see you KORN fans again soon from behind my drum kit on stage with the guys.

“If anyone wants to post this on other sites, please do so. All I ask is to be honest and post it in its entirety and not take parts out of context.

“I hope you true KORN fans thought this insight was interesting.

“Take care everyone. Talk soon:)”

Silveria was the second member of KORN‘s original lineup to depart, leaving in late 2006. Guitarist Brian “Head” Welch exited the group in 2005. But while Welch continued as a solo artist until rejoining KORN this year, Silveria retired to Huntington Beach, California and opened a restaurant.

Singer Jonathan Davis told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he believed Silveria lost his passion for music. “David was there to write beats but he wasn’t really there,” he said. “He really didn’t like playing drums. The first two albums, I think, he really enjoyed playing drums and then after that he just lost his love for playing drums. It happens. Okay, good for him, he wanted to move on and do something else.”

KORN‘s 11th studio album, “The Paradigm Shift”, will be released on October 8 and features the return of Welch to the lineup after more than eight years away.

The new disc follows up 2011’s “The Path Of Totality”, which found KORN collaborating with dubstep artists on every track.

Silveria in February pleaded guilty to a charge of allegedly driving under the influence. In exchange, prosecutors dropped the hit-and-run charge in connection with the March 2012 incident in which the 40-year-old musician — who played with KORN for 13 years — rear-ended another car on his way to breakfast in Huntington Beach, California.

Silveria was sentenced to three years of informal probation, a three-month first offender program, and he was ordeded to attend a M.A.D.D. victim impact panel.

Silveria last year joined forces with ANYONE members Riz Story and Miki Black in a brand new project called INFINIKA.

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According to The Pulse Of Radio, former KORN drummer David Silveria surfaced recently to answer fan questions on his Facebook page, during which he gave the current version of the group a little bit of a slam while emphasizing how important he was to the group’s original sound and even how they came together. Asked if he had heard the new KORN single, “Never Never”, Silveria replied, “For all the fans asking the answer is no I have not heard a new KORN song. All I can say is I’m sure it’s not funky and groovy like the original KORN. I don’t even need to hear it to know that.”

Silveria added, “I am a funky groove drummer and Ray [Luzier, current KORN drummer) is a heavy metal drummer. That’s why KORN will never sound as unique as we used to . . . KORN lost their groove.”

Silveria claimed he wasn’t “talking crap” about his former group, but then went on to say, “Until they have the real ‘funky drummer’ it’s just not gonna groove the way it could. I’ve made it clear that I would come back and restore the groove.”

Silveria was the second member of KORN‘s original lineup to depart, leaving in late 2006. Guitarist Brian “Head” Welch exited the group in 2005. But while Welch continued as a solo artist until rejoining KORN this year, Silveria retired to Huntington Beach, California and opened a restaurant.

Singer Jonathan Davis told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he believed Silveria lost his passion for music. “David was there to write beats but he wasn’t really there,” he said. “He really didn’t like playing drums. The first two albums, I think, he really enjoyed playing drums and then after that he just lost his love for playing drums. It happens. Okay, good for him, he wanted to move on and do something else.”

In other comments at his Facebook page, Silveria took credit for bringing Davis and Welch into the band, as well as getting them their management, saying, “None of them want to admit it was me . . . There are a lot of things I did for the band that they don’t like to admit I did.”

KORN‘s 11th studio album, “The Paradigm Shift”, will be released on October 8 and features the return of Welch to the lineup after more than eight years away.

The new disc follows up 2011’s “The Path Of Totality”, which found KORN collaborating with dubstep artists on every track.

Silveria in February pleaded guilty to a charge of allegedly driving under the influence. In exchange, prosecutors dropped the hit-and-run charge in connection with the March 2012 incident in which the 40-year-old musician — who played with KORN for 13 years — rear-ended another car on his way to breakfast in Huntington Beach, California.

Silveria was sentenced to three years of informal probation, a three-month first offender program, and he was ordeded to attend a M.A.D.D. victim impact panel.

Silveria last year joined forces with ANYONE members Riz Story and Miki Black in a brand new project called INFINIKA.

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“Korn will never sound as unique as we used to,” says David Silveria.

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Former Korn drummer David Silveria thinks the new Korn tune, "Never Never," lacks any groove and publicly blames new drummer Ray Luzier for the issue. What the hell? So according to Silveria's Facebook: For all the fans asking the answer is no I have not heard a new Korn song. All I can say is …

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