Korn will release their tenth studio album, The Path of Totality, on December 6. The Path of Totality is unlike any previous Korn release; it's an experimental record which finds the band shifting gears and exploring new territory. For the record, Korn collaborated with some of the leading dubstep and electronic music producers in the world, including Skrillex, Excision, Datsik, Noisia, Kill the Noise, and 12th Planet. The result is something completely new, yet utterly and definitively Korn.
"The title The Path of Totality refers to the fact that in order to see the sun in a full solar eclipse, you must be in the exact right place in the exact right time," Korn frontman Jonathan Davis explained. "That's how this album came together. I think all the producers feel the same way. I'm not sure it could ever happen again."
The band's recent collaboration with dubstep's hottest producer, Skrillex, "Get Up!", was the surprise rock hit of the summer. The buzz started in Coachella's dance tent in April 2011, when Jonathan and guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer joined Skrillex on stage for a show-stealing, unannounced performance of the song. That generated what's become a deafening buzz. The track was a top 10 radio hit and has sold over 150,000 downloads, while the lyric video has generated nearly two million views and counting on YouTube.
Added Shaffer: "Get Up!" started as a bit of an experiment, but we had such an amazing response from our fans and had such a great time collaborating that a full album of tracks came together in a couple of months. We couldn't wait to get to the studio every day to finish the next song."
Some of the song titles from The Path of Totality are: "Narcissistic Cannibal" (a video for which was shot this week), "Burn the Obedient," "Illuminati," "Kill Mercy Within" and "Chaos Lives in Everything."
The album will be released in two configurations: as a standard 11-song CD and a special edition that will include bonus tracks, as well as a DVD of The Encounter, a full-length video concert of Korn's mind-blowing, once-in-a-lifetime performance in the middle of a 900-foot long crop circle in a wheat field in Bakersfield. The complete concert, previously seen last year on TV and online in abbreviated form, will be offered in its entirety to those who purchase the deluxe version.
Additionally, today Korn announced that the first leg of their "Path of Totality (P.O.T.)" tour will play key ballrooms and feature dubstep DJs Datsik and Downlink, as well as upstart Dutch Dub-rockers Dope D.O.D. Expect a groundbreaking experience unlike any other Korn tour.
Tickets to some of the shows go on sale to the general public, but pre-sale and brand new VIP packages are available starting today at noon EST, exclusively at korn.com.
Here are the dates that have been announced:
Nov. 3 Boston
Nov. 4 New York City
Nov. 5 Philadelphia, PA
Nov. 6 Huntington, NY
Nov. 9 Miami, FL
Nov.10 Orland, FL
Nov. 11 Tampa, FL
Nov. 12 Atlanta, GA
Nov. 16 Tulsa, OK
Nov. 18 San Antonio, TX
Nov. 19 Houston, TX
Nov. 20 Dallas, TX
More dates and specific venue information will be announced shortly.