My first taste of KoRn....

Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 10:37 PM By: KnifeMaster

Hi everyone. I'm sure no one will actually read this. But I do, in fact, enjoy talking to myself. So here we go. I’m a bit of a newer Korn fan. I feel bad that I never got into them earlier but, in my defense, they put out their first album the year I was born, I believe. Plus I went through some god awful catholic education through grade school and high school which basically means everyone around me listened to either Christian music or straight up poppy garbage. So it’s not all my fault I grew up listening to, for the most part, shitty music. My sophomore year of high school, however, I realized what I was missing and got into some rock and metal.

And then… I listened to this cd. I popped it into my little portable CD player, slipped my head phones on, and laid my head back. With eyes closed, I listened to the entire album straight through. Music filled my headphones and eventually there was silence. I opened my eyes. My face was red and my eyes were puffy. Tears were flooding down my face. My body felt like a live wire. Have you ever had one of those dreams where you’re giving a speech in your underwear? That’s exactly what I felt like. Exposed. I was sad and mad and my hands were shaking. And I was confused. How could this little silver disc cause me to feel so… much? How could a few words and a couple guitar riffs thrown together elicit such pure emotions?

I have on many occasions listened to a song and felt sadness or anger but never in my life have I felt anything that strong. It’s as if other bands take an emotion and then wrap layers over it to make it less potent so as to be more comfortable to listen to. But these songs I heard were the truest, rawest, most pure from of the emotion imaginable. Every lyric, beat and guitar sent an electric current through my body. It stuck a dagger into my chest and twisted mercilessly. The music was so true it left me feeling physically uncomfortable.

Earnest Hemingway once said that in order to be a writer, “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know." It sounds simple enough. But in actual practice the famous author’s advice is quite difficult and is also very rare. I think the same idea holds true for music. Never have I ever heard anything so raw, pure, original, inventive, angry, complicated, beautiful, or true than when I listen to KoRn. And I don’t think it’s likely I ever will.

  1. KnifeMaster avatar

    On Sun, Jul 22, 2012 at 6:47 PM, KnifeMaster said:

    I love that this post that I put up a year ago has become a place for people to share their korn stories. I don't get on this site much anymore but it has brought me so much joy in so many different facets, all of which were long lasting. Some even eternal. It's funny because I started this post out with an assumption that no one would read it. But it appears I was wrong. Thank you so much to everyone who has read my story or shared your own. I may not be on much anymore but I get email notifications when someone does comment and I read every single post, I assure you. Words cannot express how much I enjoy reading all of them. And I hope that I get to hear even more :)

  2. Katie Levy avatar

    On Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 10:43 PM, Katie Levy said:

    Introduced to Shoots & Ladders at 7 by my kickass uncle.

  3. DIA avatar

    On Mon, May 7, 2012 at 1:53 PM, DIA said:

    I was 13 years old when I first listened to a Korn song. It was freak on a leash. Unfortunately I did not had the opportunity listening to Korn when I was younger because in Germany they did not played many Korn songs and I really didn't know much about the band.
    The main reason why I discovered Korn so late was because I never knew who I really was and I was always afraid to admit who I really am. I become a Korn fan in 2009. I still cannot believe that it took me so long to discover this awesome band. Without their music I would still feel this emptiness inside of me that I carried around since so long. I got inspired my Jonathan Davis and I started to write my inner thoughts down and expressed my real feelings about everything. Even words can't describe how much their music helped me.

  4. Figure09 avatar

    On Sat, May 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM, Figure09 said:

    i did tear to the part in daddy where jon cried. i said to myself "jon dont cry, plz dont cry " cuz i din want him to b sad

  5. Figure09 avatar

    On Sat, May 5, 2012 at 5:20 PM, Figure09 said:

    i heard make me bad and freak on a leash when i was either 7 or 8, it din mean nuthin to me then cuz i was a lil kid. now it means alot to me, im 14. their first album came out b4 i was even born!

  6. BassSlapperGoodGod avatar

    On Fri, May 4, 2012 at 7:06 PM, BassSlapperGoodGod said:

    The first time I heard Korn I was 8 years old all I knew was it sounded awesome, it wasn't until I was in middle school (this is when follow the leader and issues came out) that I really understood it and it helped me some of the hardest times I've ever had in my life.

  7. Corrupted avatar

    On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 12:23 PM, Corrupted said:

    The first time I ever listened to KoRn was when Got the Life came on the radio. It was so catchy and I wondered what that song was. I went online, looked up the lyrics, saw the video and got hooked to the song and was introduced to the band. Although, Faget was the song that really got me into KoRn because it was so raw and angsty.

  8. hylianux avatar

    On Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 8:13 PM, hylianux said:

    haha, i remember first time i ever listened to korn was freak on a leash, and all i thought was "how cool that voodoo chant thing was!"

    wasn't until later that i really sat down and listened to all of what they have that suddenly i felt like someone had been watching me and told them to write my life story in song.

    I know exactly how you feel. I got into korn late too... shortly before take a look in the mirror.

  9. kostochka91 avatar

    On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 12:53 AM, kostochka91 said:

    The first time I have listened to the KoRn was.. on TV with the South Park! It was "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery" which is the twelfth episode of the third season and still my favorite. At the end of episode they were playing "Falling away from me". After this one time my first thought was "HAVE TO HEAR THEM ALL!"
    Now it's been about 4 years from this, and I'm going to see KoRn live! I'm so happy about it!!! I'm listening to KoRn's music all the time and I never get tired of it! I think that it will be with me till the end of times.
    Also, because I'm an artist it give me so much inspirations in art and power to do, to imagine even more and more!

    I want to say THANKS to the KoRn for a great music they have made and they will made more in future! I'm very grateful for all that!

  10. dimidrol avatar

    On Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM, dimidrol said:

    ? ???????? ?????? ???????????? ??? ??????? ko?n ????? ???? ??????!!!;)

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