Korn announce new album, release lead single

After confirming plans to release a new record, Korn has officially announced the brand new album.  On Friday (July 22), the California-founded band announced the release of their 12th studio album. The impending release will be titled The Serenity of Suffering and is set to be released on Oct. 21 through Roadrunner Records. Pre-orders for the The Serenity Of Suffering are currently available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.

In addition to the new record, the band premiered the music video for “Rotting in Vain,” the lead single from the record. Last weekend, while performing at the inaugural Chicago Open Air, the group played the song in front of a huge audience and confirmed that the official audio for the track would be released during the week.

Check out the music video for “Rotting in Vain,” which features Sons of Anarchy actor Tommy Flanagan starring alongside the band.

“During a sit down interview with Rolling Stone, who were the first to premiere the new song/clip, frontman  Jonathan Davis opened up about the topic of the song.”‘Rotting in Vain’ was written about being in that black place, being in situations that I don’t like in life–be it relationships, or feeling when you’re stuck and you’re just being abused or you don’t like where you’re at, and you just sit there and rot,” the frontman explains.

“It takes you years and years to figure out how to claw your way out. That’s where ‘Rotting in Vain’ came from. I’m just sitting there, fucking dying and letting it happen for years and years and not helping myself to get out of that place. That’s the vibe that inspired the song.”

In support of The Serenity of Suffering, Korn is currently in the middle of the “Return of the Dreads” tour with Rob Zombie. After a break, the band will hit the road with Breaking Benjamin, Motionless in White, and Silver Snakes for the “Nocturnal Underground” tour. The Serenity of Suffering is the follow-up to 2013’s The Paradigm Shift.

Korn debut new song at Chicago Open Air

Several days after announcing a special guest star for their brand new album, Korn has unveiled a new song. During the weekend, the California-based band performed at Chicago’s inaugural Chicago Open Air. During their set, the band performed a never-before-heard track which will reportedly be featured on the their upcoming new album. The new track is reportedly titled “Rotting in Vain” and its live debut can be seen/heard below.

While the live version of the song is the closest we can get to the audio, the band had also confirmed that the official tune will be released on Friday, July 22. Taking to Instagram, bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu posted an image of his son holding a sign proclaiming the release of “Rotting in Vain.” check out the social media image below.

Currently, there is no project release date for the new album nor a title for it. The only things that are known are: it sonically, it will be reminiscent to 1994’s self-titled, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor is set to guest on one of the tracks, and that the band is working like a “well-oiled machine” since the return of Brian “Head” Welch.

This yet-to-be-titled record will be the follow-up to 2013’s The Paradigm Shift.