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Korn's Munky on nu-metal's big 2021 releases: "The people making the music still have their hearts in it"

James ‘Munky’ Shaffer says that Korn, Slipknot and Limp Bizkit – who've all released new music in 2021 – clearly still absolutely love what they do.

Korn's Munky on nu-metal's big 2021 releases: "The people making the music still have their hearts in it"
Words:
Emily Carter

In this week's Kerrang! Cover Story we celebrate the return of the mighty Korn, and look ahead to the release of their highly-anticipated new album Requiem.

But it's not only the Bakersfield legends who have been delivering the goods for nu-metal fans this year: very recently, Limp Bizkit finally dropped their first album in a decade, Still Sucks, and Slipknot unleashed new tune The Chapeltown Rag.

So, what's with nu-metal's biggest bands making such a resurgence in 2021?

"The people making the music still have their hearts in it," Korn guitarist James 'Munky' Shaffer explains. "[Limp Bizkit and Slipknot] love what they do and we love what we do – and the audience senses that. No matter how much certain people are negative about it, the listeners are the ultimate judge and jury.”

Read this: How Korn’s self-titled debut made me the metalhead I am today

Indeed, frontman Jonathan Davis tells Kerrang! that creating Requiem – even all these years into their career – was a process that he and his bandmates absolutely loved.

"We’ve been together 27 fucking years but I still get excited to see them," the vocalist says. "We’re still like those 24-year-old kids making that first record, we still get that excited."

Read the full Kerrang! Cover Story here, and watch the video for Korn's latest single Start The Healing below:

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