Korn have recently left behind the tired aggression of nu-metal in favor of a modern shift to a more bass-heavy, dubstep sound, which frontman Jonathan Davis is calling "future-metal." For their 10th studio album, The Path of Totality, the Bakersfield, California, quartet enlisted the help of celebrated dubstep pioneers Skrillex, Datsik, Excision, Downlink, and others to help take the band's sound in a new, inventive direction. There still is plenty of testosterone-laden hostility within Korn's music, but it's layered within the dramatic, textured bass drops that feature so prominently in dubstep. Whether their old fans follow the band in this new direction remains to be seen, but Korn have built a nearly 20-year career out of openly flouting the stylistic conventions of modern music, and they don't show any signs of stopping now. With Sluggo and J Devil. 18+
Sun., June 24, 7:30 p.m., 2012

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