With Korn set to headline the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival starting next month, they want to remind people that they put an album out last year, The Paradigm Shift. To help drive that home, the band are releasing an expanded version of the album later this summer. Leading it off will be a new single, “Hater,” that will be sent to radio tomorrow (19), and on sale online on June 23rd. Frontman Jonathan Davis spoke to Billboard about the song, which he recorded with Don Gilmore in Bakersfield, CA, then shipped to the rest of the band to record:
“Everyone has someone who hates on you ’cause you have something they want,” he says. “It’s really, like, the first empowering song I’ve ever written. The lyrics are: ‘You can’t bring me down/I’ve already had my life turned upside down/I ride a downward spiral round and round/But I keep flying, I keep fighting/Don’t ever bring me down.’ That’s like the most positive shit I’ve ever written. And everyone who’s heard it loves it, and I think it’s going to give people who get down on people picking on them and hating them, like, ‘Fuck this! I don’t give a fuck what you think. I don’t give a fuck what you say. You just fuckin’ are a hater.’ I think people will relate with that.”
The expanded edition of the album will also include a song called “Hercules” that was initially going to be on a movie soundtrack, as well as live tracks and new artwork. Davis also said he recorded a song, “So Unfair,” about his youngest child Zeppelin’s battle with Type 1 diabetes. Additionally, he’s working on an EDM side project, Killbot, with Korn drummer Ray Luzier. He says that it’s a “digital metal” record, but with “heavy rock-dub” parts, and a straight pop tune. He describes it as “all over the place,” which sounds about right.