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Former Korn Drummer David Silveria Clarifies Recent Comments, Criticizes Band’s Decisions

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Last week, former Korn drummer Dave Silveria spoke out on the band’s current lineup and sound. Many of Silveria’s comments seemed heavy handed and painfully critical, drawing both positive and negative reactions from Korn fans worldwide. In response to the venom spat back in Silveria’s direction, the former drummer has posted a response via his personal Facebook page.

Among Silveria’s original posts concerning the state of Korn’s union, the drummer fleshed out the differences between current Korn drummer Ray Luzier and himself. “I am a funky groove drummer and Ray [Luzier] is a heavy metal drummer,” writes Silveria. “That’s why Korn will never sound as unique as we used to … I’m not talking crap on Korn, I’m just saying until they have the real “funky drummer” it’s just not gonna groove the way it could. I’ve made it clear that I would come back and restore the groove:)”

Silveria had plenty more to say in his original series of comments, but he’s offered even more of his own insight with yet another Facebook post:

Hello people. Before I get into this post I want to be clear I’m just explaining some history from the early days of Korn. Not bashing Korn at all. I hope Korn fans will find this info interesting. To all the haters that will talk smack. Then why bother reading this? Maybe you should get some help. So here we go. In 1991 when Korn was first writing music it was in our rehearsal studio. When we had 6-8 songs we went and played our first show then back to our rehearsal room to keep writing. So over the next couple years we wrote songs and re-wrote songs,played numerous shows. The songs that became our first record,”Korn”, were written and played live and fine tuned over a course of around two and half years. Our second and third records,Life is Peachy and Follow the Leader, were written in our rehearsal studio and rehearsed and fine tuned over and over. We didn’t play shows while writing though. The music and vocals were written all together. This is the key point. The first three records had all kinds of strange and off time breaks in the songs. We would purposely speed up and slow down parts. Most of the weird breaks were made up by Fieldy and I. We would change the timing in the middle of songs that made no sense. One of the great things about music is there are no rules. Fast forward to our next record “Issues.” A big name producer was brought in telling us he would “take us to the next level.” I immediately called bullshit. I thought we had just made three legendary records? Here is the next key point. He wanted to record the record on the digital system pro-tools. He also wanted to record everything to a click track eliminating all crazy timing changes and off time breaks and the pushing and pulling of parts. I was the only one to think this was a horrible idea. Our signature style was under attack and the guys said just listen to this “big time” producer. So we started writing music. I did my thing on the drums by playing in my style. The producer immediately wanted me to simplify my playing. I said to him “this is not your record. I’m going to do my thing.” The next day I get a phone call from our manager saying one of the band members says I’m being hard to work with. Seriously!! So I was being asking to be a puppet and dumb down my playing and be a good boy. I heard this enough times I finally just simplified everything. Pretty lame right? Then next it came to our attention that we were going to record all of the music before Jon even started on the vocals. That’s another major blow to our signature sound. We always wrote songs as a five piece band and made unique accents and breaks specifically to the vocals. Well there goes that unique Korn sound. Once our original way of writing was totally changed the original sound was also changed. I was disappointed. I’ve been asked hundreds of times why our sound changed so much after Follow the Leader. Well, now you have the answer. I love the music we made after Leader, don’t get the wrong idea. It just lost so much of our unique trademark sound. I really think the fans noticed. I made several attempts to get the band to get back to the basics and write and record like we did the first three records but was met with opposition every time. I don’t know why. All I wanted to do is make better records. But the other members didn’t want to spend the extra time it takes to write the original way. But hey, I tried. When I was talking about bringing the funk back I was talking about the original writing style. I would love to get back in the rehearsal studio with the guys and resurrect the original passion and unconventional writing style and make a record that stands up to the first three. Of course before that could happen I would love to just sit down with guys and talk about our humble beginnings and really put things in perspective. I really hope to see you Korn fans again soon from behind my drum kit on stage with the guys. If anyone wants to post this on other sites please do so. All I ask is to be honest and post it in its entirety and not take parts out of context. I hope you true Korn fans thought this insight was interesting. Take care everyone. Talk soon:)

Korn’s 11th studio album, ‘The Paradigm Shift,’ will see a release on Oct. 8.

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