When Metal Goes Mainstream: The Story Behind Korn’s ‘See You On The Other Side’

Find out how the band found their most experimental sound yet on the album that nearly didn’t happen.

On this day back in 2005, legendary Nu Metal band Korn released their seventh studio album, See You On The Other Side. Whilst receiving extensive critical acclaim and commercial success, the story behind the album spelt out a different, challenging time for the members, placing the future of the band resting in the balance.

 A release filled with doubt and reluctancy, find out the story behind the album and discover how the tumultuous circumstances in which it was recorded pushed the band to achieve their most experimental sound to date.

The band’s first album as a four-piece, following the departure of founding member and guitarist, Head, See You On The Other Side was an album that nearly didn’t happen. Leaving the band abruptly in order to focus on his role as a father and pursue the journey as a Born Again Christian, the unorthodox circumstances in which Head left the band threw Korn into disarray.

Debating whether the continue the band or warrant a hiatus, the remaining members began to question their stance towards the band upon the guitarist’s withdrawal. 

Initially planning on issuing a Greatest Hits album in order to buy themselves time to comprehend the new structure of the band, the remaining members ultimately decided to delve headfirst into the turmoil- recording a new album from scratch.

Choosing to see the new lineup and altered structure of the band as an opportunity for more creative and unorthodox routes, Korn underwent a renaissance as they reinvented their sound; tackling the album in a way unseen since their debut, twelve years prior.

Retaining their original sound of Nu Metal and Rap, the album sought to combine elements of all different musical genres that the band had not yet attempted. 

Now, by intertwining elements of Gothic Metal, Electronica, Industrial Metal and Funk, Head’s departure from the band signified a new milestone in Korn’s discography, opening the band up to more audiences and radio-airplay than ever before. 

Recorded at singer, Jonathan Davis’ home studio, the same as in their previous album, Take A Look In The Mirror, the new sound of the band didn’t come merely from their experimental approach to new genres. Signing a $25 million contract with Virgin Records after partnering with EMI, the band called upon a new producer to allow the album to stand out from their previous releases.

Now working with a renowned production team entitled, ‘The Matrix’, See You On The Other Side was set to become Korn’s most mainstream and accessible release to date. Known extensively throughout the music industry, the prolific clientele of The Matrix included mainly pop artists including Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne and Shakira- guaranteeing a blatant deviation from the band’s drug-fueled first album. 

With singles including ‘Twisted Transistor’ and ‘Coming Undone’ both reaching the top five in the US Mainstream Rock Charts, the album stormed up the charts from the moment of its debut. 

Selling over 220,000 copies in the first week alone, See You On The Other Side peaked at number three on the Billboard Albums Chart and remained in the top half for thirty-four weeks consecutively.

Now, although the band’s last album with founding drummer, David Silveria, See You On The Other Side marked one of the biggest moment’s in Korn’s discography. A landmark moment that reinvented the sound of the band, the album is credited by fans as being one of their most important releases to date. 

Selling over 1.2 million copies globally and gaining a platinum record less than half a year after its release, See You On The Other Side remains one of the band’s greatest albums, introducing the mainstream pop charts into the world of Nu Metal.

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