During an interview with The Mancunion, James “Munky” Shaffer spoke about the inspiration for Korn’s album “The Paradigm Shift,” which was the first album recorded after the return of guitarist Brian “head” Welch.
Munky said, “I came up with the title, and it felt like with Head [guitarist Brian Welch] coming back in the band and the fact we were reaching our 20th anniversary as a band, it was time to move forward and shift our way of thinking. We wanted to push ourselves, we don’t want to fade out and become a thing of the past.”
He added, “I don’t want to sound pretentious, but we want to excel, and in my heart when I was a kid, I wanted to be the next METALLICA. I’m not saying we’re anywhere near that, but I think we did present a new way of thinking about metal.”
In honor of the 20th Anniversary of Korn’s debut album, they released a 300-page limited-edition book, ‘Korn: 1994-2014 Photo Book,’ that chronicles and celebrates the band’s history. Korn has continued their 20th celebration by playing their entire self-titled debut album at select shows.