While nu-metal fans across the globe might be salivating at the prospect of music from Korn's Jonathan Davis, the results might come as some surprise. The first three tracks from the vocalist's promised solo debut, currently streaming on his Soundcloud page, are very different in tone to the output of Davis's band.
Happiness, Final Days and Medicate are the first fruits of Davis's solo endeavours, and, according to an interview with Pulse of Radio, have been in the works since at least 2009. With world music accompaniments and moments of Radiohead-esque ambience, the tracks seem completely at a tangent to the nu-metal cannon with which Davis is most commonly associated. The singer claims:
I want the record to be the most amazing record I could possibly put out... I want all songs to be amazing and different. I want it to be really a very artistic, crazy album that no one's ever heard before. 'Cause it's very world music-y and dark, heavy, Peter Gabriel-esque type music and I want all the songs to be different, and nothing like Korn.
Davis's first solo offering was a cover of T-Pain and Li'l Wayne's Got Money, released on his personal website in 2008. That track featured Slipknot's Jim Root on guitar and Korn's Ray Luzier on drums.
While Davis's recent Soundcloud posts offer the prospect of a new album, fans might be waiting for a few months before its release. Korn are currently on tour across the United States until March, before performing a series of European festival dates in June.
Davis's new tracks can be streamed below:
Final Days by JonathanDavisKornHappiness by JonathanDavisKornMedicate by JonathanDavisKorn