Original KORN drummer David Silveria says that the band’s current lineup “just [doesn’t] have it in them to [write] songs that can stand up” to the group’s first three records and has predicted that KORN‘s next album “will be the same crap they have been putting out for years.”
Silveria, who left KORN in late 2006, made the disparaging comments on the band’s official Facebook page below a post about a Billboard.com interview in which KORN guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer said that the band is now at work on the follow-up to its 2013 album, “The Paradigm Shift”. Munky said: “I think it’s time to solidify our legacy.”
Silveria, who retired to Huntington Beach, California and opened a restaurant after his exit from KORN, wrote in the September 30 post: “I think KORN was solidified in our first few albums. They just don’t have it in them to [write] songs that can stand up to our first three records. It’s just Munky trying to give bullshit hype on another record that I believe will be the same crap they have been putting out for years. As soon as Jon [singer Jonathan Davis] stopped writing with the entire band, the music [went] to shit. And I’m sure their new record will be more shit. I can’t blame him for trying to hype a new record when he knows fans have been disappointed by their last four records. You can call a turd a diamond but it doesn’t make it so!”
Silveria sued his former bandmates late in February, claiming that his 2006 exit from the group was merely a hiatus and that he was rebuffed when he tried to return to the band in 2013. Silveria said he still had ownership interest in KORN and was asking a judge to force the band to reveal how much money they’ve made since he left so that he can get his rightful share.
Silveria is said to be especially upset over the fact that KORN welcomed back guitarist Brian “Head” Welch two years ago but wouldn’t do the same for him. Welch left the group in 2005 and continued as a solo artist before rejoining in 2013.
KORN kicked off a fall North American tour on Thursday (October 1) in Chicago. The band is performing its self-titled 1994 debut in its entirety at every stop, finishing up on October 30 inOakland.
Silveria told Rolling Stone magazine in December that he felt it was “wrong” for KORN to play its self-titled debut album without him on its current tour, saying that he had “just as much of a creative input as any of (the other) guys while writing and making (the) record.”
KORN singer Jonathan Davis told The Pulse Of Radio that he believed Silveria had lost his passion for playing music, saying, “The first two albums, I think, he really enjoyed playing drums and then after that he just lost his love for playing drums. It happens.”
Silveria told fans in 2013 that KORN was not the same since he left, 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.”