The stylised moniker KoЯn and the genre of 'nu metal' go together like eggs and bacon; impossible to consider one without thinking of the other.
Korn (looking at that Я gives me a headache - like a Magic Eye picture) have, for a long time, been the go-to punch line for all those on the outside looking in, conjuring images of pasty metalheads, dressed in four shades of black and punching the air in rebellious defiance, getting all the anger and energy out of their system before their big sister picks them up in the Prius.
But behind the dreary hoodies and tiresome homespun ink is a giant band of extraordinary success. Formed nearly 20 years ago, Korn's ten studio albums include two US No 1 records and another five that made the top three. And Korn's success extends beyond mallrats pumping metal into their bleeding ears, as their trophy cabinet will attest.
Two Grammys, three MTV Awards and a couple of Kerrang! gongs (that ! and Korn's Я deserve each other) confirm that the Californian quartet's 35 million record sales are no fluke. The latest LP, 'The Path of Totality', was released at the beginning of December and was another Top Ten hit in the US. Korn are touring the new record throughout Europe next year.
Korn's UK and Ireland tour kicks off at the Brixton Academy on Sunday 25th March, followed by gigs in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Antrim and Dublin, before the final date of the tour at the O2 Academy in Bristol on Tuesday 3rd April 2012.
We will have tickets for all gigs when they go on sale at 9AM on Wednesday 21st December, priced from around £30, 49.65 for Dublin.