Rotting in Vain

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"Rotting in Vain"
Single by Korn
from the album The Serenity of Suffering
ReleasedJuly 22, 2016 (2016-07-22)
Genre Nu metal
Label Roadrunner
Producer(s) Nick Raskulinecz
Korn singles chronology
"Rotting in Vain"
"Take Me"

"Rotting in Vain" is a song by American nu metal band Korn. Written by the band and produced by Nick Raskulinecz, it was featured on the band's 2016 twelfth studio album The Serenity of Suffering . The song was also released as the lead single from the album on July 22, 2016, reaching number 4 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart and number 26 on the UK Rock & Metal Singles Chart. It was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

Nu metal is a subgenre of alternative metal that combines elements of heavy metal music with elements of other music genres such as hip hop, alternative rock, funk, industrial, and grunge. Nu metal bands have drawn elements and influences from a variety of musical styles, including multiple genres of heavy metal. Nu metal rarely features guitar solos; the genre is heavily syncopated and based on guitar riffs. Many nu metal guitarists use seven-string guitars that are down-tuned to play a heavier sound. DJs are occasionally featured in nu metal to provide instrumentation such as sampling, turntable scratching and electronic backgrounds. Vocal styles in nu metal include singing, rapping, screaming and growling. Nu metal is one of the key genres of the new wave of American heavy metal.

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"Rotting in Vain" was first revealed on July 16, 2016 when it received its debut live performance at the Chicago Open Air concert. [1] According to Loudwire's Graham Hartmann, "Rotting in Vain" is "Led by a heavy groove and chaotic atmosphere", which later "spirals into darker realms with Jonathan Davis' tortured vocals". [2] Jon Wiederhorn for added that the song features "otherworldly guitar effects, a deep, dark groove ... downtuned, distorted guitars and circular bass lines". [3] Speaking about the inspiration for the track upon its release, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis offered the following insight:

Chicago Open Air

Chicago Open Air is an annual concert held in Bridgeview, Illinois that features several rock and metal acts. Beginning in 2016, the festival got a lot of recognition as it was Rammstein's only US performance that year. It is held at Toyota Park. Korn debuted the new single "Rotting in Vain" on July 16, 2016 at Chicago Open Air.

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Loudwire is an American online magazine that covers hard rock and heavy metal music. It is owned by media and entertainment business Townsquare Media. Since its launch in August 2011, Loudwire has secured exclusive interviews with Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Judas Priest, Guns N' Roses, Megadeth, Mötley Crüe, Suicidal Tendencies and many others. Loudwire has also exclusively premiered new material from Judas Priest, Anthrax, Jane's Addiction, Stone Sour, Phil Anselmo and many more of rock and metal's biggest acts.

Jonathan Davis American singer and musician

Jonathan Howsmon Davis, also known as JD, JDevil, or J Devil, is an American singer and musician. He is best known as the lead vocalist and frontman of the nu metal band Korn.

Music video

The music video for "Rotting in Vain" was released on July 22, 2016, following a trailer four days before. [5] Directed by Dean Karr and filmed in "a rundown two-story building" in Los Angeles, California, [6] it features actor Tommy Flanagan, best known for portraying Filip "Chibs" Telford on the FX TV series Sons of Anarchy and Tullk from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, who is shown "huff[ing] gas, drink[ing] from a goblet and play[ing] with curios" as the band performs elsewhere in the building and "all but destroys his Sweeney Todd–styled abode". [4] During the opening section of the song, vocalist Jonathan Davis emerges from underneath layers of leaves and dust in a bathtub, which the singer claimed entered his lungs and led to him "coughing up dirt loogies" afterwards. [6] Other members of the band make "similarly dramatic entrances", including guitarists James "Munky" Shaffer "burst[ing] from the floorboards" and Brian "Head" Welch "crash[ing] through cement". [3] Jonathan Davis getting out of a pile of leaves in a bathtub. Raymond Luzier "Ray" getting through wooden crates and rubbish. "Fieldy" Reginald Arvizu waking up in paper and wood.[ citation needed ]

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Critical reception

Metal Hammer 's Dom Lawson praised the song, including its "big" chorus and "wickedly self-referential burst of Davies' [ sic ] trademark gorilla gibberish", claiming that "Korn sound newly excited and ferociously focused". [7] The track has been dubbed by many commentators as a conscious return to the style of the band's earlier releases – Lawson compared it stylistically to 1999's Issues and 2002's Untouchables , in part due to the presence of scat singing, [7]'s Jon Wiederhorn described it as "reminiscent" of Life Is Peachy (1996) and Follow the Leader (1998), [3] while Graham Hartmann of Loudwire simply dubbed it "classic Korn". [2]

<i>Metal Hammer</i> periodical literature

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Chart (2016)Peak
UK Rock & Metal Singles (Official Charts Company) [8] 26
US Hot Rock Songs ( Billboard ) [9] 20
US Rock Airplay ( Billboard ) [10] 19
US Mainstream Rock ( Billboard ) [11] 4

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