Follow the Leader Album is by Korn, the American alternative metal band. Their third studio album was released on the 18th of August 1998 under both record labels Immortal Records and Epic.
The Follow the Leader album was the first by the group not to be produced by Ross Robinson, the American producer that discovered Korn. Instead, it was produced by Grammy Award-winning Steve Thompson and Nashville based producer and engineer, Toby Wright.
The album was recorded between March and May 1998 at NRG Recording Studios. The studios, based in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, has played host to a variety of recording artists including Miley Cyrus, Kayne West, Evanescence, No Doubt, Papa Roach, Linkin Park and Hootie & the Blowfish.
The Follow the Leader album, which features additional vocals from Fred Durst, Tre Hardson, Ice Cube and stand-up comedian Cheech Marin, generally received positive reviews from the music press. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, writing for AllMusic awarded it four stars out of five and called the album ” an effective follow-up to their first two alt-metal landmarks. ” adding that ” If the songs themselves don’t leave much of an impression, it’s because they’re not supposed to — they’re simply vehicles for the metallic grind, which provides all the visceral rush with any Korn fan needs. ” David Fricke of Rolling Stone also awarded four stars, however, he was not impressed with the album overall, especially ” All in the Family “, which he felt took the album from ” potent to the pointless. ” The eighth track is an MC duel between Korn’s lead vocalist Jonathan Davis and Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst. David Fricke called the lyrics ” lame “, as they mention derogatory homosexual terms he felt cheapen the whole album.
The album is considered by many to be the band’s mainstream breakthrough. It’s also generally accepted to be the album that took the Nu Metal genre into the mainstream.
A commercially successful offering by the group, it has been certified 5x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ). Outside of the United States, the Follow the Leader album has been awarded 3x Platinum in Australia and Canada with Gold in the Netherlands.
The most popular single and the second from the album, ” Freak on a Leash ” was released on the 25th of May 1999.
Before the band released the song, it contained a middle instrumental section that featured a ” noisy guitar break. ” The members of Korn found out many radio stations wouldn’t play a track with that type of break.
Upon realising they wouldn’t get airplay, the band asked their fans if they should remove it to make the song more radio friendly, the general consensus was yes it should be removed.
Lyrically the song leans more towards heavy metal and death metal in composition with expressions of darker moods like anger and sarcasm.
” Freak on a Leash ” charted in the United States, reaching number six on the Billboard Alternative Songs and ten on the Mainstream Rock Songs charts.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 8th of May 1999 and peaked at number twenty-four. It spent one week in the Top Forty and two weeks in the top 100.
Other countries chart positions were Australia twenty-two, Canada ( Alternative 30 ) twenty-five, Germany fifty-eight, Netherlands twenty-two and New Zealand forty-three.
The Follow the Leader album became a commercial success for Korn. In the United States, the album topped the Billboard 200 on the 5th of September 1998, a position it held for one week. It spent eighty-nine weeks on the chart there. Korn also scored a Number One in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
In the United Kingdom, the album entered the UK Albums Chart on the 29th of August 1998 and peaked at number five. It spent one week in the Top Ten and five weeks in the Top 100.
In Austria, Finland, France and Germany, the Follow the Leader album reached the Top Ten, making the Top Twenty in Belgium ( Flanders ), Germany and Sweden.
Korn is an American nu metal band. Formed in 1993, the current members include Jonathan Davis, James Shaffer, Reginald Arvizu, Brian Welch and Ray Luzier.
The idea for the name Korn using a backward ” R ” came from the toy retailer Toys R Us, a company where many of the band had worked previously.
The group’s demo album, Korn, was released on the 11th of October 1994. The music press well received the album.
Their debut peaked at number seventy-two on the Billboard 200 in the US and 181 in the UK, ten in New Zealand, fifty-six in the Netherlands and forty-six in Australia.
In the United States, Seven of Korn’s official releases have been certified platinum by the RIAA, with two 2x Platinum, one 3x platinum, one 5x platinum and two certified Gold. In the US, sales for the album are in the region of 2.1 million copies.
To date, Korn’s Album releases are twelve studio, three live, seven video albums and eight compilations. They have also released four Extended Plays, forty-three singles, ten promotional singles and forty-six music videos.
As a multi-award-winning recording artist’s, Korn has won many awards including two Grammys, two MTV Video Music, one MTV Asia, two Kerrang! magazine and two Alternative Press Music Awards. As of August 2018, Korn’s record sales worldwide exceed 35 million.
Follow the Leader Album Track Listing:
1. It’s On!
2. Freak on a Leash
3. Got the Life
4. Dead Bodies Everywhere
5. Children of the Korn ( featuring Ice Cube )
8. All in the Family ( featuring Fred Durst )
9. Reclaim My Place
12. Cameltosis ( featuring Tre Hardson )
13. My Gift to You ( ends at 7:12. A hidden track entitled ” Earache My Eye “, a Cheech & Chong cover, starts at 9:12, after 2 minutes of silence. )