Korn’s Jonathan Davis to Release Solo Debut ‘Black Labyrinth’ on May 25

Korn’s Jonathan Davis to Release Solo Debut ‘Black Labyrinth’ on May 25

In late January, Jonathan Davis premiered a new solo single titled “What It Is,” marking the first time the Korn vocalist has ventured into solo act territory thus far in his career.

Earlier this week, the official details for his debut solo album, Black Labyrinth, were announced. It’ll be out May 25 via Sumerian Records, and will find Davis branching out a bit from how he’s always done things with Korn.

Specifically, most of the songs on Black Labyrinth were recorded live — which is drastically different from how Korn tends to record as a band in the studio. What’s not surprising, given Davis’ subject matter over the years in his lyrics, is the album’s general themes:

Inspired in part by the Ganzfeld Experiment, and the out of body experiments and hallucinations that often accompany it, Davis focused on religion, consumerism and apathy throughout the album. “There’s a level of enlightenment I want to achieve,” he confesses regarding Black Labyrinth. “With all of the bullshit going, everyone is stuck on their fucking cell phones. This takes us way out of that. No matter how hard you try to fight bad things in your life, life will be what it is. It’s up to you to accept that, combat it, and move forward, or it’s up to you to be in denial. Then, it becomes a thorn in your side until you finally deal with it. This is it. Just deal with it.”

Here’s an album preview:

The track listing:

“Underneath My Skin”
“Final Days”
“Everyone”
“Happiness”
“Your God”
“Walk On By”
“The Secret”
“Basic Needs”
“Medicate”
“Please Tell Me”
“What You Believe”
“Gender”
“What It Is”

Pre-orders for Black Labyrinth are up now at Davis’ official site, and he’ll hit the road soon as well:

April 6 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom *
April 7 Seattle, WA Showbox *
April 9 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom *
April 10 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory *
April 12 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spaces
April 13 Los Angeles, CA Belasco Theatre
April 14 Tucson, AZ Kino Veteran Memorial Stadium
April 16 San Diego, CA House of Blues
April 18 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
April 20 Tempe, AZ The Meadows
April 21 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
April 22 Denver, CO Ogden Theater *
April 24 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
April 25 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
April 26 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
May 1 Kansas City, KS The Truman *
May 2 St. Paul, MN Myth Live *
May 4 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
May 5 Detroit, MI Majestic Theater
May 6 Chicago, IL House of Blues *
May 8 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
May 9 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
May 11 Portland, ME Aura *
May 12 New York, NY Irving Plaza *
May 14 Orlando, FL Plaza Live *
May 15 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse *
May 17 Silver Springs, MD The Fillmore *
May 18 Boston, MA House of Blues *
May 19 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion

 

And if you missed it, Davis was a special guest at Linkin Park’s memorial concert for Chester Bennington, held at the Hollywood Bowl on October 27.

 

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