Korn's Munky talks new side project

Fear but no loathing
Fear but no loathing

It takes a lot to shock the monkey. But Korn guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer was taken aback when he learned that his side project, Fear And The Nervous System, had fans concerned he was going solo.

"I am not leaving Korn," says Munky. "I started this project because I want to express myself musically and show the world a different side of me, creatively. I want to thank all the fans that are willing to take a listen and choose for themselves.

"Right now I have 13 tracks done and I am currently working on the vocals," he continues. "It is a challenge for me but I love it and my heart is in to it. I don't want to rush this project and I want it to be the best it can be so please be patient and I won't let you down."

Munky adds that ex-Limp Bizkit and current Black Light Burns guitarist Wes Borland won't be on the album, as was previously planned. "I love and respect Wes and we have worked together but his priority is with Black Light Burns. The tracks that he played on did not make the cut for the record. However, he is still involved in this project - he painted the amazing cover art and I can't wait for everyone to see it."

Fear And The Nervous System's debut album will released via Munky's own label, Emotional Syphon Recordings. It is described as "an exciting project that opens up the boundaries of rock, harkening back to the days when music was fearless."

Well, that would be nice.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.