Fear and the Nervous System

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Fear and the Nervous System
Origin New York City, New York, USA
Genres Industrial rock, experimental rock, alternative metal
Years active 2008–present
Labels Emotional Syphon Recordings
Associated acts Korn, Repeater, Faith No More, Error, Bad Religion, Tenacious D, Billy Goat, Jonathan Davis and the SFA, Mass Mental
Website Official Website
Members James "Munky" Shaffer
Steve Krolikowski
Zac Baird
Tim Kelleher
Elias Mallin
Past members Billy Gould
Leopold Ross
Brooks Wackerman

Fear and the Nervous System is an experimental/industrial rock band formed by Korn guitarist James Shaffer.[1][2]

History[edit]

In early 2008, Korn guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer announced plans to release a new project entitled Fear and the Nervous System (probably a reference to Michael Powell's 1960 film "Peeping Tom"). The record was said to be released in late 2008, through his own label, Emotional Syphon Recordings. The songs are being recorded at Music Grinder Studios in Hollywood, CA. The album's title and track list have yet to be announced.

In July 2008, Wes Borland described the recording sessions:

Shaffer also described the recording sessions as really unorthodox and more like a jam session than a regular recording session. The band also used different tunings to make the music stand apart from Shaffer's previous work with Korn.[4]

On July 15, Shaffer announced on the project's MySpace profile that the album will not be ready for the previously mentioned August 8, 2008 release because he did not want to rush production. He also stated that Wes Borland's appearance on the record did not make the final cut, however the cover art designed by Wes will still be used.

On August 21, 2008, Jonathan Davis mentioned on his live stream that he has heard one song from Munky's solo project, and that all Munky has to do is the vocals, which Jonathan was personally excited about. Munky has reported that the record is three quarters done with all of the music done and recorded for the record and he has been working on the lyrics.[4]

In October 2009, Shaffer explained that he would not be doing vocals on the new Fear and the Nervous System album because he's not "very good at singing". It was later announced that Steve Krolikowski of Repeater would be handling vocal duties. On June 29, 2011 the song "Choking Victim" was released for free download from the official Fear and the Nervous System website.

After much delay, the music video for the track "Choking Victim" was released in August 2012. The band's first music video was soon followed by the band's full length album which was finally released on two listening formats. The album is currently available as physical copies which are sold in select retail stores, as well as through many online retail outlets for easy online purchase. The Fear and the Nervous System's debut album has also been made available through digital download formats in mid-September 2012. Both the video for "Choking Victim", and the full-length album were met with major critical acclaim worldwide with positive reviews by critics, everyday music fans, KoЯn fans, and non-KoЯn fans alike. Recenetly in an interview conducted in September 2012, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, on the topic of his favorite new bands of 2012, had expressed great enthusiasm and kind words for his friend, James Shaffer, whom he simply referred to as "Munk", stated that Fear and the Nervous System was a "Pretty 'dope' band" that he really enjoys, and is crossing his fingers that a tour with his Nu-Metal entourage Limp Bizkit, KoЯn, Deftones, Fear And The Nervous System, Black Light Burns, Hollywood Undead and others that would hopefully come to fruition. Durst continued, saying it would be the tour of the century.[5]

Band members[edit]

Studio lineup
Live lineup

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
List of studio albums
Title Album details
Fear and the Nervous System

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