On Korn‘s tension-filled tune “Spike in My Veins,” the band attacks governmental data surveillance and modern information overload. “We are all so caught up in watching crazy media on the internet and TV that we are manipulated into ignoring that our privacy has all but disappeared,” Korn’s Jonathan Davis says. The song is one of the standouts from 2013’s The Paradigm Shift and the video reflects the band’s mindset.
From the onset, we see them stomping around a room filled with TV monitors, as the video first cuts to news reports of data surveillance before the broadcast is interrupted with a Justin Bieber report. There’s not-so-subtle images of President Obama walking out to give a Presidential Address that’s spliced with him walking onto Jimmy Fallon’s stage and videos of Toronto mayor Rob Ford and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie interrupted by shots of Miley Cyrus and Kanye West. Korn’s point is clear: Is news news or just entertainment?
The Paradigm Shift is out now. The band kicks off a world tour starting February 20th in Australia.