KORN To Cover OZZY OSBOURNE's 'Diary of a Madman'

KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer has told Billboard.com that the band are planning on entering the studio in Janaury to begin work on their seventh album, tentatively slated for a late spring/early summer 2005 release.

"On Jan. 2, we're going to go back and finish writing our next album," Shaffer said. "We have about four songs we're trying to keep quiet, but you know how that type of s*** leaks [on the Internet], which is fine.

"It's definitely more of a progressive [sounding] KORN," he added.

Having recently included covers of CAMEO's "Word Up" and PINK FLOYD's "Another Brick in the Wall, Parts 1, 2, 3" on their Epic/Immortal set "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1", Shaffer hinted the Bakersfield, Calif.-based five-piece are working on a covers EP, with a tentative title of "Korn Kovers", for a possible April release.

"We threw out a lot of ideas and came up with a handful of cover songs that we recorded like NINE INCH NAILS' 'Head Like a Hole' and the PSYCHEDELIC FURS' 'Love My Way'," Shaffer told Billboard.com. "And we really want to do OZZY OSBOURNE's 'Diary of a Madman'."

Released in October, "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1" debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 392,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Also in the works is a late winter/early spring live DVD release featuring footage mainly from this past summer's Projekt Revolution Tour.

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