“Freak on a Leash” is an iconic song by American nu metal legends, Korn, released on February 25, 1999, as the second single from their third studio album, Follow the Leader.
Written by Jonathan Davis, James “Munky” Shaffer, Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, David Silveria, and Brian “Head” Welch, the song delves into the challenging realities of living with mental illness and addiction.
With its heavy nu metal sound, characterized by distorted guitars, screaming vocals, and electronic elements, “Freak on a Leash” serves as a raw and honest portrayal of dark and disturbing themes.
The song’s music video, directed by Todd McFarlane, features the band performing in a cage surrounded by strange and haunting imagery, causing a stir upon its release but ultimately becoming one of Korn’s most iconic videos.
Commercially successful, “Freak on a Leash” climbed to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and earned a double platinum certification from the RIAA. Moreover, it secured the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2000.
Recognized as one of Korn’s signature tracks, “Freak on a Leash” is a powerful and unsettling song, addressing difficult subjects. However, it also delivers a message of hope and resilience, reminding listeners that they are not alone in their struggles and that healing is attainable.
Something takes a part of me You and I were meant to be A cheap fuck for me to lay Something takes a part of me
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