Sanctuary
by Korn

Album: The Path of Totality (2011)

Songfacts®:

  • This is a track fromThe Path of Totality, the tenth studio album by American Nu Metal band Korn. The LP was produced by various dubstep and electro house artists as the band wished to fuse their traditional sound with electronic elements. Asked by Kerrang! magazine if he was worried about people's reaction to the album, frontman Jonathan Davis replied: "People are going to be pi--ed about this record. That's made me even more excited about it. I don't give a flying f--k what people think. We can't win with Korn fans. Some are so stuck in 1994."
  • This song was penned by Davis and came from the band's original sessions with dubstep producers Excision and Downlink. Davis explained to Artist Direct that James 'Munky' Shaffer put some guitars on it, and it had two parts, but was still unfinished. He continued: "Downlink came to mix the record, and I was like, 'Let's make that a song.' He said, 'Hell yeah, I love that one!' We worked on it a ton. Downlink rearranged it and created some different stuff, and it just happened."
  • Davis on the song's meaning (via Artist Direct): "'Sanctuary' is about life. You always have that place you run to when you're heart or something's wrong, and it is built on blood and tears. It's all of the hurt, the pain, and the crying you've built up around yourself over the years. You run there when something's bad or wrong or you're scared. That was what I was going for."
  • Davis told Billboard magazine: "That was originally called 'November,' and it was a throwaway track, but I always loved it and I kept telling Downlink, 'We're gonna do it, we're gonna do it.' It came out amazing, I love it. It's really melodic. It's about being introverted."
  • Davis told Noisecreep about working with Canadian DJ/producer Downlink: "He introduced us to a lot of ideas, equipment, items we don't normally work with," he said. "It was really cool. Our sound engineer, Jim Monti learned a lot from recording with Downlink, and Downlink learned a lot from Jim, so it was a great experience."

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