KoЯn is the self-titled debut album by American nu metal band Korn, released on October 11, 1994, through Immortal/Epic Records. Before recording the album, the band played several gigs in an attempt to promote themselves. They were approached by Immortal/Epic Records after a performance at Huntington Beach, California. The band signed to their label because they didn't want to "sign away all of their creative freedom." The band would record at Indigo Ranch Studios in Malibu, California with producer Ross Robinson, who also produced their 1993 demo Neidermeyer's Mind. The recording took place from May to June 1994. After the recordings, Korn toured with Biohazard and House of Pain.
The album's themes mainly consisted of both drug and child abuse. It is said to be the first album labeled as nu metal, a monster genre of its own beast. Considered the most original and respected movement of modern music. Highly pushed beyond traditional Metal catapulting change in direction - Jonathan Davis himself always relates KoRn's music as different than traditional Metal. The controversial album artwork depicts a young girl being approached by a large man who is holding what appears to be a horse shoe. The shadow in the background shows the little girl hanging from the letter K in Korn. Photography was done by Stephen Stickler, and the design was directed by Jay Papke and Dante Ariola.
The first single "Blind" charted at number 15 on the Canadian Alternative 30, the album peaked at number ten in New Zealand, as well as seventy-two on the Billboard 200. The album has sold in excess of 10 million worldwide.