For Korn, Mayhem Fest 2010 could be the most important package tour appearance the band has made since their first Family Values in 1998 helped cement the term nu-metal in the minds of the masses. After all, some metal fans began to question the band's continued relevance following the release of the atmospheric, experimental self-titled album in 2007, Korn's first not to feature original drummer David Silveria and their second without guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch.

The skeptics were further fueled when bassist Reggie 'Fieldy' Arvizu's became a born-again Christian, following years of rock 'n' roll decadence and self-indulgence. The move seemed especially odd in light of frontman Jonathan Davis' aggressively anti-religious stance.

Mayhem Fest 2010 could be just what Korn need to prove that they're not only still contenders, but their music remains revolutionary and, perhaps most importantly, super f---in' heavy. Of course, a lot of the band's metal cred will also be determined on Korn's upcoming album, the tentatively titled 'Korn III: Remember Who You Are,' which reunites Korn with their original producer Ross Robinson, who helped shape the sound of nu-metal with the group's first two albums, 1994's 'Korn' and 1996's 'Life Is Peachy.' The new disc is tentatively scheduled for release in June.

Noisecreep recently talked to Korn guitarist James 'Munky' Schaffer about Mayhem Fest 2010:

What bands are you looking forward to seeing at Mayhem?

Rob Zombie for sure, and Five Finger Death Punch! Those guys toured with us right when they started out, so it's great to see them doing so well. This summer will be a ton of fun, and it's a great bill all around.

What are you planning for your own set?

You'll have to come and see. It will be a combo of old school stuff, hits and songs from the new album. We're gonna crush it.

How are you planning to spend your downtime on this summer's Mayhem tour?

We used to BBQ, and there are definitely great BBQs on the road. We play a lot of poker, which is fun and a great way to hang with everyone.