Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch spoke with Music Radar about the progress of the band’s 12th studio album, which is due out later this year. Welch said, “Nothing satisfies me more than this new record that we’re doing right now . . . It feels like who we are, but it feels like on this record we’re working on now, it feels like we’ve come back to what Korn started out as.”

Welch added, “There’s a lot of aggression on this new album. We just had fun, we sat down together in a studio and jammed out for six to eight hours a day. We just wrote together in the studio. It feels like we’re at a really great point in our career. It just feels like Korn.”

  • Welch left Korn in 2005 and rejoined in 2013 for the recording of The Paradigm Shift. Welch said, “It meant so much to me to be back in the band and I enjoyed making that album; (but) it was a slightly different sound for Korn.”
  • We asked Welch a while back what made this band work so well: [“I believe in destiny and I believe in, like, things that are meant to be before they even happen, so I think that’s a big part of it. But more than that even, it’s just like, we just grew up together and we had a passion for music and when you grow up with someone, you know, you just, you know ’em like the back of your hand, you know. And it just helped with Korn.”] SOUNDCUE (:21 OC: . . . helped with Korn.)
  • In a previous interview with Billboard.com, Welch said that he and fellow Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer wanted to “go heavier” on the new record.
  • Korn will begin a six-week North American tour with Rob Zombie on July 19th in Englewood, Colorado, and it’s rumored that Korn will follow that up this fall with another trek alongside Breaking Benjamin.


  • Do you think Korn can capture a “lot of aggression” on their new album after 22 years and 12 records?
  • Is it hard for any heavy band to stay intense after so long? Can you think of any who have?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?

Kostya Bulygin wrote: “I hope that it will be a good stuff. Though nothing can change my attitude to Korn. They have come a long way to get where they are now.”

Mark Bundgaard wrote: “Whether people want to admit it or not, Head is a monster guitar player. No coincidence Paradigm Shift is the best Korn album since his departure in ’04. Been waiting patiently for the new album. A Summer release would be great, but probably looking at sometime in the fall.”

Josh Rowe wrote: “I sure as hell hope the new album is heavier. Here’s to wishful thinking!”

Adam Stevens wrote: “Needs to be more RAW than ‘aggressive.’ Their first 2 albums were brutal because of the raw energy in the recording. Their later releases are way too polished.”