Korn's Brian 'Head' Welch

Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch Reveals His “Ultimate Metal Album” & Other Records That Changed His Life


Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch has taken part in Metal Hammer‘s recurring ‘The 10 Records That Changed My Life’ feature, sharing the various albums that made a big impact on his life over the years. You can find the whole feature at, here’s an excerpt or two to get you started:

‘A kid comes up to me and asks me what metal is. I hand them a copy of…’: Metallica – “Master Of Puppets“:

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“I’d say Metallica’s ‘Master Of Puppets‘ because it is just the ultimate metal album to me. As far as ‘heavy’ and ‘really catchy’ goes, it’s definitely the best. It’s also got those great, long songs that take you on a big journey, super in-your-face but they’re super-melodic, too. ‘Master Of Puppets‘ has got massive hooks but it also hits you super-hard.”

‘The album I wish I’d made is…’: AC/DC – “Back In Black“:

“When that came out I was just like, ‘I want to be in a rock band, I want to play guitar, I want to bang my head like that, I want to be Angus Young.’ Queen got me wanting to be a musician but AC/DC got me wanting to properly play and get good.”

‘The album that I want to be remembered for is…’: Korn – “The Paradigm Shift

“I’d say ‘The Paradigm Shift‘ because we had gone through so much, splitting up and coming back together, and I really never saw that record coming. I know it’s not the most popular of ours or whatever but it means so much to me. It holds a special place in my heart.”

For more of his choices, head to Korn‘s new album “The Serenity Of Suffering” is in stores now.

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