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Brian “Head” Welch On New Korn Album: “We’ve Got Some Amazing Tricks Up Our Sleeves That We Haven’t Done Before”


Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch gave an update on where the band are at with their thirteenth studio album in a recent chat with Consequence Of Sound. The band had most recently been working with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Mastodon, Deftones) once again behind the boards, having previously worked together on 2016’s “The Serenity Of Suffering“.

Writing sessions for this album have also seen the band branch out with producer/musician John Feldmann and Travis Barker having been involved in the early stages—though the latter tracked some temporary drums on the demos. According to Welch, the band still have a considerable amount of work ahead of them, offering:

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“At this time, guitars aren’t finished, and I don’t know if we’re done writing. We’ve written a lot, but I’m not sure if we’re done writing yet. Bass is not done. Most of the drums are done on the songs we have, and a little bit of vocals have been worked on.”

Speaking of the material on the album itself, he went on to say:

“We’ve got some amazing tricks up our sleeves that we haven’t done before, some fun things that the fans are going to be pleasantly surprised by. I know that for a fact.”

The same conversation also saw Welch give his take on the comments made by his bandmate Jonathan Davis earlier this fall in which he referred to Korn and their peers in Limp Bizkit and Deftones, etc. as being the last of guard of the metal/rock bands to experience explosive commercial success.

Speaking further of that at the time, Davis stated: “That time has come and gone. No one’s gonna do it like we ever did. [They’re] not ever gonna have that experience. It was larger than life. We were up against pop bands, dude.”

When asked about it by Consequence Of Sound, Welch replied:

“What Jonathan meant was that it was the era of MTV, and everybody was watching TRL and everything. That’s all gone now. It’s all just YouTube and the Internet right now, so it’s just never going to be like that again, where it’s all just lumped into one thing.

Everything is separated now. So, I agree [with Jonathan] in that respect. Obviously, there are bands who are huge—Metallica, System of a Down, others—so there are huge rock bands, but what he meant was having everything thrown together and having all eyes on it. All eyes aren’t going to be on one TV channel anymore. That’s gone.”

For more from Welch, including his thoughts on the ever-divisive topic of rock being ‘dead’, head to Consequence Of Sound.