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Brian “Head” Welch On Korn’s Legacy: “We Inspired Some Bands That Are Much Bigger Than Us, And Some Crappy Bands As Well”


Korn/Love And Death guitarist/vocalist Brian “Head” Welch appeared in a recent issue of Metal Hammer (#344) and spoke a bit of how Korn‘s influenced a wave of bands that followed and also how they were one of the last artists from the heavy music genre to achieve widespread mainstream success.

Speaking of the latter, he stated:

“I guess it was different in our day. There were bands with names you just recognize: Metallica, Linkin Park, Deftones, System Of A Down… to have Korn be one of those names is a trip. We were the last group to really be on MTV, where people would wait to see the video, everyone had to wait for us to put the CD out, and so I think it did mean more to people. What you can’t have, you want more; people are still fans but the instant gratification of now has taken away the real hardcore nature of it. I feel lucky to have experienced that last bit of the old way of doing things before it all changed.”

As for how influential Korn were and how they helped pave the way for a legion of bands to follow, he offered:

“I look at who came after us, and bands really took our sound and did amazing things with it; look at Slipknot and look at Linkin Park! I love both those bands, and they took what we did into whole new directions. So, we inspired some bands that are much bigger than us, and some crappy bands as well. You have to think that’s an accomplishment!”

You can read more from Welch over at this location. Love And Death‘s new album “Perfectly Preserved” is available now.

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