Brian “Head” Welch On Korn’s Upcoming New Music: “I Think It’s The Best And Heaviest Korn Stuff In Years”


Outside of their plans to celebrate this year’s 30th anniversary for their 1994 self-titled debut album, pioneering nü-metal outfit Korn have been chipping away at their eventual 15th studio album. In a new interview conducted by WSOU 89.5 FM, the band’s guitarist Brian “Head” Welch spoke of where the band are at with that:

“Well, I’ll just say, yes, we are passionately and intensely working on new music. We’re a little bit behind. We’ve been really digging deep into sounds and tones and miking techniques and just really focusing on every aspect of just the miking and the sonic levels of everything because… I love the last few records we’ve done in the last 10 years, but I think — I just have something in me that thinks we could beat the tones.

I love the songs that we’ve done, but tone-wise I feel like we can beat it. So we’re spending a lot more time on this new music, we’re spending a lot more money [chuckles], and we don’t have any record label involved, so it’s all coming from us. And we really want to dissect our sound and remember where we came from and how we did it back then. And having a vintage Korn feel with a modern twist — sonically, I’m talking about. So it’s very intense. The songs are amazing. I’m very proud of it. I feel like we are closer than we’ve ever been in the studio. And Jonathan [Davis, vocalist] has been there every day.”

Welch also spoke of the direction of what they have in the works, offering:

“I think it’s the best and heaviest Korn stuff in years. And I think it’s gonna be raw and just kind of more basic, as far as sound and recording and everything. I don’t wanna give it all away, but we’re just very, very pleased with where we’re at right now.”

Yesterday, March 26th, saw the group unveil their fall touring plans, which will find them out headlining a bill that features Gojira and Spiritbox:

09/12 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
09/14 West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
09/16 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
09/18 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
09/20 Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
09/21 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
09/23 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
09/25 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
09/27 Detroit, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
09/28 Chicago, IL – Credit Union 1 Amphitheatre
09/29 Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life
10/02 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
10/03 Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre
10/05 Los Angeles, CA – BMO Stadium (“Korn” 30th anniversary show) (feat. Evanescence, Daron Malakian And Scars On Broadway and Vended)
10/06 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
10/08 Portland, OR – Moda Center
10/10 Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
10/12 Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheatre
10/13 Salt Lake City, UT – Delta Center
10/16 Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
10/18 Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
10/20 Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
10/21 San Antonio, TX – Frost Bank Center
10/23 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
10/25 Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center
10/27 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center


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