It’s been a long, hard road for the Korn guitarist, he walked away from the band when they were at their peak in 2005, citing addiction as the main cause. Brian ‘Head’ Welch is now back, bigger and better than ever. He re-joined the band for the 2013 album The Paradigm Shift, and while that album was a milestone in his and the bands career, he says their new material is more like the Korn of old.
Welch spoke to Music Radar about being back in the band: “Being back in Korn is just incredible. Being back in the band for The Paradigm Shift was awesome. It meant so much to me to be back and I enjoyed making that album – it was a slightly different sound for Korn.”
He went on to explain that their 12th studio album will be a return to the bands roots: “Nothing satisfies me more than this new record that we’re doing right now. It feels like who we are – but it feels like we’ve come back to what Korn started out as.
“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.”
Korn have a heap of festival appearances lined up over the next month, including Rock in Rio, Gods of Metal and Download Festival. If that’s not enough for the guitarist, he is also releasing a book titled, With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles and Mistakes On My Way Back To Korn. It’s a bit of a mouthful, but it will certainly be an interesting read to see how he turned his life around in those eight years.
With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles and Mistakes On My Way Back To Korn is out on 17 May 2016 via Nelson Books.