According to Brian ‘Head’ Welch, Korn wrote their upcoming album to better connect with a live audience. The guitarist says that frontman Jonathan Davis “grabbed his soul and ripped it open” on the follow up to The Paradigm Shift (2013).
Welch told HardDrive Radio about a return to the band’s roots: “I would definitely describe the new Korn music as intense. I was telling someone earlier that we wrote this record thinking about what Korn was when we first started.
“We started this band thinking of the live shows and what the crowd would do with us. How can we connect with the crowd? And we would write songs thinking like that.”
Head continues: “So this new record, it was all about, ‘What’s going to happen when we play this song?’ What’s going to happen when we play this riff? And that’s the new record. It’s just intense.”
“Every song, I think, is a live song. And so it’s gonna be hard to choose which ones we play live, because that’s how the whole record’s written. Jonathan always digs deep and shares painful stuff, but I feel like he grabbed his soul and ripped it open for this record again, like he used to do, and people are gonna feel that.”
Korn’s new album is expected sometime before the end of 2016 and it promises to be one of the best HEAVY releases in the last few years, we can only hope it exceeds even that expectation.