Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch recently did a radio interview with Jack Antonio, on an episode of the radio show “Do You Know Jack?”. Head said Korn has started writing material for their next album and it’s “pretty danged heavy”.
“We started writing a few weeks ago, and we have a bunch of ideas, so it’s really coming out quickly. It’s pretty danged heavy. I mean, we’re really pleased with what’s going on. But, you know, we’re five guys in the band, so we just… we just want everyone to be happy with the album. We want everybody to be smiling at the end of the process. So we do have other things to consider. But, yeah, we’re gonna come out heavier than anyone’s heard Korn in a long time, I think. And just the beginning stages [of the writing process] are proof of that to me. So I’m excited.”
When asked if performing Korn’s self-titled debut album in its entirety during recent shows influenced the heavier direction of the band’s new material, Head said, “I think it’s helped being on the Slipknot tour last year and seeing the crowd and just seeing Jonathan [Davis, Korn singer] carry the… you know, lead the arena… in all the arenas we played. I think it sparked and reminded everybody in the band what Korn started out to be. And it’s cool to go do other things, but, you know… I think it was all a journey, and that journey’s leading us back to some of the more heavier roots and stuff this time. So… Who knows? Next record, who knows what’ll happen.”
Last month, Korn announced the final leg of their 20th anniversary tour celebrating their self-titled debut album by playing it in full. They will be joined by Suicide Silencer and Islander. Check out if Korn will be at a town near you and check the dates here.