Brian ‘Head’ Welch Reveals Why He Came Back To Korn
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.17.2013
And their new album..
In an interview with Billboard, Korn's Brian "Head" Welch spoke about their new album The Paradigm shift, which is their twelfth top ten album on the Billboard 200. Here are highlights:
On why he left in 2005: "Ever since I've known these guys we have been just getting into trouble, and then we got successful and got into trouble while we were making a great living and becoming rich and famous. I couldn't be around people killing themselves anymore. As far as people doing cocaine or just drinking themselves into a crazy alcoholic and watching people's lives slip away, I can't be around that. It was really dysfunctional and unhealthy, so I just needed to get away from that."
On the sound of The Paradigm Shift: "We wanted it to sound familiar but like the future at the same time. I wanted to do a full-on rock record, 'cause I'm a metalhead. But then Jonathan (Davis) and the producer (Don Gilmore) and the guys wanted to have a really fresh sound, so we were talking about doing it a little bit sprinkled with electronic and some really cool new sounds to make it sound 2013. We didn't want to just go backwards and do an old Korn album. We wanted it to be fresh, and I think we accomplished exactly what our hearts wanted to do."
On if Korn is different due to being sober: [We're not] these boring, old, 12-step program, 'Hi, I'm this guy and I'm an alcoholic,' 'I'm a drug addict. We're still crazy. We still are just funny, crazy, goofy dudes. We didn't calm down; it's only the destructive part we stopped. It seems like we've been given another chance to live and breathe and really appreciate and be so thankful for what we do. And we feel like we can deliver to the rock world what people are waiting to hear from Korn, finally. We're so pumped up about this record, and the songs (in concert) are just blowing up. It's a totally new fire."