Korn: 'Without Music, We'd All Be Dead'

Guitarist Head calls people of the church "weird and brainwashing," as the band unveils two new song snippets.

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Korn are a band that's been through a lot in their career, facing a wide array of issues and challenges while unleashing some of the nu metal genre's ultimate classics. And now, 20 years down the road, it would seem that music is what kept the band up and running. And not only the Korn brand, but its individual members as well. As frontman Jonathan Davis explained in the band's latest press clip, "Without music, we'd all be dead. It's the most amazing, magical, powerful thing that we know of. Collectively making it altogether and touch people that way - nothing better that that." One of the most prominent crises within the band was the story of guitarist Brian "Head" Welch's absence and religious stint. During a separate chat with EMP Rock Invasion, Head addressed his stance about religion, remembering the people of the church he met as "weird and brainwashing." After stating that the band was constantly on drugs and partying back in the day and that he tried getting doctors' help for his drug habit, Head remembered turning to church. "I found myself in this church and I listened to what the guy said and meanwhile I'm thinking in my head, 'Man, these people are weird and they've got all this brainwashing - they want to save the evil Korn guy like on "South Park" [chuckles].' So I said I gotta get away from these weird people, but I'm gonna take what they taught me and I'm gonna go try it." He continued, "And I went home and just started praying to Jesus and I started feeling like - it became real to me. I needed to walk away because my daughter - she was five years old and her mom bailed out on her life, so I was a single dad and she needed a parent to be home." Meanwhile, the band teased two new songs through Instagram. Titled "Prey for Me" and "Spike in My Veins," the tunes seem fully guitar oriented, so make sure to check them out below. The new Korn record, "The Paradigm Shift," is scheduled for an October 8 release through Caroline Records. Featuring 11 new tunes, the album was previously announced with "Never Never" and "Love & Meth" tracks. Stream the snippet of "Prey for Me" here. And here's the InstaVideo for "Spike in My Veins."

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    I forgot to turn down the speaker volume and I played the Prey For Me instavideo. My pants have changed color...
    FINALLY there are some HARD GUITARS on the new sneak peeks of Paradigm Shift....FINALLY!! maybe there is still hope for this cd
    Have you heard Fear and the Nervous System? Its Munky's side project from a few years ago. After that "Ask Korn Anything" article the commenters mentioned it. I wish Korn would keep the guitars too, man. Thank you to everyone here about FatNS as well.
    Sometimes I paint myself orange, dye my hair green, lie perfectly straight and pretend to be a carrot
    after hearing these awesome samples... I wish they would just turn around and take never never of the album I think we might actually have a great heavy guitar driven album on our hands here
    so wait, i don't get it? is head basically saying all those religious nutjobs are brainwashers and got to him? is he done with that lifestyle now? all that look at me and im jesus now show and hes denouncing it? I've always been very vocal about heads obvious hypocrisy with joining korn again and everyone just blasts me out of fanboyism. korn is my fav band of my generation but i cannot believe how people are not calling him out on his BS. he is the obvious contributor to korns great music based on the garbage they have been releasing for the past 10 years but i just dont get it with this guy
    I think he's basically saying the church (to him anyway) have good ideas and morals and the like but the way they go about teaching it is something he doesn't dig. So he took what they taught him and he does his own thing with it. It's like the really good piece of advice the town drunk gives you on a night out. It's sound advice but you wouldn't want to get it the way he's got it.
    Think he was just saying that's how he felt initially, but then gave it a chance and became Christian and all that. I love Head. He said in tons and tons of interviews during the time he was gone, when asked if he would rejoin Korn, that it "wasn't the right time". I think he's always been open to the idea, he just didn't feel good about rejoining until recently. If you haven't picked up the Revolver Oct/Nov issue, I would. Or at least read the Korn article(and Gwar, it's amazing).