Jonathan Davis Calls the Upcoming Record 'By Far the Best Album' the Band Ever Did

Korn frontman discusses the upcoming band album and reunion with "Head."

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Korn has completed work on its 11th studio CD and first with founding guitarist Brian "Head" Welch back in the fold since 2003's "Take a Look in the Mirror." The band's lead singer, Jonathan Davis, writes on Twitter: "[This is] by far the best album we have ever done. [I am] so excited!!!"

Davis also told The Pulse of Radio he never felt completely comfortable without Welch in the group. "He's like my other half, you know," he said (via Blabbermouth). "I got Munky here and I got, I always had "Head" there. It's always been missing something. I mean, we'd been doing fine, we've had guitar players come in and everything, but you know, there's that magic, you know what I mean?"

In a recent intwerview with Rolling Stone, Brian Welch told that the band "would have a blast playing together."

"We love each other so much, but we really wanted to make sure the music felt right before we committed to making a whole album together. But since we got in the studio, everything just started pouring out, now I can't wait until our fans hear this stuff!" said Welch.

The new Korn album set is due out in late summer and will follow up 2011's "The Path of Totality." The new record will feature Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Lacuna Coil) as a producer and four-fifths of the original Korn lineup, with only founding drummer David Silveria not on board.

Korn will kick off a world tour on May 15 in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania. This will be Welch's first full run of dates with the band after playing one song with them last year at the Carolina Rebellion festival.

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    I don't think Korn should call it quits. They've been pretty shitty lately, so why not take a shot at redemption with Head back in the bunch. Might bring back some of that old magic.
    matteo cubano
    I agree, Head's other projects have had some real cool riffs and songwriting outside of some pretty weak lyrics. Much better than recent Korn in my opinion. I'm excited.
    their last shot at redemption was Korn III:Remember Who you Are, and that album wasn't very good. That being said, With Head back I am really excited to hear the new stuff.
    I'm hoping that with Head back, they'll get back to where they were or someplace better
    So no dubstep and it's great.
    yeah, i thought dubstep was the "future of music" korn really hasn't been good in a LONG time. i think the last song i enjoyed by them was "got the life"
    theyve had some good stuff since, its been like 6 or 7 years though, coming undone was pretty good
    I actually thought Korn III was a decent album that kind of touched on the band's roots in a way not seen since their first couple of records. The Path Of Totality was an experiment and I take it as that and that alone. I'm excited to hear Head and Munky at it together again, though.
    If I had a pound for every time a band or artist said their upcoming record was the best they had ever made, I'd be a millionaire
    This! so damn much! But then again, no band is gonna say "the album we're writing is painfully average, but please buy it anyway?"
    haha or my favorite foreshadowing line when you know a new album is going to be bland is when the band says "this is the record we've wanted to make all along"
    If I had a pound for every time a band or artist said their upcoming record was the best they had ever made, I'd be one overweight son of a bitch.
    I personally enjoy the common "this is the heaviest record we've ever made." and then it turns out very not heavy. I always think of a Marilyn Manson quote when i hear that. "Music is like a cock. It can be heavy, and it can be hard. You can do a whole lot more with a hard cock than a heavy cock."
    I don't like JD's vocals any more. The crazy screaming and noises on the first few albums is what made me fall in love with the band. Now he just kinda whines too much for my liking...
    Can we have angry Korn again like in the first two albums!? I mean they came close with remember who you are... and If Head was on board with that album it could have sounded better.... just my opinion.
    I think JD is just a little too excited about the whole thing. Not that Korn can't release something amazing, but I don't think they could ever top any of their first few albums. Having Head back at the helm is nice and I'm sure it's making the music better, but things like reunions and hiatus endings make artists think that the music is a lot better than it actually is.
    I was watching Blind Melon / Shannon Hoon documentaries last night, and I'm just happy that Brian Welch quit Korn a few years ago and is now returning to the band clean and sober.
    well no one ever says...this album were working on is going to ****ing suck. everybody says there next album is there best. its getting old, when you have released more than 10 albums. the new album is going to be what it is. im excited about it but its not going to the be korn's best.
    if there is 1 band who needs to call it quits, it would be Korn... the lead singer needs an oxygem tank next to the stage to survive 1 gig.. at least that what I saw on Graspop.. it was sad to watch.
    I recall hearing an interview where it was said that he puts out all he has and more for the music - apparently, there have been times when he had to be wheelchaired out of the studio, simply because he exhausted himself. A musician like that shouldn't call it quits - where would he go and what would he do?
    i happen to think many music fans are whiny bitches,. i also think that every korn album was pretty damn good. some better than others but good at the very least. and for everyone who whines about the path of totality, it was a good album with quality songs. dont knock it just because you decided its not what they shouldve done. its still korn. its not gonna be an album from 94-99. nor will the upcoming album be. but it will be korn and as a fan ill back them in whatever they wanna do, regardless if i agree with their decisions. let them be experimental. id be sick of hearing the sound of the 1st album by now if EVERY album sounded like it. korn is quality no matter what.