revealed new album title and release date, Rolling Stone
The 11th studio album by nu metal five-piece, titled "The Paradigm Shift
," will be released on October 1. This will be the first band's album featuring classic axeman Brian "Head" Welch
since 2003's "Take a Look in the Mirror
The record, produced by Don Gilmore
, Linkin Park
, Lacuna Coil
), has a lot of vintage Korn sounds, as Brian Welch stated.
"I'm a metalhead. I love rock music, and I came here just wanting to do the old Korn vibe, but with a new twist,"
he says. "Me and Munky haven't been playing guitar together for eight years, so we came in just wanting to jam out with the bass player Fieldy and Ray
], our drummer ... The end product is a really good mix of old Korn mixed with some new elements. It's got a fresh new Korn 2013 sound. And the melodies, the lyrics and the choruses on these songs are at a new level. It's my favorite album by Korn."
"Originally, him and Munky, what was interesting about the band and what we did was that twin guitar thing. So I think it brought unity back between those two,"
says the band frontman Jonathan Davis. "To have our brother back was really good for morale. It was just fun being in the studio with his goofy a-s again."
Davis also told Rolling Stone that he had his own substance-abuse issues to get past, which heavily affected the writing of "The Paradigm Shift."
"Writing the record was really weird. They started writing, I think, in August, and I didn't get into the studio until March, because I was going through all kinds of crazy sh-t. My boy got diabetes and I had come off medication for my depression, and that f--ked me up,"
"I was in a straight haze. I detoxed off that medication it was an anti-depressant, the anxiety and stuff. I'd been on it for three years and the doctor told me you gotta get off this, it's bad for you."
He continued: "I went to this county rehab. I was like, 'I don't want to do this sh-t ever again.' So I went into the most ghetto, f--ked-up place I could find and I'm barely coming out of it now."
Davis also shared his impression on the album lyrics.
"The whole writing process I was on autopilot,"
he says. "It was weird I moved into the studio. I stayed there for four months, I only came home on weekends. I moved my boys in with me, so I had my kids with me the whole time.
"It was an interesting creative space,"
he reveals. "It was stream-of-consciousness so many songs I don't know what the f--k I'm talking about. I didn't really have to try to write, it just came out.
"It was really kind of magic. I don't know how the hell I did it. I was so fucked up from coming off all that medicine, and I feel so good about the record. When I look back now, I'm like, 'Wow, how did I come up with this sh-t?'"
The previous Korn record, the controversial "The Path of Totality
," was released in the end of 2011 and disappointed the huge amount of the band's fans by moving to the dubstep vibe.