korn 2013

I know I’m kind of in the minority of metal blogs when I say this, but Korn are an alright band. I’m a bit biased since they were my gateway into heavier music, and the nostalgia factor is there, so keep that in mind before you chew my head off over this. Korn III is actually the only album of theirs that I actively disliked, and I even enjoyed most of their 2011 dubstep-themed record The Path of Totality. I have a high tolerance when it comes to Korn, and I can’t help it. They were once my favorite band, but now that I’ve moved on, I have a bit of a casual interest in the group.

This interest has been piqued a bit since their live reunion with original guitarist Brian “Head” Welch who left the band to kick drugs and pursue Christianity. Now that everyone has had time to heal and grow since the split — including an alleged sobriety across the group — both parties were ready to start again. Apparently the reunion went quite well, because Head has joined Korn’s lineup on a more permanent basis, even being actively involved in writing the group’s upcoming album — their first album together in a decade.

Rolling Stone is hosting a video featuring studio footage and a fairly interesting instrumental. Here’s an excerpt from the accompanying article:

Welch last played with Korn on their 2003 album Take a Look in the Mirror, but the guitarist felt an instant reconnection with his bandmates. “We knew we would have a blast playing together, because 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,” Welch tells Rolling Stone. “But since we got in the studio, everything just started pouring out, now I can’t wait until our fans hear this stuff!”

I’ve gotta say, as a former fanboy, this is exciting news. While I love Korn’s post-Head industrial/experimental leanings, Head’s solo material actually had quite a bit going for it in terms of that familiar riffing and instrumentation despite the songs being generic and straightforward overall. Hopefully the upcoming album will match Head’s definitive guitar work with Korn’s willingness to experiment to create a brilliant comeback record. This is probably the first new Korn record I’ve actively been EXCITED for since Untitled. We’ll see where this goes when the album drops late this summer.

– JR

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