Anna Dave Bertram of Sweden's Access: Rock conducted an interview with KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer before the band's July 6 performance at the Metaltown festival in Gothenburg, Sweden. You can now watch the chat below.
KORN will release its 11th studio album, titled "The Paradigm Shift", on October 1, according to RollingStone.com. The disc is the first to feature original guitarist Brian "Head" Welch since 2003's "Take A Look In The Mirror". Welch told The Pulse Of Radio how it felt to get back in the studio and record with the band again. "You know, all this stuff came in the perfect time and I knew it was meant to be because it was so smooth, everything fell into place, and then when we started writing, everything started falling into place better," he said. "So it was just so awesome, dude, and even from when we started writing to this day right now, there's been nothing, no negative anything at all."
Welch told RollingStone.com that the new album has "the old KORN vibe, but with a new twist . . . 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."
Singer Jonathan Davis said that having Welch back in the band was "really good for morale. It was just fun being in the studio with his goofy ass again."
Welch, who left in 2005 after he converted to Christianity, added, "Everything changed with these guys — everything is more positive."
Davis made the surprise revelation that he got into the studio later than the rest of the group because he was dealing with personal issues. He explained, "My boy got diabetes and I had come off medication for my depression, and that fucked me up . . . I'd been on it for three years and the doctor told me you gotta get off this, it's bad for you."
Davis took drastic action to get off his medication, saying, "I went to this county rehab. I was like, 'I don't want to do this shit ever again.' So I went into the most ghetto, fucked-up place I could find and I'm barely coming out of it now."
The new disc follows up 2011's "The Path Of Totality", which found the band experimenting with dubstep in its music.
KORN plans a world tour in support of "The Paradigm Shift", and will next play on July 19 at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin.