According to RollingStone.com, KORN has set "The Paradigm Shift" as the title of its new album, due on October 1. The CD, produced by Don Gilmore (PEARL JAM, LINKIN PARK, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, LACUNA COIL), is the band's first to feature founding guitarist Brian "Head" Welch since 2003's "Take A Look In The Mirror".
Regarding the sound of the new KORN album, Welch told RollingStone.com: "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. Me and Munky [James Shaffer] haven't been playing guitar together for eight years, so we came in just wanting to jam out with the bass player Fieldy [Reginald Arvizu] and Ray [Luzier], 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."
KORN singer Jonathan Davis also revealed that his recent substance-abuse issues had a significant impact on the the songwriting process for "The Paradigm Shift".
"Writing the record was really weird," he told RollingStone.com. "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 shit. My boy got diabetes and I had come off medication for my depression, and that fucked 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.
"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 whole writing process I was on autopilot," he added. "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 says. "It was stream-of-consciousness – so many songs I don't know what the fuck 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 shit?'"
The new KORN set will follow up 2011's "The Path Of Totality", which found the group experimenting with dubstep.
Welch left the band in 2005 to pursue a solo career and devote more of his life to Christianity, but rejoined them for one gig last year and several more in 2013, leading to plans to record together again.
KORN kicked off a world tour in May with a round of dates in the U.S. and is now on tour in Europe. This is Welch's first full run of dates with the band after playing one song with them last year at the Carolina Rebellion festival.