KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch spoke to Revolver about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to 2016's "The Serenity Of Suffering" album. He said: "The new record I'm very stoked on. I can't wait to get that done. There's a lot left to do. What we have is really encouraging. We have been writing and we have tracked most of the drums. But we'll probably write a couple more songs — that always happens. At the beginning of the year, we're going to really focus and get it done.
Asked where the album is being recorded, Welch responded: "We're doing it all over. We've been to Nashville a few times, we've done a lot in L.A. We actually wrote with John Feldmann, too, for the demos. Travis Barker laid the temporary drums for some, and that was cool. We've known John Feldmann since '87 — he was in ELECTRIC LOVE HOGS. So we're writing with different people. We grabbed [producer] Nick Raskulinecz, and he's very hands-on and such a fan of music. It's not a job or a gig to him."
According to Welch, KORN's new album "should be out by next fall." He explained: "We have to get it out, because we want to get back to the fans next year and do our thing. We're working hard. We've been through a lot. Now it's time to get all those emotions and turn them into a positive with music. Jonathan [Davis, KORN singer] is really good at that."
Davis's estranged wife's died in August at the age of 39. The former girl-on-girl porn star suffered with sobriety and substance abuse throughout her life.
Welch told Good Company earlier in the year that KORN's next disc would likely be "a combination of maybe both ['The Serenity Of Suffering'] and [2013's 'The Paradigm Shift']. We'll try some new stuff though, but we're gonna definitely focus on guitars again."
Earlier in the year, Davis said that there were "really good ideas" and "cool grooves" in some of the early material that had been written for KORN's next album. The singer also shot down as false Internet speculation that the band is using outside writers for material for its next studio album. "We're writing everything; we're still writing our own music," he said.
"The Serenity Of Suffering" marked the second KORN album since the return of Welch.