Amanda Ferrante Batista of The Aquarian Weekly recently conducted an interview with KORN guitarist Brian “Head” Welch. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
The Aquarian Weekly: This time is really a special celebration for KORN. You’ve returned to the band to tour and record a new album. What is the experience like for you individually?
Welch: It’s so good. It’s so meant to be. The timing could not be more perfect. When the timing is perfect, everything just feels smooth. That’s exactly how it feels for everybody involved, from managers, producers, the band, of course, to the crew, everybody, it’s just so cool. It’s exciting. I look forward to it. It keeps getting better because we’re chomping along with the album. Jonathan‘s [Davis] working on vocals right now. It’s a new, fresh sound, but also sounds familiar. It’s KORN and, I think, it’s just another level. It’s really exciting.
The Aquarian Weekly: KORN fans obviously are excited for the next record, more so because you are a part of it. What can fans expect of the new music? If you had to compare it with an older KORN record, which one would you point to?
Welch: I really do think it sounds a little different, but maybe along the “Issues” side. The record has got the best choruses I’ve heard Jonathan do. The lyrics — he’s putting words together in a way that I’ve never seen him do before. It’s really cool for me to hear how he has [evolved vocally]. It’s really heavy in parts, and really exciting. He’s still tracking vocals right now. He’s got a couple more songs and bridges to do. So I haven’t heard everything. From what I have heard, it’s slammin’. It’s guitar-driven but it sounds new and fresh, too. So it sounds like 2013, but familiar with the past, too.
The Aquarian Weekly: Earlier this year you told Rolling Stone, “Fans looked up to us like their family. And to see their family split up was hard on them. To get it put back together, there is a joy around the people who care about it.” How do you feel knowing that you’re making so many fans happy?
Welch: So awesome. That’s exactly what I meant. The people that care about it — you care about it — and the fans who are out there, we were there for them at a time in their lives when they were growing up, going through hell. It feels really cool to be able to put that back together and to come back swinging so strong with this music that I’m really proud of. It feels like reconciliation. That’s my word. That’s the word of the year. It’s all restored and reconciled. It’s a big part, because everybody gets broken — families get broken. Almost everybody’s, except I think my parents — who are still together after 43 years. But it’s rare. It’s totally rare. So I love when people reconcile stuff. I’m stoked to be a part of a reconciliation story.
Read the entire interview at The Aquarian Weekly.