Korn will release its 11th studio album, titled The Paradigm Shift, on October 1st, according to Rolling Stone. The disc is the first to feature original guitarist Brian "Head" Welch since 2003's Take A Look In The Mirror. Welch told us 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. 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 Rolling Stone 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 f***ed 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 s*** ever again.' So I went into the most ghetto, f***ed-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 19th at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin.
LISTENERS' POLL: Do you think the official return of Head to the band will bring Korn's music back to its classic roots?
INTERNET COMMENTS at RollingStone.com -- agree or not?
Peter wrote: "Excited to hear the new songs. From hearing Head's solo albums, it's clear he had a lot to do with the great stuff Korn did in the past."
Hhisland Andme wrote: "No doubt, any Korn fan who really knows the band and have followed them through their career will tell you Head is the most talented."
Chip Peters wrote: "Brian Welch. Another phony Born Again Christian who claims he's seen the light only to come back to his old ways after 'it doesn't take'. So predictable."
Ben Starr wrote: "Born-again Christianity aside, Head needed to get away from Korn. Korn in 2005 was an impossible situation to get clean in, and no one needed to sober up more than Head."
CJL wrote: "Can't wait to hear this album! I'm going into this with an open mind, as there's no way it's gonna sound exactly like old KoRn, but I have a feeling it will kick some ass!"
Korn's Brian 'Head' Welch On Recording With The Band Again
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