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KORN‘s 11th studio album, “The Paradigm Shift”, will be released on October 8. A deluxe edition will feature two bonus tracks and a documentary DVD called “Reconciliation”. The CD is the first to feature original guitarist Brian “Head” Welch in more than eight years. Welch rejoined the group permanently earlier this year after leaving in 2005.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, KORN frontman Jonathan Davis chatted with Loudwire about what to expect from their new outing as well as how his addiction to Xanax affected his work.

When asked about the album, the 42-year-old rocker responded, “I’m excited about this one. A lot of people are talking about it, which is good. It’s different, as you may have heard. I think by not doing the same thing over and over it helps us remain relevant. For some bands like AC/DC, it’s actually a good thing to not change things too much. They have an awesome formula. But our formula is to be kind of different each time out.”

Davis went on to discuss his recent stint in rehab because his Xanax addiction saying, “People started wondering about me and the stuff that was going on in my life. I was not doing it recreationally — I was doing it because I have anxiety problems. My doctor said, you should only be on this stuff for a month or so but it was a lot longer. So I went to rehab in Bakersfield, a real rehab place, not some fru-fru place. I was in there for week, shaking like a fish and almost having seizures and all that stuff. Then I got out and went to see the guys in the band. I’ve been on prolonged detox for like five months now. Hard to explain what it feels like. But I made the new record with one foot in limbo and one in reality. Hopefully now I can help a lot of kids, our fans that are going through things like this. Lots of kids suffer from these conditions and I like to help out, that’s a big thing for me. It’s just who I am. I have no problem talking about anything and if I can help others, then great.”

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Korn: together again

Nu metal legends Korn return with new album The Paradigm Shift on October 7 via Prospect Park/Caroline International, with the opus serving as the first new Korn album to feature long lost guitarist, Brian “Head” Welch, in ten years. Yes, that’s ten whole fucking years.

The Boys From Bakersfield have filmed a documentary detailing some of the behind-the-scenes action from the album sessions, as well as elaborating on the story behind Head’s incredible return. It’s titled Korn: Reconciliation, it’s going to come on a DVD included in the special edition of the new album, and we have a teaser taken from the film right here! Pretty cool, right?

Watch it below:

And just in case you missed parts 1 and 2, they’re also below!

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Jonathan Davis: not BFFs with Jesus

In our mega current issue, out now, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis discusses Head’s return, his issues with religion and the Bakersfield legends’ new album, The Paradigm Shift.

Your tattoo sleeve (depicting abuses by the church) strongly suggests that you’re not keen on religion.

“Well not the Catholic Church. I’m not into the Bible, I just believe in a higher power. I also believe in a lower power, I believe in balance. I don’t judge nobody, but the thing with Head is I was so pissed off and talking so much shit because I lost so many people to the fucking Church. They go born-again Christian and they’re like, ‘I can’t do this no more’. Great artists…That church has raped thousands of cultures. I just have a big hard-on against it. Not that I’m a Satanist or anything, but to lose my brother to that…I was pissed!”

And yet at the same time it saved your friend?

“Yeah, if that’s the crutch you need, whether it’s AA or whatever, it’s a good thing. I was mad that I lost him to that, but the kicker is I ended up moving back to my hometown and my kids go to that same church. That pastor is the only pastor I have ever met that I have any respect for. He doesn’t preach to me or anything, we just hang out.”

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Is there any chance of original drummer David Silveria coming back?

“No. I don’t wanna say any negative stuff, but where we’re at right now is perfect and Ray [Luzier] is an amazing drummer. He fits in good and doesn’t have any typical drummer’s complexes.”

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In our explosive cover feature, out right now, we talk to Korn about one of the most unexpected reunions of recent times – namely that of the Bakersfield legends and their former – now current again – guitarist, Head!

“Head played in my town, Bakersfield, and my wife dragged my ass down there,” says frontman Jonathan Davis. “We hung out all night and we was back to normal, he wasn’t into that crazy Christian shit no more. Then he came to Carolina Rebellion and it was the first time he saw Munky, and that really hit Munky hard because that was his other half, musically.”

Korn: together again

“He was just cuckoo with religious stuff. I’ve seen people go through it, and he was kicking speed so obviously he’s not gonna be right in the head for a while. Him getting all crazy Christian and stuff, what it really did was save his life, so I don’t give a fuck. I’ve had too many people around me die from drugs and I wouldn’t want that to happen. Him and [Fieldy] are born-again Christians, that’s fine. I don’t choose sides, I’ve got Christian friends and Satanist friends.”

“The press twisted a lot of that stuff too, but I was calling it on myself,” adds Head of his relationship with the band upon leaving. “I remember I took my braids out and I had this curly hair, then I grew a beard and looked like Jesus! I was going to be baptised and they gave me this white robe. It was like, ‘This is gonna be awesome, I’m gonna look like Jesus and everyone’s gonna make fun of me.’ I didn’t even care anymore.”

To read more from that interview, you know what to do.

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Korn: together again

Nu metal legends Korn have announced the title and release date of album number 11!

The Paradigm Shift follows 2011′s well-received and dubstep-dipping The Path Of Totality, and will land on September 30 via Prospect Park/Caroline International.

“It’s a term encompassing different perspectives,” explains guitarist Munky of the title. “You can view a piece of art from one angle and it takes on a certain image. If you look from another angle, it’s a completely different image. We liken that to Korn in 2013. With Head back in the fold, all of the elements fans have loved since day one are there, but we’re interpreting them from a new perspective. It’s a bigger, brighter, and bolder Korn.”

The album was recorded with producer Don Gilmore at Buck Owens’ studio in their original hometown Bakersfield, and at LA’s NRG Recording Studios, and serves as the band’s first album back with Head. Expect bangers.


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BFMV play Download’s main stage on Friday

In truth, few bands could successfully follow what Korn just pulled off. The Boys from Bakersfield not only drew a disgracefully huge crowd for a band that are a) practically a house band here at Download and b) third down from top today, but they also delivered one of the best festival sets they’ve ever pulled off.

So, to put it shortly, Bullet have their work cut out. Well, bringing along an absurdly huge set boasting pyro, roaring flames, a mega light show and a mahooooossive backdrop is always a good start. As for the band themselves, they continue to command large stages like it was a morning routine, effortlessly striding through cuts like Scream Aim Fire andTears Don’t Fall and drawing an enthusiastic – if not quite Korn-level batshit crazy – response from the Donington faithful.

“This, this right here, is the shit,” bellows Matt Tuck, and you have to believe that the guys really do treat shows like these as something special. Temper Temper might not quite be the album that Bullet fans were hoping for, but tonight is another reminder of why they’ve earnt the right to claim a place on a bill like this.

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Download FTW!

Oh, Korn. It is easy to forget just how weird, eccentric and downright mental the Bakersfield boys still are even after all these years. But it seems that no-one has forgotten just how fucking good they are as they are greeted with an absolute sea of horns spanning all the way up Donington hill. There’s an added significance today too, with Head back in the band this is the classic Korn line-up and they look in fine fettle – lean, focussed, and ready to give the crowd exactly what they want.

And boy, oh boy do they have the tunes to back it up. Got The Life threatens to punch a hole in the earth’s surface while Skrillex collabo Get Up! has absolutely everyone off their feet and wailing along at the top of their voice. Mr Davis is on top form too, his dextrous vocal lines are as distinctive as ever while his appearance midset with bagpipes for Shoots and Ladders gets one of the cheers of the day. The rest of the band back him up admirably, their dreadlocks flailing in the wind as they give a performance that smacks of a band who are back and enjoying it. A crowd sung ‘Happy Birthday’ to drummer Ray Luzier caps off a fine set with a reminder of the place Korn still rightly have in so many of our hearts – wonderful stuff.

Tom Doyle

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Korn: Chums agains

Recently returning Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch – who will be appearing with the Bakersfield nu metal legends at Download in June – has talked about the possibility of further shows and even appearing on the next Korn album.

“We’re not trying to tease; it’s really a sensitive thing,” he tells Loudwire in a new video interview (below). “And it’s seriously, like, we’re taking it slow. We’re getting together and we’re hanging out and we’re talking about playing shows and I’m just saying anything is possible right now. But at the same time, I haven’t been on the road with them. I think Munky did an interview not too long ago where he was, like, ‘We’ve gotta be around each other every day.’ As far as right now, it’s all good — it’s all good — and I’ve never seen my family so positive and healthy and happy. There’s no drama, there’s no fighting, from what I’ve seen, the little I’ve been around them. And so I’d say anything is possible. We’re talking and we’ll see what happens.”

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Hectic Films conducted an interview with guitarist Scott Hendrick of Ohio’s SKELETONWITCH on October 31 in Bakersfield, Caliornia.

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It’s been confirmed that ex-Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch is returning to the band for two Rock Am Ring shows next June!

The festival, which takes place from June 7-9 and also features the likes Of Airbourne, Amon Amarth, Bullet For My Valentine, The Prodigy and more.

With Korn playing dates with Head right bang in the middle of festival season, could we see some action from the Bakersfield Boys and their long lost chum on these shores come summer?

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