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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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According to The Pulse Of Radio, KORN singer Jonathan Davis recently spoke with Metal Hammer magazine’s British radio show about the stresses he was dealing with just before the band began making its new album, “The Paradigm Shift”, including his struggle to get off anti-anxiety drugs and his son’s diabetes diagnosis. Speaking about his addiction to benzodiazepines, Davis said, “I stopped writing and listening to music and a lot of stuff that I love because I was really battling with this detox off of benzos . . . I was fighting having seizures, I was shaking all the time, I couldn’t think.”

Davis said that his son’s medical problems added to his own problems, adding, “I had one foot in reality and one foot out. I was freaking out. My baby had diabetes and I was like, ‘Oh my god, he’s going to lose his feet and go blind.’ Music has always been my savior, but I wasn’t having . . . I don’t know where I was, honestly.”

Davis told The Pulse Of Radio that he had to get clear of his addiction before he could begin working on music again. “There was some music being written, but during that time when I kicked it, up until the point I got in the studio with the guys, no, I was just totally — I couldn’t even function,” he said. “The thing about benzos are they wire your brain differently, so once you stop, your brain has to rewire itself back to normal and it takes time. So I couldn’t even concentrate to do that.”

Davis told Rolling Stone recently that he had been on anti-anxiety medication for three years and “the doctor told me you gotta get off this, it’s bad for you.”

KORN will release “The Paradigm Shift” on October 8. The band’s 11th studio album is the first to feature original guitarist Brian “Head” Welch since 2003’s “Take A Look In The Mirror”. The first single is “Never Never”.

The band will kick off a headlining North American tour on September 26 in Philadelphia, concluding in Las Vegas on October 12.

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Oh god Ozzy, not again.

New Black Sabbath album 13 lands this June, and Ozzy has been chatting about working with Rick Rubin again, never losing touch with his Brummie roots and, um, Adele.

“Every time I’ve seen him for the past 15 or 20 years, Rick Rubin‘s always said to me that if Sabbath ever got back together, he wanted to produce us,” says the Ozzman. “Before we went into the studio, people were telling us that he’s always got five things going on at the same time, so he’ll be in there one day and then you won’t see him for three weeks. All I can say is that whenever I was in the studio, he was there. Rick Rubin is the producer and he knows what he’s doing. If this is anywhere near as successful as the Adele album [Rubin co-produced], I’ll be happy!”

And on the note of ever potentially collaborating with Adele, Ozzy adds:

“I’d die a happy man, I think she’s fucking great. She’s not fucking botox-faced, she’s a normal, healthy girl who speaks in her native accent.”

Adele: Ozzy’s new BFF

Ozzy also noted that Tony Iommi‘s progress is coming along well, stating that he’s “fine, but he can only go out on the road for six weeks at a time as he has to have infusions or some shit for his immune system. I was amazed that during his chemotherapy he was still writing songs. My heart goes out to him, because when Sharon [Ozzy’s wife/manager] had cancer a few years back, she was so sick from chemotherapy she could barely get out of bed. It’s like having a football kick to the nuts. The chemotherapy is worse than the cancer — Sharon was like [the possessed child Regan in] The Exorcist, having seizures all the time. Tony is doing really well, though.”

Tony and Ozzy hard at work

Black Sabbath recently posted another video from the 13 studio sessions – including an interview with Rick Rubin!

More details on the different formats 13 – out June 10 – will be available in have also come to light, with the following variations now available to pre-order from

Standard CD album
• Deluxe double CD album in a deluxe soft-pack (includes a second disc of exclusive bonus audio material)
• Vinyl: 12″ heavyweight (180g) vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve
• Super Deluxe Box Set: limited edition 12″ clamshell box set which contains:
– Deluxe double CD album
– 12″ heavyweight (180g) vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve
– Exclusive DVD containing ‘Black Sabbath–The Re-union’ documentary
– 5 behind-the-scenes videos
– Download card containing exclusive track by track interview with Black Sabbath
– Exclusive ’13′ art print
– 13 exclusive photographic prints and hand written album lyrics

“I wanted to make an album that stood alongside their first four albums,” producer Rick Rubin tells “The first album wasn’t a straightforward heavy metal record. You could hear the jazz influence, so that was the goal, and to capture that live interaction.”

Song titles on the album include God Is Dead, End Of The Beginning and Age of Reason, with Tony also shedding some light on the band’s position on drummer Bill Ward choosing to sit out the reunion last year.

“I didn’t know Bill was having these issues when we got together — he never even mentioned it to us,” he says. “It was quite confusing. We wanted him involved, but it was just getting too hard.” Adds Ozzy: “You can’t go, ‘Well, I don’t like it.’ You get off your ass and get your shit together. The life of a bohemian rock star is fucking long over.”

Read the full interview here.

13 will be released in June via Vertigo and was recorded in LA, with Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk joining original Sabbath members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler for the recording sessions.

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