Korn—the nü-metal heroes known for cranking volume knobs and generally decimating your eardrums—has promised its heaviest music to date when the band's 12th studio album drops later this year.
This news comes from guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, who in an interview with Billboard on Wednesday (March 23) explained his intent for injecting an unprecedented heaviness back into the band. “Me and James ['Munky' Shaffer] wanted to go heavier on the record, because we’re the guitar players and Korn was a guitar-heavy band,” he said.
According to Welch—who has just returned to Korn after an eight-year hiatus from the band—Korn's 2013 record, Paradigm Shift, did not meet an appropriate standard of ear-blasting voulme. He said:
“The last record that we did [2013’s The Paradigm Shift] was me coming back. I saw them at a show, played one song with them, and a few weeks later, was in the studio with them writing new songs. We didn’t have any time to hang out. To live with everyone on the road and to function in the band, with the fans and business together for three years, we really connected and felt comfortable. So after three years, we went into this album, and we’re focusing on guitars and spending a lot of time on them. It sounds really good, and I think it’s going to end up a heavier record.”