Korn set a release date for their upcoming album "The Paradigm Shift" for October 1st, according to RollingStone.com. The follow-up to 2011's "The Path Of Totality" will be produced by Don Gilmore and is the band's first collection of music to feature original guitarist Brian "Head" Welch since 2003.
When speaking about Korn's brand new sound, Welch gushed about how much he's enjoying putting a new twist on their music: "I'm a metalhead. I love rock music, and I came here just wanting to do the old KORN vibe, but with a new twist. Me and Munky [James Shaffer] haven't been playing guitar together for eight years, so we came in just wanting to jam out with the bass player Fieldy [Reginald Arvizu] and Ray [Luzier], our drummer . . . 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. And the melodies, the lyrics and the choruses on these songs are at a new level. It's my favorite album by KORN."
Front-man Jonathan Davis reveals that his recent stint with substance-abuse really impacted the songwriting a significant amount: "Writing the record was really weird. They started writing, I think, in August, and I didn't get into the studio until March, because I was going through all kinds of crazy shit. My boy got diabetes and I had come off medication for my depression, and that fucked me up. I was in a straight haze. I detoxed off that medication — it was an anti-depressant, the anxiety and stuff. I'd been on it for three years and the doctor told me you gotta get off this, it's bad for you."
"The whole writing process I was on autopilot. It was weird — I moved into the studio. I stayed there for four months, I only came home on weekends. I moved my boys in with me, so I had my kids with me the whole time. It was an interesting creative space," he says. "It was stream-of-consciousness – so many songs I don't know what the fuck I'm talking about. I didn't really have to try to write, it just came out."
Korn already kicked off a world tour in May with several dates in North America and are currently rocking out Europe.