Korn's Brian "Head" Welch has been very vocal lately surrounding the release of Loud Krazy Love, the documentary outlining his struggles with meth addiction and single fatherhood and subsequent absence from the nu metal titans that thrust him into the spotlight. In a recent interview with Consequence of Sound, Welch looked outward to let fans know details of Korn's upcoming release and clarified band mate Jonathan Davis' recent comments that Korn are part of "the last guard of that time of the big, real rock bands."
"What Jonathan meant was that it was the era of MTV, and everybody was watching TRL and everything," he clarifies, hearkening back to when nu metal was at the top of the world and dominated radio and television stations across the world, particularly the United States. "That's all gone now. It's all just YouTube and the Internet right now, so it's just never going to be like that again, where it's all just lumped into one thing."
He promises fans' patience will be rewarded when the follow-up to 2016's Serenity of Suffering finally drops, telling the site, "We've got some amazing tricks up our sleeves that we haven't done before, some fun things that the fans are going to be pleasantly surprised by. I know that for a fact."
In the same vein, Welch addresses the ongoing dispute over rock's sustainability in the modern world, specifically in reference to some older comments by Kiss bassist Gene Simmons where The Demon himself declared "rock is dead."
"With all due respect to Gene Simmons, we're playing festivals with all our friends' bands all over the world, and at each of those festivals there's a sea of people," he told CoS. "Rock is dead? Doesn't look like it to me, in my life ... we don't have to worry about rock music. It's going to be fine. And there's going to be a revival, too. And it's going to be in the mainstream again. I'm not worried about it."
Head also goes on to confirm Korn are aiming to get their next full-length out by the end of 2019, saying they would "love to get it out before the end of next year." The process is still ongoing though, with writing and recording still somewhere in the midpoint of being completed.