The iconic guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch has officially announced his return with former band Korn since leaving in 2005. Welch, one of the co-founders of Korn, had left the band to focus on his solo career and family after turning to Christianity. In 2008, the album Save Me From Myself was released and reflected much of Welch’s life and experiences while maintaining a very ‘Korn-esque’ flavour.
While Korn fans would have more than likely felt the absence of the enigmatic « Head », the band went on to produce a series of albums while experimenting with different sounds. Their tenth album, The Path of Totality (2011), had a twist of dubstep while most of their work after Welch’s departure lacked his trademark atmospheric and detuned riffs.
News of the iconic member reuniting with Korn after nearly 10 years was announced by the musician through Twitter. The rejuvenated band is believed to have been in the studio working on the follow-up to The Path of Totality.
The short and poignant video montage was released on YouTube 4 days ago, and features Welch with the full Korn line-up, in the studio, calibrating, synchronising and gearing up for what seems to have all the ingredients for a trade mark, dark and delicate Korn project. While dark art and music lovers, audiophiles and escapists with a taste for edgy, dark and powerful metal fusion have more than one reason to be overjoyed, the one incredible point worth noting is the fact that Welch has rejoined James « Munky » Shaffer. The pair re-imagined the possibilities of electric guitars in the early 90s, when they experimented and set the stage with their avant-garde sounds. Shaffer and Welch created and engineered Korn’s very distinct sonic flavour with the distorted seven-strings in an era where most only knew of six-strings. Their creativity paid off as Guitar World ranked both Welch and Munky in the 100 greatest metal guitarists of all time.
The early 1990s was an era marked by Kurt Cobain’s grunge phenomena, however Korn’s unique take in shaping the rock-rap culture echoed worldwide when their 1998 album Follow The Leader… [CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE]
06.05.2013 | Danny J. D’Purb | WhatCulture.com
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