Korn’s Brian ‘Head’ Welch Says New Music is Coming Next Year
there’s no denying that nu-metal as a genre’s seen something of a resurgence in recent memory, but genre pioneers Korn have never really gone away. Having released albums at a pretty consistent clip, they’ve managed to remain popular despite the constantly changing tides of music these days.
And while their latest album, 2022’s Requiem, was largely appreciated by critics and fans alike, it seems like they’re not likely resting on their laurels. While speaking as a guest on The Joe Kingdom Perspective, guitarist Brian “Head” Welch said there’s a new slate of tunes coming as soon as next year.
“Yeah, [there will be] new music coming out next year. I don’t know. We’re just kind of in hiding right now, just doing our own thing.”
It’s important to note that next year marks the 30th anniversary of the band’s iconic debut album. And while he’s now a devout Christian and significantly more sober than he used to be, Welch credited his faith with his return to the band roughly 10 years ago.
“It’s just crazy how the Lord just restored everything. A couple of members are on break too, and I took — or one’s out of the band, but one’s on break. And it’s just — it’s all good. I mean, I was gone almost a decade, and I came back. I’ve been back a decade. So you just never know what’s gonna happen.”
And while it’s great for Korn fans to hear that new music is coming, it begs the question: what of bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu? He stepped away from the band back in 2021 and we still don’t know what his status with the band is today.
Fieldy has since gone on the record to say he didn’t leave because of any internal strife within the band, nor did he have any “beef” with anyone involved. Likewise, his bandmates have encouraged his time away from the band if it means he can use that time to “figure out what makes him happy.”