“We wanted it to be more energetic and to capture what Korn created in our early days” - hmv.com talks to Korn
Nu metal titans Korn return with a brand new album today titled The Serenity Of Suffering (you can preview and purchase it on the right-hand side of the page). The LP is the band’s 12th and their first with new producer Nick Raskulinecz. We spoke to guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch’ about making the album, working with Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and their plans for their arena tour with Limp Bizkit...
How did you want this album to move on from The Paradigm Shift?
“I wanted it to be more energetic and to capture what Korn created in our early days. Back when we started we just wanted to make music that would make crowds move and we wanted to recapture that.”
How did writing and recording compare to what you’ve done in the past? Does the songwriting process come easier now?
“Each time I get nervous and anxious before every song, I’m always worried about creating something new and whether the creative juices will flow. But they always do and we always come up with something great.”
You worked with Nick Raskulinecz on the album, why did you decide on him and what did he bring to the recording?
“Nick is amazing. He’s a music fan first and he knows what he wants to hear, he’s got an amazing track record and he brings so much energy to recording, I can’t wait to work with him again.”
You’ve got Corey Taylor on the album, how did that collaboration come about?
“Jonathan and Nick were in the studio and Nick just suggested that they get Corey on the track so Jonathan said “Okay, call him up”. Corey happened to be home, which is a miracle because he’s usually always touring and he came in. I actually didn’t like the song all that much, but when we got Corey on it changed completely, it’s one of my favourites now.”
What was the song on the album that took the longest to get right?
“Probably ‘Please Come For Me’, that was difficult to get going, again I didn’t like it that much, Nick loved it, Jonathan hated it, he was actually mad at us for writing it, so it took a lot of work and convincing everybody to get behind it.”
And which came together most quickly?
“Definitely ‘Insane’, I didn’t want to write any more songs, but Nick said we needed another one for the album. We wrote that in about two hours.”
What kind of album is this lyrically? Does it have a common theme?
“I think Jonathan’s suffering through life and people and loved ones taking advantage of him, but how he weirdly finds serenity in all that. That’s how I’ve heard him explain it anyway.”
When did you settle on the title of The Serenity Of Suffering? And why?
“We had some other ideas for titles, it started out as either The Serenity Of Chaos and then Jonathan mentioned The Serenity Of Suffering and I just loved it. I liked that it spelled S.O.S too, that was the combination that convinced the rest of the band.”
Were there any other titles in contention?
“We’re on this tour called The Nocturnal Underground tour so Munky (guitarist James Shaffer) came up with a few titles with the word Nocturnal in, but none of them stuck, it wasn’t meant to be this time."
You’ve got a UK tour booked with Limp Bizkit, what kind of set are you bringing out with you this time?
“It’s a secret, but it’s going to be slamming. We can’t wait.”
Any chance of a Korn/Limp Bizkit collaboration happening on this tour?
“I know Munky wants to, I’d be down for it. When we were out with Slipknot we did a Beastie Boys cover with them, so it’d be cool to do one with them. I think ‘All In The Family’, the track we did with Fred Durst, is a bit outdated so we’d need to come up with something new.”