KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch spoke to Bakersfield.com about the progress of the recording sessions for the band's twelfth studio album, due out later this year. He said: "We are finishing some songs for the new KORN record. We have an announcement coming out pretty soon with the producer that we're working with, and new record label and management things."
He continued: "The new record just with me and Munky [guitarist James Shaffer] being back together, we've had three years to tour and jam together and so we really came together and focused heavily on guitars on this record. So it's going to be a guitar-heavy KORN record and it sounds… I believe what the true fans have been waiting for for a long time. I just feel like that they're going to be really satisfied and excited about this album. We are pumped."
Welch previously told Billboard.com that he and Shaffer "wanted to go heavier on the [next] record, because we're the guitar players and KORN was a guitar-heavy band. The last record that we did was me coming back. I saw them at a show, played one song with them, and a few weeks later, was in the studio with them writing new songs. We didn't have any time to hang out. To live with everyone on the road and to function in the band, with the fans and business together for three years, we really connected and felt comfortable."
Welch said in a 2015 interview with "Do You Know Jack?" that touring with SLIPKNOT in 2014 inspired KORN to get back to a heavier sound, saying, "I think it sparked and reminded everybody in the band what KORN started out to be."
KORN last fall completed a North American tour on which the band performed its debut album in its entirety at every stop.