During a recent interview with Loudersound, Korn, and Love and Death guitarist, Brian ‘Head‘ Welch, talked about Korn’s impact on other bands in the rock and metal scene and discussed how the metal scene has changed in the past decades.
As you probably know, Brian ‘Head’ Welch co-founded Korn in 1993, and the band enjoyed mainstream success after the release of their third album ‘Follow the Leader’ in 1998 which debuted at Number one on the Billboard 200. After 12 years of success, Welch decided to leave the band in 2005 and stated that he had ‘chosen the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior, and will be dedicating his musical pursuits to that end.’
However, he later reunited with his band and is currently the lead guitarist of both Korn and Love and Death. In his recent interview, he discussed the experiences he’s gained in the metal scene and said that he’s happy to see the success of the bands who came after them and took their sound to create amazing things. Brian Welch said that looking at Slipknot and Linkin Park, he feels proud to be a member of a band as influential as Korn.
When asked about how the metal scene has changed, Brian Welch said he feels like Korn is one of the last old-school metal bands. He stated that it was different in their day as people would wait in front of the TV to see a new video on MTV and count the days to get their CD. He believes that all this made people appreciate music more as it wasn’t easily attainable like it is now.
Here’s what Brian Welch said in the interview:
“I look at who came after us, and bands really took our sound and did amazing things with it; look at Slipknot and look at Linkin Park! I love both those bands, and they took what we did into whole new directions. So, we inspired some bands that are much bigger than us and some crappy bands as well. You have to think that’s an accomplishment!”
This is what he said about the metal scene’s evolution over the years:
“I guess it was different in our day. There were bands with names you just recognize: Metallica, Linkin Park, Deftones, System Of A Down… to have Korn be one of those names is a trip. We were the last group to really be on MTV, where people would wait to see the video, everyone had to wait for us to put the CD out, and so I think it did mean more to people. What you can’t have, you want more; people are still fans but the instant gratification of now has taken away the real hardcore nature of it. I feel lucky to have experienced that last bit of the old way of doing things before it all changed.”
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