The announcement that former guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch would be rejoining Jonathan Davis and co. was something that a lot of fans hoped would happen but probably didn't count on. Welch first left the band because he had become a Christian and wanted to leave the rock and roll lifestyle behind. Eight years later, he and Korn are preparing to release the brand new record The Paradigm Shift. There has been a lot of speculation by fans whether or not this album will sound more like the Korn of years gone by and will have less of the techno/dubstep elements that Path Of Totality contained.
First impressions of the new single Never Never didn't seem to sit well, and there were a lot of negative comments circulating the Internet, but as the old adage goes 'don't trust a book by its cover.' So maybe it's best not to judge an album by its single. If you want some visual evidence to go by, the music video is a near black and white clip full of dark fantasy imagery, slow motion sequences, and clocks. Think Disney she-devil villain meets The Matrix. The band also released a clip of another new track called Love & Meth (coincidence that Head's other band is called Love & Death, hmm) which does have more of that crazy, twisted, out of this world feel like so many of Korn's classic songs from yesteryear. So will this be the right amalgam of all the things we love about this band, or is it too late to resurrect the magic that once was? We shall see, October 8th. One thing that will be victorious, if rumors are true, is the resurrection of the Family Values Tour.