Brian ‘Head’ Welch talks about the creation of Korn Nu Metal

Korn is perhaps more connected to the nu-metal movement than any other band. Band guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch recently spoke with metal hammer about the band being credited as the creators of nu metal.

“We’re proud to be considered scene veterans,” says Head. He went on to say that many nu-metal bands disliked the title, mostly because it was given to them rather than being something they created themselves.

“When you’re in a band, you want to make the decisions, you want to be in charge of your brand image, and it’s someone else who has marked us,” Head explains. “And so we were like, No, that’s not cool. So we didn’t like that.

“But nu metal, love it or hate it, and Korn, has stood the test of time. And we’re very grateful that we can be considered the originators, and that we started something that still resonates all these decades later, and people still love it.”

Additionally, he talked about the energy that surrounds the genre.

“The era of nu-metal was a fun time,” insists Head. “I’ll tell you what, you know, these type of shows, there were no boring shows. People can say all they want about nu metal, or whatever, but you come to a Korn show, you’re gonna see energy, you’re gonna see a party, and it’s gonna be a while amusing. Even as I get older, it’s still just a rush, at every show. We love our fans, we love the energy, and we’re grateful for what we’ve created.

Earlier this week, Korn released the second single from their upcoming album. Requiem, the melodic “Forgotten”. Prior to the release, Korn hid Easter eggs on the internet to tease the new track.

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