The original freaks on a leash are back with a new album that tackles methamphetamine craving, procuring religion and learning to like yourself
Jonathan Davis is most comfortable in a dark place. Its more familiar to me, tells the lead vocalist and songwriter of alternative metal band Korn. To Davis, the darkness stirs a fight-or-flight reaction. He knows he can draw inspiration there, but when youre fighting and also winning the daily battle of living with nervousnes and depression, its a place for him to heal.
I started thinking about where I came from on this record, Davis tells. His band is back with its 12 th studio album, The Serenity Of Suffering, which has been lauded as a return to form for that band that is nastier and darker than their recent output, which has included of all things a dubstep album and country outing. Soft-spoken and reflective, one would never guess they were speaking to the vocalist of Korn, a band that has expended more than 20 years building on intense guitar, scats and growl, and, in its earlier days, straight-up screams.
But unlike Davis, guitarist Brian Head Welch, who rejoined Korn in 2013 following a seven-year hiatus, doesnt feel comfy in a dark place. I like to be happy, tells the 46 -year-old, who rediscovered Jesus Christ and spirituality 11 years ago after a destructive methamphetamine addiction tore apart his matrimony. There was a root of hatred in me then, he goes on. I did medications to mask that ache, and then I got suicidal.
Welch, who was born in Harbor City, California, says he was picked on as small children. From get bullied, I didnt really like myself, he remembers. Growing up, he wanted to be a rockstar and spent the majority of members of his time practicing guitar. But when that dream turned into reality, there was a void that couldnt be filled. Even the success in Korn and the fans and the millions of records couldnt stimulate me like myself.
So Welch started going back to church, and the first half of his 11 -year journey to self-love and sobriety was expended exploring dark places and even darker feelings, a place he no longer wishes to return to. Unlike Davis, it wasnt safe for him; Welch find safety in the other side of the spectrum.
As well as the individual members combats, the band has been through a lot during their 20 -year career. We were little kids when we made our first record, Davis laughs. The band lately wrapped up a tour that celebrated 20 years of their debut, and to the vocalist, it felt bittersweet. I had no idea then that my ache would help so many people.
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