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A Reunited Korn Announces New Album ‘The Paradigm Shift’

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Korn have returned from a trip down EDM lane and are back with a new nu-metal album due October 1, titled The Paradigm Shift.

The new album follows Korn’s 2011 foray into dubstep with The Path of Totality, which featured Skrillex, 12th Planet and Datsik among its producers.

The Paradigm Shift will mark the return of co-founding guitarist Brian “Head” Welch. The band had an unexpected and emotional reunion with Welch during a performance in May at the Carolina Rebellion Festival. Watch below.

“We got people that were working for us that were in tears. Jonathan was in tears. I almost cried four times. It was very overwhelming,” Welch said of the impromptu on-stage reunion.

Welch had left the band seven years prior in search of himself, family and God, releasing a solo album in 2008.

Upon Welch’s return, the band felt the good vibes return yet were decidedly cautious about jumping right back into the studio. Welch told Rolling Stone of the new album, “Since we got in the studio, everything just started pouring out, now I can’t wait until our fans hear this stuff!”

For The Paradigm Shift, the band has teamed with producer Don Gilmore, famous for his work on Linkin Park’s breakout album The Hybrid Theory.

“It’s a term encompassing different perspectives,” guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer said of the album title in a press release. “You can view a piece of art from one angle and it takes on a certain image. If you look from another angle, it’s a completely different image. We liken that to Korn in 2013. With Head back in the fold, all of the elements fans have loved since day one are there, but we’re interpreting them from a new perspective.”

The Paradigm Shift drops October 1 on the Prospect Park label.

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