Guitarist Says Korn Was 'Meant' To Take Long Break Before Next LP

Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch told Detroit radio station WRIF in a new interview that the break between 2016's The Serenity Of Suffering album and the band's upcoming new LP has been longer than usual for the group -- partially due to the death of Deven Davis, the estranged wife of Korn singer Jonathan Davis. Welch explained, "We've taken the biggest break that we have in years, and it was meant to be. Someone's watching over us, because Jonathan and his tragedy that he's gone through, he needed time off and he needed to focus on things more. So, yeah, it's been good, but we can't wait to get back, man. We've got things cooking, so we're hoping to make some announcements early next year." Deven Davis died in August at the age of 39 from an overdose. The former porn actress suffered with sobriety and substance abuse throughout her life. She and Jonathan Davis had two sons together. Welch added about the writing sessions for Korn's 13th studio effort, "We have been taking our time -- taking a break. A month with the family, a couple of weeks in the studio writing . . . so we're taking our time, man. And we're gonna hit it hard the beginning of the year and hopefully get this thing knocked out." We asked Welch a while back to tell us the most important thing he would advise young musicians about being in a rock band: "You've got to get it in your head and your heart right now that you being this musician, it's not for you. It's for the fans. If you want to go out there and play onstage for a living, you are giving your life for your fans. And it's not about them worshiping you, it's about you giving a gift to them that they can appreciate. And once you make it about you, you're gonna start to shake and you're gonna break down and fall." Earlier in the year, Davis -- who released his solo album Black Labyrinth this year -- said that there were "really good ideas" and "cool grooves" in some of the early material written for Korn's next album. The singer also shot down as false Internet speculation that the band is using outside writers for material. The new disc is due out in 2019.