COMMENTARY | Brian Head Welch has returned to the nu metal band Korn as previously reported on The Inquisitr. Including bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, it could be said that Korn is half way toward becoming a Christian band.
In 2005, Brian Head Welch left Korn after becoming a Christian. This decision was largely fueled by being a single father to a daughter, and he did not want to raise her in an environment filled with drugs, sex, and explicit language. In 2007, Welch released a book on his journey from drug addiction to faith – Save Me From Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story. Some public statements caused a rift to open between Welch and his former Korn band members, but they have since resolved any hard feelings Welch’s departure may have caused.
Welch is not the only Korn band member to become a Christian. In his book, Got the Life: My Journey of Addiction, Faith, Recovery and Korn, Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu states that Jesus Christ and the Bible where his only rehab, and that the change in his life is “an amazing and powerful thing.” Before coming to Christ, Christian Today relates that Arvizu considered himself “a strong drug addict and a womanizer until his born-again Christian father told him that his dying wish was that his son would find God.”
Brian Head Welch told Rolling Stone that he plans on taking things slow with his reintegration into Korn:
“We’re going slow. We’re hanging out when I’ve got time, but I’ve got my album out, and they’re busy doing their stuff. But I’d say anything is possible right now.”
Welch is currently working with Tooth & Nail Records, which focuses on Christian bands in the metal, punk, and hard rock scene. If Welch were to fully re-integrate back into Korn it’s possible that over time his influence might affect the tone and lyrics of Korn. It’s even possible that the other three band members of Korn might even become Christians themselves.
Christian music itself has changed much over the years. The bands POD, Skillet, Switchfoot, Flyleaf, and others have set themselves apart from the standard Christian music industry. While they readily identify themselves as being Christians, their music focuses on real world issues from a Christian perspective instead of being primarily worship music.
According to the Christian Post, Brian Head Welch’s new album Between Here & Lost from his new band Love and Death has a message that some Korn fans might relate to:
“‘Chemicals’ brings a few different subjects to mind: chemical warfare, battling depression, being trapped in the insanity of drug addiction. I’m sure people will get different things out of it.”
Some people think that the harder rock of metal and lyrics about faith cannot mix, but in an interview with Loudwire Welch shares his opinion on that issue:
“I believe in Jesus; I pray to Jesus but I’m still a person that struggles and sometimes there’s not a whole lot of difference, you know [Korn frontman] Jonathan [Davis] sings about pain a lot I sing about pain a lot it’s just I went through a lot and I’m going through a lot and I just want to have a voice to share that stuff. It doesn’t have to be separate, it doesn’t have to be weird, being a Christian I think it was weird like a couple decades ago but now it’s just like we’re all people.”
What do you think about the idea that Korn might become a Christian band?