When Korn first came on the scene in 1994 there was really nothing like them. Uncompromising in their intense, heavy sound, the band fused metal, rap, funk, and something wholly original that has never been replicated. By the time Korn was topping the charts with Follow the Leader and Issues, the most intense albums of their career were already behind them. Which isn’t to say they didn’t still release great albums, but the first two Korn albums were almost entirely unspoiled by mainstream popularity and unequivocally darker than what followed.
That darkness wasn’t just present in Jonathan Davis’s tortured lyrics, but woven through out the band’s down-tuned instrumentals as well. Guitarist Brian “Head” Welch was especially affected by the band’s bleak undertones and fast-pace lifestyle. He battled addiction to methamphetamine for years while a member of the band during their glory days. Korn was a notoriously hard-partying rock band, even by rock star standards. Eventually, the partying lifestyle became too much for Welch and he quit the band.
This is the overall subject of the new Korn documentary Loud Krazy Love, which premiered on Showtime last night.
“We knew something was wrong with him, but we weren’t smart enough to figure it was drugs,” says Welch’s father in the documentary. Its a statement which begs the viewer to shout back at the television “he was a rock star, how could you not figure that?”
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Welch and his daughter Jeanne Marie are the primary subjects in Loud Krazy Love and the documentary paints a disturbing picture of life on the road in a rock band. While such a lifestyle is unquestionably the object of many desires across the United States and the rest of the world, Loud Krazy Love has the ability to make anyone question whether or not that’s kind of life is really all it’s cracked up to be.
Full of harrowing stories of child neglect, spousal abuse, and copious drug use — Welch admits himself he went on a 2-year amphetamine binge at one point during his time with Korn — the underlying tone of the movie is redemption and forgiveness.
Interestingly, Welch didn’t just hit rock bottom as a drug addict, but details his financial jam following the years after finding religion and cleaning up. Another eyebrow raising aspect of Loud Krazy Love is Korn front man Jonathan Davis’s candid staunch views against religion, which were and still are in direct opposition to Welch’s lifestyle.
Despite this, the movie reaches its climax when Welch rejoins Korn onstage at Carolina Rebellion in 2012. While the movie may not be quite a hard-rocking and Korn-glorifying as most fans would like, it does tell a heartwarming story found in one of the most unlikely of bands.