Brian Welch Says Slipknot And Linkin Park Took What Korn Did Into Whole New Directions

Korn guitarist and founding member Brian Welch opened up about the band that they had an influence on during an interview with Louder Sound and apparently, bands such as Slipknot and Linkin Park draw inspiration from Korn and improved what the band had, taking it into a whole new direction.

As many of you might know, Korn’s self-titled debut album which was released on October 11, 1994, had a huge impact on rock music due to its unique sound that also involved hip-hop elements in its sound. Just as expected, the band’s fresh and new sound influenced numerous bands at the time such as Sepultura, Machine Head, and Coal Chamber.

In addition to those iconic bands, two of the most successful bands, Slipknot, and Linkin Park also draw inspiration from Korn’s early years and evolved that hybrid sound into their own projects as well. While doing so, both bands used that sound in their own ways which made them so successful and unique.

During a recent interview, Korn guitarist opened up about those bands that came after them and stated that they all put something on that unique sound which made it even greater than it already was. Welch stated that Korn inspired some bands over the time that actually happened to be bigger than Korn itself and especially Linkin Park and Slipknot took what Korn had and turned it into something different.

Here is what Welch said:

“I look at who came after us, and bands really took our sound and did amazing things with it; look at Slipknot and look at Linkin Park! I love both those bands, and they took what we did in whole new directions. So, we inspired some bands that are much bigger than us and some crappy bands as well. You have to think that’s an accomplishment!”

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