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Brian ‘Head’ Welch Speaks of Restoration in ‘With Eyes Wide Open’ Book Trailer, Talks New Korn Disc

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There’s no doubt that Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch has been through a journey in his life, but a new trailer for his upcoming book With Eyes Wide Open drives home that point pretty well. In the trailer above, Head says the one word he would use to describe his path is “restoration,” discussing how he’s been able to mend relationships with both his daughter and his Korn bandmates.

The trailer finds the guitarist sifting through piles of rubble and spotting photos of people that have significance to him. Meanwhile, he and his daughter are also featured in a number of shots. He told Billboard, who premiered the trailer, “When I think about it, my life was torn to pieces. On the outside, I had everything. I was in Korn, and I was playing the big shows. I got divorced, but I had a healthy daughter. I had a nice house, cars and on the outside, it was great. But I lost who I was, and after I got myself together, I was happy inside, but things on the outside didn’t look so well. I lost my house to foreclosure and went through so much. But I didn’t run back to the drugs and alcohol. I stayed with my faith. I took my hits and kept going and got back to the place where I am now. Seeing that trailer is a tearjerker because I’ve come so far and I’m really proud of where I am now, and it feels great.”

The book is a follow-up to Head’s 2007 book Save Me From Myself, which spoke of his decision to leave Korn and embracing his Christian faith. This book discusses some of the challenges that came after like taking a more active role in the life of his teenage daughter, learning that she had been self-mutilating, digging himself out of some of the financial woes caused by bad business deals and taking his next musical steps with the band Love and Death. With My Eyes Wide Open is on track for a May 17 release and can be pre-ordered via his online webstore.

In the same interview with Billboard, Head also spoke about Korn, revealing that the initial plans for the band’s next album have them going in a heavier direction. “Me and James [“Munky” Shaffer] wanted to go heavier on the record, because we’re the guitar players and Korn was a guitar-heavy band,” says Head. “The last record that we did [2013’s The Paradigm Shift] was me coming back. I saw them at a show, played one song with them, and a few weeks later, was in the studio with them writing new songs. We didn’t have any time to hang out. To live with everyone on the road and to function in the band, with the fans and business together for three years, we really connected and felt comfortable. So after three years, we went into this album, and we’re focusing on guitars and spending a lot of time on them. It sounds really good, and I think it’s going to end up a heavier record.”

Stay tuned for future info on Korn’s next album and mark May 17 on your calendar to pick up Brian “Head” Welch’s new book, With My Eyes Wide Open.

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