Korn Eyes New Album As Guitarist Recovers

August 6 [16:00 EDT] -- After a bout with viral meningitis that bumped his band from the Lollapalooza tour and landed him in the hospital for a week and a half, Korn guitarist James "Munky" Schaffer is now resting, and recovering, at home.

The band's management said that doctors had recommended a few weeks of bed rest for the guitarist, but added that Munky is then expected to join his Korn counterparts in the studio to begin writing songs for the band's next album.

Instead of delaying Korn's ambitious goal of releasing a new album every year, Schaffer's illness actually means that the band will hit the studio earlier than expected.

"It was the band's plan all along to take a few weeks off after Lollapalooza, and then work on the new album," a spokesperson for the band's management told MTV News. "Now they will actually begin sooner than they had planned."

Korn plans to have the new album wrapped up and in record stores sometime in the first three months

of 1998.