Ex-Korn Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch Keeps True To His Metal Roots On Between Here & Lost

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Love and Death

Between Here & Lost

Tooth & Nail

Nov. 19, 2012

Though Love and Death doesn't ring as a household name, there's a

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Ex-Korn Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch Keeps True To His Metal Roots On Between Here & Lost

  • Ex-Korn Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch Keeps True To His Metal Roots On Between Here & Lost

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    Love and Death

    Between Here & Lost

    Tooth & Nail

    Nov. 19, 2012

    Though Love and Death doesn't ring as a household name, there's a strong chance the pounding, down-tuned guitars and the rough, grizzly vocals will be an immediate reminder of a certain '90s nu metal band that sparked the new wave of heavy metal -- Korn. The similarity is no coincidence, though I was certainly caught off guard at first listen. No, this isn't a Korn knockoff album that just happens to capture about 90% of the very sound that helped the group sell 47 million albums worldwide. It's basically a more Christian Korn 2.0, fronted by ex-Korn guitarist and founding member Brian Phillip Welch, better known as "Head."

    Welch left Korn in 2005 after 12 years in the group and cited he was turning to God to clean up from the drugs and addictions that plagued his life. Between Here & Lost, the first record from the recently formed band that also served as the touring group behind his 2008 solo album, Save Me From Myself, hits with the same intensity and ferociousness as his earlier days, though with a more mainstream rock sound, particularly in the chorus of "Whip It." Welch was pivotal in creating the sound that made Korn so distinctive, so naturally it exists ten-fold all over the record. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, though the band doesn't get a heaping amount of points for originality.

    The opening track, "The Abandoning," immediately begins with whispered, distorted vocals over rolling guitar before evolving into a more radio-friendly Breaking Benjamin-esque chorus. "Paralyzed," similarly, fuses the heavy nu metal instrumentation with an easier to swallow chorus that may not turn off as many fans who were resistant to the nature of a band like Korn.

    Between Here & Lost may not scream "original," but it's addictingly honest and instrumentally everything you'd want in a nu metal album. This is a guy who admitted to being strung out on meth, alcohol and prescription pills while also rolling in millions as the guitarist of Korn. If you can sober up and stay true to your sound, that's something I can respect.

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