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2013 debut release from Love & Death, the solo project from Brian 'Head' Welch, former member and co-founder of the multi-platinum selling band Korn. Brian's first solo album, Save Me From Myself, has sold well and has kept him on the road. He recently renamed this solo excursion Love & Death and this is their first album following a few singles in late 2011.
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Suffice it to say, this is definitely a "fully engaging" release - one which requires a certain mood to fully appreciate and one which demands your full attention (no background mood music here). This stuff cuts so deeply to the core of human emotion and the human condition - a quality which makes it simultaneously painful and therapeutic. For me its all summed up with the final tune "Bruises" - "show us how to live/show us how to die/show us how to give/how to give our lives." Yes, show us how indeed.
Some of the lyrics are a bit on the simplistic, teenage-angsty side, but are nothing if not honest, and will definitely resonate with any Christian who's struggled with their dark side or the mysteries of their faith. It's good to be up front with yourself about those things. It's not like God doesn't know you deal with them.
Highlight tracks for me include Paralyzed, My Disaster, Watching the Bottom Fall, and their wonderfully original cover of Whip It.
I should also say I'm a total atheist and have no problems with the lyrical content. Any christian references are so heavily ambiguous that I don't notice them. Most of these songs seem to be about messed up personal relationships as far as I can tell. Also I don't know what people are saying about the album being positive or uplifting... the majority of the songs are very negative... just the way I like it!
Also I should add the cover of Whip It is awesome, I freakin love it.
2. Whip It - really heavy, but one of my least favorites but still good. 4/5
3. Watching the Bottom Fall - Great vocals and guitar riffs again. 5/5
4. By the Way - Deep song about losing loved-ones. 5/5
5. Meltdown- Heavy vocals and deep meaning lyrics. 5/5
6. My Disaster - Killer vocals, guitar riffs and song.
7. I W8 4 U (feat. Mattie Montgomery) - probably the most heavy track on the album, vocals and guitar riffs are really good. 5/5
8. Fading Away -Again another good song. 5/5
9. Paralyzed - Another good song, with heavy riffs and vocals. 5/5
10. Chemicals - This is the extremely heavy song that got me into the band and this album. 5/5
11. Bruises - Another deep song. 5/5
If your into bands like Korn, Red, Skillet, Slipnot or Slayer than I reccomend you check out this band/album.
There are a number of strong efforts on here, Chemicals and The Abandoning as the initial favorite. The production value is significantly improved from the prior album but it seems a little less visceral and more formulaic. That being said the formula is still good. The level of religious introspection on this album is somewhat lower than the prior effort, which was kind of disappointing to me, since the prior album you could almost feel his passion.
I will update this if other songs pop out on further listening, still pretty new and initial "so-so" songs can turn into favorites with time...
Great album. After repeated listening I think this was a masterful effort on a limited budget. It helps to listen to the album sequentially. I hope Head keeps putting out his own products even if he returns full-time to Korn. This is my favorite album of the last two years and still growing on me.