With the discovery of teenage guitar phenom JR Bareis, former Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch, together with Michael Valentine (bass) and Dan Johnson (drums), puts forth a solid effort with his band, Love and Death. The new album, “Between Here & Lost” is a melodic, ethereal assault that takes the listener on a spiritual journey from darkness into light. It’s no surprise that the guitar skills that helped define the Korn sound are clearly present, but “Between Here & Lost” also transitions Welch into the role of lead vocalist and brings along with it melodic elements and catchy choruses as well. A refreshing fit that seems both comfortable and natural.
Fans of Korn can take comfort in the fact that Welch (who abruptly departed the band in 2005 following his conversion to Christianity) seems to have made peace with his former band mates as well. After playing a one-off gig with Korn at the Carolina Rebellion festival last year, plans are in place for Welch to join the band again for a few dates in Germany this summer. In the meantime, Welch is ready to once again connect with fans when Love and Death hits the road next month in support of the new album.
I spoke with Welch and Bareis about “Between Here & Lost” and more. Check out the Guitar World Interview Here.