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Between Here and Lost [edit]
by Love and Death | Genre: Hard Rock/Metal | Release Date: January 22, 2013
 

Love and Death, the new band led by former Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, will release its debut album “Between Here and Lost” November 20th via Tooth & Nail Records. Recorded in Nashville with producer Jasen Rauch (RED, Breaking Benjamin) and mixed by Paul Pavao & Ben Grosse (Marilyn Manson, Slipknot), and Jim Monti (Korn), the CD consists of 11 tracks, ranging from songs about personal struggle and triumph (“Chemicals”, “My Disaster”, “Paralyzed”) to emotionally charged anthems (“Fading Away,” “Watching The Bottom Fall”) to a riff heavy rendition of Devo’s 1980 hit “Whip It”. Like the album title suggests, "Between Here and Lost" captures the honesty of light and darkness, beauty and tragedy, good and evil, delivered by a band with intense passion and commitment to the message of its music.


Track Listing
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01. The Abandoning
02. Whip It
03. Watching The Bottom Fall
04. By The Way...
05. Meltdown
06. My Disaster
07. I W8 4 U (featuring Mattie Montgomery)
08. Fading Away
09. Paralyzed
10. Chemicals
11. Bruises

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Reborn from Death | Posted January 28, 2013
The conversion of iconic guitarist Brian "Head" Welch and his subsequent departure from the '90s hard rock act Korn has become one of the most powerful and widely retold testimonies of the past decade. The artist made musical waves again in 2008 when he released an experimental solo album to the Christian market, retaining the nu-metal angst vibe while crafting lyrics reflecting his journey from death to new life.

A year later he had gathered a group of strong musicians as touring support, and by 2012 the ensemble (featuring Michael Valentine on bass, JR Bareis on guitar and Dan Johnson on drums) was officially branded Love and Death and signed to Tooth & Nail records.
 
Between Here and Lost is Love and Death's highly-anticipated first release as a full band. With some hard-won experience, a full band at his back, and an exceptional writing and production team, Head's songwriting has the opportunity here to reach its full potential. The resulting album sounds much more established and confident than precursor Save Me From Myself, though without losing any of the raw power and scalding honesty that gave the solo release its strength.
 
Previously-released via YouTube, "The Abandoning" serves as a note of familiarity for a solid opening. The clean guitar tone backs frantic vocals reaching from a place of despair, begging God not to leave. The haunting chorus implores "Master, Master, save me / Master, Master, kill me / Don't give up on me now, ‘cause that's what I've already done."

"Whip It" (previously heard on the band's Chemicals EP) follows as a call to step outside of your head and the addictions that hold you trapped, with crushing guitars lending urgency to the lyrics.
 
"Watching the Bottom Fall" pulls heavily on Head's initial '90s nu-metal influences, with a chilling vibe that lends the song intensity. "By The Way..." uses a sharp, chopped guitar bed to introduce a deeply vulnerable song about a relationship in bitter disarray. The hard-edged verses are countered by the much more melodic chorus, regretfully declaring, "and by the way, I'm doing alright / You don't know what I had to give to walk away." The following selection, "Meltdown," begins with a quick spoken sound bite before a massive guitar riff sweeps in to carry the rest of the song. 
 
Although the guitar work on the entire album is solid, "My Disaster" is perhaps the best example of Head's experience and skill in crafting an entire environment with guitars, realized now with the aid of Love and Death's lead guitarist JR Bareis. The buzzing rattle of the intro is later layered with rich, brutal riffs, buoying up Head's straightforward, in-your-face vocals. The song is a wounded reflection on feelings of betrayal and abandonment.
 
"I W8 4 U" may have a deceptively simplistic title, but the song itself is anything but forgettable. Mattie Montgomery of For Today lends his growls to complement Brian Head Welch's, creating the perfect storm of brutal vocals and crunchy guitars. "Fading Away" is a beautiful example of taking a traditional metal and hardcore theme and touching it with the perspective of the redeemed, exploring and establishing humanity's mortality but acknowledging eternity.
 
"Paralyzed" is another selection previously from the Chemicals EP. The song (which was a collaboration with Jasen Rauch, formerly of RED) explores the way sin paralyzes while recognizing the need for a rescuer. This selection showcases industrial elements more strongly than the other tracks. "Chemicals" also explores the corroding nature of our vices, employing drug-oriented imagery to express themes of addiction. Given Head's history before the transformation that came when He chose to surrender to Christ, he has certainly earned the credibility to sing vulnerably about a love/hate struggle with sin.
 
"Bruises" wraps the album up on a mellow, stripped down note, carrying a '90s industrial tone. This track could be the result when the fury of the preceding selections has burned out, leaving only the painstaking, half-whispered plea of the chorus: "Show us how to live / How do we forgive through the bitterness? How do we get there? Show us how to die, how to give our lives, living sacrifice." It is the perfect note of surrender and admission of need to end the collection.
 
Closing Thoughts:
The fusion of Brian Head Welch's well-established roots with the contemporary savvy of his supporting band creates one of the most solid rock albums to be released in the past few years. Unashamedly heavy without feeling bombastic, this is an album for post-grunge rock fans who want songs that burn with undeniable raw honesty while throwing off sparks of hope. This is an album of songs that reach for God from the dark, admitting vices while acknowledging the reality of a cure. This may be the first full release from the Love and Death ensemble, but it is not lacking in depth or experience. Hopefully this will be only the first of many rock solid releases from the band.


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WOW... | Posted March 15, 2013
Brian Welch the former guitarist of the band KORN, takes a shot at vocals and it pays off... you need to check out the songs "The Abandoning" "Chemicals" "Parylized"... do u no wat I recomend them all...


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Love And Death Rocks | Posted March 07, 2013
In 2012 Brian "Head" Welch, the Ex-Korn member, founded this christian rock band. The music sounds like Skillet, Red, Pillar etc. If you like these bands, Love and Death, will capture your heart of music. After the first Ep called "Chemicals" they released the first Album " Between here and lost". This Album contains the Songs of the EP and a few new songs. All in All there are 11 Songs of a band you should like or dislike, but if you like the rockmusic it will be loved by everyone.


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This might be crazy | Posted February 12, 2013
But I did like Brian when he was solo, Especially his song Paralyzed. I'm just not sure about this band thing yet. I'm happy he branched off and I'm really not trying to be hateful. I did love his speech he gave when he was on tour with Icon For Hire.


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Rated 4 Stars

Hard Rock At It's Finest | Posted January 26, 2013
  Former Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch bursts onto the hard rock scene with his new band Love and Death's debut album and what results is a great blend of old and new styles.  It sounds like a Korn album which fans of that band might appriciate.  Lyrically, Welch crafts lyrics that guides us through life's ups and downs.  Between Here and Lost is a great album for fans of hard rock in general.  It has the Korn sound which will draw in fans of that band and it also draws in new fans with it's brutal honesty in the lyrics.

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