Save Me from Myself
- Monday, September 01, 2008
- Save Me From Myself
- Die Religion Die
- Washed By Blood
Gold records, girls, and green… the world told Brian "Head" Welch that there was nothing he needed saving from. As guitarist for Korn, the defining nü-metal band of the 90's, he topped the
As the story often goes, Head's rock 'n' roll lifestyle brought with it a whirlwind of excess, and he eventually found himself addicted to methamphetamines and alcohol while also struggling with an abusive marriage that eventually left him a divorced single father. It wasn't until his then 5-year-old daughter repeated lyrics to the sexually explicit Korn song "A.D.I.D.A.S" that Head realized things needed to change. After contacting a Christian friend via e-mail, he began a gradual change of heart that eventually brought him to the open arms of Jesus.
Head distanced himself from Korn emotionally for almost 2 years before officially saying goodbye in 2005 while in the midst of a multi-million dollar contract negotiation. After ditching the drugs and straightening out his life, the guitarist began a new musical journey.
At first listen,
That said, it's impressive that Head capably handles all the vocals on this album. The redeemed guitarist holds his own, splitting his performance between cleanly sung melodies and guttural screams, not to mention a surprising harmonized chorus on "Die Religion Die." Though it's only his solo debut, Head clearly demonstrates enough experience to know what works.
Also, despite the lack of hooks, you begin to gain a better sense of Head's creative and musical vision as you sit with the album more. "Re-Bel" opens with a choir of children, but it's not a ploy or a pointless musical tactic. The lyrics come from the perspective of children facing serious family issues ("Mom and Dad don't notice me/They work 6 days a week/Sundays we all go to church/But we don't even speak) as Head responds from Jesus' perspective, "Rebel, the world has abused you and I'm here to choose you." The serious tone of the music fits these lyrics perfectly without sugarcoating the real issues.
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