This January, Brian “Head” Welch saw the release of his second solo album, and his first since 2008. The album, “Between Here & Lost” also marks Welch’s first album under the band name, Love and Death. The former, and perhaps future, Korn guitarist phoned in to Metalholic Radio recently to talk about his new album, his hopes for his band, and his future with Korn.
“Head” as he was nicknamed in his youth, is an intriguing individual. In 2005, more than a decade into his historic career with nu-metal giants, Korn, Welch abruptly left the band he co-founded. At the time, Head was struggling deeply with his drug addiction and his soul. In a life-altering turn of events he embraced a life in Christ. For him that meant at least temporarily walking away from the trappings of a multi-million dollar touring band.
After getting clean and leaving Korn Welch wrote three books, including his first, an autobiography, “Save Me From Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story” that would also become the name of his debut solo album. He would write two more; “Washed by Blood: Lessons from My Time with Korn and My Journey to Christ“ (2008) and “Stronger: 40 Days of Metal and Spirituality” (2010). The former was actually a “clean”, young adult version of his first book, without the profanity and gory details, and more suitable for youthful reading.
In the intervening years, Head continued to focus simultaneously on his faith, his writing, and his music. The recent result is his new album, Love and Death, titled, “Between Here & Lost”. The album was recorded in Nashville with producer Jasen Rauch (RED, Breaking Benjamin) and mixed by Paul Pavao and Ben Grosse (Marilyn Manson, Slipknot), and Jim Monti (Korn). Offered Welch of the album:
“This record was birthed from trials, tribulations, pain, suffering, anxiety, depression, and drama. However, we came out on top and the end result is a very real, raw and honest record. We are so stoked for people to hear it! From our opening song ‘The Abandoning’, to our cover of Devo‘s ‘Whip it’, to our collaboration with Mattie Montgomery from For Today on ‘I W8 4 U’, it’s an exciting piece of art and the listener will feel the different range of emotions with the lyrics and melodies of each song.”
In 2012, just over seven years after his departure from Korn, Welch was reunited with his former bandmates at Carolina Rebellion in Rockingham, North Carolina. Vocalist Jonathan Davis brought Head to the stage as a special guest to close the show. This summer, Head will once again rejoin Korn for a series of festival dates while also touring with Love and Death. Welch admits he is not sure where these unified performances will lead, but he’s happy to be working with his friends once more. Still, he states adamantly, he will continue to make music with Love and Death regardless of the outcome.
Listen to the full interview with Welch below as he brings us up-to-date on the life of Brian.