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Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch Reveals He Lost His Desire To Sing In Love And Death


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Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch has spoken of how his passion for singing in his other band Love And Death diminished after rejoining Korn and how a key change in lineup roles has reignited his interest in the outfit. In a new piece he wrote for Loudwire, in which he also discusses how he chose joining a band over being a gas station attendant, he said of Love And Death:

“…Another major crossroads was when I had to make the decision to go back to KoRn or continue with my solo band Love And Death. I was gone from KoRn for a long time and although Love And Death was a small band, it was mine and I loved it. After much soul searching, getting advice and talking to KoRn’s management, I was ecstatic that we’d reached a deal: I would take Love And Death on tour with KoRn and perform two different shows in two different bands every night.

But after a couple tours I started to realize I was losing my desire to front a band as a lead singer. I felt way more at home as a guitarist and so Love And Death started to fade into the background. The other L&D band members ended up either quitting music or joining other bands and I was back where I was destined to be: touring the planet with my brothers in KoRn.

Over the last couple of years a lot of fans have expressed to me how much they liked Love And Death, so I came up with an idea to keep the band alive in a way that made the most sense. Since I developed such a strong distaste for being a frontman, I decided to ask guitarist JR Bareis to step up as lead vocalist while I’d focus mainly on the screaming in the band. JR’s got a natural singing voice so it made perfect sense to me. But JR did need a bit of convincing.

Being a friend and big fan of Jasen Rauch’s work (L&D producer & guitarist of Breaking Benjamin), we grabbed him to help lead us into our new direction since he’s our producer and basically another guitarist in Love And Death with all the playing & writing he does for the band. Jasen really worked with JR on vocals and he helped us shape our newest single “Lo Lamento” into a pretty slammin’ jam if I may say so myself.

And with the amazing up and coming producer/mixer Chris Collier stepping up to mix the track, “Lo Lamento” is off to a killer start since its release last month. The plan now is to release a full length album late 2016/early 2017. I want to thank all of you who have asked for new Love And Death music the last couple of years. We appreciate you sticking with us and being patient and we hope to get a full album to you by late fall, 2016!”

A lyric video for the aforementioned track “Lo Lamento” is now available below. A digital download of the song is available as part of a pre-order for Welch‘s upcoming book ‘With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles And Mistakes On My Way Back To Korn‘. A May 17th release date has been set for that with pre-orders up at Brianheadwelch.net.

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