Posts Tagged ‘Brian “Head” Welch’

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Review by Jeff Maki
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My, how time flies. Twenty years of Korn? Technically, the anniversary of Korn’s seminal, genre-altering debut album was in 2014, but the band extended its tour into 2015, in which it is playing the album from start to finish. Yep, from “Blind,” all the way to the rarely before performed “Daddy.” One week into the tour, Korn played the Fillmore Silver Spring, with deathcore metallers, Suicide Silence and rap-metal up-and-comers Islander in support.

I’ve been a fan since the debut and was a self-proclaimed “Korn-kid” back in the day. I’ve seen, heard and done it all when it comes to this band—it’s been much documented on this site (read here). But this one was extra special, in that many of these songs I either had never heard live before, or you would have to go back to 1994-’95, when I saw the band play smaller clubs in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area, when I was thumping around in my late teens. (more…)

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Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

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Jonathan Davis of Korn live at Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, MD.

To celebrate more than twenty years of Korn, the band will perform its self-titled debut album in its entirety (and more) in intimate U.S. venues this October. Support on the trek will come from Suicide Silence and Islander. View tour dates inside.  (more…)

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Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

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Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

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Ryan Hayes of Righteous Vendetta performs on the Ernie Ball Stage at Rock on the Range 2014, Columbus, Ohio

Maybe I didn’t pay enough attention to a band we interviewed earlier in the year, Righteous Vendetta. At the time, they were a little-known Christian metalcore-style band that I saw open the Ernie Ball stage (view live photos) at the 2014 Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio (May 16 to 18). Though they were a memorable live act and tight musically, this just wasn’t the kind of band I thought would start to blow up so quickly. Plus, they are a Christian band, often a death sentence for a band in the metal world. But since my introduction, Righteous Vendetta has started to make a name for itself, having toured with Trapt and currently out supporting Eyes Set to Kill and Nonpoint. After that tour, they’ll join Thousand Foot Krutch, We as Human and Like a Storm starting Oct. 12 through Nov. 9. They also just released an EP called Defiance (featuring “Take Over”) and have a hit radio single on Octane in”This Pain.”

So with all that said, let’s unveil this interview we did with vocalist Ryan Hayes earlier in the year. We better do it now before Righteous Vendetta blows up anymore and no one believes we met them first. In the interview, we talk about the bad rap given to “Christian” rock and how they plan to change it. (more…)

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Korn performing during the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, August 3, 2014 – Bristow, Va. Photo courtesy of Korn.com

By Jeff Maki
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Twenty years ago, I bought a CD solely based on liking the album cover art—a shadow of an intimidating figure with a hook hand stalking a little girl on a playground swing—and the music contained inside went on to impact the next several years of my life. So when vocalist Jonathan Davis introduced the band’s closing song, “Blind” on this date of the 2014 Mayhem Festival, he led into it by shouting,  “This is the motherfuckin’ one that started it all!” Why yes, it was. It was the first Korn song many fans ever heard, and now in 2014, we’ve come full circle. Read the full live recap inside. (more…)

Korn-debutSo I decided to spin Korn’s debut album a few weeks ago on a road trip. Why? I’m not entirely sure. As a diehard fan back in the day, I had heard this album, and my friends and I recited the lyrics hundreds upon hundreds of times. I can play the entire album out through my head without even hitting play. It’s a CD I see every day, as I have a copy autographed by all five original band members on my shelf display.

After some thought, I realized why I pulled it out again. For my own curiosity, I wanted to revisit Korn, not to have something to write about, or for nostalgia. I wanted to hear how the music, and the 12 songs that make up the album—from “Blind” to “Daddy”— sound today, 20 years later. After two decades of trends, genres and sub-genres and the enormous wealth of music I have taken in over that time while growing up into an adult, I wanted to know what the original appeal was, what made me become obsessed with Korn and if I still could get enjoyment from spinning this record. (more…)

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Rock on the Range 2013. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

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Rock on the Range 2013. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

Love-and-Death-between-here-and-lostReview by Jeff Maki
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For Korn fans, there’s no more wondering what could have been. When guitarist Brian “Head” Welch abruptly left the nu-metal pioneers in 2005, most fans perceived his departure as some sort of drug-induced trip, a bad joke, during which he went on to pronounce his Christianity. Shortly after, photos surfaced of him getting baptized, bearing a resemblance to Jesus Christ himself. (Head since has cleared this up, mainly in our first interview we did with him in 2011.) Fans turned their backs on the popular former member of Korn, and even after success with a biography, Save Me from Myself (2007) and a solo album (2008) of the same name, it seemed as if “Head” might fade into obscurity. (more…)

Brian "Head" Welch: "Love and Death ... and Korn"

Brian “Head” Welch: “Love and Death … and Korn”

Days before former Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch’s new band Love and Death was set to open for P.O.D. on its U.S. tour at Rams Head Live Baltimore, Live Metal had scheduled an interview with him to talk about his new band, its new Chemicals EP and whatever else came to mind. As it turns out, we had plenty to talk about because the night before at the Carolina Rebellion festival, Head rejoined Korn onstage to perform “Blind,” playing with his old bandmates for the first time in seven years. In what probably was his first interview since the biggest news Korn fans have had in years, Head talked about how it all came together, Love and Death, the hardships of touring and more. (more…)