Posts Tagged ‘Christian rock’


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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…)


Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

Love-and-Death-between-here-and-lostReview by Jeff Maki
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…)

"17 Again" with Love and Death's JR Bareis

“17 Again” with Love and Death’s JR Bareis

Do you remember when you were 17? Are you even 17 yet? I certainly remember. It was 1994, the year I graduated high school, and I became consumed completely by music while looking into the great unknown. I didn’t care—I was partying with girls, doing things I probably wasn’t supposed to be doing, and it was one of the best years of my life. But there’s no way it was anywhere near as good or memorable as JR Bareis’ 17th, who is spending the year and foreseeable future playing alongside Brian “Head” Welch, the former guitarist of Korn who recently rebranded his solo band, Love and Death. (more…)

head-save-me-from-myselfSave Me from Myself is the solo debut of former Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch. Everyone should know the story by now. Head quit Korn to pursue a life of religion, spend time with his daughter and, most importantly, free himself of his deadly drug addiction. The album works as a companion with his best-selling autobiography of the same name. (more…)