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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Song of the Week: "L.O.V.E." by Head

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Save Me From Myself” by Brian “Head” Welch. Release Date: September 9, 2008. Brian Welch, better known for his nickname “Head”, is one of the founding members of multi-Platinum, Grammy Award-winning metal band, KoRn. The band was credited with being the major influence in the rise of Nu-metal. While with KoRn, Head won two Grammy’s, several MTV Music Video Awards, and sold over 30 million albums internationally to date.

In February 2005, Head shocked the music world when he resigned from KoRn to re-dedicate his life to Christ and focus on raising his daughter, Jennea, as a single father. But Head made it clear that he had not retired from the music world and entertainment industry. With his newfound calling, Head is committed to changing the youth of this nation through his music and other entertainment ventures. In this regard, Head penned an autobiography of his life, picked up and released by
HarperCollins in July 2007, entitled, “Save Me From Myself”. Head gained further acclaim as a successful author, when the book quickly hit the New York Times Best Seller List (Non-fiction). In his memoir, Head talks for the first time about his shocking embrace of God, and the tumultuous decade of drug and alcohol addiction that led him to his faith, where he was completely and instantly healed of his addictions.

Head’s debut album, also entitled “Save Me From Myself”, is a testimony of his life as he battled with drug and alcohol addiction, leaving KoRn, and finding spirituality. The album is a heavy metal epic, with a positive message, and will leave no doubt in everyone’s mind that Head, as a founding member of KoRn, has not lost his passion for the metal sound that originally helped make his former band famous. “Save Me From Myself” features such renowned musicians as Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, Alice Cooper, David Bowie) and Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, Evanescence, Nine Inch Nails), and was mixed by Bob Clearmountain, Ralph Patlan, and Head himself…

As a youth, I loved metal. Metallica, Pantera, Megadeth, Ozzy, White Zombie, Tool, Rage Against the Machine, etc. Even as grunge was sweeping the nation, I was still into the heavier side of music, but no band seemed to connect more with me than KoRn and their self-titled debut. Whether it was because of the angst, the raw passion, or the sound itself, KoRn spoke to me. Since then, I’ve grown up, mellowed out and my tastes have evolved, but KoRn still has a special place in my heart, even if their subsequent records fail to measure up to the first one. Enter Head’sSave Me From Myself”, an incredibly powerful and passionate record that is more like early KoRn than KoRn itself. Though far from perfect—especially the second half and some childish lyrics—“Save Me From Myself” is much better than I thought it would be, and is the kind of record that can connect with a new generation of listeners. For an example, I chose the song "L.O.V.E.", but the first single “Flush”, “Loyalty”, “Die Religion Die” and the awesome epic, “Washed by Blood”, are all notable tracks:


Previous Songs of the Week:

August 17, 2008
August 24, 2008
August 30, 2008

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