Friday, May 11, 2012

Love and Death: Chemicals EP Review

It was just a few years ago that Brian "Head" Welch left KoRn after receiving Jesus Christ as his Savior. Since then, Welch has released two books and a solo project, titled Save Me From Myself. And while that project was solid, bold, and daring, it was "Paralyzed" that first caught my attention.

I had the chance to see Brian "Head" Welch perform live on RED's Kill the Machine Tour back in October. With his other three band members (Michael Valentine, J.R. Bareis, and Dan Johnson), Welch's set was good, but my attention was again caught by the single "Paralyzed," which I had heard was to be released on Welch's sophomore project. Instead, Brian "Head" Welch joined together with his three tour mates to form a new band, Love and Death. While the band prepares for a full-length release this fall, the Chemicals EP is sure to appease their fans' till then.

"Chemicals" opens up the EP, most notable for the whispering and background vocals. The nu-metal sound is extremely awesome, as is Love and Death's lyrics, speaking of someone with a dual personality: "Can you tell that I'm hurt?/ It's critical/ all I can smell is the burn of chemicals/ and slowly lose to temptation/ let me go, let me fight chemicals in my mind!" "Chemicals" has some RED elements to it, which I found equally as cool. "Paralyzed" follows strongly, speaking of an immense need for God: "I swear I'm gonna break/ I'm paralyzed, I need You now!"

And while "Whip It" is a cover and features Matt Baird, it's very fun. I think you can definitely expect moshing at a Love and Death show if this song gets played! Remixes of "Paralyzed" and "Chemicals" follow, closing the EP. You can take them or leave them -- they're great, but it's up to the listener to decide whether or not they are better than the originals.

I think it's safe to say, Love and Death is even better than Brian "Head" Welch's Save Me From Myself solo project, and possibly even better than KoRn. I am a pick-and-choose fan when it comes to metal, and yet the Chemicals EP totally has captured my attention. I cannot wait to hear a full-length EP from Love and Death!

Rating: 4/5
Release date: April 24, 2011

Track listing:
1. Chemicals
2. Paralyzed
3. Whip It (feat. Matt Baird)
4. Paralyzed (Har Megiddo Remix)
5. Chemicals (Har Megiddo Remix)

"Paralyzed" Music Video:

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