Love and Death "Between Here & Lost" Album Review — 4.5 out of 5 stars
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 08:14:37
"Don't give up now," urges Brian "Head" Welch on "The Abandoning", the propulsive first salvo from Love and Death's debut Between Here & Lost.
With riffs this impactful, no one's giving up on Welch or Love and Death anytime soon. He taps into that timeless off-kilter guitar chug, while carrying a viscerally vulnerable melody over the top. His vocal delivery on "Chemicals" matches the musical dynamics, supported flawlessly by lead guitarist JR Bareis, bassist Michael Valentine, and drummer Dan Johnson. All of the elements converge for mass effect on the skittering "My Disaster", which bares an Alice In Chains-style harmony that's utterly chilling.
Love and Death also transform Devo's "Whip It" into a 21st century anthem quite effectively heavy-ing it up. Speaking of heavy, everything culminates on the hypnotically uplifting "Bruises". It's a toughly tender finale emblematic of the group's raw power spiraling off to the heavens.
Welch shows a different side of himself on Between Here & Lost and unleashes one of the year's best hard rock albums in the process.
Have you heard Between Here And Lost?
Make sure to catch Brian "Head" Welch at Rock on the Range with Korn and Love and Death May 17, 18, and 19!