Love and Death (band)

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Love and Death
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Background information
Also known as Brian "Head" Welch (2005–2012)
Origin Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Genres Nu metal, alternative metal, Christian metal
Years active 2012–present
Labels Driven, Tooth & Nail
Associated acts Korn, The Sammus Theory, Mo Nasty, Back From Ashes
Website loveanddeathmusic.com
Members

Love and Death is a band formed by Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch. The group was officially announced in February 2012 as a re-branding of Welch's solo music project.

History[edit]

Formation and early years (2009–2012)[edit]

The group is effectively a re-branding of the touring group that performed under Welch's name to promote his solo album. Formed in 2009, Welch recruited musicians through open auditions via YouTube, and second-round auditions, in person, at his studio in Phoenix, Arizona.[1] The original group was a six-piece group, that featured Michael Valentine on Bass, Ralph Patlan on guitar, Brian Ruedy on keyboard, Scott "SVH" Von Heldt on guitars and vocals and Dan Johnson on drums. After two years of touring, Von Heldt departed the band due to financial reasons,[citation needed] Ruedy was let go a few months earlier and later joined Whitesnake.[citation needed] Patlan also departed the band, but no reason was given. The search began to find a guitar player. In March 2011, two weeks before a tour, Welch discovered "the perfect fit" for his band through Thousand Foot Krutch's public audition videos for a new guitarist on Youtube. 15 years old at the time, J.R. Bareis was chosen by Welch to be the new guitar player and became an official permanent member of the band, as they settled on establishing themselves as a four-piece. The group released a single, "Paralyzed" in November 2011, under the Brian "Head" Welch name. In February 2012, the touring band was re-branded into the group Love and Death.

Love and Death was formally announced in February 2012 through an official statement made by Welch. In the statement, Welch explained that "I have wanted to use a band name for branding my music for a few years. It has been an ongoing discussion with my management, but we were just starting to tour and I was in the middle of supporting my third book and it seemed like a bad time to switch names. Now with the new music coming out, its [sic] time to really separate the things I do. I want the music to be about music. I will still be doing public speaking under Brian Head Welch. I am happy that all the confusion will be over".[1] The name Love and Death was chosen because love and death are the two most significant things you can go through in life.[2]

Chemicals EP and Between Here & Lost (2012–present)[edit]

The band's debut single, "Chemicals", was released in early April, while their debut EP of the same name released on April 24, 2012.[1] Welch revealed that they would be releasing a cover of the song "Whip It" by Devo and a remix of "Paralyzed" by Har Meggido. The music video for "Chemicals" premiered May 7, 2012 on VEVO.

In late September 2012, the band announced that it had signed a deal with record label Tooth and Nail Records/EMI and that the group's debut album, Between Here & Lost would be released on November 20, however this was pushed back and released on January 22, 2013.[3][4] On the album, Welch stated that "this record was birthed from trials, tribulations, pain, suffering, anxiety, depression, and drama. However, we came out on top and the end result is a very real, raw & honest record."[4]

On June 13, 2013, it was announced that the band had recorded a new song, "Empty".[citation needed]

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Brian "Head" Welch – lead vocals (2009–present), guitar (2010–present)
  • Michael Valentine – bass (2009–present)
  • JR Bareis – guitar, backing vocals, co-lead vocals (2011–present)
  • Dan Johnson – drums (2009–present)
Former members
  • Scott "SVH" Von Heldt - guitar, backing vocals (2009–2011)
  • Ralph Patlan - guitar (2009–2010)
  • Brian Ruedy - keyboard (2009–2010)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[5]
US
Christ.

[6]
US
Hard Rock

[7]
US
Rock

[8]
Between Here & Lost 81 5 5 28

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title Album details
Chemicals EP
  • Released: April 24, 2012 (US)[10]
  • Label: Headdog
  • Formats: Digital download

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Sales

[11]
US
Christ. Rock

[12]
"Chemicals" 2012 6 4 Between Here & Lost
"The Abandoning" 6
"I W8 4 U" 2013 22[not in citation given]
"Meltdown" 14
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director Source
2011 "Paralyzed
2012 "Chemicals"
2013 "The Abandoning"
"Meltdown"
2014 "I W8 4 U" TBA
"Whip It" TBA

References[edit]