For most of the past fifteen years, you could catch Brian "Head" Welch
playing some serious guitar riffs with the multi-platinum selling,
Grammy Award winning, secular rock fan favorites Korn. Selling over 25
million records, playing to sold out shows every night, and having all
of the things that money could buy, you would think that Brian
would've had all that he desired and been completely satisfied.
However, Head needed more than that, and turned his life over to
Christ in 2005. Ever since then, there's been a lot of anticipation
for a Christian market release, and now we've got one, aptly titled Save Me From Myself.
The album opens with "L.O.V.E" which begins with a nursery jingle,
then blasts into wrenching guitars. It's a good start to the album,
and talks about God's view of asking people to come to Him. Another
song featuring that same God-relating-to-people perspective is "Die
Religion Die," which is one of the best tracks on the album. With
lyrics like "the truth can't lie, it's time to see religion die," you
can see that the artist is tired of the 'rule following only'
Christians and wants us all to love one another. The song also includes
rather different musical stylings that are reminiscent of Korn, which
can be expected. Many songs include that feel, like
"Shake" and "Money" for example, making this album stand out even more among others.
Head makes sure that the listeners know about the changes in his life
and exactly where he stands today throughout the whole album. "Flush"
is about trashing all of the garbage in our life. The screaming
chants of "come on, get up, let's change" drive the message home.
"Re-bel" is another unique song; the verses are all sung by children
and talk about parents who are abusive and ignore them. The chorus
tells them to rebel and run to the God who loves them. "Loyalty" is a
track about not selling out, "Adonai" is about raising up a generation
of Christian soldiers, and "Washed By Blood" delivers the Gospel in a
mix of hard guitar riffs with some sounds that I'd expect to hear in a
1980's hair metal band; it blends nicely, but its 10-minute length
causes it to drag on a bit too long.
Musically, the album sounds a lot like Korn, but coupled with the
Christ centered lyrics Welch is now singing, I can't think of many other
bands in the Christian music industry that deliver this same
distinctive sound. With accomplished band mates like Tony Levin and
Josh Freese assisting, Save Me from Myself is a great album to
listen to, and can even be considered as one of the best albums of the
year so far.
- Review date: 8/30/08, written by Kevin Hoskins