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Album Review

With Save Me from Myself, former Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch presents his first solo album since his departure from the band in 2005. A born-again Christian, Welch has detailed his recovery from substance abuse and turn to religion in a best-selling autobiography of the same name, and the musical version of Save Me from Myself sets his confessions to heavy metal arrangements. That's an odd combination, to be sure, and from both directions. It's not often that one hears a heavy metal album in which the thrashing pauses while the artist's daughter prattles out a version of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," and there can't be too many Christian albums which contain songs like "Flush" that begin and end with the sound of someone vomiting into a toilet. But that's the point. Welch has taken to religion (and fatherhood and abstinence) seemingly without losing his heavy metal edge, at least to the extent of expressing his newfound world view in aggressive terms. His is a muscular Christianity, and that's putting it mildly. It is also a non- (or perhaps anti-) denominational one, as he points out in a number called "Die Religion Die." This is one of several songs that seem to be sung in the voice of God, as Welch imagines God would speak. (It's an identification that carries over to the front and back cover photographs, the former a pieta, the latter a crucifixion, both featuring Welch in the role of Jesus Christ.) Some Christians may find such depictions sacrilegious, but Welch isn't worried about that. His beliefs clearly are personal, and he has used them to turn his life around. Whether he will succeed in using them to turn around the lives of his listeners is another matter, but on Save Me from Myself, he certainly tries. "These are not only words to a song," he sings in the closing track, "Washed by Blood," another number he sings as if in the voice of God, and for him that statement can apply to all the lyrics on the album.

Customer Reviews

Head 1 - Korn 0

I was very apprhensive about Head's solo album,with regards to being a born again Christian and therfore not knowing what sort of music he would put out. Im happy to say however that it is brilliant, and better than anything Korn have released for years. Taking the monsterous metallic crunch of early Korn,laced with melodic overtones in the vain of Pink Floyd or in my opinion Swedish doom lords Katatonia (Heads vocals are similar) Head proves he is without a doubt a talented song writer and lyricist.Given that the album is an insight of Heads own personal religious views,it is actually a very powerfull and thought provoking album.Being an Athiest myself i thought i might not truly appreciate the lyrics, but they do make sense and pose many questions. In short an excellent debut album from the former Korn Guitarist.

I Love Head

i have just finished listening to this album and was left jaw-dropped even though every song sounds very simular i was still impressed by each track it incredibly dark and alot better than any of KoRn's later stuff and i think this album will be on the stereo for a long while to come

a good christian

I have to admit its better than id thought it be and you can see where korn is lacking (not to diss korn untitled was a brilliant album) but this isnt "god loves you" this is more "here what I had to go through then make your judgement" Truely one of the best christian rock albums to come out in years

Save Me from Myself, Brian "Head" Welch
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