Nu-metal lovers rejoice! Love And Death revive memories of parachute pants on Perfectly Preserved

Love And Death's Perfectly Preserved is a polished lesson in melodic alt.metal

Love & Death: Perfectly Preserved
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Anyone pining for the parachute pants and nu-metal breakdowns of the early 00s will get a nostalgic rush listening to Korn guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch’s side band Love And Death (what were you expecting, free jazz?). 

Sure, nu metal isn’t a genre that’s aged well, usually inciting seething hatred from anyone who wasn’t the right age at the right time. But Welch might be trying to win over a new generation, given that Perfectly Preserved, Love And Death’s second album, includes a cover of dance hit Let Me Love You that features Justin Bieber on vocals.

The album displays the more earnest side of Korn’s repertoire – there are plenty of chunky nu-metal breakdowns and grinding guitar riffs that transport us back to 2001, but they take a back seat to the soaring choruses. 

If you can stomach the extra cheese, this is a polished lesson in melodic alt.metal, definitely destined for American arenas.

Hannah May Kilroy

Hannah May Kilroy has been writing about music professionally for over a decade, covering everything from extreme metal to country. She was deputy editor at Prog magazine for over five years, and previously worked on the editorial teams at Terrorizer and Kerrang!. She currently works as the production editor for The Art Newspaper, and also writes for the Guardian, Classic Rock and Metal Hammer.