Love And Death made a big return in 2021 with their stellar album Perfectly Preserved (our review here) and we have been following the band since their dropped their track ‘White Flag‘ on January 8th. With frontman Brian “Head” Welch leading the way, the band are destined for huge things once borders open back up again if their livestream performance was anything to go by (revisit that here).
To keep up to date with the lads, we grabbed guitarist/backup vox J.R. Bareis for a look back at his year in review and the music that got him through the madness…
TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2021
5. Mammoth WVH – Self Titled
4. Spiritbox – Eternal Blue
3. Starset – Horizons
2. Keith Wallen – This World Or The Next
1. Relent – Heavy
TOP 5 SONGS OF 2021
5. Tetrarch – ‘I’m Not Right’
4. Gojira – ‘Sphinx’
3. Mammoth WVH – ‘Horribly Right’
2. Korn – ‘Start The Healing’
1. Relent – ‘Last Days’
BEST MUSIC VIDEO OF 2021
‘Falling’ by shallows.
LAST GIG YOU PLAYED BEFORE COVID HIT?
February 28th, 2020 in Bethel, PA with my band Spoken. We had no idea we wouldn’t play again for a very long time!
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT RETURNING TO THE STAGE?
It’s like I’m back doing what I know best and the best part is that I love doing it!
HOW DID YOU STAY BUSY THROUGHOUT THE PAST TWO YEARS?
I kept myself busy by writing and recording a lot of music. Not only for my bands Spoken and Love and Death, but I also did a lot of studio session work as well. Never have I felt more productive in my life to be honest!
BEST ADVICE GOING INTO 2022?
Make time for the ones you love most. They mean more than anything else this world has to offer.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2022?
New music and tons of touring, Lord willing!
Written by J.R. Bareis @jrbareis95