|Posted on March 31, 2014 at 10:05 PM|
Sebastian Bach – Give ‘Em Hell
Written by The Rock Man
Once upon a time Sebastian Bach was the lead singer of American hard rockers Skid Row. At the time, which was the late 1980s to mid 1990s, I thought they would last forever and become one of the greatest rock bands of their generation. But sadly Sebastian Bach was let go and in his place stepped Johnny Solinger in 1999 when the band reformed after a short breakup. So that we are all on the same page here, once Bach was gone from Skid Row so was I. It has been 18 years since Bach was fired from the band and in that time there have been those (myself included) that have been hoping for a Bach/Skid Row reunion at some point. But over the last few years I have come to the conclusion I don’t need it and I suspect neither does Bach based on the strong releases he has put out over the course of the past several years, Angel Down (2008), Kicking & Screaming (2011) and his new pedal to the metal audio assault Give ‘Em Hell.
If you are a fan of what Bach did on the first two Skid Row records, Skid Row and Slave To The Grind and his last solo record Kicking & Screaming then you will love where he goes on Give ‘Em Hell which raises the bar of excellence once again. For starters he has assembled an amazing group of musicians to play on this record led by the guitar onslaught of Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), John 5 (Rob Zombie/Marilyn Manson) and Devon Bronson (Avril Lavigne). On bass duties is Duff McKagan (Guns N’Roes/Velvet Revolver) and rounding out the line up is drummer Bobby Jarzombek (Halford/Riot/Fates Warning).
The record kicks off with Hell Inside My Head which has a great meaty/punchy opening guitar riff and sets the pace nicely. Harmony keeps the vibe going and is one of several tracks that showcase Bach’s vocals, and to think, there are some folks who think he cannot sing anymore! All My Friends Are Dead and Push Away are a little bit more gritty in tone but still maintain a fair degree of melodicism. To show that he doesn’t operate in just the one gear, Bach pulls out a stunning vocal performance on the ballad Had Enough and really mixes things up with the harmonica/piano/ country-esque driven Rock N Roll Is A Vicious Game. Naturally there are enough foot stomping, fist in the air pumping hard rockers to keep the old school happy which include Gun To A Knife Fight, Taking Back Tomorrow and Dominator.
This is simply a brilliant record. Well written, well performed, great sound and well produced, all round a great hard rock/metal album. I cannot see any reason for people to not like it, but there will no doubt be those who find something to complain about, what Bach has delivered in recent times, as far as I am concerned, is of far greater quality than anything Skid Row have produced since their reformation, to be blunt Sebastian Bach is kicking the snot out of Skid Row.
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