KMA914 Sebastian Bach – Give ‘Em Hell

On the way home from the recent Kvelertak/Gojira/Mastodon show in Toronto, Craig blasted this new Sebastian Bach album and I really liked what I heard! Now a copy is here in my hot little hands and it still sounds great! This is a full, killer record.

When Bach is involved, you know it’ll rawk huge, and this album has it all. There’s even a cute little disclaimer on the packaging, stating that “Sebastian Bach is supported by no one, for nothing, & it’s my fucking album.” As for thank yous, “There are no thank you’s (sic) in HELL.”

And now you know where we stand!

There was a sticker on the shrink wrap, listing the players who joined Bach on this project:

John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie)
Steve Stevens (Billy Idol)
Devin Bronson (Avril Lavigne, Pink)
Bobby Jarzombek (Halford, Riot, Fates Warning)

Also: Duff McKagan appears on several tracks here, on guitar and/or bass. Yes!

Hell Inside My Head rocks us hard, right out of the gate. It’s catchy, it’s heavy, it’s awesome! Harmony keeps the unrelenting heavy rock, with Baz’ full screams and another stadium-ready chorus. All My Friends Are Dead rocks steady. I think this was the single? I saw a video for it on youtubes, anyway. I love the bit at 2:50 YEAH!

Temptation chugs along crunchily, a bit more melodic but no less heavy. Push Away does the 90s quieter-verse, louder full-wail chorus thing. Still a cool track! Dominator carries on Push Away’s work, another big track with yet another heavy riff. Damn, this whole thing hits hard!

Had Enough is the ballad, and it’s a good one. Gun To Knife Fight brings back the muscular rawk, and it’s a huge tune. Damn, I played this twice! Rock N Roll Is A Vicious Game throws a curveball, acoustic guitar, piano and harmonica! Of course, the full band comes in eventually and it rocks out well enough. Pretty tune.

Taking Back Tomorrow brings back the full sound, in every possible way. Just a huge track. Disengaged is even heavier! Holy fuck, I liked this track a lot. Why is this buried way down as penultimate song? This deserves to ride high in the track listing. Damn! And finally, we have Forget You, which slows things down a bit for a menacing, heavy crunchfest with wailing backing vocals. This track is a monster. Excellent.

In sum: If you don’t have this already, GET IT. This is a truly excellent record that deserves to be talked about for a long time to come.

Posted on May 20, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I enjoyed this review, but I’ve read a lot of mixed things about this album. After the last one, which I didn’t like much, I’m not planning on buying this.

    For my money, Angel Down was the Bach album for me. That one had Axl on three songs.

    Waiting for Skid Row to pull their collective heads out of their behinds and reunite with Bach. He was their identity.

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    • Thanks! Angel Down added to list. 😉 I dunno man, if you ever see this cheap enough, snag it. It’s worth it. There are a few songs here that (maybe) some people would label as filler, but I didn’t think so. It stands up tall and it rocks like hell.

      If/when Skid Row hears this project, they better jump and get hold of the man. He’s on fire.

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      • I’m not sure Skid Row would even piss on Bach of he was on fire!

        I’m similar to Mike on this one. I wasn’t even that bothered about Angel Down to be honest and that’s the one that most people rate. It was OK. But this is already pretty cheap here so I might take a punt on it at some point, I’m liking your enthusiasm for it!

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        • “I’m not sure Skid Row would even piss on Bach of he was on fire!” OUCH! That bad, is it?

          Well I have to say, I have the three Skid Rows here, plus the B-Sides, but no other Bach solo records. And it wasn’t even on my radar. It broadsided me when I heard it in Craig’s car. I really liked it, on both spins (in the car, and here at home). Whether you would or not, I dunno. I’d like to think so!

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      • On the other hand, Bravewords gave Bach 9/10/

        Just Monday I was playing the first Skid Row. All I could think was, “These guys would have gone nowhere without Sebastian.” The album has zero identity, zero sound, zero personality — except in lead vocals.

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        • Bravewords gave it a 9, eh? I don’t have a rating scale, but yeah I’d say an 8 or a 9, if I had to guess. It hits really hard!

          And now you make me wanna go back to the first Skid Row… didn’t I give you that CD?

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          • You did! And replaying it the other day, I was thinking, “This band WAS Sebastian…they have no other uniqueness to them at all.” Although they were heavier than the average band in 1989, in hindsight, not so much.

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      • Ha, maybe I should put Skid Row in my Possible Next Series poll. I don’t think I have them all, so it might have to be a partial…

        I’d really need to revisit the first record myself to comment. I remember liking it well enough when I heard it…

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