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Sebastian Bach
Angel Down
December 2007
Released: 2007, Get Off My Bach
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Chaosankh

With all of his presence on the reality TV circuit in recent years, Sebastian Bach treads the line of musical irrelevance and ridiculousness much like Ozzy, but somehow this solo album has a sense of genuineness that makes you forget about that other stuff. Making good use of two of today’s hardest working metal guys, Roy Z and Mike Chlasciak, Bach delivers a nice synthesis of Skid Row, classic hard rock and modern elements. Throw in three guest appearances by Axl Rose, and the recipe is perfect for a great, hard rocking collection of new songs.

“Angel Down” starts things off with a sort of modern metal riffing before Bach jumps in sounding like a savage animal just like you would want him to. There is a lot of attitude behind this song, but ultimately it ends up failing because it lacks a real melodic sensibility, and is perhaps a little too modern for his voice. Fortunately, this is the weakest track on the entire album, and you will forgive and forget all about it before the end of track number 2. Still, bad choice for a lead off cut and title track. The second track, “You Don’t Understand,” gets things moving in the right direction. It actually has a kind of Maiden-ish feel in the verses at times, and has a short, but ballsy, guitar solo. This track would not have felt out of place on SLAVE TO THE GRIND as it is just a kick ass rocker throughout. Normally, doing a straightforward cover of a classic song is a bad idea, but the cover of Aerosmith’s “Back in the Saddle” is a furious rendition, which combined with an excellent guest vocal by Axl Rose proves to be a great addition to the album. The best track on the album, though, is probably “(Love Is) a Bitchslap.” It actually feels a bit like an old GN’R track with the bluesier leads and solos thrown in and the punch in the mouth delivery of the whole thing. There are a few more modern sounding cuts included, like “Stuck Inside” and “Live and Die.” And, there are also two classic power ballads as well, “By Your Side” and “Falling Into You.”

Ultimately, this album never feels like simple rehash, or an attempt to recreate a particular moment in the past. It is nothing short of a fresh-sounding, ass-kicking slab of pure energetic hard rock. Clearly, ANGEL DOWN reveals that Bach still has the pipes, and apparently the drive to make quality records. While his former band mates are busy putting out steaming piles of garbage, Bach proves that he still has what it takes to make a solid impact in the world of hard rock and metal.
Track Listing

1. Angel Down
2. You Don't Understand
3. Back In the Saddle
4. (Love Is) A Bitchslap
5. Stuck Inside
6. American Metalhead
7. Negative Light
8. Live & Die
9. By Your Side
10. Our Love Is A Lie
11. Take You Down With Me
12. Stabbin' Daggers
13. You Bring Me Down
14. Falling Into You


Vocals: Sebastian Bach
Guitar: Metal Mike Chlasciak
Guitars: Johnny Chromatic
Bass: Steve DiGiorgio
Drums: Bobby Jarzombek

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