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Give 'Em Hell
Released: 2014, Frontiers Records
After doing a whole lot of nothing (at least metal-wise) in his first decade after splitting with Skid Row, Sebastian Bach has been on a relative tear in the last seven years. We’ve had 2 studio albums (the solid ANGEL DOWN and KICKING & SCREAMING records), as well as last year’s ABACHALYPSE NOW double-live album. Now Bach is back with yet another all-new album, and he’s brought along some of his famous friends to help out: Steven Stevens (Vince Neil, Billy Idol) & John5 (Marilyn Manson, DLR Band, Rob Zombie) playing guitar, and none other than Duff McKagan on bass. As always, drummer extraordinaire Bobby Jarzombek mans the kit.
Bach’s last album, KICKING & SCREAMING, was a solid modern-tinged hard rock record that frankly, didn’t stay with me very long after I reviewed it. After a bunch of listens to GIVE ‘EM HELL, I’m confident that this album will not suffer the same fate as this is easily the best album Bach has put his name to since the hallowed SLAVE TO THE GRIND. The songs, while still perhaps more modern-sounding than some might like (myself included), are memorable as hell (no pun intended) and feature a Baz that sounds better than he has in quite some time, certainly better than his last album. Best of all, there are fewer ballads than last time out, and two of them are actually quite good (“Push Away” and “Had Enough”). Aside from the rock ‘n rollin’ April Wine cover (“Rock ‘n Roll Is a Vicious Game”), pretty much the whole remainder of the album is kick ass metal.
I never thought I’d be giving such a high score to a new Sebastian Bach album, but credit where it’s due, the man has proved me wrong, as his solo career just keeps getting better and better. When it comes to the recent musical output of Baz vs. his old band mates, it’s no contest, Bach crushes them easily.
1. Hell Inside My Head
3. All My Friends are Dead
5. Push Away
7. Had Enough
8. Gun to a Knife Fight
9. Rock ‘n Roll Is a Vicious Game
10. Taking Back Tomorrow
12. Forget You
Sebastian Bach: Vocals
Steve Stevens: Guitar
Devin Bronson: Guitar
Duff McKagan: Bass
Bobby Jarzombek: Drums
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