Former Skid Row frontman and solo heavy metal musician Sebastian Bach is scheduled to release his fifth solo studio album Give ‘Em Hell on April 18th in Europe and on April 22nd in North America. This album is the follow-up to his 2011 solo album Kicking and Screaming.
The newest album will be released under Frontiers Records. It was produced by Bob Marlette who’s worked with Rob Zombie, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper and Shinedown; it was mastered by Tom Baker, who’s worked with Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie and Seether.
Bach enlisted help from some of his famous musician friends on Give ‘Em Hell. The album guest stars Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses), John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol).
An interesting side note: One of the paintings by Bach’s late father David Bierk is incorporated into the album design. His father painted the artwork for a few Skid Row album covers and some of Bach’s other solo albums.
The CD starts off strong with the track Hell Inside My Head. Bach’s signature voice is unmistakable and as always almost indescribable, hard to compare to anything else. His vocals are gritty, powerful and he offers lots of high-pitched melodies. The first few tracks set the tone for this CD, illustrating that Bach is willing to venture into musical styles he’s not necessarily previously known for. With songs ranging from high-energy metal anthems to the slow and darker All My Friends Are Dead, Give ‘Em Hell will either delight or disappoint Bach fans. One standout track is Rock N Roll Is A Vicious Game, the harmonica and bluesy Southern feel is a refreshing change of pace.
It’s been almost two decades since Bach left Skid Row due to musical and personal differences and there appears to be no reunion in sight. Bach has established a nice fanbase in large part to his work with Skid Row, but has yet to release any solo work that matches the success he had with Skid Row, however the same can be said for Skid Row sans Bach. Perhaps it’s time for the guys to set aside their differences and see if they can recapture some of that magic…hey, it could happen!
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