Angel Down - Sebastian Bach Review
Original Author: ActiveX
Artist: Sebastian Bach
Album: Angel Down
Genre: Heavy Metal
Year Released: 2007
No offence to past reviewers, but in this review, I’m not going to give this album any kind of numbered rating like a 1 through 10, or anything like that; Sorry, but I just don’t get rating music on a scale; it’s all about personal preference, what might be a 9 or 10 for you might only be a 2 or 3 for me (and vice-versa).
Anyone who grew up in the late 80’s and early 90’s will probably remember the band Skid Row. Unfortunately most people will remember them for their sappy power ballad “I will Remember You”, which actually wasn’t typical of most of their music, especially their 2nd and 3rd albums. Skid Row’s original singer, Sebastian Bach recently released a solo album, Angel Down.
Angel Down is Bach's first solo CD since 1999, and his band includes guitarists Metal Mike Chlasciak (Halford) and Johnny Chromatic, bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Death, Autopsy, Testament, and Iced Earth), and drummer Bobby Jarzombek (Halford and Iced Earth). Bach and his band toured with Guns 'N Roses last year, and Axl Rose lends guest vocals to three tracks on the album.
The tracks are quite diverse, ranging from some that are reminiscent of his Skid Row days (including a couple of good old school power ballads), to ones that are very heavy and more metal-oriented. Bach’s voice sounds just as good as it did when he was in his twenties. ( I guess his stint on Broadway kept his throat in shape )
I think the guitar playing on this album is quite good. I’m not skilled enough to go into any depth discussing the technical merits of the guitarists…and frankly I don’t give a s**t about that. If it makes me want to bang my head, pound my fist, and especially if I find myself playing along with my air-guitar…that means it’s good; and this album definitely did that! There are some very cool and heavy riffs, and lots of killer solo’s.
If you liked Skid Row back in the day, especially their “Slave to the Grind”, and “Subhuman Race” albums, I guarantee you will like this album. And if you have never bothered to listen before because you thought that it was just typical 80’s hair-metal stuff, (or because you were still in grade school when Skid Row broke up), give it try…you might be surprised.
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
Lead Guitar: Metal Mike Chlasciak (Halford)
Rhythm Guitar: Johnny Chromatic
Bass: Steve DiGiorgio ( Death, Autopsy, Testament, and Iced Earth)
Drums: Bobby Jarzombek (Halford and Iced Earth)