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Sebastian Bach Angel Down Caroline/EMI
· Produced By: Roy Z

· Running Time:

· Release Date: Out Now

· Released:

· Musical Style: Melodic Metal

· Links: Sebastian Bach
65%
Songs: 60%
Sound: 70%
I tried so hard to like this album – but therein lies the problem. Why should anyone that appreciates any given artist, be put in a position where they have to work at liking a new release? It should just come naturally. I'm a Sebastian Bach fan, so after so long waiting, I really hoped this would be a kick ass record.
For me the debut Skid Row album is cool…but the second one Slave To The Grind was freeking phenomenal. I played that album for the best part of 12 months straight and still dig it. I thought Subhuman Race was a massive let down and Skid Row without Sebastian has been a mixed bag at best.
Sebastian Bach solo isn't much better – his live album was ok, but only featured a few new tracks (which I enjoyed), then his project release The Last Hard Men was diabolically abysmal. So, with some anticipation after all the talk and the involvement of producer wiz Roy Z, I guess I was hoping for a Slave To The Grind style hard rock monster here. Not so.
In fact, I was hugely disappointed in a number of areas.
I think the production is adequate, but nowhere near the strength of past Roy Z efforts – for example the guitar sound here is just awful.
The direction is questionable…some are going to dig the modern direction and the more pronounced metal sound, but above all other issues, I just don't find the songs to be that likable or effective. And Sebastian has one of the great voices of metal, so why all the screaming and forced tricks on this record?
Track By Track:
The title track Angel Down is simply down tuned guitars and a howling scream.
You Don't Understand has a more traditional Bach vocal and a decent chorus too, but the vocal is buried in the mix, overtaken by a punk/metal guitar riff.
Back In The Saddle is a screaming cover of the Aerosmith classic, but at track 3? The album is yet to establish itself, and already a cover is thrown into the mix. If Axl Rose wasn't guesting on this track, it would be left to close the album.
Axl Rose further proves he is still alive by guesting on the two tracks that follow too.
(Love Is) A Bitchslap is another downtuned punky track with a horrible guitar sound, but I like Sebastian's vocal here and at least there is some merit to the chorus.
Stuck Inside is another relatively heavy track with modern influences that doesn't do a lot for me.
American Metalhead should really be a classic Bach anthem given the title, but the screaming vocal and horrible guitar sound lets it down.
Negative Light features an awful production sound. Metallica had a new asshole ripped for themselves for releasing something that sounds like this.
Live & Die is a better metal track. I still don't like the guitar sound at all, but the song is one of the better album tracks and the chorus closer to old school Skid Row.
By Your Side sees Bach singing in full power and passion for the first time on the album. A nice acoustic themed ballad that old fans should appreciate.
Our Love Is A Lie is another punky metal track.
Take You Down With Me and Stabbin' Daggers both have bite and metal angst and I think will be appreciated by fans.
You Bring Me Down is modern metal and without a memorable chorus.
Falling Into You is the second ballad of the album and nice again to hear Sebastian singing.
The Bottom Line
Two problems here for me – the biggest is the guitar sound. Whatever the intentions of Sebastian Bach, I think it is the biggest negative of the album along with the genera; song quality. The production is pretty loose for an album that took so long to make and there simply aren't enough songs of quality to draw me back in.
And there is simply too much screaming on this record. Bach shouldn't be looking to prove himself a metal icon, he is already a hard rock icon and that should be good enough for him.
Now, I know I might get hate mail for this review. I wait in readiness, but before you paint me a Bach hater, remember that I rate Slave To The Grind as one of the best records of that era. We already knew Skid Row needed Sebastian Bach, now we know that Sebastian Bach needs Skid Row.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
· Bring Em Bach...Alive
· Angel Down

Line Up:
Promo: Not Listed

Essential For Fans Of:
· Sebastian Bach
Track Listing
· Angel Down
· You Don't Understand
· Back In The Saddle
· (Love Is) A Btichslap *
· Stuck Inside
· American Metalhead
· Negative Light
· Live & Die *
· By Your Side *
· Our Love Is A Lie
· Take You Down With Me
· Stabbin' Daggers
· You Bring Me Down
· Falling Into You

--*Best Tracks


04/07/08: Lee Garrison - RGARR16363@AOL.COM
Rating: 95
I frickin love this album its a true metal album not a hard rock album or a sissy style skid row album a true metal album i just love it my favorite track would be Falling Into You an amazing song but the is just MHO

05/06/08: JIMMY - jimtsel@yahoo.gr
Rating: 80
I THINK WHAT THIS ALBUM MAINLY SUFFERS FROM IS THAT IT HAS TOO MANY SONGS.10 SONGS WOULD HAVE BEEN GREAT.IT'S DEFINITELY A HEAVY METAL AND NOT A HARD ROCK ALBUM.THE PRODUCTION AND THE SOUND IS GREAT.SEB SHOULDN'T SCREAM IN EVERY SONG TOO.AXL'S VOICE SOUNDS REALLY GREAT TO ME.OVERALL A VERY GOOD HEAVY METAL ALBUM.DEFINITELY BETTER THAN THE LAST SKID ROW ALBUM.THEY SHOULD WORK TOGETHER AGAIN BECAUSE WHERE ONCE HAD A G R E A T BAND NOW WE'VE GOT TWO GOOD ONES

27/05/08: Steve - farrarsm@yahoo.com
Rating: 69
Sebastian would get a 70 from me for some of the good vocals, especially the last ballad. Unfortunately, a lot of the songs are just plain boring - can't he get somebody to write some decent material for him? Plus, Back in the Saddle may be a great song, but it's a predictable pick. So this pushes the album down to the average score (in which case, you wonder why it would take so long for somebody to record material like that).

14/05/08: Chris Kaiser - soundadvice2k@bresnan.net
Rating: 0
I feel in the minority on this one. I actually really like this release from Sebastian Bach. I found everything I expected from rocking songs to the Bach style screams and vocals the way only Sebastian can bring them.

04/04/08: InfinteDreams - andrius79@gmail.com
Rating: 90
Well I seem to disagree with the review above. When I think of Sebastian Bach I think of heavy guitar riffs and Bach's blistering voice and then I expect melodies that send chills down my spine. Personally I feel a very good mixture has been achieved on this record. Straight HEAVY METAL songs like Angel Down, American Metalhead (crank it up as loud as it goes), Stuck Inside and You Bring me Down. Then you got the melodies of You Don't Understand, the ballad that would be no.1 in the 80's By Your Side, and Live and Die which is one of my personal favorites on the album because it has that great beat and riff combined with a great melody. Where this album lacks in my opinion is the in-between songs. The songs somewhere between rock 'n roll and metal. I think the cover of Back in the Saddle is a big improvement on the original as I am not a big Aerosmith fan. Love is a Bitchslap is just ok and I think it was mistake to make that the single from the album. A better choice would have been American Metalhead, an in your face testament to Bach's return. Some of the songs towards the end are not as well crafted, and the last song just doesn't fit with the rest as it is Desmond Child creation, but listening with an open mind you will find some redeeming qualities in the melody. Bach is a true AMERICaN METALHEAD, and you can't fault him for screaming lyrics instead of singing, after all this isn't REM thank GOD. I think this is a triumphant album for BACH and unfortunately like most artist in his genre it doesn't get the deserved acclaim or promo. I would suggest metal fans to pick this one up and blast is as loud as your system will go. ROCK ON!!!!!

04/04/08: Sava - svemirski_modulator@yahoo.com
Rating: 53
AVERAGE!

04/04/08: Jeff - skipper@ca.ibm.com
Rating: 50
I really had high hopes for this one, but from first play, the songs did nothing for me. Why is he screaming so much? Miss the melodious Seb. I like some songs, but they wouldn't "stick".

04/04/08: Dave - djm123@mindspring.com
Rating: 90
Agree with Melodic Rock on most reviews, but this one I really need to differ from Andrew.

The vocals are a bit weak, but not "awful" as stated.
There are 2 tracks that I could do with out:
Negative Light and Back in the Saddle
so 2 out of 14, not a bad ratio and then again, these are not bad songs, they just don’t do much for my ears.

Best Tracks are:
You don't understand
Stuck Inside
Love is a Bitch Slap

I don't think AXL helps or takes away from the album, nice to know he’s not dead.

I have NO problem with the sound. I don't know if Andrew reviewed the CD on cheap computer speakers, but I enjoy the guitar tone and drums threw my system.

The saying “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” comes to mind when reading Andrew’s review, sounds like Andrew wants Slave to the Grind to be repeated over and over and that any thing that Bach would produce would not meet those standards.
If you listen to this CD for good HEAVY music, I think you’ll like it. In a world filled with RAP and POP shoved up our asses everywhere, it’s nice to know that there are people still trying to keep Metal around.

My . 02 cents

04/04/08: Tim Dombrowski - timmy5ton@gmail.com
Rating: 0
I think Sebastion Bach has incredible talent, that being said, I can't express how dissapointing I found this release to be. S.B. has a great voice and I believe he still has command of most of that fantastic range, however, the problem here is poor material, the overall tone of this album is angry and doesn't flow well from song to song, production tonally is O.K. but in a lot of areas the vocals are lost in the miasma of sonic assualt. C'mon lads, skid row still has time to get it right.


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