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4.0 out of 5 stars Bach to His Best..., 23 July 2014
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R. Muir "fabricationsHQ" (Prestwick, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Give 'em Hell (Audio CD)
Give ‘Em Hell is only the third solo album of all original material from heavy rock and metal singer Sebastian Bach; quite the statistic when you consider his 25 years and counting recording career that started with Skid Row’s critically acclaimed and hugely successful 1989 debut album.

But then Bach has been a busy boy – since departing Skid Row the powerful vocalist has been involved in a number of projects including Broadway show performances s of Jekyll & Hyde, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the lead role in a national touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

It wasn’t until 2007 that Bach delivered his first studio album of all new material (Bring ‘Em Bach Alive! was a half-live, half-studio affair while Bach 2: Basics was a collection of covers) but in rock-metal terms Angel Down wasn’t too shabby – it was acclaimed as one of the best metal albums of that year.

Give ‘Em Hell is another outstanding release from one of the best screamer vocalists out there and while it has the same high-energy and intensity of its predecessor, Kicking & Screaming, it doesn’t have the same rawness; Give ‘Em Hell has a melodic cladding attached to its metal framework and that’s the perfect construction for Sebastian Bach’s vocals.

'Hell Inside My Head' is big, brash Sebastian Bach but with a powerful hook in the chorus that resonates around your head as the band – guitarist Devon Bronson, drummer Bobby Jarzombek and ex-Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan – pile-drive the mid-tempo metal opener along.
'Harmony' is a big-riffed chunk of heavy rock with a melodic chorus that, as the title suggests, is in harmony with the rest of the song.
And that’s the successful trick that Give ‘Em Hell, for the most part, pulls off – the album is a mix of harmonic hooks and metallic crescendo, high-octane vocals and thunderous riffs, with more traditional screamer-based metal covered by the likes of 'Dominator' and 'Disengaged.'

The obligatory power-metal ballad makes a solid appearance by way of 'Had Enough' and for acoustic-based contrast there’s a cover of April Wine’s 'Rock ‘N’ Roll is a Vicious Game.'
The latter is a perfect lyrical fit for Sebastian Bach having been under the stage – and media – spotlight since before he was 21 and living the rock and roll lifestyle to the full.
Bach’s interpretation of the April Wine classic is a far heavier but fairly faithful rendition of the original; it’s also the best cover the singer has recorded.

In 2007 when the First Edition of One in a Million was made available (this writer’s eBook Argument Paper for Steve Perry being the greatest ever pop & rock counter tenor), contributor Jason Galu and the author argued that the narrow musical genre Sebastian Bach operated in, along with vocal (in)discipline in the live environment, meant he could only ever be a runner-up in the rock tenor championships.

But Bach’s raw power and sonorous vocal made him a serious contender and it’s a testament to his strength of pipes and determination that he's still belting out the notes with much the same strength as he did 25 years ago.

Give ‘Em Hell isn’t just Bach’s strongest and most accessible solo album to date; it showcases just why he’s regarded as one of the best melodic metal rock tenors.
And why he is rated highly in critical appraisals such as One in a Million.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Album, 8 May 2014
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Just started listening to Give Em Hell in the last few days. I just keep wanting to play it. Its just excellent all the way through
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sebastian Gives Em Hell, 24 April 2014
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Love this album....Sebastian at his best. Hope there's a live dvd soon. Good to hear Duff McKagan and Steve Stevens too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great metal album, 12 July 2014
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This album is mind blowing. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING MUSIC from some oldish blokes!!, 11 July 2014
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OMG..I didn't even know SB had a new album!...What can I say..purchased last night and this is about the 5th time I've played today...I'm 52 years of age for gods sake..lol!!!..anyway..just need to say that this is just outstanding..if you like early Skid Row stuff then you WILL love this.makes me feel like I'm 20 again!!..buy it now!!..just read that they were in town this week and now I've missed them..oh well....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 July 2014
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Fab thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!!!!, 28 Jun 2014
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Piotto Luca - See all my reviews
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My review here:
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5.0 out of 5 stars good cd, expected more!, 10 Jun 2014
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Seb's voice is as good as ever. I did expect a bit more from this album seeing as there were some famous faces on it...Stevie Stevens (billy idol), Duff Mckagan (gnr), john 5 ( marilyn manson). In my opinion its not as good as Angel Down but a must for seb/skid row fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Give 'em Hell, 29 May 2014
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Bach is back and ripping up his vocal chords in the way only he can.
with obvious links back to early Skid Row, this album literally rocks!
the worst bit, choosing your favourite track.
If you love metal, you need this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More heaven than hell!, 11 May 2014
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Great rock n' roll album! Awesome riffs and stunning vocals - exactly what you'd expect from a Seb Bach CD!
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