Release Date: September 27, 2011
Sebastian Bach brings us his second solo studio album, Kicking and Screaming, and it is full of kick-ass guitar and vocals that Sebastian is well known for. His last studio album, Angel Down, was released November 2007, and while it was good in its own right, Kicking and Screaming brings back the Bach style reminiscent of his Skid Row days. In a nutshell, this may be his BEST solo CD so far. Being a huge fan of Sebastian’s may leave me being a little impartial, but this album is awesome.
For this record, Bach brings in a young guitar prodigy out of Arizona, Nick Sterling, who has spent time as a teenager on stage with the likes of Aerosmith, Tesla and Kenny Wayne Sheppard, to name but a few. Bach also teams up again with veteran drummer Bobby “Wire” Jarzombek. These guys have created one hell of a CD, which was conceived in the wake of Bach’s divorce from his wife last December, plus finding a new love. It’s clear to see how much that personal drama affected the content on this album. The heavy rock guitar, the screaming lyrics – with a few power ballads thrown in – show the power of Sebastian’s talent, as well as the different emotions he was feeling while writing the music for this album. The emotions range from disbelief, to anger, to sadness, to starting over, and everything in between.
Sterling, who also played bass on the record, wrote or co-wrote every track on the album except “TunnelVision” which Bach co-wrote with producer Bob Marlette and current Rob Zombie and former Marilyn Manson guitarist, John 5.
The album starts off with the title cut, “Kicking and Screaming,” which is also the first single. This song sets the mood for the rest of the CD, giving the listener a strong taste of what is to come. Bach credits his current girlfriend (who is also on the front of the album cover) as the muse for this song. The track has a nice crunchy rhythmic groove.
Every track on this CD recalls the classic Bach that fans have long banged heads to. The songs “My Own Worst Enemy,” “As Long As I’ve Got The Music,” and “Live The Life” are good, pure, rock-out tunes, without being overly heavy. They range in emotion as well; from talking about possibly being your own worst enemy in relationships, to thinking you’re going to be ok, to moving on and letting go of your past and things uncontrollable.
If you are looking for heavier, hard-hitting tunes, then you are in luck. There are several on this album. The aforementioned “Tunnelvision” may start out slow, but don’t let it fool you, it packs a punch. Then you have tracks like “Dance On Your Grave” (hey, who hasn’t felt like saying this to an ex after a break-up?), “Caught In A Dream,” “Dirty Power,” “One Good Reason,” and “Lost In The Night”, that make you want to head-bang and dance around the room from the moment you push play on them.
Lastly, it wouldn’t be a Sebastian Bach album without ballads, and he delivers. The tracks “I’m Alive,” “Dream Forever,” and “Within” showcase his amazing vocals (as does the rest of the album). Definitely worth a listen, especially if you are a power ballad fan.
This record is totally worth the purchase, and whether you are a new metal fan, or a fan of metal from the 80’s and 90’s, you will agree with me it is one of his best albums, hands down. If you are a big Sebastian Bach fan like I am, you will be listening to this album over and over.