There was a time when James Brown wore the mantle of “the hardest working man in show biz.” Well, now that the Godfather of Soul is no longer with us he’s apparently handed over his title to the multitalented singer, songwriter, actor and entertainer Sebastian Bach.
While Bach may be best-known for selling some 20-million albums with his former band Skid Row, he has proven to be far more than a just a multi-Platinum rock star with great hair; over the past several years, he has broadened his career to include episodic television, stints on Broadway and national touring companies, and an ongoing relationship with MTV/VH1 that has included his own #1-rated television series and this past summer’s runaway hit, “Celebrity Rap Superstar.”
Sebastian said, “When I’m gone, I want to leave a significant body of work behind,” says the high-energy artist. “And I’m not talking about three or four albums. I’m talking about 20 records that I can be proud of.”
Chief among that memorable body of work will no doubt be Bach’s electrifying new recording Angel Down. Produced by Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, Judas Priest), and recorded at Sound City Studios in Hollywood, Angel Down is the first Bach solo record since 1999, and, arguably—as we all know he’s made some classics already—his best. “As an artist you’re always hoping your latest work is your best,” he admits. “I’ve been involved with what have been called great records during my life and this is one that ranks up there with 18 and Life and Slave to the Grind.”
Joining Bach in the making of Angel Down were guitarists "Metal" Mike Chlasciak and Johnny Chromatic, and Bobby Jarzombek on drums, all long-time members of Bach's touring band, and Steve DiGiorgio on bass. Together, the band creates the kind of concrete heaviness Bach covets. “We were trying to beat Slave to the Grind,” he laughs, “which back in the Stone Age was a very heavy record. But I think we have something here to go along with that very nicely. These are songs that were written to get people through stuff, songs that will make you feel invincible.”
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