Sebastian Bach // Child Within The Man // Album Review


I loved him when he was in Skid Row and when he started out after that on his own but then kinda lost touch after “Angel Down” , but now he’s back and in a big way, ten years on from his last foray into solo territory with “Give ‘Em Hell” he is set to release “Child Within The Man” on the 10th of May and it is a triumphant return.

The opening track “Everyone Bleeds” burst into life with a heavy drum and bass line that hit you like a freight train with a deadly riff over the top, Bach’s voice is amazing as it always was; gritty but still well able to hit the high notes, Bronson’s solo near the end is brilliant, talk about a kick-ass opener. “Freedom” comes in hot on its heels and with no sign of letting up; a groovy riff opens it up before the drums come crashing in over the top to add a nice bit of heft, Bach is on top form as he screams his way through the track and John 5 adds his killer guitar talents to this one laying it on thick with a monster solo, this is one of the best tracks on the album and we’re only two deep at this stage. The hits keep on coming and “(Hold On) To The Dream” is no different as Bach lures you in with the pretence of a ballad with hushed vocals before the band proceeds to melt your face with a barnstormer of a track, chugging riffs, blistering drums and a rumbling bass line backing up Bach gravelly vocals, the guitar work from Bronson is amazing and the solo he drops is top notch but Bach steals the show here with vocals, a beast of a track.

Driven by the mighty drum and bass combo “What Do I Got To Lose” has a southern groove to it that will have the toe-tapping and the fists pumping as Bach lets all his swagger flow; doing what only he can, entertain you, a cracking tune. “Hard Darkness” is down-tuned a little giving it a real heavy rhythm with it’s doom-laden bass and drum beat, crunching riffs and Bach’s savage vocals, which range from a Mustaine snarl to a Myles Kennedy high, are the high point of a stonking track. “Future Of Youth” features Australian guitar wonder Orionthi who lends her immense wizardry to this track, between the blast beats from the drums, Orionthi’s killer licks, to die for solo and Bach’s unbelievable vocals on this one you have an absolute monster, a real stand out track. With “Vendetta” the track goes one way then another; opening with a softer approach into the verse that breaks down with a chugging riff and a thunderous drum beat which in turn falls away to a slightly mellower verse with a kooky riffs before the heavier rhythm comes back in, a good track that ebbs and flows nicely with some fantastic guitar work and great vocals from Bach.

“F.U.” blasts out of the speakers with a hard rock kick that is just what the doctor ordered, the track tears along allowing you to rock out big time, Steve Stevens of Billy Idol fame throws his weight behind this one and boy does he shred when he lets go, it’s like the whole band has been energised by him and they all let rip from Colson’s drum, Kerns’ bass, Bronson’s guitar and Bach himself putting in a monster shift this is a brutal track, one of if not the best on the album. The slower heavy guitar riff on “Crucify Me” signifies a beast is about to be unleashed and man is it, while it lacks the pace and tempo of previous tracks it makes up for it with heft in the form of a thick bass line, thumping drums and Bach snarling and sniping his way through the track, the guitars are once again off the hook as you are served up another brilliant track. “About To Break” is the weakest track on the album and it’s not that it’s bad just very disjointed everything seems all over the place like to many ideas for a song we just mashed together in the hope that it’ll work, the only saving grace is Bronson’s guitar work. The album closes with “To Live Again” a power ballad that is right up Bach’s street as it suits his massive voice and offers a nice uplifting way to finish off the album.

To say I was sceptical of this album is an understatement but then these are the ones that surprise you most and this most certainly did with Bach back to his best.

Child Within The Man lands Friday, May 10th – Pre-order the album HERE.


Review: Conor

Child Within The Man was recorded in Orlando, Florida; produced and mixed by Elvis Baskette; engineered by Jef Moll, assistant engineered by Josh Saldate and mastered by Robert Ludwig/Gateway Mastering. BACH wrote or co-wrote all the album’s 11 tracks and sang all lead and backing vocals. Child Within The Man features guest appearances from John 5, Steve Stevens, and Orianthi – who all co-wrote their respective tracks with BACH – and two tracks co-written with Myles Kennedy (“What Do I Got to Lose?” and “To Live Again’). Devin Bronson on guitars, Todd Kerns (bass), and Jeremy Colson (drums) round out the players on the album.

The album will be available on jewelcase CD, cassette, and double LP in a variety of colour options, including a glow in the dark edition! Pre-order the album HERE.

The album artwork holds special meaning since it was designed by BACH’s father, noted visual artist David Bierk. “This album artwork was started in 1978 and finished in 2024!” SEBASTIAN quips.

Child Within The Man track list:

  1. Everybody Bleeds
  2. Freedom (featuring John 5)
  3. (Hold On) To The Dream
  4. What Do I Got to Lose?
  5. Hard Darkness
  6. Future Of Youth (featuring Orianthi)
  7. Vendetta
  8. F.U. (featuring Steve Stevens)
  9. Crucify Me
  10. About To Break
  11. To Live Again

BACH will kick off the “What Do I Got To Lose?” Tour, a mix of solo gigs and festival appearances that kicks off with an international run of performances in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile before North American shows in the U.S. and Mexico. The stateside tour (which coincides with the album’s release) gets underway May 10 in Jefferson, LA before wrapping June 29 in San Diego, CA. Click HERE for all ticketing info and to purchase tickets.

SEBASTIAN BACH’S 2024 tour dates are currently as follows:

Fri Apr 26 – Summer Breeze 2024 – São Paulo, Brazil

Sat Ap 27 – Tork n Roll – Curitiba, Brazil

Sun Apr 28 – Vivo Rio (with Mr Big) – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Tue Apr 30 – Teatro del Museo – Montevideo, Uruguay

Wed May 01 – Estadio Obras (with Mr Big) – Buenos Aires , Argentina

Fri May 03 – Teatro Caupolican (with Mr. Big) – Santiago, Chile

Sun May 05 – Lunario – Mexico City, Mexico

Fri May 10 – Jefferson, LA – Southport Music Hall

Sat May 11 – Destin, FL – Club LA

Sun May 12 – Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome To Rockville

Tue May14 – Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans

Thu May 16 – Patchogue, NY – Patchogue Theatre for The Performing Arts

Fri May 17 – Warren OH – Packard Music Hall

Sat May 18 – Bensalem, PA – Parx Casino

Sun May 19 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live

Tue May 21 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place

Wed May 22 – Albany, NY – Empire Live

Fri May 24 – Montreal, QC – Theatre Beanfield

Tue May 28 – Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s Rhythm Grille

Wed May 29 – Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation

Fri May 31 – Indianapolis, IN – Hendricks Live!

Sat Jun 01 – Morgantown, WV – Ruby Amphitheatre

Sun Jun 02 – Columbus, OH – King Of Clubs

Tue Jun 04 – Detroit, MI – St Andrews Hall

Wed Jun 05 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre

Fri Jun 07 – Joliet, IL – The Forge

Sat Jun 08 – St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre

Sun Jun 09 – Moline, IL – The Rust Belt

Tue Jun 11 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s

Wed Jun 12 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre

Fri Jun 14 – Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios

Sat Jun 15 – Denver, CO – Summit

Sun Jun 16 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater

Tue Jun 18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom

Wed Jun 19 – Little Rock, AR – The Hall

Fri Jun 21 – Dallas, TX – The Lexus Box Garden at Legacy Hall

Sat Jun 22 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar

Sun Jun 23 – San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box

Tue Jun 25 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto

Thu Jun 27 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater

Fri Jun 28 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

Sat Jun 29 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

Sebastian Bach:

Sebastian Bach Vocals

Devin Bronson Guitars

Todd Kearns Bass

Jeremy Colson Drums