Sebastian Bach
Kicking & Screaming
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 23 September, 2011
Playing time: 52:58

It’s been 4 years since Sebastian Bach released his first solo album even though the Canadian singer had since been quite active on the gigging circuit and on other artistic endeavours. Since divorcing from the band that gave him worldwide fame – Skid Row – Bach has been unable to convincingly carve a solo career unshackled by perceived links to his ex-band.

“Kicking & Screaming” contains a bunch of well performed and exceptionally produced songs kitted in a hard-hitting melodic rock distinctive of U.S.A. bands. ‘Tunnelvision’ has a heaviness based on mid-tempo riffs; the music of ‘Wishin`’ aptly reflects the feelings of inner longing suggested by the title; ‘One Good Reason’ sounds like a grittier variant of Mötley Crüe. All in all this is certainly one of the best albums Bach has done in over a decade although it falls short of being a wholly satisfying release.

Put another way, “Kicking & Screaming” offers a generous dose of kicks but won’t have you screaming for joy.

Note: Watch out for a limited edition version of “Kicking & Screaming” which also features a bonus DVD with live footage, documentary and ‘behind the scenes’ features.


01. Kicking & Screaming
02. My Own Worst Enemy
03. Tunnelvision
04. Dance On Your Grave
05. Caught in a Dream
06. As Long As I Got the Music
07. I'm Alive
08. Dirty Power
09. Live the Life
10. Dream Forever
11. One Good Reason
12. Lost in the Light

Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Chris Galea
Date: 17 September, 2011