Nick Sterling is one of the most exciting guitarists on the planet right now. Sebastian Bach‘s latest axeslinger has revitalised the ex-Skid Row frontman. This year, Sterling co-wrote the excellent new album, Kicking and Screaming, Bach’s finest solo effort to date.
Only 21 years old, Sterling already has three solo albums to his name and over thirteen years’ experience playing live concerts. I called Sterling and in his thick Southwestern accent he talked about performing with Sebastian Bach and being the “Teller to Sebastian’s Penn.”
Geeks of Doom: How are the live shows going so far?
Nick Sterling: They’re going really good. I’ve been playing with Sebastian for a little while now, I started with him in December 2009. When I first started we didn’t really have any of the new songs really worked out or anything but that’s kind of what we’re starting to do with these shows now in support of the new record”¦but yeah the shows have been great and it’s been wonderful to be a part of the band. It’s great to get to play with everybody, the musicians are wonderful. I get to play with Bobby Jarzombeck [Sebastian Bach drummer] on stage every day. It’s pretty cool.
No matter how many years go by, how many reality TV shows he appears on, or how many times he defends Axl Rose, Sebastian Bach will always be the voice of Skid Row. It may be 15 years since he was part of that band and he has even tried to distance himself from that era. Despite these attempts it is clear on his new album Kicking & Screaming that this kind of music is what he does best.
This is not Bach copying his work of old, but being given the creative freedom to fine tune the sound he wants to make. It has a very distinct hard rock sound that he is famous for, but thanks to chugging riff-heavy tracks like “One Good Reason” and “Lost In The Light” with their feisty lyrics it becomes immediately more refreshed.
Amazon is currently offering up the mp3 version of the Sebastian Bach song “Kicking & Screaming” from his upcoming album of the same name for FREE.
Yes, FREE. Just follow the link and download the song and then it’s yours, you own it. But grab it now, as it’s the Free Song of the Day offer, which means it’s only available for free today, Sunday, September 4, 2011, til 11:59PM PST.
The album Kicking & Screaming, which will be released on September 27, 2011, is available for pre-order now on CD, CD+DVD, and MP3 Download. The CD and MP3 versions contain 13 tracks. The CD+DVD has the 13 songs, plus one bonus track, as well as a DVD with behind the scenes footage of the recording of the album, live footage from Bach’s tours opening for Guns ‘N Roses, and 3 music videos.
Spock may not think the merging of Shatner and Metal to be a logical one — but at this point in 2011, William Shatner is becoming more metal than ever. And even at his age of 80, there seems to be no stopping the once Captain of the USS Enterprise, for this year he will be releasing a metal album, as we reported on several weeks ago. To acknowledge his efforts not only towards his current album project, entitled Seeking Major Tom, but also for his entire epic career, William Shatner will next month be awarded the Honorary Headbanger Award at the annual Revolver Awards.
The Revolver Golden Gods is an awards ceremony to recognize all metal, held every year. The Honorary Headbanger Award is handed out to someone who is not necessarily seen as being in the metal community, but embodies the spirit of metal. With his upcoming album featuring collaborative efforts with numerous metal artists, and his long career in Star Trek and acting in other roles over the years, Shatner is an artist of determination who continually breaks down the doors of what people think he should do (or if people just think it to be… odd).