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Apocalyptic Love

Slash

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Slash has made no secret of his preference to play with bands rather than as a solo artist with a revolving door of session musicians. For his second solo album he's brought together Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy, bassist Todd Kerns, and drummer Brent Fitz to help him crank out his iconic hard rock guitar riffs as part of a group. The album is exactly what Slash fans would hope for: a mix of tunes that kick in near the sweet spot of Rocks-era Aerosmith, Appetite for Destruction-era Guns N' Roses, and classic mid-'70s hard rock in general. "Standing in the Sun", "You're a Lie", the title track, and "Bad Rain" spotlight Kennedy's hard rock instincts and Slash's Gibson Les Paul–through–the–Marshall–stacks approach to everything. To a man with a Les Paul in hand, every song needs a power chord. The album's deluxe version is preferable, adding two bonus tracks (the funky "Carolina" and "Crazy Life") to complete Slash's vision of the perfect hard rock band. 

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Rocking

Heard the samples and wasn't totally convinced. But after first listen, this is just another brilliant display of Slash riffs and Myles vocals. Best thing is this sounds and feels like a real band again, which is what separates it from the last album in a positive way. Thank you Slash for still being alive and rocking!

Apocalypse Now & Then

First things first. Slash, Featuring Miles Kennedy, With The Conspirators have not made a new Appetite For Destruction. But in all fairness neither has anyone else for 20 years so, let's just get over that little hurdle.

Second things second. Slash, Featuring Miles Kennedy, With The Conspirators is a naff name for a band. Very un-rock and roll. They're either Slash's band or it's a record by The Conspirators. Either works for me but that looks rubbish on a T-Shirt.

Third things third, the music on this album will delight anyone who paid to hear a genuine heavy rock guitar legend rummage through his enormous bag of tricks and bang out over a dozen of the kind of anthemic rock songs which have been out of vogue since 1989.

Apocalyptic Love opens proceedings with a bombast and screech which compliments Slash's signature style to a T. The serious business of playing a flat out thrash number (One Last Thrill) to show this isn't a hair metal revival comes second but, it's track three that really hits paydirt and gives the denim and leather brigade what they came for. Standing In The Sun is a gigantic rock song in the mould of The Cult, Kiss, Van Halen and Def Leppard in their prime. It's like sunshine in a bag. It makes you want to wind the windows down and drive fast. And that (in my most humble of opinions) is what this sort of record is for.

You're A Lie seems an odd choice for a lead single not because it is surrounded by bigger and better radio friendly choices (which it is) but for the simple reason it sounds the least like a single by the one guy from Guns N' Roses whom everybody still respects. It's an average heavy rock song with a very flashy solo. No More Heroes would have made a far better choice. The sonics are in the same league as Sweet Child O' Mine but it's heavier, angrier and has a weighty chorus which showcases the front man's similar but more accomplished Axl Rose impression while decrying Heroes who "become your enemies" (It's well documented that Miles from Alter Bridge was a huge fan of GNR back in the day).

Dirty Up Your (Halo) and We Will Roam are good old fashioned anthems to misbehavior and touring (two things the whole band are experts on by all accounts) and won't convert any new fans to this sort of thing. Anastasia is a horse of a different colour altogether though (the subliminal message "Anastasia is a horse" was just for lolz \m/). This song is the sort of song Metal fans go gooey in the centre over. It has a classical guitar intro (just like Sabbath and Zeppelin used to do) it has a Dio-esque riff and elements of Alice in Chains. It's old metal and mid 90's grunge with Whitesnake vocals. You're either horrified by that or downloading it already. Anastasia was made for Donington, For Nottingham Rock City, for The Rainbow Bar And Grill and for The Cathouse. Every man woman and child with metal in their hearts and Blizzard Of Ozz in their collection will adore this song.

From here on out there's another 5 tracks of the same to be had. A mix of big riffs, varyingly hooky choruses and a vocalist who sounds eerily familiar but, not quite who you were expecting (for the old school rock fan there are times he sounds like Chris Cornell and others more like Mark Slaughter) all topped off with flair, solos and guitar tricks which justify their existence.

Far And Away is the closest relative to the Adam Levine sung Gotten from the previous album. It's a might power ballad for sure but, this records USP is how the riffs and the solos are all laid out in crystal clear beautifully produced 21st century sharpness. Knowing that this record was recorded live in the studio and sounds this sharp does convince the rock fan of one thing: This may not be a five star classic album in every sense but if this line up sound this good on tour, the shows are going to be amazing.

And im a hip hop rnb man!!!

I heard YOUR A LIE on the radio and loved it even though I only really listen to hip hop and RnB but this album is amazing!!!
A must purchase if you love rock.

Biography

Born: 23 July 1965 in Stoke-on-Trent, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As the lead guitarist for Guns N' Roses, Slash established himself as one of hard rock's finest and most soulful soloists during the late '80s, technically adept yet always firmly grounded in the gritty Aerosmith and Stones licks he loved. Slash was born Saul Hudson on July 23, 1965, in Stoke-on-Trent, England, to artistic parents both involved in the entertainment industry; his mother was a clothing designer who worked on David Bowie's film The Man Who Fell to Earth, and his father designed album...
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  • Genres: Rock, Music, Hair Metal, Metal, Arena Rock, Hard Rock
  • Released: 18 May 2012

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