Slash – Apocalyptic Love (2012)

The times when a Rock act sold 28 million copies of their debut album are long – and definitively – gone. But Saul Hudson, better known as Slash, are still doing fine. His previous solo album, imply titled “Slash”, debuted at No. 3 on the U.S. chart upon its release in April 2010, with 61,000 copies sold during the first week, pretty good figures for this digital era. It featured an all-star roster of guest musicians, including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas, Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, and Iggy Pop. To promote the album, Slash embarked on his first solo world tour with Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge (band including guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips, all of whom are also members of Creed) — on vocals, Bobby Schneck on rhythm guitar, Todd Kerns on bass, and Brent Fitz on drums. The album was produced by Eric Valentine and Eric is the producer of this new album as well. This time the band is consisting of vocalist Myles Kennedy, bassist Todd Kerns, and drummer Brent Fitz (collectively referred to as “Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators”) and it is set for release on May 22, 2012.

Slash described the new material as “very heavy.” Well, this album don’t bite as “Appetite…” did back in ’87, but Slash is still a very tasty guitar player, hard not to love his play and this is a fair enough Hard Rock record. Myles Kennedy is an extremely colorful vocalist, can play the role of the punk rocker and sound like Axl Rose and in the very next moment can be almost sober, mature and brilliant like Robert Planet. Still, I feel some lack of personality, he sings perfectly, but I kind of feel nothing, he don’t rich out. On the other hand Slash have a few bright moments, several tasty solos and some huge riffs.
“Bad Rain”, the first single, “You’re a Lie”, “Shots Fired”, “No More Heroes”, “Not For Me” are some of the best tracks of the album, but in a world of so many fake (musical) products, it’s actually quite refreshing to listen a true, breathing and kicking Rock band playing live.

Tracklist:
01. Apocalyptic Love (3:29)
02. One Last Thrill (3:10)
03. Standing In The Sun (4:04)
04. You’re a Lie (3:51)
05. No More Heroes (4:24)
06. Halo (3:23)
07. We Will Roam (4:50)
08. Anastasia (6:07)
09. Not For Me (5:22)
10. Bad Rain (3:47)
11. Hard & Fast (3:02)
12. Far and Away (5:15)
13. Shots Fired (3:48)
14. Carolina (Bonus Track) (3:18)
15. Crazy Life (Bonus Track) (3:40)

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