Adler? Sounds familiar, kind of from a million years ago. Adler, Adler… Hell yeah, Steven Adler, the former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer who was fired on July 11, 1990 during the recording session of “Use Your Illusion” because of his cocaine and heroin addiction.
He managed to record “Civil War” only for the album, although Adler featuring on the infamous “Appetite for Destruction” (1987) and “G N’ R Lies” (1988). “The Most Dangerous Band in the World” were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, their first year of eligibility, featuring both Adler and his replacement Matt Sorum, but also keyboard player Dizzy Reed.
After G’N’R he reformed his old band Road Crew and briefly joined BulletBoys, which both proved unsuccessful. During the 2000s, Adler was the drummer and frontman of his own band Adler’s Appetite playing mainly G’N’R songs from the “Appetite for Destruction” era. Released a self-titled EP through the band’s official website in 2005, featuring Ratt singer Jizzy Pearl, former Slash’s Snakepit guitarist Keri Kelli, and former Ratt bassist Robbie Crane.
But this new band and new album are actually really a back from the dead attempt from this restless guy.
“Back From The Dead” it’s like a shotgun blast which send us back on the speed of the bullet directly to 1987 and the raw and wicked sound of “Appetite for Destruction”. Excellent choice to open this album while this is one of their best track. And the following “Own Worst Enemy” have the same heaviness and rawness. Adler teamed up with a talented crew of youngsters. Singer-guitarist Jacob Bunton was previously member of Mars Electric and Lynam; he’s performance is flawless, definitively he’s the right guy for the singer and frontman position in a sleazy, Glam fueled, classy Rock band with roots and ties back to Guns N’ Roses.
The line up it’s completed by Lonny Paul on guitar and Johnny Martin on bass.
And the following “Another Version Of The Truth”, “The One That You Hated” and “Good To Be Bad” are loud, healthy, dirty (Hard) Rock anthems while the band really seem unstoppable.
“Good To Be Bad” featuring guitarist John 5 it’s eventually more modern, wickeder. The first disappointment it’s “Just Don’t Ask” featuring Slash. This is a mediocre ballad with 80’s flavor and Slash it’s present by absence. Don’t wait for the killer guitar solo because it never comes.
“Blown Away” it’s another trip back to the late 80’s, a pounding Rock track. “Waterfall” it’s a really nice song, but strangely it reminds me of Garbage’s “When I Grow Up”. “Habit” have the taste of Slash’s Snakepit’s 95’s debut “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”, it’s dark and heavy. “Your Diamonds” it’s a better ballad then “Just Don’t Ask”, sounds much more alive.
And “Dead Wrong” it’s a killer closure. Heavy, pounding, it’s Rock’N’Roll!
The logo it’s awful and the cover it’s a kitsch from the 80’s. Unfortunately. But the album definitively worth a listening and will definitively satisfy the demands of the former G’N’R fans.
From October 31 to November 4, Adler has played on the Kiss Kruise, which kicked out from Miami, Florida to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. The guys are back to the R’N’R circus!
01. Back From The Dead
02. Own Worst Enemy
03. Another Version Of The Truth
04. The One That You Hated
05. Good To Be Bad (featuring John 5)
06. Just Don’t Ask (featuring Slash)
07. Blown Away
10. Your Diamonds
11. Dead Wrong