Released: 2012, Dik Hyad Records
Reviewer: Celtic Bob
The new Slash is labeled Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Ummmm, OK. I still look at it as a Slash solo CD as that is essentially what it is. This is Slash’s second solo studio record and the most uniform and consistent one. Last time around he had different singers for the songs making for one varied release. This time it is just Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge handling all the vocal chores.
As a fan of the original Guns 'n Roses I have always had an interest in Slash’s projects whether it be Snakepit or Velvet Revolver. His solo discs are no different. The self titled debut had its moments and the live disc; MADE IN STOKE was simply a killer release. I still wish that it was released on Blu-Ray here in North America. When APOCALYPTIC LOVE was announced I was psyched to hear it. At first hearing Myles’ vocals it took a bit of getting used to then you hear some similarities to one of Slash’s old singers. As soon as this album was up for pre-order I jumped and ordered it straight-away. I had to get the Deluxe Fanpack from the UK. I am glad I did as it is an excellent package and release.
The disc arrived after the North American release date but it was worth the wait. I put it on and cranked it up as I had only heard the single “You’re A Lie” previously. This release is a lot easier on the ears and has a much better flow to it. As you would expect it is filled with some excellent guitar driven heavy Rock n Roll. While the disc is filled with mostly heavy rockers there are a couple of mellow ballad-esque songs. These are for lack of a better term, forgettable. The guitar driven songs are the main focus of the album. Apart for Kennedy’s fairly distinct vocals Slash is backed by a couple of fellow Canadians as his Rhythm section; you have Todd “Dammit” Kerns (Age of Electric/Static In Stereo) on Bass and Brent Fitz (Econoline Crush/Alice Cooper) on Drums. This Canadian duo provide a solid backbeat with some standout background vocals by Kerns. With his past he could have easily been the lead vocalist in the group.
A fantastic heavy guitar driven album. If you are a fan of the first Guns album or the first Snakepit disc then you will enjoy this as well. Another winner for Slash.
One Last Thrill
Standing in the Sun
You`re a Lie
No More Heroes
We Will Roam
Not for Me
Hard & Fast
Far and Away
Todd "Dammit" Kerns