53 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2012
When Slash released his debut solo album in 2010 it featured a wide and diverse selection of artists from the like of Ozzy to Fergie, Lemmy to Adam Levine as well as spots for Nicole Scherzinger, it was an album that worked well and featured a standout track in "By The Sword" sung by Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother. The album also featured two songs by Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy who would also go on to front Slash's group for his world tour during which he would sing songs from Slash's former bands as well as tracks from the album, so every night Kennedy would be filling the shoes of Axl Rose, Scott Weiland, Andrew Stockdale, Ian Astbury and Chris Cornell it was a job that he performed admiringly as his voice handled all the different ranges. So for Slash's second album Kennedy performs all the tracks, it seems like a natural progression and a working relationship has been built up by the two men.
The album itself "Apocalyptic Love" is a rock fuelled funk filled adrenaline rush of old school rock and roll and it's clear from the outset that the album has one intention and that's to rock, it's an album full of great riffs such as the opening song the title track "Apocalyptic Love" with its funk driven riff that has Myles Kennedy using his full vocal range to drive the song on and features a great sing along chorus. "One Last Thrill" starts out with a scream in the background before Kennedy delivers the lyrics at 100 miles rate; it's a great piece of punk rock. It shows Kennedy has many different styles of vocals. It's also topped off by a trademark Slash solo. There's some great drumming and bass playing from Brent Fitz and Todd kerns on the song "Standing In The Sun", both Fitz and Kerns are part of slash's live band.
The song "Anastasia" starts out with a gentle flamenco style acoustic guitar (think end of double talkin' jive) before kicking into a "Sweet Child O' Mine" riff and changes again and features a great solo from slash as well as Kennedy going from low to high with his vocal. "Bad Rain" has a pure rock swagger about it with its pounding drums and a grooving riff. The first single "You're A Lie" is a good indication of the album with its killer chorus and sleek guitar playing, it shows how much the Slash and Myles Kennedy partnership has grown.
Slash seems to have found his perfect frontman foil in Myles Kennedy and "Apocalyptic Love" is an unashamedly full blown rock album, one that owes much to Slash's 70's rock influences. It will be interesting to see where they go from here as the they continue to gel even more, Slash has stated in recent interviews that making the album was the most fun he's had in a long time and listening to the album its clear to hear the chemistry that they have.
35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2012
'Apocalyptic Love' is credited as Slash's second solo album, but in truth, it's more like like the debut album of his new band. After a number of talented-but-unstable frontmen, Slash finally seems to have found his perfect musical partner in Myles Kennedy. The tight and propulsive rhythm section of Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz is a force to be reckoned with as well, rounding out "The Conspirators". The results of this collaboration is a thoroughly enjoyable hard rock record that marks some of the best work of all the players involved.
It may have taken decades in the business and several different bands along the way before finding each other, but Myles and Slash both compliment and push each other in mutually beneficial and interesting ways. Though his work in Alter Bridge is stellar, that band plays more to Kennedy's heavier, more metal sensibilities; with Slash, Kennedy gets to show off his looser, bluesier, rock 'n' roll side. Myles' voice is, quite simply, a thing of beauty, and the man is capable of singing just about anything. His assortment of high-pitched wails, soulful crooning, and lower-register vocals are the perfect compliment to Slash's playing, which, as usual, is phenomenal and instantly recognizable.
The album is a straight-up blast of hard rock, the kind Slash lives to play: melodic, riff-heavy, and with an abundance of his trademark solos. The joy behind the album is pretty apparent in every track, as well it should be; for the first time in years, perhaps ever, Slash is playing in a band that doesn't seem on the verge of imploding at any given moment. Amazingly, none of the album's 13 tracks (15 in the Deluxe Edition) feel like filler, for each of them carry their own groove and energy. Particular standouts include the title track, Standing in the Sun, You're a Lie, No More Heroes, Anastasia, and Far and Away, though in all honesty, these selections are merely personal preference. As others have mentioned, virtually any one of the tracks could be a viable candidate for a single. The album really is that good.
Most of the few negative reviews of this album seem to criticize it for what that particular reviewer wished it was, rather than what it actually is. Those who complain that Slash isn't "pushing his boundaries" or "experimenting" with his music are not only completely missing the point, they probably aren't very big fans of Slash in the first place. With 'Apocalyptic Love,' Slash has delivered precisely the type of album he loves to make: exciting, high volume, straight-up hard rock. With Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, he has found the perfect band to realize his vision, and the results are not to be missed. Every member of the band has reason to be supremely proud of this record, and any fans of Slash, Myles Kennedy, or rock 'n' roll in general simply must check it out.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2012
As I played this the first time, I was thrilled to find that each cut was as good or better than the one before. Besides the title cut & the single, "You're A Lie," I esp. liked "No More Heroes," & "Anastasia." Slash sounds better than ever, and technically he's raised the bar for his fellow Rock Gods, by laying down everything from flamenco to metal. It's no wonder that throughout his career, everyone from Iggy Pop and Micheal Jackson, to Alice Cooper and more recently, Rihanna, have asked him to play on their records.
Myles Kennedy is the perfect lyrical muse/lead vocalist for Slash and his unbelievably well-honed chops. He proved himself worthy by being the only artist to sing on two tracks on Slash's debut solo album, ("Starlignt," and "Back From Cali,") and then touring with Slash for that album and not only nailing songs from it by Ian Astbury, Chris Cornell, and Andrew Stockdale, (no small feat,) but also material from Velvet Revolver, Slash's Snakepit, and of course, some of Guns N' Roses's greatest hits. Check out the double live disc, Featuring Myles Kennedy Live (Made In Stoke 24/7/11) if you missed the tour.
Finally, after twenty-five-plus years, a handful of bands/projects, a serious health scare, (2001 heart failure,) a couple of wives, and kids, epic drug addiction, and 6 years of sobriety, Slash finally has the Kick You in the Face rock band he deserves! Seriously, in my opinion, Slash and his wicked guitars, plus Myles Kennedy on vocals, Todd Kerns on bass, and Brent Fitz on drums, (otherwise known as "Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators,") equal one helluva great rock and roll band.
Don't get me wrong, I loved "that other" band, (and back from when they were playing the bars on Sunset Blvd mind you,) but once the venues, (and some of the band's egos,) got too big, the dynamics changed and they were never the same. Hopefully people will not feel the need to mention He Who Shall Not Be Named in every review of this record, cause make no mistake, this is a solid rock record, from a solid rock band.
Thankfully, Slash has continued to grow musically, and his big, fat, swirling guitar riffs have never sounded better. Hey, even if his head swells a little, no worries, cause there's gotta be plenty of room left inside that big old hat.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2012
I'm surprised at how many negative reviews there are here...they are more than welcome, of course, since everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, but this album sounds so killer that I was sure it would receive more universal acclaim. Well, to me it's an absolute stunner! "All killer, no filler"...that phrase can be applied to this album more than any new album I've bought in some time! While offering some variety in musical styles here...songs with a touch of punk, some with a touch of melodic pop metal...ALL with a basis in good ol' hard rock...this album is a musically cohesive and well produced body of work, and I daresay is Slash's best effort since GNR's Appetite for Destruction!! The songs here sound fresh and new without ripping off other songs, yet retain that hard rock edge of GNR. Slash dishes out plenty of incendiary solos, and Myles Kennedy has REALLY come into his own as Slash's vocalist! What a range that guy has...I am NOT missing Axl at all here! Some say Slash just isn't Slash without Axl, but Myles is his own man, and fits into Slash's music as well as Axl did, IMO. I really liked Slash's last CD, and while having all the guest vocalists on that one was an interesting move, I thought the cohesiveness suffered a bit as a result. Needless to say, for me Apocalyptic Love is a little better than his last album, and that's saying something!
And not just because it's more cohesive, it's the songs themselves! The songs on this CD are so good, I thought, "OK, what outside writers did Slash utilize for his material here?" I looked on the CD notes, and nope, NONE...all written by Slash and Myles, with the partial exception of one tune contributed to by the producer Eric Valentine, who btw did a GREAT job of producing and mixing this album! Amazing...Slash and Myles just knocked it out of the park here!!
I know I sound like a fan boy here, but I have listened to this CD multiple times to make sure it really is as good as I thought it was after the first listen--lol. As far as I'm concerned, this is the album that picks up where Appetite left off! Anyone who thinks Slash's creative juices dried up long ago is sorely mistaken! INDISPENSABLE for all Slash, Velvet Revolver, and GNR fans!!!
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2012
Really good album from slash & some great guitar playing. I knew going into this that it would be very hard to beat the last album just because it was so good. The last album is more like a Slash & friends album. With there being so many different singers on the album the music changed from song to song to fit with what the singers could do. It gave a feel like you were listening to a rock station with so many great singers on it that are being played on rock radio right now. This is a different beast. This is a band album and this is like a new Slash band. The album is very good. Slash is really playing great. He has a few years of touring back under his belt and it shows that he is not taking breaks and is back in the flow of playing everyday. Best guitar work & tone Slash has had since the Use your illusion albums.Great cd as a band album. It's better then Velvet Revoler was in every way. The bonus tracks are even great songs. It's more of a Guns n Roses album then you have with Axl Roses new fake Guns n Roses/The Axl Rose Band! Slash is not out to make money. The man just wants to have fun & play for us fans & i'm one of them & i'm so glad he is playing for us again.
29 of 39 people found the following review helpful
I've been a huge Slash fan for as long as I can remember. He's the reason I started playing guitar, got a Les Paul, and joined a band. Appetite is one of my favorite rock albums of all time. The Use Your Illusions albums were not quite as straight out rock n roll, thanks to Axl and his penchant for overproduction and orchestral background music. Then Slash ventured off into Snakepit and Velvet Revolver, which both put out some good albums, but nothing like this.
Slash was and always will be a meat and potatoes rock n roller. His debut solo album, though very strong, just wasn't very cohesive. It was hard having so many singers and so many different types of songs on the same album. Through that process, thankfully, Slash met Myles Kennedy, and the rest is history.
This album, start to finish, is pure rock and roll. Every song hits you hard with upbeat tempos, biting guitar riffs, and screaming Slash solos. He flat out sounds better on this album than he has since the GNR days. His signature sound is there, but with Myles out in front, the pair put together some outstanding rock music. Couple them with Brent Fitz on drums and Todd Kernz on bass (his touring band the last few years), and this is one cohesive, hard rocking album!
The difference between this album and his last are night and day. You can hear how tight this band is, as they've played so much together over the last few years. The songs sound great, but not overproduced like so many rock albums these days (e.g. Daughtry). The drums sound like real drums and not coming from a computer, the guitar riffs sound raw, and the vocals are tight but not overdone.
I could go through what makes each song great here, but you'll hear for yourself. I got this album the day it was released, and haven't stopped listening to it since then. My favorite song is probably "Anastasia", which starts off with some great acoustic work followed up by one of the best guitar riffs Slash has written since Sweet Child O Mine. His solo work in that song is brilliant, as is everything else he's done here.
This is Slash at his finest since his GNR days. Do NOT hesitate to buy this album!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2012
Slash is at the top of his game here and on a whole other level these days. This is a great release. This has been a great month for artist releases and this is surely one of them. Some ripping guitar work. Glad to see he has found a band lineup to gel with. Alot of people are kind of slamming on Myles Kennedy here. I think he does a great job and is able to pull off some of Slash's previous work with G&R and Velvet Revolver. Not too many guys out there to do this. He fits the mold. As with most singers for me, I get tired of hearing them over time and prefer one who can chage up there game. Example of a great vocalist that I can only take so much of is Glenn Hughes. Great voice, but after a few songs I am over it. I dont get tired of listening to Myles on here. The song Not For Me is my favorite and sure to become a hit. Happy for Slash, and would definatlly make a point to see them in concert. Slash's new band is more G&R than G&R is.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2012
UPDATE NOV. 2013: Below is my initial review and I stand by it. Now that time has passed and others have chimed in I was curious what those that rated this 1 star had to say and their reasoning. Other than --Axl love/loyalty-- I can't find any qualified reasoning. This IS NOT GnR hence why it is titled SLASH! The present GNR is NOT GNR and if dishonesty is to be cited it should fall upon Axl. What made AFD what it was was Slash, Izzy, Axl and Duff in various but not equal parts. I have followed all of the mentioned solo works. I would say the balance of Izzy's more Rolling Stones and Slash's energy is probably the largest contributors to the music. Axl hired solid musicians to mimic what the band later did on the Use Your Illusion set and from that came Chinese Democracy. I enjoy it but it isn't GNR and if Axl had real balls and respect for his fans he would fly under the AXL ROSE banner rather than leach of the GUNS N ROSES name. Axl manipulated the others to sign over their rights to the name and band ---read the collective biographies--- which gives him LEGAL right to use GNR but it isn't and never will be without Slash, Duff and Izzy. I felt the need to point that out to those bashing Slash out of misplaced loyalty to Axl. A fan can appreciate BOTH but if you come to Axl, Slash, Izzy or Duff expecting AFD #2 you'll be disappointed.
This has the edge of the original GnR yet has it's own identity as well. I loved the 2 Slash Snakepits then came that abortion group with Scott, then the first Slash....which I liked but am less a fan of the multiple guest singer deal and NOW we are here and Myles is a perfect fit for this blistering music I defy anyone that loved Appetite For Destruction NOT to love! I'm not saying it's a clone of that as there will never be another AFD from Slash, Izzy, what Axl calls GnR these days or even if the originals tried. I'm just telling you that vibe is here.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2012
I listen to it at work, at the gym, in the truck, around the house, everyday since its release. It is complete wholesome Rock n Roll from beginning to end, with every song leading me to the repeat button. I find it hard to make it through the whole album before getting interrupted, and this can be upsetting at times.
I'd write a lengthy review, but plain and simply put - if you are thinking about it, stop thinking and buy it, you will NOT regret it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2012
Slash kills it! Some of his best work to date is found on this disc and Myles Kennedy just grows on you through repeated listenings.