The debut release from VELVET REVOLVER features Guns N Roses founding members Slash and Duff, as well as Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland. The complete line-up is below...
SCOTT WEILAND Stone Temple Pilots SLASH Guns N Roses, Slashs Snakepit DUFF Guns N Roses MATT SORUM Guns N Roses, Slashs Snakepit, The Cult DAVE KUSHNER Infectious Grooves
. Duff McKagen. Matt Sorum. It doesn't seem like a good idea to put these people in a room together, let alone a band. But it was the same exact explosive element of danger and low I.Q. scores that made both of these players' former groups--Stone Temple Pilots
and Guns N' Roses
--sell billions, so why stand in their way? The music on Contraband
sounds appropriately monumental, all window-quivering riffs, and ticker-tape parade choruses. "Do It For the Kids" and "Set Me Free" take direct inspiration from Nirvana
, meaning they are brilliantly raw, raucous, and indecent. It's great stuff. The power-ballads like "Fall to Pieces" and "You Got No Right," however, are more heartburn than heartbreak when compared to past achievements like, oh, let's say "Sweet Child O' Mine." --Aidin Vaziri