SLASH – Apocalyptic Love [Deluxe Edition] (2012)

SLASH - Apocalyptic Love [Deluxe Edition] (2012)


2010’s release of SLASH’s first ever debut solo album was a worldwide success, garnered both critical and fan acclaim around the globe.

Since then the ex- Guns ‘N Roses made 7 tours around the globe, got sell out shows, a Super Bowl appearance and countless media airplay that setthe tone for Slash to be recognized as the true rock icon for today.

Now Slash is back in full throttle with his 2nd CD “Apocalyptic Love”, to be released on May, 21.

When comparing Slash’s self-titled debut solo album to “Apocalyptic Love”, it would easily be considered Slash’s rock&pop record of sorts. This new album leaves the pop behind and propels head first into leather clad rock’n’roll.

Slash chooses to leave the session musicians behind and instead utilises The Conspirators – his live band – on this recording, the end result being a straightforward hard rock album that features trademark tasty guitar hooks and kick-ass vocal melodies.

Myles Kennedy (ex- Alter Bridge), drafted to handle frontman duties for his live gigs, impressed ‘the man in the top hat’ enough to be the only vocalist on this album, and it works.

All the songs on “Apocalyptic Love” were written together by Slash and Kennedy, as Slash explains: “Myles and I basically collaborated on the new material. The main thing is we wrote these songs together, which is a big difference from the last album, where I wrote each song with all of the different collaborators.

The whole creative nucleus now is between Myles and me.’’

Opening with the album’s title track, which launches straight into a detailed guitar riff (sounding more like a solo), the track briskly winds its way to a melodic bridge before launching into our first guitar solo of the album.

Part of Slash’s success lies in his ability to appeal to guitar nerds through blistering solos and guitar technique. However, he understands what the guitarist’s role is in a band, which is to compliment the singer and the melody of the song, and it is that which appeals to the non guitar nerd; the new songs are just darn good hard rocking tunes.

Highlights include the riff heavy “Halo”, the anthemic “No More Heroes”, the vocally-rich “We Will Roam” and the epic “Not For Me”.

“Apocalyptic Love” sounds hot and classic, delivering the kind of music that American Hard Rock fans want to hear.

Now ‘Slash – the band’ has an entity as group, sounding tight and oiled.

Whilst this new recording doesn’t have the entourage of famous singers, clearly proves they aren’t needed, as Slash’s intricate guitar riffs combine mercilessly with Kennedy’s bluesy melodic vocal style and, simply put, the end result is a solid rock ‘n roll album.

“Apocalyptic Love” is a straight forward, balls to the wall Hard Rock CD that Slash fans have known him for throughout his career, and promises to further solidify Slash’s place atop the Rock world throne.

01 – Apocalyptic Love

02 – One Last Thrill

03 – Standing In The Sun

04 – You’re a Lie

05 – No More Heroes

06 – Halo

07 – We Will Roam

08 – Anastasia

09 – Not For Me

10 – Bad Rain

11 – Hard & Fast

12 – Far and Away

13 – Shots Fired

14 – Carolina (Deluxe Ed. Bonus Track)

15 – Crazy Life (Deluxe Ed. Bonus Track)

Slash – Guitars

Myles Kennedy – Vocals

Todd Kerns – Bass

Brent Fitz – Drums


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