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  SLASH (FEATURING MILES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS)
'Apocalyptic Love'
(Roadrunner Records)
Release date: From May 21st 2012


Tina Saul

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slash apocalyptic love

May 21st is rapidly approaching us, which is when you can get your hands on the next Classic Rock Fan Pack which contains the new studio album, 'Apocalyptic Love', from Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. It's been two years since his first solo release and I was eager to find out how the two albums compare.

So who is in Slash's band these days? Well, after the undoubtedly successful union of Slash and Myles Kennedy, not only is he vocalist and rhythm guitarist but he's also responsible for writing the lyrics, with Slash recently admitting in an interview with Rolling Stone: "As far away from lyric writing as I can get, the better".

Todd Kerns, from Age of Electric and Las Vegas resident 'supergroup' Sin City Sinners looks after bass duties and the band is completed by Brent Fitz on drums, who has pretty much played with everyone in this genre of music.

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This line up should be no surprise to any Slash fan, as it's been his touring band for a while and because of that, the tightness and consistency is the first thing you notice when playing 'Apocalyptic Love'. I love the first album 'Slash', but it did feel slightly disjointed because of all the different styles and musicians, but this really feels like an album from a band that are working closely together to please the fans.

So enough of the intro, as I'm sure you're all dying to know what the album is like, so here's my view. You couldn't get a better opening track as 'Apocalyptic Love' has everything to keep you happy. There's a slight 'Appetite For Destruction' feel to it when you first hear Slash's fret work, but don't worry as it quickly turns into an album of this century when Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators add their parts.

What's great about it is that Slash's guitaring is evident, but not dominant and the rest of the band are allowed to shine through. A stunning way to set the tone for the rest of the album, which will undoubtedly feature highly in many 'Album of 2012' lists.

'One Last Thrill' is an interesting song as it feels to me that it has elements of G N' R, Slash's Snakepit and Velvet Revolver, with the added benefit of a unique soulfulness to Myles' voice. A song you think you've heard before, but not!

And the next track, 'Standing In The Sun', has the dirtiest bass line lyrically synchronised to build you up to a chorus that just makes you want to be standing in in a field at a festival, beer in hand, singing along with all your mates. And then – POW – Slash's signature solo which makes you feel like it's 1988 all over again.

'You're A Lie' needs no description after heavy rotation on rock radio, and in case you've not seen it yet, the video is at the bottom of this article. 'No More Heroes' is a very interesting track that feels fresh in comparison to the others so far. It showcases every member of this band and even though you can tell it's Slash, you can also hear the parts from everyone else, which when you have such a superstar in your midst is sometimes hard to pull off.

Slash claims that this song was inspired by some music he heard in a hotel in Spain, but don't expect anything Flamenco with 'Halo' - this is hard rock and nothing more. I'd say 'We Will Roam' is far more commercially accessible than any of the other tracks. Quite interestingly, most of the album was written while on the road, whereas Slash wrote this at home in LA.

Slash winds down the song nicely, leading you to the next track which at first sounds like it's going to be a ballad, with some beautiful classical guitaring to kick things off with. The serenity is broken by some modern day Metal, with an added ingredient at times that is hard to define. The closest analogy I can think of is 'Variations' the classical/rock fusion album by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

'Anastasia' certainly is the most intriguing track on the album, and one that I can't stop listening to. So much so that I couldn't help but try and find out more about the classical inspiration and low and behold, it's almost certainly going to sound like 'Variations, as it allegedly samples Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor.

After all of this mayhem, it's time to bring the tempo right down with the mellow 'Not For Me' which has enough heaviness to stop it from being classed as a ballad. 'Bad Rain' was one of the first songs off the album that Slash played on VH1's That Metal Show in October last year and certainly got people excited about the album. According to Slash he recorded this on Pro Tools on his laptop, and was something he heard in his head, and the end result is pretty much how he first heard it.

'Hard And Fast' does exactly what it says on the tin! It's hard, it's fast and, well quite frankly your typical hard rock song. 'Far And Away' is a classic ballad and beautifully crafted, filled with plenty of bluesy licks. I find it odd that they didn't finish with this track, as it feels like a nice way to close things of. Instead the final track on the album release is 'Shots Fired', an uplifting hard rock song which takes no prisoners.

For those of you wondering whether the two bonus tracks are just fillers and not worth the extra money for the fan pack, then I can tell you they are. 'Carolina' has Slash's old favourite talk box, remember 'Anything Goes'?, and 'Crazy Life' is simply anthemic.

And there you have it, an album from a band of very talented musicians, each and every one of them. It's not one man with a support band, as the title would lead you to believe, nor is it a collaboration of artists playing on one member's past. After everything that Slash has been though from the Guns N' Roses debacle, to the relentless Velvet Revolver rumours, it's a surprise he's had the time to focus on delighting his fans, but he really has in my opinion.

Classic Rock will be releasing the fan pack in the UK on May 21st, which contains the album, two bonus tracks 'Carolina' and 'Crazy Love', an exclusive magazine which has a track by track breakdown of the album, pin badge and poster.

If you don't want to shell out £14.99 for it, then fear not as Roadrunner Records will be releasing it digitally at the same time and for those who just want the album, then the physical copy can be in your mitts on June 18th. Those across the pond will be able to buy their copy on May 22nd, and there is an album launch show planned in New York that night, which is being streamed live too at http://new.livestream.com/slash/livefromNYC.

Can't wait until then? Well you can buy the single 'You're A Lie' right now on iTunes, or simply watch the video right here, right now.



Slash is confirmed for a host of festival and live dates, so head over to his website to find out if he's playing near you anytime soon. Click here.

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"'Melting Away' became one of Andy's last recordings. He still had so much to offer and I was really looking forward to continuing to work with him."

ritchie blackmore RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW TO PLAY AGAIN BUT WITH LESS DEEP PURPLE SONGS
"I would do probably ninety-five percent Rainbow songs; that's what they seem to want to hear. And it didn't occur to me. I just naturally assumed they wanted to hear everything."

saxon EXCLUSIVE: THIS IS WHAT OUR FAVOURITE ROCKERS THINK OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
Comment from Saxon, Slash, Thunder, Iron Maiden, Uli Jon Roth, Hawkwind, Cher, Johnny Rotten, Machine Head And More...

beyond the black UK EXCLUSIVE: BEYOND THE BLACK SINGER JENNIFER HABEN IS LOST IN FOREVER AS FIVE MEMBERS DEPART THE BAND
"I have enjoyed the time together with the guys very much and am grateful for everything we have achieved together in Germany. I am currently looking for new colleagues..."

cats in space CATS IN SPACE SET TO RELEASE SLADE CLASSIC WITH DANNY BOWES OF THUNDER ON GUEST VOCALS
"It's is one of my favourite Slade songs, so when they asked me to sing on their version it took me a good second and a half to say yes..."

guns n roses WAS BREAKING NEWS: GUNS N' ROSES ADD MORE TOUR DATES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
The Gunners' newly announced dates are for South America with ten dates in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia with more to be announced soon...

keith moon YOU WON'T GET FOOLED WITH OFFICIAL KEITH MOON COMMEMORATIVE DRUM HEAD
Manufactured as a special, custom product by Remo, these 14" high-gloss drum heads are a perfect collector's item for true fans of the legendary drummer and The Who...

the answer WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE ANSWER AND THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK TOUR
"The fact that we get to debut this new material with our mates The Dead Daisies just adds to the rush we're currently experiencing. You really don't want to miss this one!"

ian gillan IAN GILLAN SAYS: "IT'S A WONDERFUL THING, VINYL..." WITH NEW COLLECTION ABOUT TO BE RELEASED
"You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves - aren't they cool..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY: "THE LYRICS ON THE TITLE TRACK ARE SOME OF SPIKE'S BEST EVER!"
"I approached the songwriting from a different angle and it felt good. There's a lot of passion there."

48 hours 48 HOURS TO ROCK THE UK TO A CITY OF ASHES
"We're hitting the road in September for a co-headline tour with our broseph's City Of Ashes! This will be one of the unsigned tours of the year!"

hammerfall WAS BREAKING NEWS: LIVE LIFE LOUD WITH HAMMERFALL ON 2017 EUROPEAN TOUR: NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY
"We can't wait to get back on stage again to have a gigantic Heavy Metal party every night with all our Templar friends!"

joe perry AEROSMITH GUITARIST JOE PERRY REPORTEDLY SUFFERS HEART ATTACK DURING HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES GIG
"Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry," Alice Cooper wrote. "He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care."

onslaught ONSLAUGHT, BEHOLDER AND ANIHILATED TOUR PROMISES TO BE A TOUR DE FORCE
"By the time we hit the road in November it will be well over two-and-a-half years since we did the last run and we feel the time is now right..."

arw ARW (JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN) ANNOUNCE BAND FOR UPCOMING WORLD TOUR
"I have played with arguably the three greatest bass players ever and I can't wait to play with one of them again!"

marillion MARILLION UNVEIL 'THE NEW KINGS' FROM FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM 'FEAR'
'The New Kings' can also be heard on Marillion's current tour which starts on Monday 11th July in Barcelona...

michael des barres AN AMERICAN WRITER ASKS WHY IT TAKES A BRITISH EX-PAT TO ASK, "WHAT'S GOING ON?" MICHAEL DES BARRES HAS THE ANSWER
This incendiary cover of Marvin Gaye's classic confronts America's issues in an incredibly timely and head-on manner...

freedom call FREEDOM CALL RELEASE A NEW METAL HYMN 'HAMMER OF THE GODS', AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW
The trademark bold vocal harmonies remain. The track is taken from forthcoming opus 'Master Of Light'...

guns n roses STEVEN ADLER JOINS GUNS N' ROSES ON STAGE IN OHIO: FOUR FIFTHS OF 'APPETITE' LINE-UP PLAY TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1990
"On the drums, you might know this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Steven Adler..."

ac dc AC/DC BASSIST CLIFF WILLIAMS TO RETIRE AFTER ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR: "IT'S BEEN SURREAL"
"AC/DC has been... you know, just... I don't know what else I would wanna do. I love the music and I love playing in the band, and I'm all filled up..."

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES USE THEIR ILLUSION TO SILENCE THE DOUBTERS WITH US TOUR GOING SO FINE
Axl is clearly in his element on this tour, running across the stage to jump on the monitors mid-song and displaying all the panache of a man completely on top of his game...

stray del bromham STRAY TO ROAM AROUND THE UK ON TOUR INCLUDING A RARE REUNION OF THE ORIGINAL LINE-UP
No need to move a mountain as both Stray and Del Bromham's Blues Devils are on their way to a venue near you...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOY THE NEIGHBOURS WITH RAUCOUS NEW SINGLE
'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops' was co- written by vocalist Gill Montgomery and Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick...

eagles of death metal WAS BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL WANT YOU SO BAD ON TWO UK DATES IN AUGUST
This is EODM's first visit to the UK since the band were caught up in the terrible events at The Bataclan Theatre in Paris back in November 2015...

soil SOiL 'SHINE ON' THE UK WITH COMPREHENSIVE TOUR
"We are looking forward to seeing some new places and making some new friends this time around..."

acid reign ACID REIGN GET IN FESTIVE MOOD EARLY WITH SPECIAL GIG ANNOUNCEMENT
'Tis the season to Thrash as Acid Reign team up with Shrapnel with far from obnoxious results...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAST MOBILE RPG GAME IS OUT NOW
"We've always wanted to make a quality Maiden mobile game as we think the combination of Eddie and the music is so well suited..."

rick parfitt status quo EXCLUSIVE: STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT SEEMS TO BE 'FINE FINE FINE' AS HE IS SPOTTED OUT AND ABOUT
Following the recent health scare a picture has emerged online of him taking a walk in Kingston over the weekend...

bullet for my valentine BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TO PLAY 'THE POISON' IN FULL FOR THE FIRST EVER TIME
"We promised you something special right? See 'The Poison' played in full for the first time in Manchester! Tickets on sale now here..."

alter bridge WAS BREAKING NEWS: ALTER BRIDGE TO HEADLINE ARENAS ACROSS EUROPE THIS WINTER WITH GOJIRA AND VOLBEAT
This will be their biggest headline tour yet with twenty-four dates across fifteen countries, kicking off on November 4th 2016

the mission WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAUHAUS FRONTMAN PETER MURPHY TO GUEST WITH THE MISSION ON THEIR 30th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
"Peter's appearance will help make these shows the special events that we always wanted and hoped they'd be..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN ILLUSTRATOR DESIGNS SHIRT FOR ONE DIRECTION'S ZAYN MALIK, MAIDEN LAUNCH THIRD TROOPER BEER AND HI-ON-MAIDEN TO HEADLINE PICCSTOCK
A full-bodied beer using a blend of chocolate and crystal malts to give "a roasted malt and caramel backbone with hints of liquorice and honey"...

bruce dickinson BRUCE DICKINSON TO TAKE PART IN TOP GEAR STYLE CHARITY ROAD TRIP
"The enthusiasm from the group is amazing which will lend itself to making it an unforgettable trip..."

anvil WAS BREAKING NEWS: ANVIL ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
Anvil will not only be playing dates in Scotland and Wales but also English towns which rarely see major international artists, such as Huddersfield, Doncaster and Grimsby.

status quo IT'S TIME TO GET 'DOWN DOWN' TO BUTLINS AS SECOND STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION IS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will feature live music from ex-Quo drummer John Coghlan and his band with long time friend of the band, Jackie Lynton also scheduled to appear...

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