Slash
Apocalyptic Love


3.5
great

Review

by hipolito95 USER (1 Reviews)
May 20th, 2012 | 17 replies | 5,502 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you are looking for a revolution in Rock n' Roll and an album that will catapult the rock world past Hip-Hop, Rap, and Mainstream Rock... You won't find it.

1 of 4 thought this review was well written

No one can deny the overwhelming reputation of the great Saul "Slash" Hudson. Building off of a nasty break-up and feud with former band mate Axl Rose, Slash has formed several line-ups in his post Guns N' Roses days including Slash's Snakepit and the Grammy Award Winning Velvet Revolver. The band he has formed now with former Mayfield Four and Alter Bridge front man Myles Kennedy may be the best one yet.

Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators Is:
Slash - Lead Guitar, talk box
Myles Kennedy - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Todd Kerns - Bass, Backing Vocals
Brent Fitz - Drums

How much you love this album will be directly dependent on your expectations for it. This album isn't in the slightest a game changer. It is, as Slash's first solo album displayed on the front cover, good ol' "R & F'n R." Make no mistake, this album has it's share of epic songs, starting with the ball busters like "Apocalyptic Love," and "Halo" to the incredible ballad that is "Far and Away," to the stand-out blend of Classical Music and Hard Rock that is found within the powerful track "Anastasia." If you look at this album as a Pink Floyd or The Who epic, you will be sadly lost in the generic sounds of this album.

Never fear however! If you take Apocalyptic Love at face value, you will find yourself screaming the shrill vocals of Myles Kennedy and wishing to play alongside the great Slash. Slash's legendary licks and riffs stick out far beyond the scope of your average rock album, and if you are a fan of or can even stand the soulful highs and lows of Myles Kennedy's dramatic vocals, you will adore this album. Brent Fitz and Todd Kerns add their share of power and rhythm to build this album into the truly well put together thriller of an album it is. Apocalyptic Love may sound basic, but it is basic done brilliantly.

"Apocalyptic Love" - 3/5 The title track, Apocalyptic Love is an upbeat track, captivated by Myles at his very shrill-est during the verses, mixed with a catchy up beat chorus. Slash delivers a decent solo, but it's only that, nothing to really seal the song.

"One Last Thrill" - 2.5/5 Very possibly the most upbeat track of the album. "One Last Thrill" is one of those "rock and roll roller coaster" of fast lyrics and quick guitar.

"Standing in the Sun" - 4/5 The first stand-out of the album. A much more relaxed hard rock, "Standing in the Sun" mixes strong guitar riffs with a very catchy chorus "You could be standing out in the sun oh the rains coming down / rains coming down." The song is captivated by the first truly significant solo of this album, as Slash lets his fingers go free at the end of this song.

"You're A Lie" - 3/5 The first single released from this album. "You're A Lie" digs deep into that modern Rock grunge influence of a somewhat soft verse led into a blasting Chorus with shrilling lyrics. Probably the greatest part of this song is the echoing guitars found within the Verses, which by far out does the songs very lacking solo.

"No More Heroes" - 2/5 Possibly the most mainstream track of the album, with the massive chorus of many people singing "WHEN YOUR HEROES / TURN TO THE ENEMIES." Personally I find that style very cliche, but if you like it, this is your song.

"Halo" - 3.5/5 This song digs much deeper into the rabbit hole of styles, creating a very metal based approach that is evident from the very beginning line. A loud and hard rocking track that has a better solo then it's two predecessors.

"We Will Roam" - 1.5/5 The closest thing to a filler track on this album, smudged between two of the album's better songs. It serves the purpose of keeping the rock motif going.

"Anastasia" - 5/5 The diamond in the rough, the gem above all gems on this album. Anastasia brings together classical melodies of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor mixed with his own shredding stolen from his own Godfather solo from the Made In Stoke album. Myles and the Conspirators create a well built plat form, but Slash's guitar really out does itself on this track, with a solo that steals the show.

"Not For Me" - 3/5 The opening will remind Alter Bridge fans of tracks like "Burn it Down," with Myles's at his most soulful, as Slash cools down and allows Myles to carry this song by himself, until the end, where Slash makes a very nice reentry as the song ends with a vocal-guitar back and forth.

"Bad Rain" - 2/5 Very heavy track, probably envisioned as a pulse pounder. It does it's job in that aspect, but probably not a song that will stick around in your head for more then 25 seconds.

"Hard and Fast" -3.5/5 Reclaiming the earlier pace of "One Last Thrill" combines very quick guitars with quickly sung lyrics by Myles. This song is much better then it's predecessor though, as Slash's solos here stick out.

"Far and Away" - 4.5/5 Very much the slowest track of the album, rekindling memories of love lost. Very successfully done ballad, with excellent blues/soulful lyrics by Myles and one of the better solos on the album by Slash.

"Shots Fired" - 3/5 Overall, a fitting way to end the album. Ending the way it started, with good old fashioned pulse pounding rock.

Recommended Tracks:
"Standing in the Sun"
"Halo"
"Anastasia" - Seriously, listen to it now, even if you don't want to listen to the whole album.
"Far and Away"


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Comments:Add a Comment 
hipolito95
May 20th 2012



6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First ever review, please give negative or positive criticism, constructive or otherwise, as long as I know what you think. I've listen to this album many times on Rollingstone .com. I'll link up the free stream here:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/album-premiere-slash-apocalyptic-love-deluxe-20120515

It says Deluxe but I don't know why, as it has neither of the Deluxe tracks. But w/e.

I didn't have time to really proofread the review, I'll probably do that in the morning.

NotSoFast
May 20th 2012



388 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Need to get this.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2012



5612 Comments


This isn't officially out until May 22.

Digging: Mekong Delta - In A Mirror Darkly

joesmoe4000
May 20th 2012



314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

solid modern hard rock album the best i've heard in a long while.

Digging: RATKING - So It Goes

hipolito95
May 20th 2012



6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[Quote=Voivod] This isn't officially out until May 22.[/quote]

Ye, but I had listened to it five times + already so I decided to make a review. It is something I've been looking to do for a while.

Ikarus14
May 20th 2012



519 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Managed to get the MP3 files from a friend who downloaded a leak. Will be buying this. It's a lot more focused than his last album.

Wolfhorde
May 20th 2012



11796 Comments


A) We don't really like track by track reviews here.
B) We don't release reviews until the album's officially out.

Neg'd.

AsoTamaki
May 20th 2012



2525 Comments


Lol, dude. Why you gotta neg when you know this is gonna be deleted? Just to be a badass.

Neither of those two things are acceptable reasons for negging.

Wolfhorde
May 20th 2012



11796 Comments


"Why you gotta neg when you know this is gonna be deleted?"
Great that your eternal wisdom apparently also lets you foresee the future.
"Just to be a badass."
lol.
"Neither of those two things are acceptable reasons for negging."
And you're the supreme judge on what are acceptable reasons for negging? Get off your high horse and stop acting like this website is serious business, lol.

AsoTamaki
May 20th 2012



2525 Comments


Hahaha. Oh, this is streaming so it won't be deleted. Should have read the comments in order instead of scanning over them. Whatever. That makes your reason B even stupider so we're even.

Really though... "Was this Review Well Written? Yes | No"

hipolito95
May 20th 2012



6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Wolfhorde:

A: I have seen many track by track reviews and figured that was an acceptable way to do it. My apologies. I will remember for next time.

B: I don't see why, it's positive advertisement and I am certainly not offering an illegal method of listening to the album, just an exclusive and legal stream, but okay, I did not realize that was an issue.

theacademy
May 20th 2012



27672 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

album is excellent, especially this time of year

Ikarus14
May 20th 2012



519 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@AsoTamaki: If we could neg your comments, all of them would be so red with thumbs down. You're seriously annoying. :L

tiesthatbind
May 20th 2012



7360 Comments


His first album was pretty solid, will probably check this out because of Myles.

theacademy
May 20th 2012



27672 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

its not as good as the Myles collabs on the first album, but overall it's a solid effort i think

hipolito95
May 20th 2012



6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I disagree, I think Starlight could stack up with any song on this album not named Anastasia but I think Back From Cali would be towards the middle of the pack in this album.

theacademy
May 20th 2012



27672 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

not really a huge disagreement, i also prefer starlight... idk some of these could grow, I've only listened once... pretty positive reaction



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