Slash
Apocalyptic Love


1.5
very poor

Review

by Joseph Viney STAFF
May 24th, 2012 | 84 replies | 16,350 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Slash N' Burn

According to Axl Rose, one of the main reasons that Slash left Guns N’ Roses was due to the fact that he resented having to adapt and evolve his style. Of course, there is always more than one side to any story, but the passing years have conspired to prove this version of events to be correct.

Upon his departure from the warring factions of Guns, he immediately established Slash’s Snakepit; a thinly-veiled solo vehicle that produced interesting but unmemorable hard rock schlock. Velvet Revolver, established in 2002, were little more than an unimaginative re-tread of two or three different bands. His debut solo album-proper, 2010’s Slash, was nothing but an exercise in big name cameos that had all the substance of low-quality candyfloss.

Slash is now at the stage of his career wherein he is firmly entrenched in the category of International Heritage. He could put the words of Mein Kampf to music and still be granted some leeway, such is the adoration some people hold for him. Indeed, the man born Saul Hudson might have been better transcribing Hitler’s literary madness into music form as that would have been halfway exciting and fresh. As it stands, Apocalyptic Love is conspicuous by its complete anonymity and dogged by the tepid boredom that leaks from each song like a faulty gas pipe. Deciding to dispense with the cameo carousel, he has formed a de-facto group with former Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy and a drummer and bass player collectively known as The Conspirators. One would be forgiven for thinking that the establishment of a more permanent band structure would lend itself to a more stable and creative environment. Alas, the opposite has happened. Each of the album’s thirteen tracks passes by without any fuss or fight; every song blending into one long blob of grey matter that leaves such little impression in spite of repeated listens. It’s commendable in itself that an album is able to achieve this effect.

Myles Kennedy, cited by some as the new Axl to Slash’s…well, Slash, is certainly a vocalist of some repute. At his best he can reach the high notes that others cannot or will not go for. At his worst though, and he flits between bad impressions of Andrew Stockdale on a sugar high or Chris Cornell on a tranquilizer binge. Case in point: “We Will Roam” is the most obvious Cornell sound-a-like track. It is also boring and dull, suffering immensely from a lack of musical deviation and change of pace. Instead it seems satisfied with its workmanlike plod. Elsewhere, “Far And Away”, the obligatory ‘lighters held aloft’ ballad, is reminiscent of something even Audioslave would have deemed too generic to release.

Each and every song on Apocalyptic Love adheres to a very similar formula. Quieter verses punctuated with a rousing chorus with an ambiguous yet well-meaning message, a solo that goes on longer than it should followed by a final chorus with an outro solo. Even the song titles are imbued with very little in the way of inspiration. “Bad Rain”? “Hard And Fast”? The only one with any real promise is “No More Heroes”, and that’s because for one fleeting moment you think it might be a cover of The Stranglers’ classic of the same name (Hint: it’s not).

Inevitably, it is only the last track, “Shots Fired”, that shows any real semblance of grit. By this stage it’s far too little and far too late. In reality, Slash only needs set filler for his gigs until he gets to what people really want to hear: Guns N’ Roses songs. In that sense, mission accomplished!



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JViney
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2012



322 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Not sure if you'll notice, but I think this sucks. On the off-chance any of you were going to actually buy it, send me half of what you would have spent as thanks.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
May 24th 2012



7326 Comments


I was expecting something like this, I'll still give it a listen though.

Great review.

Oblivioncry
May 24th 2012



601 Comments


great review, damn funny. kinda reminds me of a half in the bag review (especially with the use of the word "shlock")

not surprising that this would be bad. slash has become the eddie murphy/adam sandler of guitarist. once great/good, now complete abhorent shlock

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
May 24th 2012



21791 Comments


always thought he was an overrated musician, although I enjoy some of his stuff over the years

Digging: Gesaffelstein - Aleph

FearThyEvil
May 24th 2012



12497 Comments


Have to agree with you Anarchist.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
May 24th 2012



21791 Comments


By musician I mean songwriter. That's the issue really; people look at his talent as a guitarist but that doesn't count for much when it comes to writing music

Metal546
May 24th 2012



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Joseph I've signed up especially to respond to your review. My response is your an absolute tool. What were you smoking when you wrote this review, your obviously madly in love with Axl Rose and have a totally dislike for Slash.

Slash is a legend and this album is a great album.

taxidermist
May 24th 2012



7203 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

your obviously madly in love with Axl Rose

Slash is a legend and this album is a great album.

Jump off the dick. Slash sucks. I agree with this review 100% Would pos.

JViney
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2012



322 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Not great enough for a five though, eh? Thanks for signing up though, I'll mention you in the autobiography!

Archelaos
May 24th 2012



241 Comments


This review is hilarious. Your articulation is masterful but you don't ever come across as wearisomely verbose, and I love your use of sarcasm.

One thing (for future reference, because I know you can't change it right now): "At his worst though, and he flits between bad impressions of Andrew Stockdale on a sugar high or Chris Cornell on a tranquilizer binge." Omit "and"?

Sciroccu
May 24th 2012



758 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"On the off-chance any of you were going to actually buy it, send me half of what you would have spent as thanks."
lol, damn I bought it yesterday...

Sciroccu
May 24th 2012



758 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

first one was great though (I don't really agree with u when u say "2010’s Slash, was nothing but an exercise in big name cameos that had all the substance of low-quality candyfloss"), anyway i'm gonna listen to this carefully.

chambered49
May 24th 2012



1727 Comments


god im really starting to hate this archelaos fellow

Archelaos
May 24th 2012



241 Comments


You know what they say, chambered49: People hate what they don't understand/can't conquer ;)

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2012



16315 Comments


Really good review

Themac
May 24th 2012



52 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"he has formed a de-facto group with former Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy"

Myles is still with Alter Bridge, just giving you a heads up before you get a bunch of irate Alter Bridge fans seeing it and jumping down your throat.

rockandmetaljunkie
May 24th 2012



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol is it actually that bad ?

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2012



1987 Comments


Posting in a review about Mein Kampf.

Seriously, though, very well-written and witty. I kind of want to photoshop Slash with a hitler mustache now...

AsoTamaki
May 24th 2012



2525 Comments


Agreed with Metal546.

I mean, this guy gave Chinese Democracy a 4 and doesn't even think any Velvet Revolver records are worth rating.

YetAnotherBrick
May 24th 2012



4424 Comments


why have i not read any of your reviews man, this is awesome



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