Slash "Apocalyptic Love" Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Mon, 14 May 2012 15:41:38
Apocalyptic Love embodies every side of Slash.
Like some kind of rock 'n' roll kaleidoscope, the album evinces the legendary guitarist at his best from all angles. There are soft and subdued moments. There's danger. There's mayhem. There's blues. There's shred. There's everything you could want from a rock record and more. That said—it's both an essential guitar album and a new classic for "R&Fn'R" at large. Apocalyptic Love is some of the man's most incendiary and infectious playing yet, and you're going to be knocked out by it.
A drum count-off leads right into a swaggering wah pedal lead at the beginning of the title track. Quickly, a stadium-size chorus from Myles Kennedy [Alter Bridge] rises in tandem with Slash's riffing and shredding. Theirs is an immortal partnership that instantly transfixes and transcends. Drummer Brent Fitz powers through a juggernaut of a beat, while Todd Kerns's bass roars like a freight train. During the bridge, Kennedy sounds inimitably soulful just before another fiery lead from Slash blazes up the night sky. That action all takes place in just the opening track mind you…
A guttural guitar sparks "One Last Thrill" before Kennedy rages through a rapid-fire verse reminiscent of Motörhead's best beatdowns. It's a speed demon firecracker of a song that's bound to get festivals shaking their asses along. Meanwhile, "Standing in the Sun" is a towering rocker that's heavy on groove and Alice in Chains-esque harmonies from Kennedy. Let's not forget the face-melting solo. At the same time, "No More Heroes" gives everyone space to shine. "We Will Roam" shimmies from a bluesy intro into a metallic charge at the right moment. It feels like it should've been ripped right from Easy Rider. You might want to hit the highway the second you hear it.
One standout, "Anastasia", starts with elegant classical guitar, slowly opening the curtain for the drama to come. Quickly, orchestral tapping culminates on another vivid journey driven by the guitars, drums, bass, and Kennedy's impeccable wail. Equally cinematic is "Far and Away". It's one of Slash's most beautiful compositions ever. Kennedy sounds utterly divine, painting a picture of longing and love lost. "Shots Fired" simply destroys while the bonus track "Crazy Life" is the ultimate rock anthem.
People claim rock is dead. However, every note of Apocalyptic Love stands as proof that it's alive and kicking. It belongs up there with the best of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver. Guys like Slash and Myles Kennedy carry a torch from Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Randy Rhoads, and all the other greats. It's burning as brightly as ever too.
Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Will you be picking up Apocalyptic Love on May 22?
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