Eschewing the superstar co-star vocalist carousel that he employed on his previous outing, Slash has kept his touring buddy Myles Kennedy from Alter Bridge onboard for the duration of this album and supplemented the line-up with Conspirators' Brent Fitz on drums and Todd Kerns on bass. Apocalyptic Love boasts more of a band feel and as a result the songs are more cohesive, honed and toned. A flurry of wah-wah introduces the title track, which soars into a classic chorus, One Last Thrill then explodes with a punk attitude reminiscent of the feral Guns, with Kennedy railing aggressively. You're A Lie is the breakout hit thanks to Slash's righteous riffing and a contagious chorus. However it is the six-minute Anastasia where the ex-Gunner brings the sound of classic rock kicking and screaming back into the present - Top hat duly doffed!
18th May, 2012