#1 Re: Guns N' Roses » The General and Monsters » 4 weeks ago
#2 Re: Guns N' Roses » The General and Monsters » 4 weeks ago
Probably listened to each 20-something times through work last night. From the sound of The General, I fully believe the bad pressing rumors. After the much improved sound of Perhaps, and what these songs most likely mean to Axl, I can't see him releasing it sounding like that. B-side or not, Axl obviously wanted it to see the light of day. And tbh, lack of communication and release issues aside (because this IS GN'R after all), the release of The General, and seemingly Soul Monster, considering the nature of the songs, this feels like a genuine gift to the hardcore fans and a bit of a bow on the CD era. Who knows whether we actually get Atlas in the future, or more CD era goodies like SOG, but we've basically gotten all the 'big guns' of CD2. Feels like the end of a journey, and turning the page to something new. And I think Axl on this tour this year reflects that. He seems like he's finally moving on. I actually believe we may get a new album of ACTUAL new music, because the band genuinely seems to be having fun now. It's still obviously just a giant corporation now, but they actually seem more like a bandagain, with the varied setlists, Axl giving as much effort as he has left, and the band spending time together in the studio working on "new" music to release. Axl seems like his juices are flowing for the first time since 2007.
But anyways, assuming it is Soul Monster, I can totally hear what Axl means when he said it was their most Sabbath moment - that came across to me in the first few listens. And that honestly might be the most venomous and angry thing I've heard Axl record in a studio setting. It sounds like Axl at his rawest screaming from deep inside of him.
#3 Re: Guns N' Roses » The General and Monsters » 4 weeks ago
#9 Re: Guns N' Roses » It's happening. » 205 weeks ago
I've found the accusations of Axl's vocals on SOYL being re-recorded preposterous since it came out. Anybody that's listened to their share of Guns from '86/'87 can easily tell that's Axl's voice from that period. The rasp started coming in stronger in late-'87/'88 when he first started having real issues with his throat. Prior to that, he sang a lot more clean. Just listen to the Marquee bootleg.
And while I think he's done an admirable job with it live since last year, and his vocals for Rock the Rock exceeded my expectations, he clearly can not match that voice - even in a studio setting - nowadays. He doesn't have the same power and control over his clean voice. The Shadow vocals sound as effortless on the recording as they did in '86/87.
I don't buy that Frank re-recorded the drums either, or that Fortus added anything over Izzy, but I don't have enough as a skilled ear for that to say definitively.
No she didn't.
This current era of GNR is majorly exciting.
Slash and Duff back in the fold. A mixture of Chinese and pre-Chinese material played by probably the best incarnation of the band (musically) that we've seen in years.
The entire 2000 intentions vault appearing online.
GNR rehearsing an unheard CD era song and Slash openly discussing the recording of a new GNR album.
We are at peak GNR right now.
I didn't know we traveled back to 1988...