Gave most of the tracks a quick listen on shitty speakers. But I like what I hear so far. I'm not sure if I want to listen again or wait til it is released. But mostly likely will probably end up downloading it and giving a proper spin tomorrow. Glad to see it getting positive feedback.
I think it's probably the best sounding Slash production so far, so it deserves a good environment. First I listened the songs through my laptop's shitty speakers...well, totally different with headphones. Elvis did a great job: you can clearly hear every instrument, but it's not a too polished, steril record like Slash I was. You can hear a band, the music is alive and poweful, but it's not messy, like the AL production was. I hope Slash will work with Elvies next time, too.
Having a first go.
Slash with a solid backing band / production.
Pros: Slash sounds good, Myles oft reminds me of Bruce Dickinson. Slash has a vocailst who's passable and can complement him.
Cons: Bit Iron Maiden at places, in feel at least. Slash lacks a vocalist who challenges him as an artist.
In short: Slash is doing what Axl should be doing. Of course, they should be doing this shit together, but Slash earns points for the effort. The band is good, but they are there to back up Slash. They are not the legacy unit of Duff and Matt, who click with him and push him positively.
To me, World on Fire is the most interesting solo album Slash has made. As a Post-GNR work, it still faces stiff competition from Contraband and It's Five O'Clock Somewhere, which are both more full-on band efforts. Contraband suffers from Slash being so buried in the mix, while IFOCS' heel is Eric Dover, who just appears out of place. WOF improves on their shortcomings in both counts, but Slash fails to completely utilize on their successes.
I've only heard 5 or 6 tracks, but one thing was clear for me: this is a real band and Todd N' Brent delivers just as much as Duff N' Matt/Steven could, or even more. Their playing is very strong and not some poor back-up work like what Josh Freese and whoever the bass player was did on Slash I. I liked what Todd N' Brent did on AL, but their stuff here is pure genius - based on the songs I've heard (Beneath The Savage Sun, World on Fire, Safari Inn, Stone Blind, Battleground, 30 Years to Life).
5 O'clock was a brilliant album though, that would be hard to top. Still my favourite GN'R-related release since AFD.
I've just listened Battleground... I expected more. Not bad, but nothing Earth-shattering for 1 listen.
Beneath The Savage Sun was great, I love this track. It's really heavy with a very non-Slashy, yet amazing bridge, great riffs and I love the very technical solos...my favourite till now. A must for every Slash show! Could be a great opening track, something Slash has been missing for years.
As hard as it is, I won't listen more songs, until I get the CD.
Full song. Not too bad, kinda just seems like a drawn out Slash solo spot.
Reminds me of Watch This in parts too.
I know that this isn't very liked between Slash fans, but I dig it. I love the fat guiitar in the beginning, love the jazzy rhythm guitar and like some of the guitar solo. That last could have been done better, cause it's sometimes not that explored and has elements of Watch This. I'd say 6/10
Ron gets accused of being a whiner, frankly not enough band members have had the balls to do more of it in the past to try to move things along.
Maybe cause they know it won't work..
Imagine if he goes, that will be guitar player number SIX to leave (Izzy, Slash, Paul, Bucket, Robin...)
That's some stable of talent right there, well four of the five.
Ya that was really intriguing to me. I don't know why he is so adverse to recording with an additional guitarist. You can certainly see why, then, he would be so upset about Axl bringing in Huge, Wylde, etc.
Personally, I think it really shows that Slash does all the guitars on his albums...but not in the most positive ways. The rhythm work is generally bland and I think having a strong supporting contributor would be good for him.
I just don't understand how it hurts. I'm not saying you need 3 guitarists and 2 keyboardists but I think it could certainly help his writing to add another dimension.
I think that Slash and Gilby made an awesome guitar duo on the first Snakepit record. AFD-level awesome, really. Then Myles was also a good rhythm player for him, cause he played those weird chords under Slash's heavy riffing on AL. It was very interesting, although I prefer the AFD & 5 O'clock type of work, where both played interesting licks all over the songs.
So it's very disrespectful from Slash to say these things. I'm not even sure if he believes it, or it's just his usual "tell the world why it is the best how we did this last record" approach. I agree that he needs a great second guitarist who inspires and supports him and helps to make the sound complete.