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  • AC/DC - ROCK OR BUST

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    In a year that has see a foundational piece of AC/DC succumb to a debilitating illness and another to his own personal insanity, AC/DC emerges after seemingly forever away with ROCK OR BUST. To be fair and truthfully honest, expectations on this release were pretty low. I know that AC/DC is a band that's been in business almost 50

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    David Coverdale and company have had a very long and successful history that started even before he formed Whitesnake. There's no denying the legacy here. Coverdale has had a fantastic career with Whitesnake, and his time in Deep Purple was every bit as strong to that band as a Sammy Hagar was to Van Halen

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  • Wretch - WARRIORS

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    There's an unwritten rule that I rarely follow here in Cleveland. That rule is that if a band is from Cleveland, I'm supposed to write all glowing things or else be called a hater by the local community. It's sad that it's like that, but the truth is what it is. For years I've lived with that stigma, to the point

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    What happened to Machine Head really is a crime. Unfortunately for them, it's a crime they perpetrated upon themselves. With a mistake so many made in their youth, this band singlehandedly torpedoed themselves from ascending to the heights in metal held by only the select few like Metallica and Megadeth before them. After THE MORE THINGS CHANGE came

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  • Nashville Outlaws - TRIBUTE TO MOTLEY CRUE

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    With the music industry pretty much dead anymore, nothing really comes off as shocking. After all, you have very desperate companies trying to hang on and make money from an industry that has about as much relevance today as the typewriter ribbon makers of the world still do. The current trend for the last half decade

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    I tell this story often, but it's one of my favorites of the past year. I had the chance to interview the Texas Hippie Coalition earlier this year at Rock On The Range in Columbus, Ohio. I was in a small tent with a bunch of photographers. The tent was fairly quiet really, as the much bigger adjacent

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  • Sammy Hagar - LITE ROAST

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    I get it. You are Sammy Hagar. You've seen huge success in virtually every world you've entered. In music, he was the main focus of Montrose. He parlayed that into a very successful solo career. That wasn't enough, so he joined the world's largest band at the time (Van Halen), and took them to commercial heights that even they

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Slash - APOCALYPTIC LOVE

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APOCALYPTIC LOVE

I've long said it, and I'll continue to say it.  Slash is the single most overrated guitar player on the planet.  While I definitely acknowledge him as not only a solid player and someone that has a very distinct sound, I really laugh when I see him listed in the same sentences with Malmsteen, Van Halen, Dimebag, Zakk Wylde, Randy Rhoads, etc.  If he was that unbelievable, he wouldn't have been able to have been replaced by whatever goof Axl Rose trots out from tour to tour.

That said though, I totally dig Slash and his entire body of work.  Loved his Guns N' Roses stuff.  I liked Velvet Revolver.  By far, to me his best work to date has been the two Slash's Snakepit records.  His last record though, ROCK N FUCKIN' ROLL, was just a bit too disjointed for my taste.  I get that Slash was not trying to create a "band" with that record, but there were just too many singers and too many styles approached to make it a very cohesive record.  Still, that release did do one thing...it created the musical marriage between Slash and vocalist Myles Kennedy.  The Alter Bridge vocalist has been great since he debuted, and yet his talents have really been magnified working with Slash.  He has been universally accepted by all the Slash fans out there, and even more interestingly, by most of the Guns N' Roses fans that had little bad to say about Kennedy stepping in for Axl Rose at the Popular Music Hall Of Fame induction.  The two have created a musical band, and the fans are buying it.

That bond is on display on APOCALYPTIC LOVE; a true rock n' roll record that's engaging, rockin' and features tune after tune of excellence.  Without question, Slash and Kennedy have a chemistry that's all their own.   With Slash having so much music out there that has a distinct style to it, APOCALYPTIC LOVE showcases a growth away from that to some degree.  Songs like "You're A Lie" and "No More Heroes" are unmistakably Slash, but at the same time feature a new, less corrosive vibe than he ever showcased with Velvet Revolver, Snakepit or GnR.  In short, the music here is far more mature than anything he's done in the past.  For his part, Slash plays great as he always does.  His typical bluesy edge is all over songs like "Halo", and ultimately if you are a Slash fan, you won't be disappointed at all.

The real reason to check out this album though is Kennedy.  Kennedy has such a strong presence and is by far the most gifted vocalist Slash has ever worked with.  His range and his overall vibe dominates each and every song.  Listening to songs like "We Will Roam" showcase the range and compelling sound that had him set to replace Robert Plant in Led Zeppelin before they aborted that idea a few summers ago.  The beauty of APOCALYPTIC LOVE is that Kennedy brings what Slash has been missing for awhile to the table, while Slash brings a bit of a dirtier sound that has never been found in Kennedy's past work with Alter Bridge.  It's a win-win.

PITRIFF RATING - 92/100 - It's truly been a great week for new music in the ol' iPod.  APOCALYPTIC LOVE is a great record, be it Slash's name on it or any other band that's been a part of.  The chemistry between him and Myles Kennedy is apparent, and hopefully we'll get plenty more albums from the two of them.  This is really good rock n' roll music.

Chris Akin



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