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Album Review: Slash - World On Fire

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Slash Feat. Miles Kennedy and The Conspirators – World On Fire

Written by Dave Smiles

Slash. What can you say about him? An accomplished guitar player who doesn’t need to rely on effects and down tuned guitars. A laid back and down to earth rock star who, in a world of over saturated insight into celebrity’s lives, still maintains some mystic; and possibly the last of the ‘rock star’ generation of musicians.

I’ll admit I’m biased, Guns N Roses is my all-time favourite band. I’m obsessed. Slash, to me, represents everything that is just so damn cool about rock n roll and guitar playing. So in an age where the ‘album’ has lost much of its value I welcome everything about this release with open arms. -- The song writing, the playing, the cover art, the sequence of the songs. Everything.

World On Fire keeps it old school in terms of production. As on his previous two solo releases, Slash (2010) and Apocalyptic Love (2012), this album was recorded on tape. For those who appreciate the effort musicians go through in the studio to create the best possible sounding album, (which is a costly procedure so BUY it) you’ll be happy to know it was produced with the intention to be released on vinyl.

The running time of 77 minutes is sure to challenge the attention spans of the iPhone generation, but how often do we read comments from ‘fans’ whingeing about the excessive wait in-between releases. Well, here’s seventeen new songs for you to digest a whole two years since his last album.

The expected dirty riffs and fired up solos come thick and fast on tracks like World On Fire, Shadow Life and the stand out head-banger Beneath The Savage Sun which contains some Alice In Chains style vocals / guitar harmonies. Touring the previous album and jamming on ideas for these tracks, as opposed to emailing files to each other) has certainly helped tighten the band as a unit. Automatic Overdrive, 30 Years To Life and the instrumental, Safari Inn, shows that the long winded title ‘Slash featuring Miles Kennedy and The Conspirators’ is indeed justified.

If short straight up rock songs are your thing, then Withered Delilah and Avalon clock in at the three minute mark, but if you’re into the more epic tracks Battleground and The Unholy are almost seven minutes each. Both are paced, multi-sectioned tracks that not only give a great display of Slash’s many talents but also allow the amazing vocals of Miles Kennedy a chance to shine.

As much as Slash is known for his hard rocking lifestyle, dirty guitar riffs and fast bluesy soloing, he’s also a master of getting the guitar to ‘sing’ during the more tender ballads. Bent To Fly shows he is still a master of emotive playing suited for these types of songs.

It wasn’t until November that 2014 had an album achieve Platinum status, and that was Taylor Swift. Why World On Fire hasn’t exceeded Platinum is beyond my comprehension.

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