On the new album World On Fire from Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, the acclaimed guitartist unleashes the kind of guitar frenzy we've come to expect — and appreciate — from this fretboard wizard, writes Ultimate Guitar.com.
Produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Alter Bridge), the album represents the third time the band — Slash, vocalist Myles Kennedy, bassist Todd Kerns and drummer Brent Fitz — have recorded together and accordingly the songs reveal the type of chemistry and dynamics only achieved by spending many hours together in a studio. Whereas the prior album Apocalyptic Love was recorded live with virtually no overdubs, World on Fire is a layered slab of Marshall riffs, acoustic and electric 12-strings and even a rare slide performance. On songs like the title track, "Stone Blind" and "Too Far Gone," Slash brings down the hammer with huge guitar riffs while on "Bent to Fly" and "Battleground" he picks clean guitars over the most haunting melodies Kennedy has ever sung.
"We've been playing together for awhile and I think it's gotten to the point where everybody's comfortable in our own skins," says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Slash, who has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, with seven Grammy nominations, a Grammy award and countless accolades. 'It turned out to be a very easy process. We definitely had chemistry from the very first time we entered a room together. It was instantaneous magic."
World On Fire marks the follow-up to the band's succesful and acclaimed 2012 debut, Apocalyptic Love, also released on Slash's own indie Dik Hayd International label distributed through Caroline. World On Fire comes on full throttle and in-your-face, a hunk of burning rock 'n' roll that takes no prisoners.
Slash is widely considered one of the greatest rock guitar players of all time. He has received countless accolades and awards including a 2007 star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame alongside his idols Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. An original member of iconic rock band Guns N' Roses, Slash helped the band create signature sounds like the guitar riff of No. 1 hit "Sweet Child o' Mine" and "Welcome To The Jungle." The band dominated the 1980s and '90s music scene selling more than 100 million albums worldwide.