Former Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy subbed for an MIA Axl Rose when Guns N' Roses were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month. Conveniently, Kennedy takes on a similar role on the second solo album by GNR guitarist Slash. No surprise then that Apocalyptic Love is filled with GNR-style sleazy and gritty hard rock. The best songs here, like "One Last Thrill," sound like Appetite for Destruction outtakes without getting too nostalgic; the worst, like "You're a Lie," load up on the formulaic arena-rock riffage and been-done-wrong choruses of Nickelback. Throughout, Slash pretty much updates GNR for a generation who missed the changing of the guard from hairspray-wielding musicians to guys who look like they'd trash your world to shreds.
— John Patrick Gatta
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