On sale September 15th, Classic Rock's Slash Fan Pack includes the guitar hero's fantastic new album World On Fire with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, plus an in-depth, glossy, full-colour magazine dedicated to every aspect of how the album was written and recorded. Read: exclusive new interviews with Slash, Myles Kennedy, the band members, the album's producer and cover artist, and Slash and Myles' full track by-track breakdown of the new release. See: Slash's Firepower! An exclusive photo shoot for Classic Rock Presents... featuring Slash's favourite new guitars; exclusive fly-on-the-wall pics from inside the studio Plus: competitions and much more. This album is the former Guns N'Roses and Velvet Revolver guitar hero's third as a solo artist, and the follow-up to 2010's Slash and 2012's Apocalyptic Love (Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators) both of which were released with Classic Rock in Fan Pack form.
Fanpack edition includes:
• Full album ‘World On Fire'
• 116-page magazine
• Giant double sided A1 poster
• Exclusive Design Metal Pin Badge
**THE FIRST 5000 CUSTOMERS TO ORDER BEFORE 10TH AUGUST WILL RECEIVE A PERSONALISED POSTER**
WORLD ON FIRE is also available now for pre-order on iTunes!
The group revealed the cover artwork for WORLD ON FIRE designed by American contemporary artist Ron English today which you can see in full on our Facebook page. Featuring the blazing title track as the first single the disc marks SLASH's third solo album and second one with his band featuring MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums) and TODD KERNS (bass).
For WORLD ON FIRE, SLASH and his band tapped Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus) to produce. Among the 17 songs is an instrumental--a powerful new turn for the band. WORLD ON FIRE is the follow-up to 2012's critically acclaimed Apocalyptic Love which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned SLASH two No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits--his first-ever solo--with "You're A Lie" and "Standing In The Sun." SLASH officially began recording as a solo artist with his self-titled 2010 debut album which employed a different vocalist on each track of his first album including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedy among others.
WORLD ON FIRE Track Listing:
"World on Fire"
"30 Years to Life"
"Bent to Fly"
"Too Far Gone"
"Beneath the Savage Sun"
"Iris of the Storm"
The debut album 'Still Life Moving Fast' from EMPRESS AD is out now!
Having taken time to carefully hone their style of the music they love, EMPRESS AD have written an arsenal of songs that veer from an expansive, progressive sound to an aggressive, controlled roar. Citing their influences as Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and new label-mates Mastodon and Opeth, the Berkshire four piece locked themselves away in a UK studio with experienced New York-based producer, Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Pelican, Old Man Gloom) to craft their debut. Their method of recording the music live, quickly, and as organically as possible has led to noticeable nuances within the album - details for the listener to pick up on after repeated plays - but, more importantly, it has led to the kind of natural feel to the music that cannot be replicated with a couple of extra weeks tweaking behind the scenes.
The result is a debut album for the ages. With lyrics that focus upon suggestive metaphors for the intangible minutiae of everyday life rather than relationships and lost love, this is a band of musicians as focused upon grooving together as one as they are on their songwriting and being able to relate to fans on an emotional level. Soothing and utterly crushing in turn, EMPRESS AD's music juxtaposes gentle harmonies with frantic ferocity; relaxed strumming followed by thrash beats, time signature changes and other meanderings that you'll just have to find out about for yourself. The album's artwork was created by San Francisco artist Seth Curcio.
"Many of you have heard the rumours already and we can now confirm that the album release has indeed been pushed back to late August," commented Opeth frontman, Mikael Åkerfeldt. "Several circumstances prevented the band from delivering essential basic tools to Roadrunner in time which are needed to set up the album release properly and release schedule conflicts made us mutually decide on August instead of June."
"PALE COMMUNION," which was produced by the band's very own Mikael Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and Porcupine Tree frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson.
Flint, MI, the forgotten city, is where KING 810 call home and it's the dystopian dwelling that sets the back drop for the band's debut LP, Memoirs of a Murderer. With no mayor to preside over the bereft community and a miniscule police force, Flint, MI teaches its young to fend for themselves. Memoirs of a Murderer is an embodiment of KING 810's life within this pressure cooker, a glimpse into the personal account of this disappearing metropolis where tree branches live longer than the children do.
Memoirs of a Murderer is a memoir of the life of frontman David Gunn set to the backdrop of Flint, MI. Cut to a crackling old tape recorder, Gunn's narrative eclipses three distinct movements, traveling from a very real place down a rabbit hole into the abstract. The three movements align with Freud's psychoanalytic theory of personality, in which the three elements of personality - known as the id, the ego and the superego - work together to create complex human behaviors.
Whether shootings at nine-years-old or knife fights as a pre-teen, the first act of Memoirs of a Murderer captures the violence that plagues the streets of Flint. Songs like the introductory tracks "Killem All" and "Fat Around The Heart" are blood-spattered evidence of that. This is a lament born out of the necessity for survival as Gunn and his bandmates - Andrew Beal (guitar), Eugene Gill (bass) and Andrew Workman (drums) - have formed a bond forged by the pressures of the streets. They are a family who look after each other, there is love in the belly of this beast.
The first of two spoken words found on Memoirs of a Murder transitions the record into its second movement where Gunn explores themes of love. Unlike the brotherhood discoursed in part one of the record, tracks like "Eyes" and "Devil Don't Cry" immerse the album in echoes of lost love.
Transcending the tangible, a second spoken word acts as the vehicle to the final segment of Memoirs of a Murderer which includes a message from Gunn's mother urging him to let go of the violence back in the battlefields of Flint. During an extremely candid song, "Write About Us", Gunn rattles off loved ones in his life by name-and their own trials. During the final musical memoir, "State of Nature", Gunn pleads not for redemption but remembrance as what may or may not be left of him floats off into the ether, further than ever from where he first began this journey of self-examination.
These are David Gunn's Memoirs, chilling and starkly poetic, introspective and brutally honest. Keep this in mind as you listen to these tapes.