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Adler
Back from the Dead
Type: CD
Company: New Ocean
Release: 2012
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 9/1/2012
Fantastic debut album from ex-Guns 'N Roses member
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t anxiously awaiting the release of this one. Steven Adler is known for his work with Guns ‘N Roses, notably the classic ‘Appetite for Destruction’ as well as both ‘Use Your Illusion’ records. His drumming was also found on two EPs by his Adler’s Appetite band. Now, things take a more professional approach with this full length album under the name Adler. The album is produced by Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Pilson/Lynch) and features guest appearances from Pilson, Slash (Guns ‘N Roses), John 5 (Rob Zombie) and Michael Lord. Arguably this is as good or better than his former band’s ‘Chinese Conspiracy’ but sequestered from that punch-drunk sound. ‘Back from the Dead’ is an exceptional album with an appreciable amount of quality tracks and moments. Title track opener sets the mood perfectly with the soothing voice of unknown Jacob Bunton. The track explodes into a mid-tempo revelry that carouses and roisters with energy and lifeblood. “Another Version of the Truth” is adroitly played commercial hard rock built on hook and harmonized vocals. The whole album is a pleasant surprise and another firm entry in what has become a rather fruitful career from Adler. Forget the drugs, jail-time and lawsuits for a moment and just appreciate what Adler has accomplished.
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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
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