Release Date: Sep 16, 2014
Record label: Dik Hayd Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Album Rock, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Guitar Virtuoso
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators is quite a mouthful for a band and World on Fire is quite a handful for an album. World on Fire stretches on and on, weighing in at 17 tracks, which is just one song longer than Use Your Illusion I, but where that record gained momentum (not to mention identity) through its mess, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators gives the impression that they continue recording because they simply don't know when they're done. Perhaps a good edit or two would've turned the record into something leaner, but there's no evident place to cut.
Much like the snakes that he uses symbolically and keeps as pets, Slash's professional life has been a long and winding one that has seen him repeatedly shed his skin and begin anew (while probably making some killer boots out of the remains). The Guns N' Roses explosion and implosion is still a hot topic in pop culture, while Velvet Revolver looked set to take the crown for a few years before it became clear that they were a – very, very bright – flash in the pan. Not even counting the Snakepit albums, sharing a stage and studio with Michael Jackson et al, acting stints, video game sponsorships and film production, the current stage of his serpentine career spawned from 2010's debut solo album.