Will Preston

Tag: Lemmy

Saul Hudson & Chums

by on Apr.27, 2010, under Albums, Music, Review


He sold his chair to buy more guitars...

He’s probably one of the only people I have ever seen who can display a lot of personality by just not talking (well, him and Clint Eastwood, but Clint still knocks you dead when he says what he needs to say). Probably more famous for his trademark (*cough* Mark Bolon *cough*) hat and hair, Slash is one of the icons of rock that pops up every time you raise a horned fist into the air. Although his new album is considered his debut solo album, I think people are forgetting about ‘Slash’s Snakepit’, his project after splitting up with ‘Guns N’ Roses’. Whilst this new affair and his snakepit was an all star project, We are now presented with a string of ‘guest’s’. Although They don’t feel like guests on Slash’s album; more the other way round. A collection of B sides and guest appearances on other peoples albums rather than a collection of Slash-heavy work.

My main issue with this album from the off is that it’s too bland. Slash has pretty much reached that ‘Eagles-esque’ level of playing dull music that isn’t bad, but isn’t great either. Technically, it’s a good effort, but then again technically ‘Nickelback’s’ back catalogue is as well. And the less said about them the better! This is the kind of album you’d play at a party with no personality; a gathering of unrelated friends – yet again, but like the album itself. What really surprises me is the cameos from people who can usually kick a bit of arse into a dull song. Ozzy Osbourne pops up and makes me want to cut my own head off rather than nod it. Talk about a ‘Suicide Solution’. eh, Ozzy? Even Iggy Pop abandons being vaguely crazy and lulls into the smooth twang that really lets the album down. Same goes for Lemmy’s appearance. But the human house plant, Andrew Stockdale of ‘Wolfmother’, gives the album some worth with his contribution (such a contribution that Slash is nowhere to be heard) with ‘By The Sword’. It deserves the radio play single treatment by far – a great song with power and melody. That , and it doesn’t drift me into an angered slumber.

There’s a cameo by, sur-ruddy-prise, Dave Grohl. I do like the man and he really has talent, but does he have to appear on every all star affair nowadays? Also, there’s Kid Rock abandoning his ‘Twat-Rap’ routine and sounding like every single contemporary rock singer for the last ten years. But he was never that good to begin with, so we’ll let him off with a caution and a £30 fine. If you’re looking to fill the space in your CD collection where a new Velvet Revolver album should be, give it a go. Just don’t expect the next ‘Guns N’ Roses’ album, expect a mayonnaise enema; bland on the whole.

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Motorhead @ Portsmouth Guildhall

by on Nov.25, 2009, under Gigs, Music, Review

Motorhead 1At one point one the loudest band on earth, Motorhead proved this fact with a thunderous set of blisteringly loud metal. The night started off with great support by the all girl metal band Girlschool followed by legendary punk rock band The Damned. With a large crowd of metallers, punks and goths waiting in anticipation at seeing the rock god himself, it was obvious that this was going to be a loud gig. The lights went down, the noise came up and on stage is Lemmy, a real living rock legend.

As this tour wasn’t for a new album, the set was a great mix of old and new songs from the bands 35 year back catalogue. For a band consisting of just 3 guys over the age of 40, the sound was intense and everyone could not help but jump and bang their heads. There’s something about being in the presence of a group of such notoriety that just possess you to move. Amongst the old favourites of ‘Bomber’, ‘Iron fist and ‘Killed By Death’, newer songs such as ‘Killers, ‘Rock Out’ and ‘One Night Stand’ blended together nicely. As soon as the band went off stage and the place turned pitch black, the floor shook tremendously from an encore being demanded.

A screeching cheer exploded as the band returned to play 2 last songs; The world famous ‘Ace Of Spades’ and an extended version of ‘Overkill’. This is the 5th time I have seen this band and I am already looking to get tickets for them next year. After 35 years, things have only got better.

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