It’s hard to get excited by a Slash solo album. Sure, the guy’s responsible for one of the best riffs in rock ‘n’ roll history (“Sweet Child of Mine”), but without a strong vocalist or an impressive backing band, who cares? While that argument still stands, it’s hard to ignore his latest project, his forthcoming studio solo record, Slash. It seems like everyone’s on this thing and everyone sort of is, really. You’ve got Lemmy, Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Cornell, Kid Rock, Iggy Pop… hell, even Fergie managed to squeeze in on the action. But out of the prospective 13 tracks, it’s the song with Dave Grohl and Duff McKagan that’s got us excited.
Titled “Watch This”, the song is nothing but pure unadulterated rock. No vocals, just metal. There’s Grohl’s thudding drums, McKagan’s equally-thudding bass lines, and of course, Slash’s impressive guitar work. It’s not something to really turn enjoy, or even download or buy, but it’s definitely worth a listen. Think of it like a new exhibit in a museum. It’s likely not going to stay with you forever, but if you’re there… why not?
That pretty much sums up the song (and most likely the album, too). We’ll see April 6th.