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An apt title if ever there was as Guns and Roses iconic drummer gets on board with a new band and puts out his first full length album since his departure from that giant of a band. For a lot of us this has been a long time coming and a rebranding from Adler’s Appetite to Adler signals a change of direction from being essentially a Gunners cover band with originals thrown in to a fully-fledged band in its own right with a new identity.



There are of course two buring questions. Do they sound any good? And do they sound like Guns and Roses… The answer to the first is, to be quite frank, yes they do; and the second is perhaps something that only you can decide given the passage of years and the recent output from Axl’s band who may or may not, depending on your own personal viewpoint, sound remotely like classic Gunners themselves…



Any album produced by Jeff Pilson (and I’m kicking myself I didn’t ask about this one when I spoke to him the other week) is bound to be in safe hands sonically and anything with Jacob Bunton from Lynam is bound to tick the box that says ‘great vocals’. Add to that Lonny Paul from Adler’s Appetite and Johnny Marin from Chelsea Smiles and you are bound to get something of quality.  So I guess then it’s all down to the songs themselves which see the Paul/Bunton axis take up the brunt of the song-writing along with input from Jeff.



From the off you know that this is something new.



Crank this up to full volume and opener and title track ‘Back From the Dead’ lays down a pretty compelling template for the album. It’s a song that dispels any ideas that this is going to be a mere homage to Adler’s past band. Sure there are elements in there of the great rock and roll sound that dominated the late eighties but this is very much a new beast. It’s also a pretty loud and impressive beast.



The Bluesy opening to ‘Back...’ lets rip into an aggressive riff that just says ‘listen’.  It’s a song that signals a rebirth for Adler and a birth for the new band, it’s also pretty damned good. Any worries that this might be a one off are soon dispelled as ‘Own Worst Enemy’ maintains the quality and the pace. The songs are also lyrically signalling the defiance that surely Steven must be feeling, and to be honest it feels like a statement of intent as much as an album. The feel is distinctly modern, but a modern take on the music we all love. Think a harder-edged edgier Buckcherry (one of the bands I always thought used the eighties rock template particularly well) that wants to get back to good old rock and roll.




As albums go I think I’m as surprised as anyone at how good this is, and equally by how consistent this is. There are also a couple of notable guest slots on two of the best songs here. Slash cameos on ‘Just Don’t Ask’ a ballad with a giant chorus; and John 5 lends a hand to ‘Good to Be Bad’ a tune that is probably the best here. So from ballads to straight rock to sleazy rock and roll we’ve got something for everyone. Our favourites include ‘Your Diamonds’ and the kiss-ass ‘Blown Away’ but there’s really not really anything here that doesn’t hit the spot. Let’s hope this lasts!




By Mark Diggins