SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS
(Dik Hayd International)
When Guns N’ Roses were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, Myles Kennedy subbed for an MIA Axl Rose at the backslapping concert. It’s easy to hear why GNR’s former guitarist likes Kennedy, who joined Scott Stapp’s old Creed bandmates in the forgettable Alter Bridge: His growl-to-a-screech vocals are straight outta 1987 Hollywood. And so is Slash’s second solo album, a hard-rock relic stuffed with slinky guitar riffs and sweeping, empty lyrics about “running until the very end.” The Conspirators plow through Apocalyptic Love with a heavy-handed thud while their leader tosses of ringing leads like he still has an appetite for destruction. Chinese Democracy had more relevance.