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ADLER

Back From The Dead

(New Ocean Media)

Reviewed by : Aaron Small
Rating : 8.5

Original GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Steven Adler has overcome unbelievable obstacles and returned with an appropriately titled, and surprisingly good, debut album from his new outfit, ADLER. After being fired from GN’R in 1990 over his heroin addiction, Steven disappeared from the public eye, only to suffer a stroke in ’96 resulting in a speech impediment. This was followed by five months in prison in ’98. 2003 saw Steven return to music with ADLER’S APPETITE. Then came reality TV and disturbing appearances on Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew in 2008 and 2011. In 2010, Steven published his autobiography, revealing he had survived “28 ODs, three botched suicides, and two heart attacks.” Back From The Dead indeed!

Now a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Steven Adler is refocused and rocking hard. Teaming up with vocalist Jacob Bunton (LYNAM, MARS ELECTRIC), bassist Johnny Martin (CHELSEA SMILES) and his old Adler’s Appetite guitarist Lonny Paul, Steven has released a solid 11-song CD produced by former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson. Chock full of catchy tunes reviving the mid to late ‘80s Los Angeles Sunset Strip scene, and sprinkled with a touch of New York punk attitude, this constitutes an impressive comeback. It must be noted however that Steven does not have any writing credits on Back From The Dead. That being said, he enlisted the help of two high-profile guitarists, namely former GN’R bandmate SLASH who plays on ‘Just Don’t Ask’, and ROB ZOMBIE axe-man JOHN 5 guesting on ‘Good To Be Bad’. First single and video ‘The One That You Hated’ is no nonsense rock ‘n roll. Highly combustible, yet slightly dated raw energy pervades ‘Another Version Of The Truth’ and ‘Own Worst Enemy’, whereas ‘Blown Away’ is the most modern sounding of the bunch. Throughout the album, the lyrics reference Steven’s troubled past: “It started with the liquor, but pills were quicker and so I took enough to die,” “Maybe my mistakes have outshone the sun, but I know I’m not the only one,” and “A few years later this old boy became a cliché, a washed up junkie with a label next to his name,” are but a small sample. Fully recognizing his reckless life, and combining that with new found ambition, results in a bountiful bunch of edgy yet melodic songs with sing along choruses and just the right amount of grit. Welcome back Steven, we missed you.




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