11 11 2014



World On Fire (Warner Bros)


Key Track: ‘Automatic Overdrive’


It’s just over 20 years since perennially top hatted guitarist Slash bowed out from the ongoing soap opera that is/was Guns ‘N’ Roses. However, despite the decades that have passed (and subsequent metric ton of moaning from his former cohort Axl Rose), in a weird way it’s like he never left. For millions of people, he will always be “Yer man from Guns ‘N’ Roses” and judging by the material on his latest solo record, Slash seems just fine with that as World On Fire doesn’t stray too far from the sound that made him a household name.

His third “official” solo record (90s project Slash’s Snakepit was a different beast entirely) Myles Kennedy once again features on vocals and it’s packed with plenty of sleazy riffs to appease the faithful. World On Fire is far from a classic though, as it suffers from way too many songs. At 17 tracks and a running time of a whopping 77minutes, the record tests the patience more often than not and the likes of run of the mill hard rock romps such as ‘Wicked Stone’ and ‘Dirty Girl’ blend into one. ‘Automatic Overdrive’ is a stand-out though, thanks to Slash changing things up with a distinctly NWOBHM-like riff and the title track is an incendiary offering, but overall the record is as bloated as Slash’s ex band-mate.



Guns ‘N’ Roses For Ireland

4 06 2010

Yes readers, Axl and friends are coming to Belfast and Dublin this summer (well, finger’s crossed anyway) and as it’s only a couple of days after my birthday I’m feeling rather smug. More details below


Tickets On Sale Friday 11 June at 9.00am

Guns N’ Roses have confirmed concert dates at The Odyssey Arena, Belfast on 31 August and The O2, Dublin on 01 September, 2010.  Tickets for both concerts will go on sale Friday 11 June at 9.00am.
The worldwide tour promotes the band’s current album, Chinese Democracy, which debuted at #1 on the charts in thirteen countries including Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, as well as the European Top 100 Albums survey.
Chinese Democracy was released on Black Frog/Geffen Records in November 2008 and reached 3 times Platinum in Canada, Platinum in Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, UK, Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa. The album is Gold in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Holland, Sweden, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Brazil and Colombia. In the U.S., the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on February 3, 2009.
Guns N’ Roses – Axl Rose, Frank Ferrer, Tommy Stinson, Richard Fortus, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Dizzy Reed, Chris Pitman and welcomed guitarist Dj Ashba -last toured the world in 2006 – 2007, performing 60 concerts in 26 countries playing for over a million fans.
Produced by Axl Rose and Caram Costanzo, Chinese Democracy includes 14 tracks.
Guns N’Roses
The Odyssey Arena, Belfast
31 August, 2010
The O2, Dublin
01 September, 2010
Tickets on sale Friday 11 July at 9.00am

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Albums of the Year

11 12 2008

Ok, so it’s that time of year when editors ask me to put together a list of records for their (ultimately) pontless end of year polls. I’m not really into lists/listing things in general. For some reason my brain doesn’t work that way and my idea of hell is when people ask me who my favourite interview was or what my favourite gig was. I usually draw a blank.

This week ,the new issue of AU is out and and as usual they have their end of year album poll ( Although I’m still a contributer (six years and counting next year) I didn’t enter into the spirit of things this time around and never compiled a list. “It’ll only end up the usual, predictable indie shite” was my take and guess what? I was right! Still, if that’s what people voted for, then who am I to argue? I should also add that there’s nothing wrong with indie music,it’s  just that too much of it makes Edwin an angry boy.

However, a month ago, while sitting in a Dublin hotel, I decided that since I’m still a new boy at Hot Press (nearly a year and counting) I’d put aside my misgivings on these things and send in my top 20 albums. It was all done anonymously through a feature on their website and I spent a LONG time putting it together because I just didn’t know where to start. Anyway, below is what I came up with. If you think I’ve missed something out let me know (it can be hard to remember everything when you review about 10records every single week of the year).

Anyway, without further ado, here’s Blogging a Dead Horse’s top 20 albums of the year.

1) Fight Like Apes-‘Fight Like Apes and the Mystery of the Golden Medallion.’

2)Sons and Daughters-‘This Gift.’

3)Valient Thorr-‘Immortaliser.’

4)Fighting with Wire-‘Man Vs Monster.’ (It’s been kicking around for a while but this year it was officially released).

5)Geoffrey Oi!Cott-‘The Good, the Bad and the Googly.’


7)Girls Aloud-‘Out of Control.’

8)Blaze Bayley-‘The Man Who Would Not Die.’

9)Johnny Foreinger-‘Waited Up ‘Til It Was Light.’

10)The Night Marchers-‘See You In Magic.’

11)Horrorpops-‘Kiss Kiss Kill Kill.’


13)Black Kids-‘Partie Traumatic.’

14)The Sword-‘Gods of the Earth.’

15)Imelda May-‘Love Tattoo.’

16)Jaguar Love-‘Take Me to the Sea.’


18)Mindless Self Indulgence-‘If.’

19)Guns ‘N’ Roses-‘Chinese Democracy.’ (I’m probably the only one to vote for this but I love it because it’s as mad as a bag of hammers).

20)Story of Hair-‘Cheap Rate.’


So there you have it. It’s more than likely out of order and I’ve probably forgotten the odd thing, but fuck it. I’ve always been about looking ahead rather than looking back anyway.

Onwards and upwards!

You’re In The Jungle Baby.You’re Gonna Dieeee!

24 11 2008

Well currently I’m still recovering from this year’s Comic Con in Dublin. Those Marvel folks really know how to booze, but I called it a day at 4.30am for fear of being hospitalised. Will post more up about it at some point (including some snaps of the sweet Daredevil and Hulk sketches I got from Michael Lark and Liam Sharpe)but for now I just want to say to any readers that are interested, tune in to Arts Extra tonight from 6.30pm on BBC Radio Ulster to hear me reviewing the new GNR record. After the initial shock from some of the tracks I have to say I now love it.

More Later.