Slash Talks New 'World on Fire:' 'The Whole Process Really Started From Nothing'

Here, a few more excerpts from the axeman's exclusive chat with UG.

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Nearly 30 years into his recording career, Slash has managed to retain his enthusiasm for his work.

With his new album "World on Fire" set to drop on Sept. 17, he explained precisely why that's the case in an exclusive interview with Ultimate-Guitar.

"I love it as much as I ever have going in the studio," he told. "Especially because I have a lot more experience these days, and I know exactly what it is I want to do."

The wide-ranging chat found Slash offering everything from a glimpse of his mindset heading into the sessions to a detailed rundown of some of the gear he used to achieve the record's sound. For fans eagerly anticipating the record's September 17 release, the wide-ranging interview should prove a tantalizing appetizer for the main course.

Recalling that "the whole process really started from nothing," he talked about building "World on Fire" out of "a bunch of ideas I'd recorded onto my phone" on his last tour, which led into rehearsals with drummer Brent Fitz and bassist Todd Kerns. "Brent and Todd are a huge pleasure to work with and really great rock and roll players. Real genuine rock guys," he enthused. "The s--t just came pouring out and it came together really quickly."

As Slash revealed further, unlike his previous release, which found him sharing guitar duties with singer Myles Kennedy, he played alone for "World on Fire." As he explained, prior to joining Guns N' Roses, he'd never intended to be part of a two-guitar lineup, and the blend he achieved with ex-GNR bandmate Izzy Stradlin would be impossible to reproduce. "To have the kind of chemistry Izzy and I had," he pointed out, "you don't know if you're ever gonna find that again."

The whole thing, Slash promised, will sound fantastic on vinyl, largely because he recorded the whole thing to tape.

"When it comes to technology and stuff, I'm not one of those guys who is a stickler about old school and this and that and the other. I love technology and some of the ideas and some of the things. I think ProTools is f--king amazing and what it does," he explained. "But when it comes to sounds and stuff, I find that tape - if you can get it - sounds better."

Read the full interview here.

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    "The s--t just came pouring out and it came together really quickly." This is the kind of sentence where context is absolutely essential.
    The problem with Slash is that he's not a great songwriter, he can write great riffs but he needs Axl Rose to push him to his capabilities, his solo stuff is really generic imo.
    Agreed. His first solo record was great (due to all the different singers and his guitar work). Apocalyptic Love was so polished, without any dirt in there..although he recorded in a Box and analog...and i just can't stand out Miles voice for too long anymore "30 years to life" is inmo just generic and boring. Hope that song don't define the new record. Miss the Snakepit!! :'( Just my opinion, kisses :*
    I agree completely. I honestly don't see what people like about his new stuff. It's incredibly generic and uninspired. It's no surprise they just churn this stuff out, because it sounds like they don't think about anything for longer than the time it takes to play it once. That being said, I've always been a huge Slash fan, so I'm not exactly proud to say I don't like what they're doing. I can't even blame it on Myles Kennedy (who I think is another weak songwriter and is fairly annoying to listen to) because the music by itself is pretty bland, too.
    No More Heroes, Far and Away, We Will Roam, Not For Me and Carolina were all generic and uninspired? On what planet?
    Who are you to judge what music is inspired? There's no way you can know that. I like his solo work. It's catchy, very energetic and pretty creative by rock'n'roll standards.
    Slash does what he does best, killer riffs, wailing wah solos and solid rock songs. If you want to get someone into balls-out rock, you play them Slash, be that Guns-era or solo stuff. F***ing legend.