Saturday, January 19, 2013

CD Review: Steven Adler Returns From The "Dead" With New Band

Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler is finally ready to release his debut full-length album. After his departure from GNR, Adler went into a deep depression and drug use. After stints on “Celebrity Rehab” and “Sober House,” Steven Adler is ready to get back to the music that he enjoys. His former band, Adler’s Appetite released a couple EPs and played a few shows, but never got around to recording a full album. Now his new band, simply known as Adler, released their debut album, “Better Off Dead” digitally last year and on CD exclusively through Core Revolt (
The album rocks as hard as anything that Steven Adler has done in the past. Lead singer Jacob Bunton has great hard rock voice as in the opening song, “Back From The Dead” that also shows glimpses of the late-eighties rock that Adler helped create. Former Dokken and Dio bassist Jeff Pilson plays bass on all the tracks as well as produces the album. The guitars of Lonny Paul are big and blazing as in “Own Worst Enemy,” while Adler’s drumming has never sounded better. A couple of friends drop by to lend a hand as Slash plays guitar on “Just Don’t Ask” and John 5 (Rob Zombie) plays on “Good To Be Bad.” The slow burn of “Waterfall” reflects back to the power ballads of the hard-rocking eighties as Michael Lord performs piano on the song. The album closes with the “Dead Wrong” which gives more of edginess to the album’s appeal.
Adler is currently working on setting up a tour of Japan with former Guns N’ Roses band mate Duff McKagan’s band Loaded. Check out Steven Adler’s facebook page ( for more information about the band.

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