"The Taking"

 By Dark Starr

Duff McKagan is best known as a founding member of both Guns N Roses and Velvet Revolver. In some ways, this album resembles both bands, but in some ways it’s different than both. While it’s far from monolithic, much of the music has a raw punk sort of vibe. The first cut "Lords of Abaddon" comes crashing in with metallic brutality but the next track "Executioner's Song" kick things up yet another notch with a tune that sounds like Guns N' Roses on steroids. That stripped down punky vibe continues with the likes of "Your Name" and "Follow Me To Hell". But other songs such as "Easier Lying" and the poppy "Indian Summer" add some welcome variety to the mix.

If there’s a problem, it’s that the first three songs are the best on show. From there it just seems to go downhill. It would have been better to save one of the opening tracks for the closing position, thus leaving the listener poised to play it again. It should be mentioned, for those with children, that this does earn a parental advisory warning.