World on Fire (album)

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World on Fire
Slash - World on Fire.png
Studio album by
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
ReleasedSeptember 16, 2014 (2014-09-16)
Recorded2014, NRG Studios (Los Angeles)
Studio Barbarosa South (Orlando)
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
Length77:24
LabelDik Hayd International
Roadrunner
ProducerMichael "Elvis" Baskette
Slash chronology
Apocalyptic Love
(2012)
World on Fire
(2014)
Live at the Roxy 9.25.14
(2015)
Myles Kennedy chronology
Fortress
(2013)
World on Fire
(2014)
Live at the Roxy 9.25.14
(2015)
Singles from World on Fire
  1. "World on Fire"
    Released: June 16, 2014
  2. "Bent to Fly"
    Released: July 1, 2014
  3. "30 Years to Life"
    Released: August 19, 2014

World on Fire is the second studio album billed to the American band Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, consisting of Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and his backup band, released on September 16, 2014; it also acts as Slash's third solo album.[1]

The album was written by Slash and Myles Kennedy while on the road, and produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette. Kennedy had focused on rhythm guitar and vocals on Apocalyptic Love, but due to his touring with Alter Bridge he worked only on vocals for World On Fire.[2] Returning members Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz played bass and drums, respectively, on the album. The album was given a limited edition box set release which included a T-shirt and a new lenticular album cover.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Slash and Myles Kennedy, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."World on Fire"4:31
2."Shadow Life" (Slash, Kennedy, Todd Kerns)4:00
3."Automatic Overdrive"3:35
4."Wicked Stone"5:27
5."30 Years to Life"5:08
6."Bent to Fly"4:56
7."Stone Blind"3:49
8."Too Far Gone"4:07
9."Beneath the Savage Sun"5:48
10."Withered Delilah"3:10
11."Battleground"6:59
12."Dirty Girl"4:14
13."Iris of the Storm"4:00
14."Avalon"3:00
15."The Dissident"4:26
16."Safari Inn" (Slash; instrumental)3:26
17."The Unholy"6:48
Total length:77:24

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic63/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[4]
Kerrang3/5 stars[3]
AltSounds9/10 stars [5]

World on Fire received generally positive reviews from critics.

Allmusic stated "Everything hovers around the "pretty good" mark: Slash, naturally, stands out and his solos are nearly as pleasurable as his riffs, the Conspirators hit their marks with aplomb, as does Myles Kennedy, who never gets in the way of songs, not even ones he's written. As this train barrels on, there's the sense that the record never really started and will never really end, but such full-throttle indulgence may indeed be what some fans want, for there is a whole lot of bang for this buck."[4]

Personnel[edit]

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
Production personnel

Commercial performance[edit]

World on Fire entered the Billboard 200 at number ten, selling 29,000 album-equivalent units in its first week of release.[6] In the second week, the album dropped down 71 percent to No. 37 on the chart, selling 8,250 copies.[7] The album went on to sell another 4,950 album-equivalent units in the third week on the Billboard 200 album chart, dropping 42 percent to No. 66.[8] As of January 21, 2015, World on Fire had sold more than 80,000 copies in the United States.[9] In Canada, the album peaked at number four on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 5,300 copies in its first week of release.[10] In the United Kingdom, the release peaked at No. 7 and was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry for more than 60,000 sales on 18 August 2017.[11]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[12] 2
Austrian Top 75 Albums[12] 5
Belgian Ultratop (Flanders)[12] 26
Belgian Ultratop (Wallonia)[12] 11
Canadian Albums Chart[13] 4
Danish Albums Chart[12] 8
Dutch Albums Chart[12] 6
Finnish Albums Chart[12] 3
French Albums Chart[12] 7
German Albums Chart[14] 2
Hungarian Albums Chart[15] 2
Italian Albums Chart[12] 3
Iceland Albums Chart[16] 5
Japanese Albums Chart[17] 18
New Zealand Albums Chart[12] 4
Norwegian Albums Chart[12] 13
Portuguese Albums Chart[18] 15
Spanish Albums Chart[12] 11
Swedish Albums Chart[12] 1
Swiss Albums Chart[12] 1
Irish Albums Chart[12][failed verification] 2
UK Albums Chart[19] 7
US Billboard 200[20] 10
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[21] 2
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[22] 3
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[23] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
US Billboard Rock Albums[24] 70
US Billboard Hard Rock Albums[25] 22
US Billboard Independent Albums[26] 29

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Poland (ZPAV)[27] Gold 10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] Silver 60,000^
United States 80,000[9]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date
Japan September 10, 2014
Malaysia September 11, 2014
Australia September 11, 2014
Mexico September 12, 2014
Europe September 15, 2014
United States September 16, 2014
Canada September 16, 2014
South America September 16, 2014

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "SLASH And MYLES KENNEDY Discuss 'World On Fire' Album". Blabbermouth.net. May 27, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  3. ^ a b metacritic
  4. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "World on Fire - Slash". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  5. ^ Arthur, Greg. "Slash - World on Fire". AltSounds. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  6. ^ Keith Caulfield (24 September 2014). "Barbra Streisand Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Chris Brown at No. 2 – Billboard". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  7. ^ Matt Brown (3 October 2014). "Metal By Numbers 10/3: Nothing To Brag About". Metal Insider. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  8. ^ Matt Brown (8 October 2014). "Metal By Numbers 10/8: The Return Trip". Metal Insider. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  9. ^ a b Matt Brown (21 January 2015). "Metal By Numbers 1/21: We heart Sylosis". Metal Insider. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  10. ^ Alan Cross (25 September 2014). "A Journal of Musical ThingsWeekly Music Sales Report and Analysis: 25 September 2014". A Journal of Musical Things. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  11. ^ "BRIT Certified". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o http://www.danishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Slash+feat.+Myles+Kennedy+%26+The+Conspirators&titel=World+On+Fire&cat=a
  13. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/2012-06-09/canadian-albums
  14. ^ http://www.musicline.de/de/chartverfolgung_summary/artist/Slash/28655/longplay
  15. ^ "MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége". mahasz.hu. Retrieved 2012-05-30.
  16. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/2012-06-09/german-albums
  17. ^ ワールド・オン・ファイアー~デラックス・エディション スラッシュ. Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  18. ^ "OLiS: sales for the period 21.05.2012 - 27.05.2012". OLiS.
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 22, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/slash/chart-history/
  21. ^ "Slash Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard.
  22. ^ "Slash Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.
  23. ^ "Slash Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard.
  24. ^ "2014 Year End Charts - Top Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  25. ^ "2014 Year End Charts - Hard Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  26. ^ "2014 Year End Charts - Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  27. ^ "ZPAV OLIS Entry 3380" (in Polish). ZPAV Poland. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  28. ^ "British album certifications – Slash – World on Fire". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 10 July 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type World on Fire in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.