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Slash Solo Albums Ranked

Between cheating death, dealing with hard-core singers, and writing some of the most beloved guitar riffs in rock history, Slash knows how to keep busy.

He changed the hard-rock guitar paradigm on Guns N’ Roses’ 1987 debut album, appetite for destruction, flying in the face of pointy-headed super-shredders with his edgy riffs and bluesy solos indebted to Jimmy Page, Keith Richards and Joe Perry. Slash’s game has become more progressive to match Axl Rose’s grandiose vision of the twin Use your illusion albums, which turned out to be the last GNR albums of original material to feature the top hat guitarist before he left the band in 1996.

From the wreckage of Guns N’ Roses, Slash formed Slash’s Snakepit, with fellow Gunners Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke as well as Alice in Chains bassist Mike Inez and former Jellyfish guitarist Eric Dover on vocals. Slash has always insisted that Snakepit was a band, not a solo project – but come on, do you think Tico Torres for a minute thinks Bon Jovi is his bandaged?

The debut of Snakepit in 1995, It’s five o’clock somewhere, was a towering blues-rock epic with the kind of muscled riffs, dizzying solos and jaw-dropping vocals that made Guns N’ Roses famous. In fact, it could have been a GNR album, if Rose hadn’t allegedly rejected the songs.

Slash disbanded the Snakepit shortly after release It’s five o’clock somewhererelaunching the project a few years later with a new line-up to release their second and final album, 2000’s Life is not great. Once again, the project proved to be short-lived, as Slash soon teamed up with Sorum, Duff McKagan, and former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland to launch Velvet Revolver. The supergroup enjoyed brief and meteoric success but soon imploded under the weight of its collective ego and unchecked drug addiction.

Once again, Slash found himself a man without a group. So he called over a dozen of his famous friends to sing on his self-titled debut solo album, released 23 years later. Appetite hit the shelves. The album was decidedly mixed, but it introduced Slash to Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy, whom he recruited as full-time lead singer. With the backing of the Conspirators, Slash and Kennedy went on their own with 2012’s Apocalyptic love2014 follow-up world on fire2018 Living the dream and 2022 4.

Revisit all of these solo projects, from his Snakepit albums to his collaborations with Kennedy, below in our list of ranked Slash solo albums.

Slash Solo Albums Ranked

The top hat guitarist has kept busy outside of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver.