Title track,World On Fire, kicks the album off with a merciless bolt of lightning, no frills here, just a balls out rocker. The stop start of Shadow Life loses momentum a bit after the anarchic beginning but Automatic Overdrive quickly regains speed with it's punk-esque vibe.
Slash gets his A game out for the first time on Wicked Stone,a menacingly melodic gem, the highlight of the album so far. The wonderfully melancholy Bent To Fly lets you draw breathe a little, but not for long, as Stone Blind with it's deceptively slow start quickly detonates with explosive fury. Beneath The Savage Sun bears all the hallmarks of Black Sabbath, a riff laden epic with an air of doom throughout.
The album gets a well needed kick up the ass with Avalon, a real roll the top down and cruise tune, and then goes up a gear with The Dissident. Though probably more Alter Bridge than Slash, it's infectious chorus is irresistible, probably my favourite on the album. The Unholy finishes things up on a dark but majestic note, it wouldn't be out of place on an early Soundgarden album, with it's moody grunge feel, but maintains it's rock roots with a trademark Slash solo.
So clocking in at 77 minutes and 17 songs long, there's a hell of a lot to get your ears around, and will takes a few spins to truly grow on you. But without doubt, it's a worthy successor to Apocalyptic Love, and the majority of this album will work even better in a live setting. Which is where Slash, Kennedy and The Conspirators truly set the world on fire.