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Hard Skool Officially Released at Midnight - Sept 24


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4 minutes ago, DarkLotus1111 said:

I do miss the drums from Josh Freese. Still that's just me, I enjoyed the "new" HS.

I don't know who is on this, and I thought Brain's drums on Absurd were great, but it's hard to beat Josh Freese. He just tears into everything with such energy and good taste. There's a reason he's probably now the world's best session drummer.

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Just now, Malcolm Malcolm said:

I don't know who is on this, and I thought Brain's drums on Absurd were great, but it's hard to beat Josh Freese. He just tears into everything with such energy and good taste. There's a reason he's probably now the world's best session drummer.

Yo, we found Josh's burner account

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8 minutes ago, sl4yer said:

It’s simply amazing how people were bitching that the village version sounded unfinished and now they are bitching that we got finished and polished final product.

I loved the demo but it was not a song that was ready to release. New version kicks ass

Dude they ALL SOUND unfinished.  Does nobody own AFD or UYI?  Go listen to a properly mixed GN'R SONG and then listen to this stuff.  It's a cut and paste hack job of a song that's 22 years old.   This is not a band that got in the studio and made this song...it's Axl telling them "whatever, do something with this..."

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4 minutes ago, Malcolm Malcolm said:

I don't know who is on this, and I thought Brain's drums on Absurd were great, but it's hard to beat Josh Freese. He just tears into everything with such energy and good taste. There's a reason he's probably now the world's best session drummer.

This just it...the DRUMS on the DEMO were so much better.  Something about this new version just isn't hitting...but cue the GN'R apologists who weren't even around when GN'R made amazing studio material.  All of my friends who grew up with GN'R are literally laughing at these last 2 "singles"....

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1 minute ago, Fozzie Bear said:

This just it...the DRUMS on the DEMO were so much better.  Something about this new version just isn't hitting...but cue the GN'R apologists who weren't even around when GN'R made amazing studio material.  All of my friends who grew up with GN'R are literally laughing at these last 2 "singles"....

The double hits sound a bit off to me in a similar way to the deliberately mistimed vocals on Absurd. I'm a fan of this song but I'm not entirely convinced by the drums.

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1 hour ago, Martin Riggs said:

IMO Hard School in this song is basically Axl saying the person is too “hardcore” or “badass/cool” or at least the person in question thinks of themselves this way. They’re set in their ways.

I think Axl give it meaning, but i think the real meaning aside Axl is like Alfierose says and same spanish language, apparently british and spanish meaning same. Axl live in his own planet...:D

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9 minutes ago, Fozzie Bear said:

Dude they ALL SOUND unfinished.  Does nobody own AFD or UYI?  Go listen to a properly mixed GN'R SONG and then listen to this stuff.  It's a cut and paste hack job of a song that's 22 years old.   This is not a band that got in the studio and made this song...it's Axl telling them "whatever, do something with this..."

My guy, if you knew how music has been recorded over the past 20-30 years, you would be very disappointed.

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Finally heard it, and it's better than the demo, much more of a UYI feel to this. Some good guitar work and the vocals are improved.

Only criticisms is that Axl is a tiny bit low in the mix, I also feel like he could have added a more prominent vocal over the slide section.

 

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7 minutes ago, Fozzie Bear said:

This just it...the DRUMS on the DEMO were so much better.  Something about this new version just isn't hitting...but cue the GN'R apologists who weren't even around when GN'R made amazing studio material.  All of my friends who grew up with GN'R are literally laughing at these last 2 "singles"....

 

The drums on the demo were definitely better. The playing on the released version is fine, but I'm really not a fan of the drum sound on this or Absurd. I guess when you're pasting together parts from the early-mid 2000's with other parts from the 2020's, you've gotta compress and EQ the shit out of certain tracks... :(

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11 minutes ago, TeeJay410 said:

Oh, man. My guy. The feel on it, I get it, word, but best drummer? Yikes.

For GNR that is. ;) Just like Slash is the best lead guitarist for GNR, even though he's lightyears away from the pantheon of truly great guitarists imo. Josh is one fine drummer, but with GNR I have yet to hear a better fit than Steven.

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