Based on the strength of the song "Slither" which has been available on AOL for a few weeks, I bought the new band Velvet Revolver's debut album "Contraband" today. Velvet Revolver is a new project of Slash and Duff McKagan whom I probably don't need to say are best known for their work with Guns 'n' Roses. They have also brought along their bandmate Matt Sorum on drums. They have added frontman Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots fame and Dave Kushner on second guitar. He is a Los Angeles studio musican and has appeared in several bands including Dave Navarro's. Wow! These guys are hard driving, but they definitely have a sound that recalls Stone Temple Pilots thanks to Weiland. Rumors have it that Sebastion Bach was also considered for the position Weiland won. One has to wonder how the band would have sounded with Bach instead, but I do think Bach is a very expressive singer and a stunningly dramatic frontman in live shows. Just hope he can stay clean and sober for the tour. While I mentioned that VR's sound evokes STP, I also definitely hear some Alice in Chains in some songs, even though no personnel from that band appear. If you are a fan of any of these musicians or the music of any of the bands mentioned above, you may find some genuine excitement in this record. It is high energy. I bet their stage show will be too. There is one power ballad on the CD, "Fall to Pieces" which I really like and a radio friendly partially acoustic ballad, "You Got No Right." The CD ends with another ballad "Loving the Alien" which I may eventually like with time and more listening. This CD needs those three ballads because the rest of the songs are hard driving and heavy. No question...this band can write good songs and this band can play. Whether they will be as popular as the heavily laden talent in the band would indicate remains to be seen. I'm glad I bought this CD, although I seldom listen to this style of music anymore. Anybody else here familiar with Velvet Revolver. I'd like to read your comments. Do you think they will be as successful as STP and G 'n' R?