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Album Review

Guns N' Roses' debut, Appetite for Destruction was a turning point for hard rock in the late '80s — it was a dirty, dangerous, and mean record in a time when heavy metal meant nothing but a good time. On the surface, Guns N' Roses may appear to celebrate the same things as their peers — namely, sex, liquor, drugs, and rock & roll — but there is a nasty edge to their songs, since Axl Rose doesn't see much fun in the urban sprawl of L.A. and its parade of heavy metal thugs, cheap women, booze, and crime. The music is as nasty as the lyrics, wallowing in a bluesy, metallic hard rock borrowed from Aerosmith, AC/DC, and countless faceless hard rock bands of the early '80s. It's a primal, sleazy sound that adds grit to already grim tales. It also makes Rose's misogyny, fear, and anger hard to dismiss as merely an artistic statement; this is music that sounds lived-in. And that's exactly why Appetite for Destruction is such a powerful record — not only does Rose have fears, but he also is vulnerable, particularly on the power ballad "Sweet Child O' Mine." He also has a talent for conveying the fears and horrors of the decaying inner city, whether it's on the charging "Welcome to the Jungle," the heroin ode "Mr. Brownstone," or "Paradise City," which simply wants out. But as good as Rose's lyrics and screeching vocals are, they wouldn't be nearly as effective without the twin-guitar interplay of Slash and Izzy Stradlin, who spit out riffs and solos better than any band since the Rolling Stones, and that's what makes Appetite for Destruction the best metal record of the late '80s.

Customer Reviews

The definitive hard rock album - ever

The impression this album will leave on your will last forever. It opens with one of the most powerful songs of the 80's 'welcome to the jungle'. The music captures all the excesses of the 80's hard rock scene - drugs, alchohol etc. One thing that stands out is the screeching lyrics of Axl Rose. But it was the amazing work of lead guitarist slash that will leave a great impression. His speed, technique and his hard rocking is timeless. One can't underestimate the the rest of the band. As a whole they combine to create the most explosive sound in rock. Every rock fan should have this one!

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the riffs slash laid down on this album will not be replicated. A classic that rose from the quagmire of the time that was glam. one of the 80's greatest rock albums. timeless classic. A cornerstone of any record collection. by a band thats appetite for drugs and heroin saw them destruct. buy it now if you love strong riffs and rock.


This is simply one of the best albums ever made,raw and emotional with guitars that swirl and bite, and a groove that doesnt stop.The vocals reach out and grab you from the first line "welcome to the jungle"and from that moment its almost impossible to not be spellbound.This is what rock should sound like,unashamed and unstoppable.These boys were themselves to the max,and didnt care what anyone thaught of them,and in doing this,everyone thaught of them! In the late 80s they were the biggest thing the world had ever seen! Offer these guys a paycheck to get back together (the whole original band) and i promise this will be the biggest tour of all time! Appetite for destruction is all they had and it was all they needed,forget the other albums,they are inconsequential! "Appetite" is the album that defines rock music! nuff said


Formed: 1985 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

At a time when pop was dominated by dance music and pop-metal, Guns N' Roses brought raw, ugly rock & roll crashing back into the charts. They were not nice boys; nice boys don't play rock & roll. They were ugly, misogynistic, and violent; they were also funny, vulnerable, and occasionally sensitive, as their breakthrough hit, "Sweet Child O' Mine," showed. While Slash and Izzy Stradlin ferociously spit out dueling guitar riffs worthy of Aerosmith or the Stones, Axl Rose screeched out his tales of...
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