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Appetite for Destruction

Guns N' Roses

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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


....a review NOT written by a 10 year old. In terms of pure energy few bands have come close to reaching the heights achieved here. The band themselves never, ever equalled this set of songs. The intertwining guitar lines of Slash and Izzy Stradlin are absolutely phenomenal but don't let the clueless rabble out there fool you - it's Stradlin's guitar work that is the real star. As a whole the album is a coherent piece of work that revels in the seedy world of drink, drunks and debauchery and it sounds just as good now as it did almost 2 decades ago. Need convincing? Try the tracks: 'Mr Brownstone', 'Rocket Queen' and 'It's So Easy'. And don't worry, if you really have had 'Sweet Child O' Mine' overload it's nowhere near the best track on here.

One of the Greatest Albums Ever

And I am not kidding. I love every single track on this album, don't bother with their greatest hits, all of Guns N' Roses genius is contained on this disc. Pure hard rocking metal bliss.


This has to be the best rock album ever! Slash and Axl are both the best rockers in this universe!!!!! CHAVS BEWARE, CAUSE THIS AINT FOR YOU!


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...
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