Appetite for Destruction

Appetite for Destruction

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by Guns N' Roses
     
 

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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 &See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2008
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0720642414811
catalogNumber:
24148
Rank:
5725

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Guns N' Roses   Primary Artist
Izzy Stradlin   Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Steven Adler   Drums
Duff McKagan   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Axl Rose   Synthesizer,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Slash   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Guns N' Roses   Composer
Steven Adler   Composer
West Arkeen   Composer
Mike Clink   Producer,Engineer
Greg Freeman   Contributor
Axl Rose   Composer
Robert Williams   Paintings
Chris Weber   Composer
Michael Hodgson   Art Direction

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