Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
When talking about albums that really shook the ground and shocked its time, Guns N' Roses' debut is among the most important releases and when listening to it so many ears after It's So Easy to understand the impact it had, the nerve and attitude coming from this raw experience leaves a deep mark.
From the chunky double rhythm guitar jamming in Welcome To The Jungle to the diverse and melodic Rocket Queen, this album is filled with fantastic Heavy Rock that should cure the worst appetite.

It's So Easy is one of my favourite Guns songs, especially thanks to the soft chorus line working as a great contrast to the otherwise hard edged flow. The diverse vocal performances give it a whole different profile that it otherwise would have had, a successful decision indeed.

A massive rhythm guitar fundament keeps Nightrain rolling with strong determination and a rock solid groove, added that extra depth from clever bass moves and some finely weighed melodic guitar solos.

Out To Get Me is one of the simpler songs and not one of my favourites either. I just don't think the main rhythm or refrain really gets my attention even though its quite powerful drive is a positive element.

It's hard to overestimate the importance of the excellent guitar job coming from Slash and Izzy on this record, they are simply smoking and they take up central positions all the time. Their supporting effort gives Mr. Brownstone lots of texture and dynamics and the groovy bass approach is a real cool addition too.

When talking about classic hits there is no way around Paradise City and Sweet Child O' Mine. The first one is a perfect example of how to match a genius catchy chorus line with a structure that's both melodic, varied and forceful, I mean how can you not love this song!
The thrilling drum break followed by a speedy onslaught of pure intensity is godsend.
The power ballad Sweet Child O' Mine upholds a very sedative atmosphere coming from soft acoustic tunes and melodic licks, not to mention the very strong vocals.

My Michelle is a fine representation of the albums unbound wildness and vivid nerve that keeps hitting you hard, a groovy and powerful rocker seeing Axl perform some very strong vocal lines, a great song.

With Think About You we enter another of my personal top highlights from this band. The soaring leads go straight in and gets your adrenaline pumping. The half-acoustic/electric guitar passage gives it a cool relaxed mood, as long as it lasts that is. This is what I would call a perfect Heavy Rock creation.

You're Crazy is a fast monster with an unstoppable drive, the wild guitar solo spot and thrilling drum executing are some of the best working aspects in a song lacking that really memorable touch, being over a bit soon.

The pace settles at around mid-tempo as Anything Goes kicks in, the chorus gets repeated a bit too much but the easy going feeling is really cool.

Rocket Queen can be viewed as a starting point for the more epic creations the band would engage in with the Illusion discs; this one has many changes and an unforgettable harmonious mid-section passage, a fantastic and equally intriguing track.

Even though I'm very focused on the guitars, all members must be given credit for a great and inspiring musical delivery; each instrument is highly involved in making these songs very much alive and kicking.
This is a very consistent effort with the fitting Rock N' Roll attitude written all over it, from the pulsating rhythm structures, Axl's screaming vocals, the driving guitar solo's, to the direct lyrics about booze, partying, sex, drugs, girls and careless living in general.

The word wild doesn't define this release. it defines what's wild.

Written by Tommy
Sunday, March 6, 2005
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Comment by Mav (Anonymous) - Monday, March 7, 2005
You have got to be kidding...

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Comment by Warlord (Anonymous) - Thursday, March 10, 2005
A must-own for any metal and hard rock fan out there. No,´s a must own for every music fan out there!

Comment by Jorge Castillo (Anonymous) - Sunday, March 13, 2005
A must have

Comment by ThraX (Member) - Sunday, March 13, 2005
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This album is nothing short of a 10/10 rating & here's why it's musically diverse and the musicainship is played very tightly with excellent vocals yet at the same time it's very trashy with a no care attitude everything a rock album should strive to be!.....This album rocks and is timeless it still sounds fresh to this day!....If this album were released today instead of back in the day it would still be a platinum seller!

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Comment by Pat (Anonymous) - Monday, March 14, 2005
8.5/10 sounds about right. It's still pretty damn good for a debut.

Comment by AxlLover (Anonymous) - Saturday, March 19, 2005
This album is the greatest album in rock n' roll history! Anyone who doesn't own this album doesn't know what their missing... its freakin awesme

Comment by GERICOM (Anonymous) - Wednesday, March 23, 2005
your rating system is not worthy of this album...8.5/10? taking the piss? this is one of the best rock albums ever recorded!! rock n fuckin' roll!!

Comment by W (Anonymous) - Friday, March 25, 2005
How can you keep praising the album and in the end give it a 8.5?

I know you get a lot of this, but for an album not to get a 10 there must be some flaws!? Well, you didn't mention any!

If that's not true, why bother even having a rating system if you are able to simply say:˝Every aspect of the album is great!
(this was meant to be a very sarcastic and simplified summary of your review)

In my opinion this is a rare example when an album is both great musically(like a lot of metal albums are,too, ) PLUS has the rock'n'roll essence that for example the Rolling Stones have
(I guess you could call it street credibility-a lot of metal sings about dragons and knights which, to me,would be totally gay wouldn't there be the music) ,
but their music is weaker(not even counting the guitar solo aspect).

Speaking of those, I think the 3rd solo from Sweet Child is an all time top 10 solo, well you didn't even mention it... And there's the magical second part of Rocket Queen and ...

I've been coming to this site for a good couple of years and I've seen quite some odd ratings being stated lately; I know it's good that you've finally dug out this gem, but after I've seen your review of Savatage:Streets where it got a 10, I checked the album out and, please don't make me laugh? Best guitar player? Well I know the effect death has on the fame and ˝abilities˝ of a player(take SRV,for instance) you simply cannot give this one an 8.5 , because this one,
like Streets to the whoever reviewed it, means a lot to a lot of people.

Speaking of meaning, what does a song about dungeons and/or dragons
mean to my life? What new does a for example, Rhapsody record tell me.(Not even counting their rip-offed
How can you not see(or not wish to see) that music is not always only music and the lyrics and social context mean something, too?

I Guess you may be too old for this one to have any efect on you now, but when it came out in 1987, it gave some meaning to the lives of millions of youngsters aged between 16 and 20 got .

I know every review is subjective, but one simply cannot discard the effect Appetite For Destruction had on the world.

P.S.: It's Use Your Illusion, not Use Your IllusionS!- the fact that these two BOTH got 8.5 should make everyone think!

P.S.2: I find it strange to see that many Rainbow-connected books/tribute albums reviewed, but NO original Dio era Rainbow albums?
Wouldn't it be better to first review the originals, then talk about stuff that is basically made mostly for fans?


Comment by Tommy (Member) - Friday, March 25, 2005
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Hey there W.

Every album review I make is subjective, that means it's based on my opinion and no one else's, that's the only way it makes sense in my world. Then you can add your opinion and that's basically what makes this fun.

It's only good that you like the album so much, it truly is a killer.
You say that I didn't point out any flaws. I have in fact pointed out three songs that I don't find that great, and given reasons for my opinion as well. I think I went into a certain level of detailed reviewing on this one, but it's only cool that you have pointed out things you find very special.
I have said it before, written an article about it and I will continue saying it: Our rating system is quite harsh and not like any other!!!.8,5 is an outstanding score.

I can only agree with you about the important factor played by the lyrics, it really means a lot and that's also a big part of why Streets gets a 10/10 in my book.

And you are right, of course it's "Illusion", I'll correct that.
These two releases had a big effect on me when I was growing up and I especially find part II incredible.
I did also try to mention the effect this album had when it came out, but because an album has a certain vibe, a nostalgic factor and had a big effect on its time, that doesn't necessarily make the music found on the album "out of this world".

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Comment by apoy rose (Anonymous) - Saturday, April 2, 2005
the best heavy metal album in the world.

Comment by chrlie (Anonymous) - Wednesday, April 20, 2005
simply i ever love this band & rock and roll too

Comment by Josh.p (Anonymous) - Sunday, May 15, 2005
Well its your opinion bro, but this album is 8,000000/10 to me

Comment by gonzalo serra (Anonymous) - Wednesday, August 3, 2005
los guns son lo mas

Comment by ROCKETQUEEN (Anonymous) - Sunday, August 7, 2005
I'm from abroad, I want to know what does Rocketqueen mean in American english, I really mean it, please explain...

Comment by Streigh T-dog (Anonymous) - Tuesday, June 6, 2006
Fuck ya man this cd is a hit in our household and is one of my fav cds to listen to Keep on rocking\m/

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Comment by Russ (Anonymous) - Friday, March 23, 2007
The best album i have ever heard along with Total 13 by the Backyard Babies

Comment by joe satan (Anonymous) - Saturday, August 11, 2007
this is the best thing ive ever nicked out of my brothers cd rack (me being to cheap to buy it). its amazing and so rock. id deffinetely recommened this to a freind, i couldnt sleep one night and this put me straight off into g.a.r land, poppulation:100,000. 10/10

Review by notrap (Member) - Wednesday, October 28, 2009
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Guns N' Roses belongs to Rock and Roll hall of fame.

Like it or not (and I never was a die hard fan) this band was very important in the mid 80's and 90's.
Axel, Slash & Co. were true LA rebels (like Motley Crew) in opposite with most of the US Glam bands.

Their concept was, and still is, honest and pure: Basically Sex, Drugs and Rockn'roll...more Drugs...Still Drugs...and of course Axel.
This record is a mirror of all that. Pure Rock and Roll in your face baby...

And everybody will agree when I say that Axel and Slash were a unique combination, like Diamond Dave&Eddie, Plant&Page or Iommi&Ozzy.

My personal rate is 8.5/10 however I will rate this one like I did with Back in Black.

Rating: 10/10

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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1. Welcome To The Jungle
2. It's So Easy
3. Nightrain
4. Out To Get Me
5. Mr. Brownstone
6. Paradise City
7. My Michelle
8. Think About You
9. Sweet Child O' Mine
10. You're Crazy
11. Anything Goes
12. Rocket Queen

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