Review #50: (Classic Album) Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction

Artist – Guns N’ Roses
Album – Appetite for Destruction

Check it out – https://open.spotify.com/album/3I9Z1nDCL4E0cP62flcbI5

Guns N’ Roses are a hard rock band from Los Angeles, USA. Forming in 1985 the band were surrounded by hair metal and glam rock bands, however the majority of the band were into punk, therefore merged the two keeping a rough punk look, but playing epic solos and arena ballads. The band have gone through many changes in their time, at the minute only including original Axl Rose. At the time of their debut album the band included: vocalist – Axl Rose, lead guitarist – Slash, bassist – Duff Mckagan, rhythm guitarist – Izzy Stradlin and drummer – Steven Adler.

Appetite for Destruction is recognised as being one of the greatest debut albums of all time. The album singly include Guns N’ Roses three biggest hits in ‘Paradise City’, ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ and ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’. ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ is also named continuously as include one of the greatest riffs and guitar solos in, not just rock music, but simply music as a whole. These single factors display how influential of an album it is. Despite the controversy that has come about since the bands split (Axl wise), Axl Rose was always an exceptional vocalist and performer. His vocal performance and range on songs such as ‘Paradise City’ are powerful and emotional. Slash’s work really needs no introduction, he has solely gone on to become one of the most influential guitarists of our time, being cited by every other Les Paul enthusiast and guitarist in general as being their ‘Guitar Hero’ because of his solos in ‘Paradise City’, ‘Sweet Child …’ and ‘It’s So Easy’. The rhythm section are exceptionally tight, including a diverse powerhouse section at times, but then soft smooth style to complement those ballads. Duffs performance in particular was always interesting, being influenced by punk music, he tended to play on down strokes, with a pick, in that fast aggressive style.

From start to finish this is an album without filler. Each song has its place, each song is different, catchy, interesting and guitar porn for any guitarists. Even the story behind the album cover is interesting. Original the band had it as a robot cowboy coming to save a women that had been raped by an alien with knifes for teeth. Obviously this wasn’t allowed and replaced, but if your interested in seeing it check out my Top 10 Favourite Album Covers’ Post:
https://benmarksmith.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/my-top-10-favourite-album-covers

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