Before dangerous amounts of hairspray led to the fall of hard rock/heavy metal, five men on a diet of heroin and alcohol put together a mindblowing album. Appetite For Destruction is 54 minutes of gritty, unabashed and powerful music. Axl Rose's raspy voice is surrounded by incredible guitar and drum works. The music, written mainly by Izzy Stadlin and Axl Rose, is simply an in-your-face sound that hasn't been duplicted since. Subject matter deals heavily with a life of poverty and drug abuse; things the band had an extensive knowledge of. "Welcome to the Jungle" is the only song that could introduce what lies on this album. "Mr. Brownstone" conveys the depths that one falls into with a herion addiction. "My Michelle" is actually a terribly sad song about foresaking drugs for lack of love (like I said, they stick with a a subject they know). No bad songs exist on this disc. The only downside is that by the time a follow-up came out, the band had already begun to self-destruct and lost the energy they had in the beginning. This is one of those rare albums that, whether or not you agree with what it says, changed the course of music.