When Guns N’ Roses Got ‘Out There’ on the Furious ‘Perfect Crime’

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Despite occasionally getting lumped in with their heavier peers, Guns N’ Roses were never a metal band, owing a greater debt to blooze-rock bilge rats like Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones than Judas Priest or Metallica. But on Use Your Illusion I, they threw their headbanger fans a bone with the furious, speed-metal maelstrom “Perfect Crime.” Clocking in at two minutes and 23 seconds — the shortest song on Use Your Illusion I — “Perfect Crime” wastes no time on pleasantries. Slash‘s machine-gun riffing blows the door off its hinges, clearing a path for Axl Rose‘s sandpapery screams and motorm…

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