Motörhead is an English rock band formed in 1975 and over the years has only one member that has been constant throughout; singer, songwriter and bassist Ian Fraser Kilmister, better known as Lemmy. Motörhead have released five EP’s, ten live recordings, twelve compilation albums, and twenty-one studio albums. Their lyrics cover many controversial topics such as drug abuse, gambling, promiscuity, and war among many other things. Currently the trio consists of Lemmy on vocals and bass, Phil Campbell on guitar and backing vocals, and finally Mikkey Dee on drums.
Bad Magic is the upcoming 22nd studio album for Motörhead and was recorded in Los Angeles with longtime producer Cameron Webb. The cover art incorporates the Roman numeral XXXX for the 40th anniversary of the band. The album also features a cover of Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones.
Right off the bat the tone is set with an exuberant yell of Victory or Die on the opening track which is also the actual title of the song. If you need a kick in the teeth to push you into action this song will do it. Launching into Thunder & Lightning the speed picks up even more for a nice adrenaline rush to build on an already exciting opening. The opening for Shoot Out All Of Your Lights has blistering fast riffs and drums. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s a thrashing good time the whole way through. Finally you reach a track that slows enough to get a calming breath a little over halfway through on Till The End.
The Devil has a delightfully ominous and threatening feel for those more inclined toward the dark side along with Evil Eye which starts out with energetic drum beats. Evil Eye is broken up throughout with lower more menacing vocals which adds an appropriate and refreshing variety. Electricity is aptly named because it’s an excellent high energy track. Ending the album is the Rolling Stones cover of Sympathy for the Devil which gives you a second breather to wind down and finish.
I’ve just grazed the surface and mentioned some highlights from this album but if you an adrenaline filled rock and roll joyride I would recommend this to get you there. This band has been around 40 years for a reason as they are definitely doing it right.
I give it 9 out 10 stars
Recommended tracks: The Devil, Thunder & Lightning, Evil Eye, Tell Me Who To Kill
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