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Motorhead
Aftershock
December 2013
Released: 2013, UDR
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos

British legendary balls-out Motorhead have released their newest album which is full of overwhelmingly loud and fast riffs, stale chord changes and blues-rock clichés and a great blend of speed-fueled punk, metal and hard rock sounds.



The album’s enduring power is due as much to its message as its sound. AFTERSHOCK contains in-your-face thrills such as the opening ‘Heartbreaker’ and rhythmical songs such as ‘Coup De grace’. There are different (different; in the frameworks of Motörhead!) kinds of songs here, bluesy-infused songs such as ‘Lost Woman Blues’ and ‘Dust and Glass’, speedy ones such as ‘End of Time’ and ‘Going to Mexico’ and rock’n’roll ones such as ‘Keep your Powder Dry’.



Since Motörhead's output has basically been an excuse for touring, it's best measured against the band's hits. In other words, could new songs fit next to old ones in a live set? By this standard, AFTERSHOCK is a success. Like most other Motörhead records, it has a few stone-cold classics, some interesting detours, and many iterations of its one song.



This record in fact sounds exactly like Motorhead. So, it isn’t a bad album. The drums sound tight, clear, and excellent, as do the guitars, and the vocals sit crisply in the mix, magically, with no hint of sibilance. It's almost as if the Motörhead catalogue were the testing suite for the AFTERSHOCK. Criticizing a Motörhead album is hard enough. AFTERSHOCK is surely what we expect it to be; another one good Motörhead album. If you love their music, then check this album out and don’t hesitate to give it a try. There are 14 good songs. That’s it. Definitely, I won’t say that this is a groundbreaking album or that I am just impressed.



Cameron Webb for one more time gives this record a clear, live-in-the-studio feel, and lets Phil Campbell loose with inspired wah solos galore. Fat-free blues-rock soloing, Lemmy’s killer vibrato, and nasty chord work right out of the ’70s together with the modern sounded guitars keeps this band grounded in the old-school rock tradition while messing around with the modern hard rock sound. THE WORLD IS YOURS suffers from not knowing which genre to focus on the hardest. Meandering here and there, the best I can say of AFTERSHOCK is that it sounds great and a couple of the songs will get you pumped. As I said before, this is one more Motörhead album.
Track Listing

1. Heartbreaker
2. Coup de Grace
3. Lost Woman Blues
4. End of Time
5. Do You Believe
6. Death Machine
7. Dust and Glass
8. Going to Mexico
9. Silence When You Speak to Me
10. Crying Shame
11. Queen of the Damned
12. Knife
13. Keep Your Powder Dry
14. Paralyzed

Lineup

Lemmy Kilmister Vocals, Bass
Phil Campbell Guitars
Mikkey Dee Drums


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