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Motorhead
Motörizer
September 2008
Released: 2008, SPV/Steamhammer
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland

Call it blasphemy but as Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister approaches AARP status, he just might be slowing down a little. In fairness, Motörhead has always played no-frills hard rock at its core but the last two albums—INFERNO and KISS OF DEATH—almost seemed like Motörhead was beginning to fall into a bit of a rut. They weren’t bad albums by any stretch but even the ever-charismatic Kilmister sounded like he was going through the motions. Many metal fans will surely disagree but the last truly great Motörhead album was 1991’s 1916 and in the seventeen years since then, we’ve had to suffer through the mediocre OVERNIGHT SENSATION, SNAKE BITE LOVE and HAMMERED. Sure, there have been bright spots here and there (“We Are Motörhead” is an amazing live opener and the band has never been faster and heavier than on “Burner” and “Sacrifice”) but there has been nothing to get overly excited about or make people forget about ORGASMATRON, OVERKILL or BOMBER.



So what exactly happened in the two years since KISS OF DEATH hit shelves? Who knows, but Motörhead’s latest slab of punk-infused metal, MOTÖRIZER, finds the band finally getting back to basics and delivering a fully satisfying (well, almost) album that, frankly, is long overdue. Guitarist Phil Campbell rattles off hook-y leads and riffs and the lockstep rhythm section of Kilmister and drummer Mikkey Dee synchronize into a well-oiled machine honed at Dave Grohl’s 606 Studios.



Make no mistake, MOTÖRIZER, is exactly what fans have come to expect from the tireless band but over the course of the past three albums, the Brit trio’s blistering speed has taken a backseat to groovier, blues-based songs. The band has certainly dabbled in this before (“Going To Brazil,” “You Better Run” and “Whorehouse Blues” to name three) but beginning with 2004’s INFERNO, there began a noticeable shift away from the full-throttle stompers that made Motörhead one of the best-known metal bands of all time. On MOTÖRIZER, songs like “Back On The Chain” with its bouncy groove, the swinging “Teach You How To Sing The Blues” and the slow burning “One Short Life” continue on with this tradition. Of course, Motörhead can still unleash a speed metal fury with conviction as evidenced on “Buried Alive” and “Runaround Man” (which sounds similar to “Going To Brazil” and even quotes the title at one point) is pure rock and roll but with the amps turned to eleven. “Rock Out” is a bit silly lyric-wise but, man, will this song kick ass when performed live and is certain to become a staple of the band’s set. A few underdogs to watch for are “When The Eagle Screams,” which features a great solo from Campbell and the infectious “English Rose,” which like “Christine” from KISS OF DEATH, boasts a catchy, old-time rock ‘n roll chorus. Thankfully, the only dogs on MOTÖRIZER are spared for the end of the album and can be easily skipped (“Heroes” is especially forgettable) but it is refreshing to hear an energized Motörhead get back in the saddle once again.



After thirty years, Motörhead has earned the elder statesmen status afforded to certain acts whose less-than-stellar recent output still draws the faithful masses based on name only (I’m looking at you Ozzy, Dio and Iron Maiden). Personally, I stayed interested in Motörhead over the last few albums merely because they are who they are but it is nice to hear the band stepping up and really giving its fans something to get excited about again. MOTÖRIZER certainly won’t dethrone the aforementioned ORGASMATRON, OVERKILL or BOMBER—the band’s three masterpieces, in my opinion—but this is a rock-solid album that is deserving of the Motörhead name.



KILLER KUTS: “Runaround Man,” “Teach You How To Sing The Blues,” “When The Eagle Screams,” “Rock Out,” “Buried Alive,” “The Thousand Names of God”
Track Listing

1. Runaround Man
2. Teach You How To Sing The Blues
3. When The Eagle Screams
4. Rock Out
5. One Short Life
6. Buried Alive
7. English Rose
8. Back On The Chain
9. Heroes
10. Time Is Right
11. The Thousand Names of God

Lineup

Lemmy Kilmister—Vocals/Bass
Phil Campbell—Guitar
Mikkey Dee—Drums


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Motorhead
Motörizer
November 2008
Released: 2008, Steamhammer/SPV/Border Music
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

The legendary Motörhead is back for the attack with a brand new studio album titled MOTÖRIZER, the bands 24th album to date. KISS OF DEATH was the name of the band’s last album and in between these two releases, the band released a live album as well as a live DVD. Personally, I think it is a smart move to wait a few years in between releasing albums because it creates an urge within the fans and the band has time to write better material. When it comes to Motörhead you more or less know what you are going to get. The band has not moved an inch from their original musical style and their music works just as good today as in the past. No huge surprises are to be found on MOTÖRIZER.



Fast rock songs are mixed with mid tempo ballads and on top of it all roars Lemmys characteristically gravelly voice and distorted bass. Even if the album isn’t one of the best ones they ever done there is no doubt that this is a more vital and hungry Motörhead than in the past. The songs that stick out the most are “Runaround Man”, “Teach You How to Sing the Blues”, “When the Eagle Screams”, “English Rose” and “Back on the Chain”. The first song is a fast and groovy metal/punk tune and it is the perfect song to kick off an album with. The later songs are all of a little slower kind but the band has not compromised with the heaviness at all. The influences of blues that Lemmy continues to put in here and there shines through quite a lot in certain songs but that only adds originality to the songs. Other songs worth to mention as a little stronger than the rest are “Rock Out”, “Buried Alive” and “Time Is Right”.



This is one of those albums that feels equally strong all the way through and instead of picking out a few killer tracks I have to say that the entire album feels so solid that there isn’t any track that’s stronger than the rest. When it comes to the production, it is strong, solid and somewhat rough. Motörhead and producer Cameron Webb presents. It sounds similar to previous albums and nothing new has been added. Motörhead has delivered a solid and strong album that may not go to the history as one of their most groundbreaking ones but it’s a disc that still are one of their more solid ones. The band is already out on tour so don’t miss them when they come to a town near you.



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Track Listing

Runaround Man
Teach You How To Sing The Blues
Where The Eagle Screams
Rock Out
One Short Life
Buried Alive
English Rose
Back On The Chain
Heroes
Times Is Right
The Thousand Names of God

Lineup

Lemmy – lead vocals, bass
Phil Campbell – guitar, b-vox
Mikkey Dee – drums, b-vox


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