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Released: 2008, Steamhammer/SPV/Border Music
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.
Teach You How To Sing The Blues
Where The Eagle Screams
One Short Life
Back On The Chain
Times Is Right
The Thousand Names of God
Lemmy – lead vocals, bass
Phil Campbell – guitar, b-vox
Mikkey Dee – drums, b-vox
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