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Released: 1986, Attic Records
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
ORGASMATRON is the last truly great album to feature more than just Lemmy from the original “classic” lineup. “Fast” Eddie Clarke split after 1982’s IRON FIST album, leaving “Philthy Animal” Taylor and, of course, Lemmy. The next few years saw 3 more guitarists come and go before Wurzel and Phil Campbell stepped in to form a long-standing lineup. “Philthy”, himself, would be in the band, then out, then back in and finally out again by 1992. Along with cockroaches, Lemmy (and maybe Keith Richards) will be the only thing left alive following nuclear war—he won’t be stopped!
ORGASMATRON is the band’s best album since 1979’s OVERKILL and they have not made one better since. It is a half hour of pure speed from start to finish. “Deaf Forever” gets things started and is one of Motorhead’s forgotten gems. “Ain’t My Crime” and “Nothing Up My Sleeve” are “catchy”, at least as far as Motorhead goes, anyway. “Claw” has to be one of Motorhead’s fastest songs. The chorus is so raw-sounding and hearing Pete Gill hammer away at the drums is mighty impressive. “Built For Speed”, “Ridin’ With The Driver”, “Doctor Rock”…there is not a bad song in the bunch, yet no one knows them! “Mean Machine” is the only song that doesn’t quite measure up to the rest but even it is better than some of their new stuff. The only song that the band still plays live is the title track (which is INCREDIBLE!), so there are 8 others that many people are clueless to. I challenge any metalhead worth his bullet belt to NOT say this is Motorhead’s heaviest album. Pure genius!
ORGASMATRON has never generated the response that ACE OF SPADES, BOMBER and OVERKILL have but it is just as good as any of them. If ever an album has deserved more respect, this is it. Essential to any collection.
1. Deaf Forever
2. Nothing Up My Sleeve
3. Ain’t My Crime
5. Mean Machine
6. Built For Speed
7. Ridin’ With The Driver
8. Doctor Rock
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