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★★★★½
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Since 1975 Motörhead–spearheaded by the grungy, iconic British metalhead Lemmy Kilmister–has been churning out speedy, macho, aggro anthems, including ”Ace of Spades,” ”Killed by Death,” and ”Eat the Rich.” The phrases ”trendy” or ”critical favorites” have never been attached to the Grammy-nominated band, and Hammered isn’t the record to change Motörhead’s antiestablishment standing. The 11-song outing (plus two bonus tracks) will, however, satiate longtime fans. The power trio rages–complete with piercing guitar solos and double-bass drums–on the urgent and winning ”Brave New World,” and is only slightly more mainstream on ”Walk a Crooked Mile,” which boasts melodic choruses and backup vocals, and crunchy rhythms matched with Lemmy’s trademark gruff, guttural talk-singing. Lemmy’s no sex symbol, and it’s disquieting to hear him sing somewhat romantic lyrics on ”Dr. Love” and ”Mine All Mine.” The songs like ”No Remorse” and ”Voices from the War” seem more suited to the singer-bassist’s brusque persona. In fact, Hammered’s most definitive Motörhead-esque cut is probably the bloody ”Red Raw,” which will give all but the most practiced headbangers whiplash. –Katherine Turman

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  • I love Motorhead. One of my favorite songs on this cd is The Game. The Game is Triple H’s theme for the WWF and it is the coolest.

    Posted on November 23, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • As I put the disc in, three things became apparent to me at first. First: it’s something special. 2nd: the band is better than ever. 3rd: it needs several cases to listen through cause it’s not the kind that catches me at once. The previous CD, the also excellent ‘We Are Motorhead’ often roused some déja-vu feelings in me, recalling earlier M’head songs. But this record shows a new face, a new side of M’head (I felt this last with ‘Overnight Sensation’) – it shines from the very beginning to the last sound and shows these times just almost like a sort of ‘golden years’. It’s very strong melodically and the sound… the sound just simply kills in series. On the other hand it’s a bit more traditional, as it doesn’t have lyrical moments at all, neither such avantgarde like Wake The Dead or Joy Of Labour. It is concentrated as basalt and pulsating as a volcano.And it contains some real classics: the classic M’head rock’n'rolls of Shut Your Mouth and Walk A Crooked Mile; the storytelling Dr. Love; Red Raw following the style of Them Not Me and See Me Burning, just even better; No Remorse that’s showing absolutely no mercy but beautiful to my ears, and perhaps first of all the fast and hard hymn of Brave New World. (But it’s stupidity, I could mention all the tracks.) And of course, the lyrics… Lemmy’s excellent lyrics, that sometimes make you think, sometimes are full of irony, sometimes are ununderstandable to me to say the frank, or sometimes are just simply amusing and funny if not horrifying. I just don’t understand two things: why did they steal the finale of Children Of The Grave of Black Sabbbath to the ending of Mine All Mine, and why is Lemmy singing more about death as he gets older (the third: why did they ever close the Funny Farm). But listening to this ever-lasting trio roaring is an uncomparable feeling.

    Posted on November 22, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • this is a very special album that reminds me most of Motorhead’s first album. it is not as fast as many expect, but it churns out more power than the hoover dam. i don’t really want to write a review, i just want to offset the one star vote by some fool who can’t tell a classic when he hears it. this should have been another grammy nomination for the band because it is heavier than any other disc on the shelves today.

    Posted on November 22, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • (the title= i lost this cd and just found it about an hour ago) I am a young (born in 1992) fat english punk who lives in California. without this band, i might never have been born. My dad before dating someone always used to ask ‘what is your goal in life and what is your faverite band?” when my parents met in a pub in london called ‘the pheonix and firkin’ my mum replied “to be happy, and motorhead.” if motorhead wasn’t her faverite band they may never have dated. anyway, I love this cd, although i prefer older classics like ‘ace of spades’ this is wonderful and brilliant. Red Raw is one of my faverite songs. Motorhead is fulfilling the musical needs of my generation and my mums, and hopefully will coninue to for many generations to come.

    Posted on November 22, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • As a long time Motorhead fan, I can tell you that this album is more than worth your time and money. The boys really out did themselves on this latest effort.Though you are able to hear their signature sound they have thrown us some curves. Lemmy shows off his truly poetic self in the track entitled `Serial Killer’. This track is sinister poetry at its best and brings the imagery of all the serial killers past, present and future to the forefront of the mind. Another one of my favorites is `The Game’ which is a bonus track on the CD, which throws out electrifying riffs.True to Motorhead fashion, there is one war song (or should I say anti-war song) on the CD `Voices From the War’, which is lyrically wonderful.`No Remorse’ comes on like a strong and heavy and holds that intensity throughout the track.There isn’t one track on this album that I could not listen too over and over. It has been two years since the release of any original material and it was worth the wait. The only disappointment was my hope of them releasing `Orgasmatron 2000′ on this CD as a bonus track, but they opted for a live version of `Overnight Sensation’, that was recorded somewhere in Europe in 2000. I think the boys are getting better every time. I can’t wait to see what the next CD will bring.

    Posted on November 22, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now