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  • While Motorhead will never be the same without “Fast” Eddie Clarke (kinda like KISS without Ace), this is arguably the groups strongest effort since “Ace Of Spades”. The crowning achievement is Phil Campbell’s guitar playing. Phil must have gone back and retaken “Angus 101″ because the killer riffs are flyin’ big time. He even lets out a few “fuzz-wah” solos that would make former guitarist Brian Robertson sit up and take notice. Mickey Dee’s drumming is as brilliant as ever; one of metal’s best. Lemmy? Recharged, juiced, reborn, dynamic, inspired…do I need to keep going? His singing is all killer, no filler; you could swear the vocals were recorded 25 years ago. Finally you have the appearance of fretboard wiz Steve Vai, yawn, on few tracks. Vai, not being a “heavy metal” player per se, sounds a little out of place here; similar to the way a previously mentioned Brian Robertson did on the “Another Perfect Day” album. Vai’s playing is technically brilliant (and okay for David Lee Roth), but just a little too slick & elegant for “heavy metal”…let alone a Motorhead album. Regardless, Vai’s presence obviously has raised Campbell’s playing to a new level. I have always been disappointed in Campbell’s guitar work. I never felt he was able to handle the guitar chores on his own since the departure of Wurzel after the “Bastards” album. I am happy to admit he has finally proved me wrong. For the diehard Motorhead fan, adding this album to “cart” is a no brainer. Heck for any fan of metal this is a no brainer. Could this be the best metal album of 2004? It has my vote.

    Posted on December 6, 2009