Iron Fist is the closing chapter in one phase of Motorhead’s history. It marks the last album with Fast Eddie (who also produced this one), and a lot of fans, even Lemmy himself, have said they don’t care much for this album. Personally I don’t understand why there are complaints. Perhaps it’s frowned upon because it was the end of an era. Maybe because of the environment in which it was recorded- turmoil, fights, management issues, band member issues, increased drug use, musical differences, and trying to follow up their most successful album yet in Ace of Spades- maybe all of that makes it a bad memory for Lemmy.
It could be because Iron Fist was the first Motorhead song I ever heard back in 1982 (and it’s still my favorite song) but I absolutely love this CD and consider it the band’s 2nd best studio effort behind Over Kill. This album rocks and contains many classics in the Motorhead arsenal. I highly recommend checking out this fairly unpopular release and decide for yourself if it is essential M’Head. I think it is!
Highlights: title track, Heart of Stone, Sex & Outrage, America, Speedfreak