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  • Motorhead was riding a career high in the momentum gained from their live `No Sleep `Til Hammersmith’ opus. However they were never able to truly become the mega-act that their talent and notoriety deserved and the seeds of the slow decline were to be found in the follow-up to `No Sleep’; `Iron First’ which was released in the spring of 1982. Though not a bad record, in fact it was a very good one, but not on a par with the previous four. Many of the songs sound like inferior remakes of songs from earlier albums, especially the filler and there seems to be a fair share of it on `Iron Fist’. There just doesn’t seem to be much distinction between the songs which admittedly was never a strong suite for Motorhead to begin with. The title track which is undoubtedly a classic Motorhead song can be seen as a rewrite of “Ace of Spades”, THE Motoranthem! “Heart of Stone”, “Don’t Need Religion”, “Sex & Outrage” and “Don’t Let `Em Grind You Down” round up the better songs from a tired record but one that will still deliver the goods for trademark thrash. Unfortunately `Iron Fist’ marked the end of the classic Motorhead lineup as Fast Eddie Clarke, the co-producer of this LP, would leave the band, and Motorhead would never be the same.

    Posted on December 7, 2009