This is my first review so here I go.
This new album is in my opinion their best in a while it still has that thrash metal vibe to it which I really dig and includes a blues influenced track Back on the Chain which in my opinion is the highlight of the album. All in all this is a great album and a must have for Motorhead fans.
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This is my first review so here I go.
What else would you expect, these days, from these guys but, keep the fight going! This one cleans your proverbial clock and then some! After only a few listens, the boys from Britian can still grind out that clever sound which distinguishes them from the rest! Mr. Kilmister, Mr. Campbell, and Mr. DEE have done a tremendous job over the last several years keeping true to their sound and the twists just seem to keep coming! One critic said this LP may not be as good as 2004’s INFERNO? PLEASE listen again! It’s as good or better than that one and KISS OF DEATH/their recent and last excellent studio effort! With such standouts as Rock Out(following a similiar classic style like Iron Fist), Runaround Man(A Sacrifice LP soundalike), Buried Alive, When the Eagle Screams, and a usual weird and metallic rocker like The Thousand Names of God, Motorhead continue to cement their place in music history as true icons
of loud rock ‘n’ roll! With this effort, fans like myself can truly appreciate that famous term STICK TO YOUR GUNS!! ALL HAIL MOTORHEAD!! Thanks again Lemmy, Phil, and Mikey for continuing to reign as true masters of fast edge, sometimes blues & punk driven, hard rocking, heavy metal!
Upon first listen Motorizer feels like just another Motorhead album. Yeah, a great motorhead album, well then again Motorhead never really made a bad album did they? Moving on…
As you give the album time it seems to grow better with each listen. As Lemmy’s lyrics become more recognizable to you the songs seem better that usual. Lemmy really stepped up the lyrics for Motorizer; they are both very personal and intelligent. His bass playing is exception as well (‘When The Eagle Screams’) much better than usual. Philip Campbell shows his merit here as well. His Wah-Wah tone makes his guitar scream and his riffs are solid and his solos kill! Mikkey Dee proves once again that he just might be the very best drummer in rock n’ roll today. This is really his album.
‘Runaround Man’ is classic Motorhead destined to be a fan favorite as is ‘Rock Out.’ The latter being very Ramones influenced adding an extra layer of awesome. ‘English Rose’ kills just about anything out today and ‘The Thousand Names Of God’ is among the strongest sets of lyrics Lemmy has ever set to paper. ‘When The Eagle Screams’ is by far the strongest track on the album. Both musically, and lyrically it destroys. Played and sung with passion; the guys really nailed it here.
Motorizer is among the very best Motorhead albums. Ace of Spades and Kiss of Death are the only who seem to surpass it.
It is just amazing, that after a 30+ year career, Lemmy & co. would release their 24th album, with no signs of slowing down or watering down their sound, with the same energy as if it was 1977!
At this point Motorhead have become an institution!
Motorheads’ success is due to the fact that unlike most metal bands who have survived this long (and very few have), the band has NEVER sold out to current musical trends.. Motorhead has seen punk, NWOBHM, hair metal, grunge, nu-metal and punk come and go back again, and they have always sounded the same: as loud and heavy as ever.
Motorhead are as uncompromising as always, which is why they have everyone’s respect and this is why they keep on touring and releasing new music!
The new album, Motorizer is not a groundbreaking by any manner, but this is not the reason why you listen to Motorhead in the first place.. what you get is what you expect: 11 pounding proto-metal Motorhead tracks loud enough to leave you deaf, with the always genial lyrics Lemmy has always written (hey, Ozzy wouldn’t hire just anyone to write songs for him.. there is a reason why he hired Lemmy!)
Overall, Motorizer may not be as good a Motorhead’s surprisingly successful 2004 album “Inferno”, but it doesn’t matter.. it is still good enough to enjoy, because nobody writes songs like Lemmy and nobody sounds like Motorhead!
This band re-invented and re-defined the way metal sounds forever (just ask Metallica!) and this album will be a great addition to any Motorhead fan’s CD collection!
Lemmy must have been into heavy doses of the Ramones while recording this album, because his love for the band is quite evident throughout “Motorizer”. In fact there is a fast paced, “punk” rock vibe to many of the songs here in the “Goin’ To Brazil” & “R.A.M.O.N.E.S” vein. “Rock Out” does exactly what it promises and then some. Mickey Dee’s drumming propels the album from start to finish without pause (no slowed down ballads here). Dee is arguably the best drummer in rock/metal and he proves it here. And friggin’ Phil, the man never ceases to amaze me; his playing just keeps getting better. Phil takes his own chops, blends in a wee-wee bit of Chuck Berry, a heavy dose of Thin Lizzy era Brian Robertson (Phil’s wah wah pedal tone is killer on this album) and consequently churns out guitar solos and fills that are short, sweet and very wicked. Then you have Lemmy…..’nuff said. I am a longtime fan dating back to the vinyl days. I would hesitate to put “Motorizer” up there with classics like “Overkill” and “Ace Of Spades”, but it is darn close.
A great place to start for a newcomer to the band and a definite “add to cart” for current Motorhead fans.