Well Lemmy & Co. strike back with another venom infected new release. This time Snake Bite Love/CMC InternationalRecords proves these guys still call the shots! This is Motorhead’s 3rd release for CMC International Records and if thisCD does not get its fair share of radio airplay (in the U.S. especially) I give up. Sure the band still ROCKS harder thanany, but they’re songwriting is stronger with each new album. This CD is filled with plenty of galvanized HARD ROCKnuggets to fill all the empty spaces in the heads of any who have yet to EMBRACE MOTORHEAD! The nuggets? Well,”Don’t Lie To Me” shows the simple couple of chords good time R&R style while “Love For Sale” is a CLASSICMotorhead R&R ANTHEM. This song ROCKS! “Dead And Gone” is another Motorhead tune that again is unique…Acoustic guitars and then the heavy electric guitar bashing to let you know these guys got feelings and SOUL. This tune isone of the best tunes on the CD. Variety is the spice of life and Motorhead prove it once more.This CD should sting the sleepers out there and wake them up, while they infect their old time fans with new rich venom.Once again the Lemster & Co. prove they are not to be taken lightly. The CD booklet includes some cool pixs ofMotorhead hard at work and a GREAT pix disc of the cover art. A MUST!
You have to give props to Motorhead’s founding member, bassist, and acid-coated-gravel-voiced singer, Lemmy Kilmister. The man basically invented biker-trash heavy-metal way back in 1975 and he’s been playing it (with various line-ups) ever since. Snake Bite of Love has the sort of Energizer Bunny appeal of later Ramones albums. This collection of grinding, thudding tunes about sex, booze, dirty women, and damnation has a tendency to be overly cartoonish and lyrically cheesy (”Dogs of War” sounds like it was created by Motorhead wannabes rather than Motorhead), so those just starting to rev their heads should probably choose a classic like Ace of Spades before tackling Snake Bite. Nonetheless, the album boasts some soon-to-be concert-classics, like the woeful but sinister doomed-soul tale, ”Joy of Labor,” the anti-politician sing-along ”Take the Blame,” and the gloomy ”Dead and Gone.” –Megan O. Steintrager
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Lemmy and Co. best album in over 15 years here. Snake Bite Love packs quite a bite and no filler. Every song on here is classic, vintage sounding Motorhead rock n’ roll. It’s does sound dated but fresh and sounds terrific, truly this line-ups best effort yet. Assasins, Love For Sale, title track and Dogs Of War are terrific, so is Don’t Lie To Me. This is a must own for any and all Lemmyheads. Love this Snake.
I think this MAY be the first ‘new’ Motorhead I’ve heard in awhile now.I’ve recently listened to ‘1916′ and ‘Snake…’,I think is better.I know there are still several Motorhead CD’s I have yet to check out.Of the eleven tracks here,it is said that some of these tunes are more ‘radio friendly’ than past Motorhead efforts.Turns out that I actually saw the band twice during their extended tour they did in support of this disc.The cuts that I thought deserved to include in the band’s live set are the sizzling “Love For Sale”,the title track “Snake Bite Love”,”Don’t Lie To Me”,”Better Off Dead” and maybe if they’d consider it,the acoustically done “Dead And Gone”.A decent catalog CD by Lemmy and crew.Much like AC/DC,The Cramps and Ted Nugent,this powerhouse trio simply REFUSES to change it’s fomula.Like the old rule goes,if something works good,don’t change it!
I’ve read many reviews of Snake Bite Love that were less than flattering. It does not appear to be a favorite- even among Motorhead diehards. Personally, I think it is an excellent album, and a very creative album. I suspect that one of the reasons it was not as well received is because of it’s diversity. However, i find Motorhead’s continued development and experimentation to be quite refreshing, and I feel that they are at their creative peak, despite 25+ years of churning out music.The standout tracks are- Love For Sale, Dogs of War, Dead and Gone, and Joy of Labour. Love For Sale is just a great, basic rock and roll song with a contagious guitar riff. I think Dogs of War is a new style song for Motorhead, a song that relies more on a mid-paced tempo, and a hard driving, metallish guitar riff. I really like this style of song. Dead and Gone is a eerie song about loss that has a hypnotic clean guitar riff and uses dynamics to effectively build the song up. Joy of Labor starts off with a snarling, bluesy riff, that tries to tear your face off, not with speed or power, but pure meanness! “Woke up dead…you know I woke up dead…”- this song has great lyrics and Lemmy’s vocal transition from the gruff verse to the melodic chorus is impressive.Assassin is another song that veers a bit off Motorhead’s beaten path. It is fast, which is nothing new, but the structure and the stuttering, choppy riffing make this one intersting. The title track, Snake Bite Love is a solid song as well. There are a couple of the standard r&b filler songs on here that could easily be interchanged with other similar songs on other Motorhead albums. For this reason I would rate the album a 9 on the one to ten scale, and a 4.5 on the 5 point scale. Since there is no 4.5 mark on here, I will reward Motorhead for the continued creativity, as they continue to expand their limits within the often constricting boundaries of rock and roll! These guys are never satisfied- which bodes well for us fans!
Okay I feel like someone needs to shape up this album’s dignity. First of all I’d like to say to all those people who say this album is boring because it sticks to the same formula… in that case DON’T LISTEN TO ANY MOTORHEAD ALBUMS!
Granted it’s every Motorhead songs you’ve heard in you life that’s why Snake is overlooked. If Motorhead hadn’t made so many albums in the past this would have been the classic.
The title-track is not the only descent song here. What about “Love for sale”? “Better off Dead”? The “Sacrifice” revisiting “Assassin”? And one of my personal favorite Motorsong, “Take The Blame”.
If you are new to Motorhead and would like to discover their classics, then I wouldn’t recomend this but it’s still worth a listen.