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Motorhead – Motorizer

Label: SPV/Steamhammer
Format: CD
Released: 2008
Reviewed By: Rich Catino
“Motorizer” is Motorhead’s 24th album (the debut “On Parole” was released in 1976 with “Overkill”, “Ace of Spades”, “Bomber”, and “Iron Fist” regarded as classics), delivered by the legendary charismatic English frontman on the bass/ vocals Lemmy Kilmister, long time guitarist Phil Cambell and drummer extraordinaire Mikkey Dee.
“Motorizer” is Motorhead, nothing more nothing less, so what you are getting is obvious if you know the name and music that comes with. Trail blazing rockers like the opening cut “Runaround Man”, “Buried Alive”, and “Ace of Spades” intro bass line starter for “Rock Out” to mid pace solid stompers such as “Teach You How to Sing the Blues” and “English Rose” are Motorhead trademarks. As it states in their bio “We Are Motorhead And Play Rock N Roll”, and dammit that’s what you get. Lemmy still sings with sand paper in his throat and those guitars riffs are just as gritty and grimy. “One Short Life” gives Phil the floor to do his thing on the guitar but unfortunately with Mikkey Dee his talents I feel are repressed and think he should be used in a band more suited to his abilities (man do I wish he was still with King Diamond).

Now while I do respect, enjoy, and find much of the Motorhead catalogue obviously important since the name was one of, if not, the founding father to the Speed/Thrash Metal style, Motorhead do have their week spots and a tendency to re write the same record. Like AC/DC, some albums are better than others.
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