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Motorhead – Aftershock

Label: UDR GmbH
Format: CD
Released: 2013
Reviewed By: Rich Catino
Rating: 7.5/ 10

Hard to believe Lemmy (age 67) and Motorhead are on their 21st studio album, 9th with Phil Cambell on guitar and Mikkey Dee on drums (still say his talents are better utilized with King Diamond). Has anything changed with the music in all these years? Have AC/DC changed at all? Then there is your answer.


“Aftershock” opens with a the rock n roll romp of ‘Heartbreaker’ and ‘Coup de Grace’. ‘Lost Woman Blues’ is slower paced and bluesy (as is ‘Dust and Glass’ Hendrixy laid back). A side to Motorhead and influence Lemmy always sites and includes on many albums. ‘End Of Time’ has more aggression and speed but nothing special, ‘Paralyzed’ lands stronger. See ‘Do You Believe’ and the line “I believe in rock n roll” setting the tone for the albums energy. Can’t miss that bass (‘Queen Of The Damned’), the result = ‘Going To Mexico’ is delivered in spirit of the classics ‘Iron Fist’ and ‘Ace Of Spades’. Liking the chunky simple rhythm to ‘Silence When You Speak To Me’. Hanoi Rocks straight ahead rock of ‘Keep Your Powder Dry’ is bar room ready.

Motorhead, Kiss, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Def Leppard (the younger by a few years), Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, Saxon, Black Sabbath, Ozzy, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Scorpions, UFO, Whitesnake; the ones who created the template for Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. In their 60s still making new music and touring but understandably nearing retirement. Can Motorhead keep up with the joneses? Yeah, but, and it depends on the album, like many of these bands their best stuff is behind them.

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