Motörhead delivers. They’re like a tried and true steakhouse. You’ve been here before. You know the flesh on your plate will be grilled black but still bloody. You will get what you came for.
This particular steakhouse has been searing our ears since 1977, with more than 20 studio albums at last count. Now Lemmy Kilmister, 67 years young, on bass and vocals, with his colleagues Phil “Wizzo” Campbell on guitar and Mickey Dee on drums, bring us Aftershock.
There are few surprises, but that’s not why we came. We want Motörhead. With Aftershock, we got it.
There are 14 songs on this album, and Lemmy’s leather-clad claw is all over them. The longest clocks in at just under four-and-a-half minutes, the shortest, just over two-and-a-half minutes. “Heartbreaker,” the first song, jolts us into the Motörhead’s mid-tempo growl. If you know the band, you know this is them.
It grinds through the rest of the tracks. “Queen of the Damned” sounds very similar to the band’s tour de force, “Ace of Spades,” released 33 year ago. You get what you came for.
And one of the strongest songs on the album is the archetypal “Going to Mexico.” But perhaps our favorite tune is “Dust and Glass”:
So it goes stranger still
hard times, dirt and lies
born in pain
end in grief
remember this and die
Seriously, those are the lyrics to half the song. These guys are not pushing rainbows and unicorns up our butts.
By sticking to a successful formula, Motörhead has released perhaps its strongest album in years. Lemmy was in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show in January (we shit you not) to sell headphones. We hope the boys can make it back soon, this time on a proper stage, to show us again what rock is. CL