Thursday, 13 August 2015

Motorhead `Bad Magic’ Review


Who’d win in a wrestling match, Lemmy or God? Clearly, if you’ve seen the movie `Airhead’s or you have any inkling of who is Lemmy, and then your answer should be Lemmy after all he is God. Well ok, that might be a stretch but certainly he seems to be incapable of giving up and coming up to 50 years in the music and Motorhead’s 40th birthday bash approaching you’d think that Lemmy and co. would have a bit of a breather, maybe take in a holiday, yet for Lemmy that doesn’t seem an option, even with the resent health issues that he faced. Lemmy and Motorhead is the yard stick, not many can claim they rock as hard or for as long as these legendary gentlemen and simply, most if not all raise a salute and claim Motorhead as a primary influence. 

Approaching their 40th anniversary, `Bad Magic’ shows off Motorhead’s permanent fuck you attitude. The album displays all that is Motorhead for 2015, still bad ass mother’s who don’t take crap from no one and they have displayed that attitude for 40 years. With Lemmy being 69, Phil at 54 and Mikkey Dee at the tender age of 51, you’d think that they’d be going soft, collecting their bus passes and eating Werthers Originals but for 13 songs the guys show they are the meanest middle aged and OAP’s around. 

`Victory or Die’ starts the album off with an almighty bang; Lemmy’s undeniably distinct gritty voice pierces through Phil’s hard edged blues soaked guitar riffs and you get an opener that sets the album on a path of true rock destruction. Some say that Motorhead’s songs sound pretty similar, to the untrained some probably may think similar sound to them but what Motorhead represents is that uncompromising, fuck you attitude that has made them stand out from the crowd and made us all love them. Even on those slower songs on the album, `Till the End’ feels like Lemmy has poured his philosophy and life attitude into your ears, his life on the road has hardened him to those who’d give him ghastly advice and really the only advice you can trust in the end is your own and this will be Lemmy until the very end. 

The last song on the album and yes it’s the Rolling Stones cover `Sympathy for the Devil’ is an interesting choice, all of the songs on `Bad Magic’ represent Lemmy’s psyche but `Sympathy for the Devil’ really seems to be sum up Lemmy, to us he’s a man of wealth and taste and has been around for a long year. 

So what are you getting with `Bad Magic’? You’re getting pure, undiluted Motorhead whose swagger, attitude and passion and whether they have survived through `Bad Magic’ or just luck, we need Motorhead to show us that the rock n roll pirate’s do exist. 

Stand out tracks:
`Victory Or Die’, `Till The End’ and `Sympathy for the Devil (Rolling Stones cover)

9/10- This is Motorhead in 2015, bad ass and still rocking the free world. 

Track Listing:
1. Victory Or Die
2. Thunder & Lighting
3. Fire Storm Hotel
4. Shoot Out All of Your Lights
5. The Devil
6. Electricity
7. Evil Eye
8. Teach Them How To Bleed
9. Till The End
10. Tell Me Who To Kill
11. Chocking On Your Screams
12. When The Sky Comes Looking For You
13. Sympathy For The Devil (Rolling Stones cover) 

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