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Old Faithful strikes again. - 89%

Empyreal, December 31st, 2008

The institution that is Motörhead is one that never fails to please. They're the Old Faithful of Heavy Metal, never releasing anything sub-par and never faltering in their one-track minded formula to deliver some of the best Rock music on this whole fucking planet. Lemmy has gone through three decades of his craft, and he has perfected it to a fine sheen, having gone through several dozens of band members and experiments to figure out what worked for him. While the exact number of this new album in their discography is unknown (experts are currently sifting their way through the catacombs of the Temple of Motörhead, avidly searching for it), any hesitant listeners can be assured that Lemmy and his Motörhead crew have delivered another winner with their tried-and-true formula on Motörizer.

Like every Motörhead album, Motörizer features a different mood and attitude than the last one. The attitude is always present and obtuse in its carefree, blunt nature, but it takes on new forms with each album. I missed the previous album Kiss of Death, but Motörizer is a more catchy, upbeat affair marked by a pummeling, cut-throat guitar tone, a heavy, hooky batch of riffs, and the catchiest bunch of choruses on this side of Tinnitus Sanctus. People will tell you that this is too simple and too straightforward, but the songwriting here is actually spot-on. There is, after all, an art to simplicity, as well, and how can anyone not love songs like "English Rose," "Runaround Man," "The Thousand Names of God" or "Back on the Chain" after hearing Lemmy's unforgettable charismatic tone meshing in with the grooving, gritty riffage and rock-solid back beats? It's pure magic, and extremely refreshing in its familiarity, at that.

This is just balls-out, no-frills rock music the way it was meant to be played, and Lemmy never stops delivering throughout the album's entire 40 minute duration. There aren't really any darker or moodier tunes here, with every song generally sticking to a more uplifting and happy sort of tone that I just dig. We need more music like this these days, and less of Opeth, Biomechanical and Human Fortress. Motörizer is a feel-good album for the ages, boasting commendable power and a set of eleven solid, wickedly good tunes that you won't be able to get out of your head any time soon. May Motörhead live long and keep rocking all the way. Definitely one of my favorite albums of 2008.

Originally written for http://www.metalcrypt.com