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Classic Motorhead (what other sort is there?) - 85%

theboycopeland, September 24th, 2002

Despite an undeserved reputation for otherwise, Motorhead continue to surprise and delight with every release. Their latest offering is no different, kicking off as it does with the stupendously rifftastic, melodic rocker "Walk a Crooked Mile". This track is truly Motorhead at their finest. The chorus is so melodic it defies belief, yet it still rocks like fuck with an phenomenally groovy bassline. This track alone is worth owning the CD for, although as luck would have it the rest of the CD is damn good too. "Brave New World" has Lemmy berating society and it's ill placed values in his usual inimitable style while "Voices From The War" has the gnarled rocker lamenting wasted lives on the battlefield. There's plenty of the traditional Motorhead swing here too in the shape of "Mine All Mine" and "Dr Love".

The album closes with the furiously paced "Red Raw" followed by the spoken word piece "Serial Killer". The previous reviewer commented that "Serial Killer" was Lemmy talking about how evil he is. That is of course complete cobblers. No one familiar with Lemmy's work could possibly believe Lemmy to be an evil man. The song is in fact a poem describing what might make a killer tick. Lemmy apparently had these lyrics for years but never put them to music.

A great album though and a definite improvement on the disapointing "We Are Motorhead" album.


Get Your Brains Hammered In! - 91%

thebloodfeaster, July 29th, 2002

The band that can crush all "brutal" bands out there with their sheer badassity has returned! Motorhead are gods, plain and simple. "Hammered" lives up to its name as the band hammers out song after song that will hammer your ear drums into the center of your skull. The album starts off with one of the more melodic songs on the album, "Walk a Crooked Mile." It is still centered around a heavy riff, but the chorus is pure Lemmelody. By the second song I'm already enjoying this more than the last two, and that opinion will still hold by the end; even though "One More Fucking Time" from "We Are Motorhead" is my favorite ballad by any band. The pace picks up a bit on the third song, "Brave New World." It is a great song about how terrible the world would be without smoke, drink, and porn. I hope like hell they play this song on the tour, because it's one of those that forces you to shout along. But what am I saying? Every song on here does this! You gotta love a line like "if Jesus showed up now, he'd be in jail by next week." There are several of the boogying rock 'n' roll metal songs we have all come to expect from the band: "Down the Line", "Mine All Mine", "Dr. Love", and more, as well as the heavy thrashier songs. The production is clear but not over done, and does well in capturing the energy of the band. The final track, "Serial Killer", is a dark spoken piece where Lemmy is talking about how evil he is. It makes for a nice closer. There are also a couple of bonus tracks on some versions album. I'm not sure who will be getting the bonus tracks, though, because the album has not been officially released yet at the time of this review. "The Game" is a rather unspectacular song from some WWF compilation, but the live version of "Overnight Sensation" is definitely worth the listen. There are not exactly miles of new ground covered here, but Motorhead sounds as vital and alive as ever. You may hear things you've heard before, but that does not make it any less entertaining and fresh. Motorhead age like a fine wine of destruction.