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With a little help from Klaus Meine - 81%

Felix 1666, December 28th, 2018
Written based on this version: 2002, CD, Steamhammer

Since exactly three years, the incarnation of heavy metal is dead. But its spirit lives on and there is absolutely no end in sight. Lemmy's music is still omnipresent and that's only logical in view of songs such as "Brave New World", the climax of "Hammered". Those of you who think that they haven't heard the ultimate metal chorus so far, listen exactly to this track and the search is over. The neckbreaking catchiness of this number has the potential to drive you insane. A strict up-tempo smasher with an excellent riffing and lyrics that could not be more typical for Lemmy. Lines like "being poor is worse than having AIDS" speak volumes. Not to forget the dynamic solo part and, of course, Lemmy's well known boozy voice. This track has to be played on every celestial Motörhead concert (or did you really think that the Grandmaster of Rock has stopped his activities only because of the fact that he has left us?).

In direct comparison, "Brave New World" tramples everything else of this work into dust. But having forged one über-motörsong does not exclude the offering of further good pieces. The screaming riff of "Down the Line", the very good flow of "Voices from the War" and even the pretty strange, somehow soft and simultaneously harsh vocal line in the chorus of "Walk a Crooked Mile" has a strange charm. Right from the beginning, all these songs prove evidence that Motörhead still sound fresh, impulsive and spontaneous. Of course, the experienced warhorses know their trade, but the joy of playing shimmers though each and every composition. The throbbing bass lines fall in love with the casual or vehement guitar riffs and it seems as if bass and guitar sound coalesce with each other in order to create a unique and powerful sound, full of energy and enriched with a healthy amount of negativity. Apart from this, the tight drumming dictates the rhythm consequently. I am still convinced that the band pic on the inner side of the tray portraits Klaus Meine and not Phil Campbell, but maybe my German eyes love to fool me.

The songs show the band (with or without Campbell) from its rocking side ("Mine All Mine") and its metalized side as well. "Red Raw" seems to be the little brother of "Burner", one of their straightest songs ever which was released on "Bastards". "Shut Your Mouth" lies between these poles and is built upon a riff that seems to originate from the cellar of an Australian family called Young. If you like songs of this clan, for example the great "Overdose", you will also enjoy this piece. In other words, Motörhead dish up their usual program, but with a big number of excellent riffs. Only "Dr. Love" can't keep the pace and the worthless outro consists nearly only of spoken words. It doesn't matter. The very powerful production fits the musical approach perfectly and so the listeners get blown away in a very appreciated manner.

Just like more or less any other long-standing formation, Motörhead did not only release fantastic records, but "Hammered" belongs to those works that ensured them a firm place in my heart. It guarantees 45 minutes of filthy fun and unlike its spiritual fathers, at least "Brave New World" has been made for eternity. So come on, dear fellows, let's raise our glasses and celebrate Motörhead! This makes it easier to say the truth without an overdose of melancholy: Lemmy, we miss you. And Philthy Animal, Fast Eddie Clark and Würzel. And, by the way, Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy. And Malcolm and Bon... shit, the list is much too long.

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.

8½/10

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.