Motörhead – Aftershock

Motorhead - AftershockOne thing that I love about Motörhead is that you always know what you’re getting. Pretty much. You can always rest assured that they will give you a good dose of hard rock ‘n’ roll and it’s not bloody likely that they will record a Whoa-whoa-livin-on-a-prayer thing or go disco or hip hop or some garbage like that that. It’s the same thing with AC/DC – and that is partly why we love those bands so much – at least I do. But there is one big difference between Motörhead and AC/DC apart from the fact that they play different kinds of music to each other and that is when AC/DC give you exactly what you’d expected, Motörheaad might give you the odd surprise or two. Remember on 1916 (1991 – my all time favourite Motörhead album), they had a ballad in “Love Me Forever”, recorded a Ramones tribute (“R.A.M.O.N.E.S.”), used a horn section (“Angel City”) and the title track was only Lemmy singing over strings. And on Overnight Sensation (1996) they used acoustic guitars pretty frequently and some songs had an almost poppy feel and on Inferno (2004) they had a bluesy acoustic track called “Whorehouse Blues”. So Lemmy and his entourage of Phil Campbell (guitar) and Mikkey Dee (drums) takes the musical paths that feels right for them at the time. But whatever they do, it always sounds like Motörhead in the end. And they play rock and roll.

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