Motorhead
No Remorse


4.5
superb

Review

by orBouzoukiandDefiJunkieforjujo USER (35 Reviews)
June 10th, 2013 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The ultimate Motorhead offer.

You’re not familiar with Motorhead ? You want to get acquainted with their music, but you don’t know which album to begin with ? Then look no further. Out of the dozens of compilations released by this band over their 38 years of career, No Remorse, their first Best-of collection, remains to this day the most definite one. No Remorse summarises perfectly the blazing early years with classic cuts such as: Ace Of Spades, Stay Clean, Too Late, Too Late, Bomber, Iron Fist, Overkill, (We Are) The Road Crew and No Class, offering to the audience over 90 minutes of that pure thrust, a trademark of Motorhead’s sound.

This album also initiates a long period (1984-1995) where the band started performing with two guitarists for the first time since their conception, nine years beforehand. Eddie Clarke, the band’s original guitarist left his buddies and the reason was the recording of an EP titled Stand By Your Man in 1982. Brian Robertson, former guitarist of Thin Lizzy, replaced Clarke and the new line-up recorded Another Perfect Day. However his collaboration with the band didn’t last long, as his on-stage attire was not representative of Motorhead’s archetypal image. Furthermore, his refusal to play the classic standards during the concerts added insult to injury, which led him towards the exit. With his departure in 1983, the group held auditions for a replacement and the two prime candidates were the late Michael Burston, also known as Wurzel and Philip Campbell. Lemmy’s initial decision was to hire only one guitarist, but after hearing Wurzel and Campbell playing, he concluded to the recruitment of both.

Hence, the sound of Motorhead changed dramatically for better or worse. While their image and the principal elements, musical and lyrical, were retained, the band sounded different with two guitarists, more muscular and beefy. Campbell’s style is somewhat reminiscent to Clarke’s, and despite the fact that he doesn’t possess the same speed, he’s got a far more passionate way of expressing himself. On the other hand, Wurzel had a unique way of combining passion and speed and his cooperation with Campbell was solid as presented to us via the four new songs exclusively recorded for No Remorse. Killed By Death, Snaggletooth, Steal Your Face and Locomotive, are four killer tracks, filled with raw energy, brutality and insanity. The band was apparently in high spirits because the recordings seem to be have been recovered from their golden age when they recorded Overkill, Bomber and Ace Of Spades. For example, Locomotive is sharing a similar introduction with Overkill and Steal Your Face has a comparable vibe with Ace Of Spades. These tracks stand as a testimonial that Motorhead’s old spark hasn’t faded yet, even if their best years are behind them.

As a last note, I need to remind to all of you why it’s so hard to argue with this collection. It’s one of the few compilations out there that actually serves a real purpose and has some aim. It’s not one of these profiteering greatest hits/best of releases that are goalless and redundant. No, this album serves as the absolute introductory package for the newbies and as a simple reminder to the oldies; the reasons as to why Motorhead’s music could merely be described with two words as “no remorse”.

recommended tracks (from the new ones)
Killed By Death
Locomotive



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dannyboy89
June 9th 2013


13327 Comments


Sweet review pos'd. I only care for early Motorhead (up to
Orgasmatron).

rockandmetaljunkie
June 9th 2013


5512 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Second and final Motorhead review.

The next bands on my reviewing list are Sabbath and Mountain.

manosg
Contributing Reviewer
June 10th 2013


8959 Comments


Even though I don't like compilations, this one has a nice tracklist. So, you're reviewing Climbing!?

Digging: Gehennah - Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die

rockandmetaljunkie
June 10th 2013


5512 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes. I have already wrtitten a review, I just need to make some corrections and I will upload it, probably tomorrow.

Epictemptation
June 10th 2013


88 Comments


nice review

ksoflas
June 10th 2013


834 Comments


Have a pos patrida.

rockandmetaljunkie
June 10th 2013


5512 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the feedback guys.

Totengott
December 29th 2015


3262 Comments


Bump for Lemmy.

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rockandmetaljunkie
December 29th 2015


5512 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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EvoHavok
December 29th 2015


4167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

THE ONLY TIME I'M GONNA BE EASY'S WHEN I'M... KILLED BY DEATH! KILLED BY DEATH!

RIP.

Digging: Dir En Grey - Uroboros: At Nippon Budokan

romulanrancor
December 29th 2015


4872 Comments


perfect comp

Digging: Abbath - Abbath

rockandmetaljunkie
December 29th 2015


5512 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

agreed, one of the best compilations ever

manosg
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2016


8959 Comments


The four "new" tracks on here could easily fit into any of their golden era recordings. That's what gives real purpose to a compilation.

EvoHavok
February 11th 2016


4167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very good starting point for people wanting to get into the band.

manosg
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2016


8959 Comments


For sure.

romulanrancor
February 11th 2016


4872 Comments


yeah i jammed this a lot in my early motorhead days

999! EMERGENCY!



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