Motley Crue
Shout at the Devil


5.0
classic

Review

by AndyIsBeautiful USER (1 Reviews)
August 6th, 2013 | 252 replies


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Superb album, everyone knows their place, Riffs are good, vocals are amazing.

Many people have that one album that they remember as being their introduction into metal music. For some people it is the Slayer's and Metallica's of this world, whilst for others it would be Bullet For My Valentine or a similar band. For me, it was Motley Crue and their stellar album Shout At The Devil. This was a release I first heard when I was ten and have continued to enjoy every song off ever since.

This album is flooded with impressive guitar work all the way through. Guitar solos are found frequently, often involving a lot of fast pull-offs, and they really suit the nature of this album. Bastard shows off the powerful nature of the riffing whilst also opening up with a cool-sounding miniature solo over the top of the energetic riff. This album is not one that loses any of its steam either, as Too Young To Fall In Love shows off after a small drum introduction with a brilliant guitar riff that is arguably one of the best here. Each of these songs is carried forward by some really nice riffing, and they are almost always capitalized on by the aforementioned monster solos.

The rest of the band do not let their comrade down either, with some awesome bass work that is incessantly audible in the background but never leaps out in volume as with other albums. Ten Seconds To Love has a really groovy bass line which could not add to the mean-sounding riff and great lead work near the beginning any better. It is nice to hear an album where every member of the band knows their place in the sound and adds to it really well. The drumming is another example of this. Despite not being very technically proficient, the drummer at least keeps a nice rhythm going, excelling on the song Red Hot. This track has a very Guns N' Roses sound and the drumming is brilliant.

The vocal work is something that will divide a lot of people on this album, but I really enjoy it. The vocals are rather high pitched but could not suit the sound any better. The title track, also the best song here, is carried forward by the energetic vocals and manic high pitched shrieks, whilst the aforementioned Red Hot has some really nice mid-range vocals leading into some killer high notes. The mixing job also ensures that whilst the vocals are quite loud, they are not completely overbearing on the mix, and every member of the band is more than audible throughout. This is a really good production job, actually, where each instrument is crystal clear and has some really nice tones to them.

Regardless of what you may perceive of Motley Crue from their rather feminine appearance, this is a fantastic album that I would highly recommend to those looking for an album where every single member of the band contributes an equal amount to a fantastic effect.


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One of the landmarks of 80's Metal. SHOUT AT THE DEVIL!...


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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 6th 2013


19922 Comments


great album

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facupm
August 6th 2013


8053 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

one of the best hard rock albums

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 6th 2013


19922 Comments


no way

zakalwe
August 6th 2013


8511 Comments


Couldn't agree more your majesty

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TheNotrap
August 6th 2013


8109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Looks That Kill ftw.
Auto-pos.


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Omeggia
August 6th 2013


123 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"This is a disgrace to music."

It was the 80s dude chill

Cygnatti
August 6th 2013


21353 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

ugh this band.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 6th 2013


1646 Comments


My uncle still jams to this.

jefflebowski
August 6th 2013


8253 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ugh this band [2]

one of their better ones though

Itishappeningagain
August 6th 2013


320 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh noez teh matley crewz is bad because glam is the devil.


SitarHero
August 6th 2013


4698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Motlëë Cröö ain't shit cos they ain't hard like Mötörhëäd man!

jefflebowski
August 6th 2013


8253 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

'Oh noez teh matley crewz is bad because glam is the devil.'

yup, that's my exact and only reason for not liking this band


SitarHero
August 6th 2013


4698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Iknorite! Singing about strippers and parties and sex? Who does that? Fun is lame!!!

jefflebowski
August 6th 2013


8253 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

exactly, i can only listen to music that expresses my deep, important and complicated feelings

SitarHero
August 6th 2013


4698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have a feeling that music is instrumental, because your feelings can't possibly be expressed in words. You're a pretty deep dude.

jefflebowski
August 6th 2013


8253 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

quite right, no lyricist could possibly do justice to my multifaceted emotional state

manosg
August 6th 2013


6255 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Damn, a second 5 review of this one?

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SitarHero
August 6th 2013


4698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Your emotions shine like a finely cut diamond, but a diamond that's also somehow soft in places, because not all of your emotions are hard.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 6th 2013


19922 Comments


funny thread

ViperAces
August 6th 2013


12466 Comments


SHE
GOT



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