Motorhead
Aftershock


3.5
great

Review

by Matthew Hopkins USER (45 Reviews)
October 18th, 2013 | 46 replies


Release Date: 10/21/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We are Motörhead, and we like sausage rölls.

Lemmy and company have been playing good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll since before most people can remember. After being kicked out of Hawkwind, due to an addiction to amphetamines, Lemmy decided to start a good honest rock band who played everything louder than anyone else. This band was Motörhead, and they have been playing rock ‘n’ roll for over 35 years.

Motörhead are often accused of simply playing the same song over and over again with little variety. In reality that does hold a kernel of truth and Aftershock does have a lot of similarity to previous Motörhead work. Unlike some other bands however, Motörhead manage to create a type of music that remains interesting despite its repetitiveness and the passage of time. Aftershock follows this trend and is a good listen if you are a fan of Motörhead, however there is nothing here which will allow the band to win over new fans.

Aftershock does have a few shining stars that help it stand out amongst their discography, such as the mid-tempo song ‘Lost Women Blues’. When compared to most of their work, ‘Lost Women Blues’ is much slower than normal Motörhead style. The song feels like it could be a cover of some ancient blues song, with the guitar work sounding very 1930s in style. It is times like these that remind you that Motörhead are not a metal band, but are still very much the rock band that Lemmy founded back in 1975.

This version of Motörhead has been around since 1992 and the band perform very well together. Lemmy provides an interesting style of bass play and he sounds more like a guitarist than a bassist. Phil Campbell pulls off some excellent solo work and keeps it up throughout the entire album, not missing out a single note. This is all pulled together by the excellent drumming from Mickey Dee, who pulls out both technical and powerful drumming.

Aftershock is not a new Ace of Spades, and there is nothing here that Motörhead haven’t done before. The track listing doesn’t contain any new ‘Iron Fist’ ‘Bomber’ or ‘Ace of Spades’ but there is some hope. However, the album is possibly one of the weakest ones that Motörhead have released in the past 10 years.

They still manage to pull off a good show despite this and there are a few quality moments. Songs like ‘Long Women Blues’ are among the best, and towards the end the quality of the album does improve, as Motörhead sound more aggressive and even louder. ‘Queen of the Damned’ is a short and powerful rocker and ‘Keep your Powder Dry’ is one of the best heavy rockers that Motörhead have released this side of the 90s. These help to make the album stand out a bit more amongst the rest of Motörhead’s discography.

Lemmy might be getting old and his moles might be getting bigger, but this metal God is far from retiring. His whiskey and nicotine soaked voice sounds more or less the same now as it did thirty years ago. He is still going strong and Aftershock is testament to that fact. Whilst there might be nothing on the album that truly stands out amongst the masses of work that is Motörhead’s, it is not a bad album none the less. You can probably expect Lemmy to release his next album in two years time, because Lemmy is more than certainly going to die in the saddle.



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Hoppoman
October 18th 2013


654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Posted here first http://thesonicsensory.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/motorhead-aftershock/

Good album, same old Lemmy doing what Lemmy does best.

trainofconsequence
October 18th 2013


1442 Comments


The band are boring by this point

Hoppoman
October 18th 2013


654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wouldn't say so, they had a boring patch back in the 90s, but the past few albums have been pretty good.

bloc
October 18th 2013


35004 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'll admit this is solid, but at the same time it's the same stuff over and over again.

Digging: The Birthday Massacre - Superstition

Hoppoman
October 18th 2013


654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed on that front, a few parts do stand out though. I'm seeing them in November so listening to this was a no-brainer.

bloc
October 18th 2013


35004 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha, doing your homework I see

Hoppoman
October 18th 2013


654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well I cant really go to a gig and not know any of the songs. Did that once and it was painful.

rockandmetaljunkie
October 18th 2013


3707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Reviewing this was a good call. And you did a pretty good job too.
Album is solid.

Hoppoman
October 18th 2013


654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you, I fancied keeping it in the Hawkwind family.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2013


7401 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I love it you're all calling it more of the same as though you even remotely suspected otherwise.



Hoppoman
October 18th 2013


654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"We are Motorhead and we play jazz inspired death metal with an eastern edge."

bloc
October 18th 2013


35004 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hey just making conversation... : (

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2013


7401 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

True. It's bizarre, because it's a decent record, but any in-depth conversation truly is an exercise in futility.

Hoppoman
October 18th 2013


654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'd call this a pretty deep conversation, we are almost at the talking about feelings level.

Ecnalzen
October 18th 2013


6782 Comments


I say bring them on.

bloc
October 18th 2013


35004 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hell, we're actually talking about the music!


But then again, this is still only the first page...

manosg
October 19th 2013


6527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good choice for a review Hop and well written, so pos.

"the album is possibly one of the weakest ones that Motörhead have released in the past 10 years."

I'd say this is their best since Inferno and one of their more diversified albums.


Digging: Witchfynde - Give 'em Hell

manosg
October 19th 2013


6527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Also, why hasn't this review been featured yet is beyond me. Motorhead is one of the biggest names in music.

Hoppoman
October 19th 2013


654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I preferred Motorizer and The World is yours. But Inferno is one of my favourite Motorhead albums.

rockandmetaljunkie
October 19th 2013


3707 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Motorizer was awesome, haven't checked Inferno yet.



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