Motorhead
Overkill


5.0
classic

Review

by manosg CONTRIBUTOR (88 Reviews)
December 29th, 2015 | 215 replies


Release Date: 1979 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Born to raise hell

Chances are that when Lemmy was fired from Hawkwind in 1975, he had no idea that it was actually a gift sent from the gods of metal. In an era where hard rock was getting old and tired, punk was rightfully becoming the refuge for teen angst. He was chosen to bring together the best of both worlds and create Motorhead. If you wonder what was the outcome, it was generally negative reviews; to the extent where their debut was even declared as the worst album of the year by some publications. In typical Lemmy fashion, he changed almost nothing but the fact that he played even louder.

The outcome of the above was a huge (probably) involuntary fvck you to all doubters, in the form of Overkill. In typical media fashion, publications had a change of heart and wrote dithyrambs for the band, after seeing how they were embraced by the youth. From the iconic cover art, to the relentless content, Motorhead’s sophomore release was their breakthrough at the time and is an undisputable classic today. The reasons extended well beyond its musical content, as Lemmy and Co. injected to hard music the original ingredients that were starting to fade away; sex, drugs and eventually character once again. Overkill provided a safe haven to all the misfits and raised a middle finger to their oppressors.

From the instantly recognizable double-bass start of its title track and the melodic bassline, the album reeked of aggression, sweat and badassery. In the meantime, created speed metal, contributed to the birth of thrash metal and possibly every form of extreme metal as even legendary Fenriz (Darkthrone) lists Phil Taylor as one of his major influences. Nevertheless, the success of Overkill lies on its basis as well which is the blues and classic rock; older fans could identify with Motorhead’s music as well. Tracks like “Stay Clean”, “(I Won’t) Pay Your Price”, “I’ll Be Your Sister” and “Capricorn” are so addictive and catchy because of their melodic and groovy nature. Lemmy’s voice – the outcome of binge drinking and heavy smoking – is perfect for the subject matter of the album which is none else than the founding elements of rock n roll. Of course, Overkill wouldn’t be the same without Eddie Clarke’s playing; his leads and solos are some of the reasons that make this album so iconic.

In the process, the LP spawned numerous staples such as “No Class” – which Lemmy wrote for “Fast” Eddie – “Metropolis” – which was sang as “Acropolis” on their concert in Athens, Greece as a tribute to the fans – and “Damage Case” that Metallica covered on Hugh Hefner’s party (in what seems like) a billion years ago. Every song has a rock n roll story behind it which makes the album so special. Its monolithic and aggressive nature described explicitly in songs like “Tear Ya Down” and “Limb from Limb” is what makes Motorhead’s music appeal equally today as it did more than 35 years ago.

People state that Motorhead never changed but there lies their biggest virtue. Without straying an inch from their path, they managed to be successful and speak to the heart of rockers and metalheads for so long. The gods of metal couldn’t have selected a better individual than Lemmy to save hard music in the end of the ‘70s and god knows he delivered. In Lemmy we trust…

Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister: 24 December 1945 – 28 December 2015



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manosg
Contributing Reviewer
December 29th 2015


9564 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is not a goddamn epitaph. This is a celebration of a larger than life man.



In Lemmy we trust...

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Ovrot
December 29th 2015


12458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Don't sweat it, get it back to you.

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Archelirion
December 29th 2015


3872 Comments


Stonking review dude. There won't be another band like Motorhead, not for the foreseeable future.

CalculatingInfinity
December 29th 2015


5597 Comments


This was needed today, a fitting tribute to a legend. Fab job manosg.

manosg
Contributing Reviewer
December 29th 2015


9564 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks guys, one of the hardest reviews to write.

Ovrot
December 29th 2015


12458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i would pos it if I could

manosg
Contributing Reviewer
December 29th 2015


9564 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cheers bud.

ChaoticVortex
December 29th 2015


298 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Both a heartfelt condolence and a cheerful celebration of Lemmy's legacy.

Perfect review, very appriciated.



The body and the man my have gone, but his presence and music lives forever.

manosg
Contributing Reviewer
December 29th 2015


9564 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Amen.

TheNotrap
December 29th 2015


8450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review manosg.



Title track's double-bass influenced an entire generation of drummers (Lars, Benante, ...)



RIP Mr. Lemmy.

EvoHavok
December 29th 2015


5492 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

RIP. Fantastic write-up, manos!

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 29th 2015


7164 Comments


This should be featured.

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EvoHavok
December 29th 2015


5492 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sure. They featured an older review for Weiland, so it has to happen.

manosg
Contributing Reviewer
December 29th 2015


9564 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks for the kind words guys. I hope it does get featured.

Flugmorph
December 29th 2015


11352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazing review man, rock n roll will live on thanks to lemmy

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StickFeit
December 29th 2015


142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dude. Fantastic job!

In Lemmy we trust!

Totengott
December 29th 2015


3662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazing review, RIP Lemmy :/. Forever a legend.

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manosg
Contributing Reviewer
December 29th 2015


9564 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Appreciate it guys.



True story, first (and only) patch I got on any of my jackets was a Motorhead one before having listened to the band. I was 11 years old and felt like the baddest dude on the block haha.

Totengott
December 29th 2015


3662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That's awesome dude.

Flugmorph
December 29th 2015


11352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My first patch also was from motörhead man. Awesome!



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