Motörhead – Aftershock

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Motörhead
Aftershock
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Consistency. That one word we all strive for. It’s a byword for reliability, and often, excellence – although I suppose you can be consistently rubbish. But yeah, consistency. A good jam/marmalade/preserve has the right consistency. FC Barcelona have remarkable consistency for results. Oh I digress. Motörhead themselves are such a byword for consistency, in so much consistently living by the mantra ‘we are Motörhead, and we play rock ‘n’ roll’, and living by such a lifestyle that their frontman Lemmy Kilmister seemed at one point to be invincible, having drunk, smoked and banged and every other living thing and substance in existence, and yet survived all those things, and in doing so being able to become a third guarantee in life; death, taxes, and a Motörhead UK tour in November. So Lemmy’s recent health struggles were well documented – after all, the man seemed inhuman, able to have consumed seemingly millions of pints, cigarettes, the thousands of women he’s allegedly slept with, living the rock and roll lifestyle seemingly without any sign of slowing down. And so a November Motörhead UK tour is no longer guaranteed, with their live dates due to take place this month now rescheduled to February 2014 while Lemmy works to come back ‘fitter and stronger than ever’.

All things come to an end, and by hook or crook, so will Motörhead one day, one day. And we all dread that day, don’t we, because we all knows what that potentially means. But Lemmy won’t ever make that easy, as he sung on ‘Killed by Death’, and the second ‘Aftershock’s opening single ‘Heartbreaker’ comes in, all fears are laid to rest and forgotten about. Lemmy is bang on form as are Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee, with a ripping chorus which will ring in your ears for a long time. It lays out the path for one of most storming albums from the trio in years. Sure, we could compare it to the last few albums, or discuss the apparent lack of originality again, but it’s Motörhead – like all the top veterans and mainstays and rock and heavy metal, there’s no need to fix what’s not broken, and what matters is the quality. The quality is here in spades. ‘Lost Woman Blues’ and ‘Dust and Glass’ are two of the best laid back, bluesy tracks that Motörhead have ever penned, lovingly sandwiched between numerous road-tested anthems from the typical bluster of ‘End of Time’,  the unholy rumble of ‘Death Machine’, and the bar piano-tinged, whisky-soaked rock’n’ roll of ‘Crying Shame’. Lemmy might well be approaching septuagenarian status, but with the band approaching its 40th year since its inception in 1975, Motörhead sure as hell won’t be going away that easily. ‘Aftershock’ is a reaffirming statement of intent that sends all the little rock rats scurrying back to their holes and reminding everyone it might not be new, and shit, it might not be pretty – but its Motörhead, and they play rock ‘n’ roll. Clear?

Peter Clegg

Motörhead – Heartbreaker (official video)

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