XII Boar unleash cover of Motörhead’s ‘Damage Case’

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It’s always good to see a UK band going from strength to strength despite the ignorance of the masses, and XII Boar are a fine example of such exponence, having released several killer EPs and singles including this year’s 7″ ‘Truck Stop Baby‘. The band have now revealed a previously unreleased recording from that record’s sessions, in the mold of a tribute to the legendary Motörhead’s ‘Damage Case’, hallmarked by the trio’s wicked blend of sludge, stoner rock and blues, marks of which are left all over this version. It rocks from one style to enough, dropping into the bluesy section with an ‘eins, zwei, drei, vier!‘ and the result is emphatic enough for this to be considered one of my favourite Motörhead covers around.

The cover is available on their Bandcamp page and can be streamed and downloaded for free. You can stream it below here too. Get on it!

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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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Visions: Vodun – Oya

It’s been a while since I constructed a Visions post, either because I haven’t been bothered or because most rock and metal videos weren’t interesting me any more. Well take a look at this! London trio Vodun, whose excellent ‘Eat Up The Sun‘ EP was recently reviewed here, have dropped the creepy and rocking video for ‘Oya’, where an outpatient is drawn towards the band upon which she encounters some rotten vegetables and eventually a out-of-body experience courtesy of the voodoo ritual that seems to be taking place. You don’t see much of the band but you don’t need to – ‘Oya’s power lies in its well scripted video, in which you can at least just about follow what’s going on. It’s also a mighty shock as well when the song kicks in. And I’m not talking about the song itself, which is thoroughly, brilliantly soulful rock once again.

‘Oya’ is out now via the band’s Bandcamp page for £1 or more, with a remix of the single, by Amatuer, as the b-side.

Peter Clegg

Vodun – Eat Up The Sun

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Does anyone here in the room remember Invasion, the London three-piece who created bowel-shaking psychedelic noises and all manner of enchanting soul ruckus? It seemed they disappeared without much of a trace following the release of 2009’s widely-hailed debut ‘The Master Alchemist’, but through the power of voodoo, it seems, two thirds of that band (drummer Zel and songstress Chan) have returned as Vodun, a body shaking, soul grooving heavy rock machine, adding Oli from Arrows of Love on guitar to complete their triumvirate.

Starting with a passage on how ‘voodoo has given woman the power…to distinguish her from humans of all other forms‘, the title-track kicks in and Chan’s delightfully soulful vocals kick in over the booming low-end riffs and pounding drums. This is followed up quickly by the thrilling ‘Red Flag’, a fast-paced high octane ride with some simple yet effective organ over the top of the motoring riff. The bluesy shake of ‘Erzulie’ pops up next, one of the highlights of the EP as Chan declares ‘don’t bow down/I’m not your saviour/I’m not your Jesus/But I bear your cross’, even laughing at the end of the bridge section to show just how this band enjoys creating this sound as much as we, the listener, should enjoy it. By the end it seems the hocus takes over, as ‘Zaka’ reaches its conclusion, as the band play out a doomy riff underneath Chan’s building wail, not unlike an unholy summoning of the voodoo gods. Its not quite the equivalent of perfection, but this is without question one of the releases of the year so far. So much so, I reckon they wouldn’t sound out of place on ‘Later Live with Jools Holland’. Can we make this happen? Please?

Peter Clegg

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