Title - 'Cascade Into Chaos'
Artist - Leader Of Down
Leader Of Down is the brainchild of Grammy-nominated former Motörhead guitarist, and sadly the late Würzel (Michael Burston) and bass player Tim Atkinson who, after forming the band, busied themselves in a London rehearsal studio writing dozens of tracks in preparation for recording an album.
Before joining Motörhead in 1984, Burston had been a corporal in the British Army, serving in Germany and Northern Ireland with the 1st Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment, and had played in the bands Bastard and Warfare. He joined another relatively unknown guitarist, Phil Campbell, at a Motörhead audition; both were hired!
They then recruited drummer, Steve Clarke (Ex Fastway) to join the ranks and continue preparing for the debut, and just-released (via DeadLine Records / Cleopatra Records) album, Cascade Into Chaos.
In fact, Würzel himself suggested Steve Clarke as he had worked with him before and known him as a great drummer for years. “The teeth rattling bass guitar and ear splitting double bass drums really compliment Würzel’s guitar playing”, has already been said about this wondrous new group!
1. 'Paradise Turned Into Dust'
2. 'Cascade Into Chaos!'
3. 'People Say I'm Crazy'
4. 'Serial Killjoy'
5. 'Children Of Disease'
7. 'Punch & Geordie'
9. 'The Killing Rain'
10. 'Laugh At The Devil'
Indeed, the name Leader Of Down came from Würzel mishearing the lyrics to the Status Quo track “Down, Down,” of which subsequently, Würzel found to be extremely funny (given that he had been singing the wrong words “Down Down, Leader of Down” for over 30 years!)
They kick off with the Lemmy-led blockbuster 'Paradise Turned Into Dust,' and then back that up with the guitarfest title track, 'Cascade Into Chaos!' and then the quite brilliant, and thunderous 'People Say I'm Crazy.'
Next up is a pair of melodic, old school-inspired rockers in both 'Serial Killjoy' and 'Children Of Disease,' with the drumtastic, balls to the floor 'Snakebite' following along close behind.
One of my own personal favorites is the speeding train vibe of 'Punch & Geordie,' which is followed by the '70s guitar rock vibe of 'Feelgood.' The album then rounds out with the warnings of 'The Killing Rain,' and then the fast and fun, Lemmy-led 'Laugh At The Devil.'
So, yes, these are the final recordings from Motörhead guitarist Würzel, who passed away in 2011. With guest appearances by even more Motörhead alumni including the late Lemmy Kilmister, Fast Eddy Clarke, and Phil Campbell, along with Cliff Evans (Tank), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), Whitfield Crane (Ugle Kid Joe), and Lee Richards (Godsmack), Cascade Into Chaos is one of the most delightfully raucous albums of the last decade!
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