Title - 'Aftershock'
Artist - Motörhead
On this brand new Motörhead CD they really do deliver their 21st studio album with enormous raw power. Aftershock, recorded at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, it is a balls-out powerhaus of a record and brings us everything Motörhead have musically stood for over the past many, many years.
Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee kick-off with 'Heartbreaker,' a fantastic old school-styled song from the British band. The cut really finds Lemmy’s vocals still in fine form and is backed by 'Coup de Grace,' which finds our guys back on their familiar musical track with some balls out, fast-paced rock-metal.
On 'Lost Woman Blues,' it's suddenly like ZZ Top came in and recorded an outtake whilst the boys were on a beer break or something! Trust me, from the moment Lemmy’s vocals appear and are backed by some Texas-sounding, low slung guitars, well, it might as well be a Hill Brothers construction! 'End Of Time’ is an album filler (although reminiscent of ‘Ace of Spades’ in many ways), and 'End Of Time' plows along using chords more than vocals.
'Death Machine' is another balls out rocker, with 'Dust and Glass' an honest to God actual ballad! Which doesn’t happen often in the lives of Motörhead! In fact, Lemmy dips his vocals so much that you actually get to hear his lisp! The brilliant 'Going To Mexico’ is Motörhead finding their true musical stomping ground once again though. A thunderous track that forces itself way across the musical border in fine style!
On 'Silence When You Speak To Me,' we find - easily, for my humble money - one of the best tracks on the album. Containing everything that encapsulates Motörhead at their musical best, it also contains some pop and beat rhythms. Not two things you would normally associate with the band, but it works!
There is, sadly, nothing really melodical about 'Crying Shame' and 'Queen Of The Damned' is yet another album filler. One though whose mid-section seems to be housing, for some strange reason, vaguely familiar ‘Ace of Spades’ fades! And the album is brought to a close with 'Knife' (which is just Motörhead doing what they do), 'Keep Your Powder Dry' (a melodic bass pounder with a message - although it truly sounds like Lemmy’s vocals are sore at this stage of the studio recording session) and finally 'Paralyzed.'