Album Review: Motörhead – Aftershock

Motörhead have always been a band capable of bringing out the devil horns on anyone’s hands. They are without a doubt one of the most iconic rock bands in history, and the new album certainly does not let them down. ‘Aftershock’ throws us straight back into the golden age of the band. ‘Heartbreaker’ opens up an album with a powerful song that holds true to Motörhead’s style. Similar to that of the classic ‘Ace of Spades’, it pulls no punches. ‘Coup de Grace’ keeps the momentum going by delivering yet another hell raising anthem. Phil “Wizzö” Campbell provides us with a guitar line that could make any fan nostalgic by the second note. ‘Lost Woman Blues’ takes us down to a more mellow sound, but one that still has the rough and ragged feeling from Lemmy’s growling tone. That sense of ‘relaxation’ was not long-lived. ‘End of time’, ‘Going to Mexico’ and ‘Queen of the Damned’ bring us back to the essence of the album. This is without a doubt a return to basics for Motörhead. This album provides everything you could want from rock and roll: snarling guitar solos, vicious drum beats, a powerful bass line and lyrics about debauchery and rock. Not only that, but the rise and fall from tracks like ‘Death Machine’ to ‘Dust and Glass’ keep us on the edge of our seats. All of this culminates in the end track – ‘Paralyzed’. Opened by a blasting double bass pedal, Motörhead are giving us one last ride before it’s all over. ‘Aftershock’ shows that rock and roll is far from finished. With a sound that they have made their own since 1975, Motörhead continue to secure their place as rock and roll legends. All in all, this is a fantastic addition to their legacy.

Review by Max Anderson.

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