Motorhead – Kiss Of Death (2006, Sanctuary)
- One Night Stand
- Devil I Know
- Under The Gun
- God Was Never On Your Side
- Living In The Past
- Sword Of Glory
- Be My Baby
- Kingdom Of The Worm
- Going Down
- R.A.M.O.N.E.S. (bonus track)
Total Time – 46:18
Lemmy Kilmister – Vocals & Bass
Phil Campbell – Guitars
Mikkey Dee – Drums
Motorhead has been making the same fast, loud Heavy Metal for the last 30+ years. Much like AC/DC, Motorhead employs the theory of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. The new offering from Lemmy, Phil, and Mikkey is exactly what their last release was: a bunch of Motorhead songs that will kick your ass!
Motorhead is that one band, again like AC/DC, that everyone can agree on. Metalheads, punks, AOR purists alike all can agree that Motorhead just flat out kills! Kiss Of Death does exactly that, it grabs hold of your jugular and clenches tight for thirteen songs. ‘Sucker’, ‘One Night Stand’, and ‘Devil I Know’ all clock in around 3 minutes…..fast and hard. ‘Trigger’ comes in under 4 minutes and continues the assault. ‘Under The Gun’ turns into a nasty mid-paced groove that still smacks you in the head but still leaves you breathing.
One of my favorite tracks is ‘God Was Never On Your Side’. Lemmy’s rasp over some nice acoustics and subdued drumming. C.C. DeVille from Poison lends a hand in the guitar department on this slower number. It’s a cool departure from the headbanging norm.
‘Living In The Past’ is sludgy and dirty, the vocal reminds me of ‘Orgasmatron’ from back in 1986. One heck of a solo here by Phil Campbell. ‘Christine’ is the “sing-a-long” tune…..it’s fast, has memorable hooks and riffs. It’s like a bad KISS song that I could see Gene Simmons singing! It’s a good song though, very catchy with a bit of boogie…..this is another favorite of mine.
The next four songs (tracks 9-12) continue the all-out Metal assault: fast, crass, and in your face. Up until this point, I haven’t found a weak song or one I don’t like. The album is plain solid until the Ramones tribute, ‘R.A.M.O.N.E.S.’. Is it bad? No. Is it good? Yeah. Is it necessary? No. With twelve originals of Metal perfection why not add another for #13? I’ll bet the band has a better song that I would enjoy more than this, especially when it was first recorded on the 1916 album. Motorhead is Punk, Motorhead is Metal…..they can get away with covering themselves I guess but I would prefer another new song.
If you’ve heard Motorhead albums before, you know what you’re getting. The album is hard, fast, in your face Metal with a mix of Punk. It’s good…..no other way to say it.