November 8, 1980 - 2020: 40 years of: Ace Of Spades.
"But that's the way I like it baby I don't want to live forever !"
Ugly, smelly and lovely. Crafters of speed and users of, these MOTÖR-fuckers are the new-school, deal with it. England again, the 1970s heavyrock explosion and later punk of 78 kept the Brits at the pole position of extremes.
And on the Seventh Day, God created 1980: the Year Zero for true Heavy-Metal.
In between the elderly SABBATH, the leathered PRIEST, the dangerous MAIDEN, the suave SNAKE and the motorcycle men of SAXON ...the terrifying trio of Kilmister, Clarke and Taylor destroyed everything, everything ! Ace Of Spades is MOTÖRHEAD's forth LP. The MOTÖR-madness started in 77, then escalated with an overkill, an assault led by a bomber, but now the rounds are real and there's no warning shot.
The dirt lifts up instantly as the grimmy bass-lick wipes the floor and opens-up the LP. This title-track alone is heavy enough to initiate a geomagnetic-reversal, none shall survive this brutal assault. The drums explodes into a H-bomb while the guitars sand-blasts it's way a mile around and Lemmy arrives and delivers adrenalized-rocknroll. Blunt, vile and deadly addictive, they draw the first card out of the pack: the "Ace Of Spades". The one-stop shop for teenage angst and rock-rebellion, packaged into a 2:48sec slab of some of the finest rawness available. This is just track #1, dya think you'll make it thru homeboy ?
Fear them !
Not a single second to rest, as the A-riff of "Love Me Like A Reptile" bursts in and annihilates anyone / anything left standing. While the term heavymetal wasn't yet widely used, the sound was forever immortalized on killer jabs like "Shoot You In The Back", the speedster "Fire, Fire" and the C-4 explosive "Bite The Bullet". From trio to a full family-affair, hear the homage for the MOTÖR-staff on "(We Are) The Road Crew".
The heaviness reaches biblical proportions on the pounding "The Chase Is Better Than The Catch", a vicious 360° attack, while the album's closer pins you down into nothingness with a massive deafening stroke of "The Hammer"
There's loud ...and then there's MOTÖRHEAD LOUD !
1981's No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith live meltdown LP is an hostile exhibition in a hostile environment. The Odeon turned into a warzone of bikers, punks, leather, jeans, spikes, switchblades and gutter-attitude. This alpha-male mojo has followed the band until their very end in 2015.
40 years, 40 fucking long years of grime, dirt and cranium splitting hardcore-rocknroll. It's not only about the music, it's about a way of life, it's an attitude. An outlook on life and one's destiny, fueled by the high-octane rock included within.
MOTÖRHEAD's Ace Of Spades, the iconic "fuck you" in rocknroll's illustrious history.
"...and don't forget The Joker !"
RIP Phil Taylor (1954-2015)
RIP Ian Kilmister (1945-2015)
RIP Eddie Clarke (1950-2018)
Ace Of Spades = video
The Chase Is Better Than The Catch = video
Ace Of Spades = full LP
Interview in 1981
Live in Belfast in 1981
Ace Of Spades documentary DVD
Lemmy's tone explained by Lemmy
Orgasmatron: the dirtiest record ever put to tape ?
We tend to think so !
Even if the infernal trio of Kilmister-Clarke-Taylor was and shall always be remembered as the classic line-up, back in 1982-83, the wheels were falling off. Losing Fast Eddie and Philthy Animal, meant that it was time for a rebirth: a new MOTÖRHEAD ...an uglier, grimier and dirtier MOTÖRHEAD !
Changing of the guards: not one, but two guitarists where summoned, Phil Campbell and Würzel ...and also joining the pack was new hard-hitting drummer Pete Gill. All three gents were already featured on the new killer 1984-cut, the Hells Angels-anthem "Killed By Death".
One of the greatest metal video ever:
Freshly signed to new label GWR, 1986 brought us the monster that is known has Orgasmatron. Rocknroll, heavymetal, thrashmetal or plain Motör-metal, this LP stands as MOTÖRHEAD's fastest, loudest and most relentless record to date.
The heaviness within reaches biblical proportions as the acid guitar-tone rips your face off, the rumbling bass-tone rips your face off, the sick vocals rips your face off and the earth-shattering drums rips your face off. Never though it could be done, but the über abrasive Orgasmatron even puts the untouchable Ace Of Spades out-of-commotion in the aggression-department ...and I challenge anyone who states otherwise.
From the slimy overdriven bass intro of "Nothing Up My Sleeve", to the brutal riffing of "Mean Machine", to the fuck-you attitude of "Doctor Rock", to the speedmetal pace of "Claw" ...Orgasmatron is 35-fucking-minutes of pure orgasm for the senses. Quick note on Gill, hate to say this but at that point in time, he was filthier than the Animal himself !
Even though the band's popularity was in limbo in face of the commercially successful hardrock and thrashmetal movement of the time, the unstoppable massive British freight-train shall not be threaten by the MEGADETHs, SLAYERs and EXCITERs of the moment: this is Lemmy's game !
Still today, the mesmerizing title-track stands as one of heavy-metal's best piece, ever. The skull-crushing rhythm, matched by the grandiose lyric-set delivered in a narcissist way, elevates this song as one of the genre's greatest. Orgasmatron: speed for the ear-drums !!!
ALRIGHT ! ALRIGHT !
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