Our Rating: 9/10
By Jö Schüftan
MOTÖRHEAD's 22nd album Bad Magic (available now via UDR Records) proves that Heavy Music is alive and very exciting in 2015! While for their 22nd studio album the band - Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, Phil "Wizzö" Campbell and Mikkey Dee - had to face extreme challenges in order to make this record a reality (namely the illness of founder and bassist Lemmy due to health issues), the results are outstanding and the record definitely doesn't sound rushed! As a matter of fact, MOTÖRHEAD's NEW sonic assault possesses every ingredient that makes Rock N' Roll music so damn exciting: fast pace beats, heavy sounds, groovy rhythms and crushing vocals!
Bad Magic was produced by MOTÖRHEAD's longtime producer Cameron Webb, who also produced 2003's Aftershock and who is widely known for being a very hands on producer. This phenomenal album, which is definitely a contender for album of the year, contains 12 heavy as steel songs plus an amazing cover of "Sympathy for the Devil" (The Rolling Stones' classic song).
If you are a fan of Lemmy's vocal style, you will love Bad Magic. Once again, Lemmy delivered vocals full of power and with plenty of soul. While the lyrics are somewhat predictable, this works for a band like MOTÖRHEAD since their fans expect them to sound a certain way. By now we should all know that MOTÖRHEAD are all about respecting their world famous signature sound.
Once again, Phil Campbell's riffs are flawless from beginning to end, and they all fit the songs perfectly. Phil has always been Lemmy's partner in musical crime and has never recorded a sound that sucks. This is why he is a legend! If Phil's riffs were flawless, Lemmy's bass parts are some of his best ever. If you are a bass player, pay careful attention to Lemmy's parts on Bad Magic. Just like fine whiskey, Lemmy's bass playing gets better as he ages. And I must say that once again Mikkey knocked it out of the park with his fantastic drumming! There's no shortage of fast, aggressive beats that wake up all your senses with no mercy.
There's something comforting about a staple like MOTÖRHEAD: you know they're basically going to deliver what you expect from them, but every once in a while they surprise you—and deliver something even BETTER.
Will Bad Magic become a classic MOTÖRHEAD record? Absolutely! Will some songs become instant anthems? HELLYEAH!
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Track listing for MOTÖRHEAD's Bad Magic:
1. "Victory or Die"
2. "Thunder & Lightning"
3. "Fire Storm Hotel"
4. "Shoot Out All of Your Lights"
5. "The Devil"
7. "Evil Eye"
8. "Teach Them How to Bleed"
9. "Till the End"
10. "Tell Me Who to Kill"
11. "Choking on Your Screams"
12. "When the Sky Comes Looking for You"
13. "Sympathy for the Devil" (The Rolling Stones cover)
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