Like the juggernaut you prayed would keep on crushing you, like the friend that still royally pisses off your parents and like a loyal standard of crunchy, greasy, punky, bluesy, gutsy screw-you rock’nâ€™roll, MOTÃ–RHEAD stride out through their 38th year brandishing more swagger and attitude then your ears could begin to comprehend.
On October 22, 2013, MOTÃ–RHEAD will deliver their 21st studio album, an enormous and prophetic Aftershock. Recorded at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, it is a true leveler, a crushing confirmation of everything MOTÃ–RHEAD stands for, marching from the dust storm to deliver 14 belting statements which see MOTÃ–RHEAD in perhaps their best writing form for years. Thereâ€™s swagger, thereâ€™s punch, thereâ€™s speed and thereâ€™s dirty filthy grooves, Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee showing clearly that MOTÃ–RHEAD is not simply a band, itâ€™s a genre!
That genre, more than ever, resonates with hearty independence and swashbuckle. Whether itâ€™s â€œHeartbreakerâ€ throwing hooks and riffs into your head, the double-kick concussiveness of â€œParalyzedâ€ with Campbellâ€™s fuelled attack, or the thunderous ride-off-the-Rickenbacker MotÃ¶rcharge of â€œGoing To Mexicoâ€, Aftershock takes gleeful twists and turns which re-announce the MotÃ¶rlegend. Thereâ€™s the smoky biker bar blues in the shape of â€œDust And Glassâ€, Lemmyâ€™s late-night vocals evoking last-call and melancholy, the pogo-powered punk-spiked stab of â€œQueen Of The Damnedâ€ and the deliciously steamy, humid mournful â€œLost Woman Bluesâ€ which midway through decides to kick over the stool and stomp out the saloon door.
â€œSteal it if you must, buy it if you can!â€ says Lemmy, whoâ€™s pride in the album is so immense that guests to his home and dressing room in the last couple of months have been treated to extremely loud airings of the rough mixes, while Phil Campbell adds, â€œI really think the variation on the album shows that weâ€™ve dug deep and produced some of our best work for a long time.â€
â€œIt is,â€ says Mikkey Dee, â€œa really, really strong MOTÃ–RHEAD album, one that really does define everything this band stands for.â€
Heâ€™s not wrong. Because MOTÃ–RHEAD are MOTÃ–RHEAD are MOTÃ–RHEADâ€¦and their Aftershock will be felt worldwideâ€¦
AftershockÂ is available in four different formats, wherever music is sold! The album can be purchased in CD (limited edition digipack), CD (jewel case), Vinyl (gatefold â€“ 180-Gram Single LP), and digital formats. A North American pre-order will be announced in the coming weeks.
MOTÃ–RHEAD -Aftershock track listing:
Coup de Grace
Lost Woman Blues
End Of Time
Do You Believe
Dust And Glass
Going To Mexico
Silence When You Speak To Me
Queen Of The Damned
Keep Your Powder Dry