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Motley Crue - 1983 Shout At The Devil

ARTIST: Motley Crue
ALBUM: Shout At The Devil
LABEL: Elektra
SERIAL: 9 60289-1 (LP), 9 60289-2 (CD)
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 2000, Motley, ESM 952 * 2003, Universal, 038667-2


LINEUP: Vince Neil - vocals * Mick Mars - guitars * Nikki Sixx - bass * Tommy Lee - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 In The Beginning * 02 Shout At The Devil * 03 Looks That Kill * 04 Bastard * 05 God Bless The Children Of The Beast * 06 Helter Skelter * 07 Red Hot * 08 Too Young To Fall In Love * 09 Knock 'Em Dead Kid * 10 Ten Seconds To Love * 11 Danger


In the past I've often seen this heavy metal classic referred to derisively as 'pop metal', most notably in a fifteenth anniversary issue of Guitar World back in 1995. To this day I have no idea where they and others are coming from. Along with 'Too Fast For Love' and 'Motley Crue' this stands as the best of the Crue, an album which retains the vitality of its initial release, the sound of a band riding the highest wave possible. The rough and heavy debut was replaced by a much tighter production that captures the savgery the Crue were so capable of fulfilling but infuriatingly did not cash in on for the rest of the decade. In 1983 Motley's imagery was in full stride and their youthful (minus Mick Mars) exuberance catapulted them into the first division which they sat upon for years to come. This helped establish the US metal scene as a viable commercial entity with enduring hits that bombard rock radio twenty three years later.

The Songs
Mick Mars' guitar work to most was most prominent on the debut, but in my opinion it's at its heaviest by far during the entirety of 'Shout', the tone given an abrasive edge by producer Tom Werman and leading into the title track, a Crue staple and a bombastic piece of metal that hasn't aged one bit. 'Looks That Kill' is another dangerous classic, with Neil's wailing used to full effect and a huge chorus that contains more street cred than any supposed contemporary rock acts. This is US metal at its peak. 'Bastard' is shot of riff dominated adrenaline, 'Red Hot' meanwhile boasting the heaviest intro of any Crue track thanks to Mars' metallic riffing which really puts the pop metal descriptions in the trash heap. 'Too Young To Fall In Love' has an AOR hook, the riffing saving it from being a pure piece, but certainly was suited to radio, but is still heavy metal, let's be fair. 'Knock Em' Dead Kid' is all aggression, and for me steamrolls the Ratt's, Quiet Riot's and Def Leppard's of 1983, as the Crue were a more lethal and combustible combination with uncontrived fury running through their veins. This track points that out easily. 'Ten Seconds To Love' and 'Danger' are as inspired, the latter an epic with ominous shadings thanks to Mars dark riffs and Lee who provides stand out drumming throughout.

In Summary
The original Crue never recaptured this form, something which stands to the modern day. As indicated during the 'Theater Of Pain' review the disastrous events over the next year served to derail their musical continuity leading to the relative mess that was 'Theater'. Obviously the fire had dwindled and indeed the band did pursue a so called pop metal direction at times, although that's a term that should be banned such is its redundancy. Thankfully nothing stands in 'Shout's way as a beacon of light for 80's metal, its relevance all these years later quite amazing with nothing dating it. What is dated is the remake of 'Shout At The Devil' the band recorded for 'Generation Swine' in 1997, a bland eletronica dominated cover. Some things were meant to be left alone.

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#1 | englandashes on July 05 2009 14:48:56
One of the albums I grew up too, lifetime away from growing up in the countryside to what these guys were getting up to in US. But as a young teenager at the time, being a big Motley Crue fan I certaintly didn't follow the crowd. Today picked this up on CD with the immense Too Fast For Love, both with extra tracks. Remember many a quiet night (!), listening to both of these while reading the 'The Outsiders' book.
#2 | gdazegod on February 13 2011 12:41:49
First two Crue albums are by far the best.
#3 | spawn71 on May 25 2013 16:56:12
A masterpiece, their best with 'Too Fast For Love'!
#4 | super80boy on February 15 2016 21:10:27
Love spinning this classic gem, it's an instant heavy metal injection by a band that was sky rocketing to the top of their game. The two singles are great, however it's the the deep cuts that should garner much attention, including the menacing guitar riffing 'Knock'Em Dead Kid', the gloomy mid paced 'Danger', and the brisk 'Red Hot' and 'Bastard', all stout cuts. The original gatefold edition with pentagon design is quite a package. I've already pre-ordered the new translucent vinyl re-master, set to drop in mid March.
#5 | gdazegod on August 09 2017 12:28:55
Motley Crue - 1983 Looks That Kill
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