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Motorhead - 2006 Kiss Of Death

ARTIST: Motorhead
ALBUM: Kiss Of Death
LABEL: Sanctuary
YEAR: 2006


LINEUP: Lemmy - vocals, bass * Phil Campbell - guitars * Mikkey Dee - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Sucker * 02 One Night Stand * 03 Devil I Know * 04 Trigger * 05 Under The Gun * 06 God Was Never On Your Side * 07 Living In The Past * 08 Christine * 09 Sword Of Glory * 10 Be My Baby * 11 Kingdom Of The Worm * 12 Goin' Down * 13 R.A.M.O.N.E.S (bonus)



Believe it or not, this is Motorhead's twenty third album. And to confirm that the band are still riding the razors edge after their fantastic 2004 album 'Inferno', they blitz us yet again two years on with 'Kiss Of Death'. The thing I like about this lot is that they never take themselves too seriously. Arrangements and lyrics for these songs were probably written on the back of a beer coaster and decided upon down at the local pub. Certainly they don't take an inordinate amount of time to write such material, a few rehearsals at pre-production time and kapow.. bam.. we have a new album in our midst. What is also staggering to know is that this incarnation of the band is the version that has survived the longest.

The Songs
Some of the lyrics on these tracks are hilarious, but once you understand that 'Kiss Of Death' is to 21st century gonzo metal as Ted Nugent was to the 1970's decade, it'll make it easier for you to appreciate the humour in it all. To start off with though, things are riffingly heavy on 'Sucker', containing a seriously pounding backbeat and grinding guitars. The band deliver a heavy bluesy flavoured track with 'One Night Stand', the boogie element evident too. The main riff on 'Devil I Know' churns out the goods yet again; this one would sound superb live I bet. 'Trigger' ups the tempo while 'Under The Gun' veers toward the groove-laden side of stoner rock. Ever heard Motorhead do a ballad before? They do them occasionally, and 'God Was Never On Your Side' is the token effort this time around. 'Christine' sounds like the proverbial MILF that would be seen backstage at a Motorhead gig. References such a 'red hot momma' and wanting to 'jump her bones' all adds up to one heavy metal sexpot! The pairing of 'Be My Baby' and 'Kingdom Of The Worm' continue the heavy groove riffing approach, the latter bordering on death metal. Meanwhile, Goin' Down' finishes the album as it started. With a hiss and a roar, full speed ahead, guns blazing, going out with a bang! You get the picture?

In Summary
I read in another review elsewhere, and I quote 'Lemmy continues to defy age and respectability. The world is a better place because of it.' And that about sums it up for me too. No matter how you look at it, the guy beggars belief. One can only hope the young puppies of this day and age have the stamina to last as long as Lemmy has. Somehow I seriously doubt it. Like a well aged scotch, the Motorhead engine still makes for smooth running even if the personnel are getting a bit long in the tooth. Ragged as ever, but that is just the way that long time Motorhead fans like it.

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