40 years and 22 albums later, Motörhead brings us ‘Bad Magic’. Overall the album is great and brings us the unmistakenable sound of Lemmy Kilmister and Motörhead that we have come to know and love since then late 70’s.
Even though the latest tour has been plagued with Lemmy having some health issues, you’d never know it listening to the new album. Bad Magic starts strong and finishes strong and will undoubtedly give Motörhead fans a few new anthems to add to that ultimate Motörhead iTunes playlist.
Bad Magic starts out strong with ‘Victory Or Die’, a high powered metal anthem and ends with a well done cover of the Rolling Stones classic ‘Sympathy For The Devil’. Now I’m not one usually for cover tracks, but Lemmy and Motörhead bring their own unique style and sound to this cover without trying to sound like Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones turning it into a great remake.
‘Till The End’ is another track that deserves special mention. ‘Till The End’ is the closest thing to a ballad Motörhead has done on this album, and provides us with some insight into Lemmy, Motörhead and this newest album ‘Bad Magic’. An excerpt from the chorus tells us all we need to know… “All I know is who I am / I’ll never let you down / The rest will give you trust until the end.”
Overall ‘Bad Magic’ is musically what you have come to expect from a Motörhead album. Phil Campbell’s screaming guitars, Lemmy’s thunderous bass riffs, and Mickey Dee’s solid drum work provide a strong continuity on the album from beginning to end, and ‘Bad Magic’ in its entirity doesn’t let any Motörhead fan down. If you are new to Motörhead, ‘Bad Magic’ comes in at number three in our must have Motörhead collection alongside ‘March Or Die, and ‘Ace Of Spades’.
Take a listen to our top three favorite tracks below and let us know what you think of the new Motörhead in the comments section below.