MOTÖRHEAD

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Motörhead was a British heavy metal band formed in London in 1975 by bassist, singer and songwriter Lemmy, who has remained the sole constant member. Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister started the band after he was fired from Hawkwind in the same year, and he decided to name it after Motorhead, the final song he had written for Hawkwind.

Motörhead was unique in its hard blues-based sound and appreciation for old rock and roll along with its overwhelmingly loud and fast style of heavy metal. Usually a power trio, Motörhead had particular success in the early 1980s with several successful singles in the UK Top 40 chart. The albums Overkill, Bomber, Ace of Spades, and, particularly, No Sleep 'til Hammersmith cemented Motörhead's reputation as one of Britain's foremost rock bands.

While while others were always keen to put a metal label on Motörhead's music, Lemmy disliked such labels, preferring to describe the band's
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MOTÖRHEAD Discography

MOTÖRHEAD albums / top albums

MOTÖRHEAD Motörhead album cover 3.79 | 43 ratings
Motörhead
Heavy Metal 1977
MOTÖRHEAD Overkill album cover 4.09 | 78 ratings
Overkill
Heavy Metal 1979
MOTÖRHEAD Bomber album cover 3.99 | 54 ratings
Bomber
Heavy Metal 1979
MOTÖRHEAD On Parole album cover 3.54 | 32 ratings
On Parole
Heavy Metal 1979
MOTÖRHEAD Ace of Spades album cover 4.25 | 88 ratings
Ace of Spades
Heavy Metal 1980
MOTÖRHEAD Iron Fist album cover 3.70 | 43 ratings
Iron Fist
Heavy Metal 1982
MOTÖRHEAD Another Perfect Day album cover 3.96 | 44 ratings
Another Perfect Day
Heavy Metal 1983
MOTÖRHEAD Orgasmatron album cover 3.99 | 50 ratings
Orgasmatron
Heavy Metal 1986
MOTÖRHEAD Rock 'n' Roll album cover 3.76 | 28 ratings
Rock 'n' Roll
Heavy Metal 1987
MOTÖRHEAD 1916 album cover 3.86 | 43 ratings
1916
Heavy Metal 1991
MOTÖRHEAD March ör Die album cover 3.43 | 29 ratings
March ör Die
Heavy Metal 1992
MOTÖRHEAD Bastards album cover 4.08 | 27 ratings
Bastards
Heavy Metal 1993
MOTÖRHEAD Sacrifice album cover 3.77 | 26 ratings
Sacrifice
Heavy Metal 1995
MOTÖRHEAD Overnight Sensation album cover 3.94 | 25 ratings
Overnight Sensation
Heavy Metal 1996
MOTÖRHEAD Snake Bite Love album cover 3.70 | 21 ratings
Snake Bite Love
Heavy Metal 1998
MOTÖRHEAD We Are Motörhead album cover 3.63 | 23 ratings
We Are Motörhead
Heavy Metal 2000
MOTÖRHEAD Hammered album cover 3.66 | 21 ratings
Hammered
Heavy Metal 2002
MOTÖRHEAD Inferno album cover 3.63 | 32 ratings
Inferno
Heavy Metal 2004
MOTÖRHEAD Kiss of Death album cover 3.81 | 23 ratings
Kiss of Death
Heavy Metal 2006
MOTÖRHEAD Motörizer album cover 3.65 | 22 ratings
Motörizer
Heavy Metal 2008
MOTÖRHEAD The Wörld Is Yours album cover 3.91 | 25 ratings
The Wörld Is Yours
Heavy Metal 2011
MOTÖRHEAD Aftershock album cover 3.80 | 17 ratings
Aftershock
Heavy Metal 2013
MOTÖRHEAD Bad Magic album cover 3.89 | 14 ratings
Bad Magic
Heavy Metal 2015

MOTÖRHEAD EPs & splits

MOTÖRHEAD 4.33 | 6 ratings
"The Golden Years" Live EP
Heavy Metal 1980
MOTÖRHEAD Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers album cover 4.50 | 4 ratings
Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers
Heavy Metal 1980
MOTÖRHEAD St. Valentine's Day Massacre album cover 4.33 | 6 ratings
St. Valentine's Day Massacre
Heavy Metal 1981
MOTÖRHEAD '92 Tour EP album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
'92 Tour EP
Heavy Metal 1992

MOTÖRHEAD live albums

MOTÖRHEAD No Sleep 'til Hammersmith album cover 4.46 | 27 ratings
No Sleep 'til Hammersmith
Heavy Metal 1981
MOTÖRHEAD No Sleep at All album cover 4.20 | 15 ratings
No Sleep at All
Heavy Metal 1988
MOTÖRHEAD Blitzkreig on Birmingham '77 album cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
Blitzkreig on Birmingham '77
Heavy Metal 1989
MOTÖRHEAD The Best & The Rest Of Motorhead (live) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Best & The Rest Of Motorhead (live)
Heavy Metal 1990
MOTÖRHEAD Live 1983 album cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
Live 1983
Heavy Metal 1991
MOTÖRHEAD Live at Brixton '87 album cover 3.50 | 5 ratings
Live at Brixton '87
Heavy Metal 1994
MOTÖRHEAD Live album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Live
Heavy Metal 1995
MOTÖRHEAD King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents: Motörhead album cover 4.50 | 4 ratings
King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents: Motörhead
Heavy Metal 1997
MOTÖRHEAD Lock Up Your Daughters album cover 3.25 | 4 ratings
Lock Up Your Daughters
Heavy Metal 1999
MOTÖRHEAD Everything Louder Than Everyone Else album cover 4.43 | 7 ratings
Everything Louder Than Everyone Else
Heavy Metal 1999
MOTÖRHEAD Live, Loud and Lewd album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Live, Loud and Lewd
Heavy Metal 1999
MOTÖRHEAD What's Words Worth album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
What's Words Worth
Heavy Metal 2002
MOTÖRHEAD Extended Versions album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Extended Versions
Heavy Metal 2002
MOTÖRHEAD Keep Us on the Road: Live '77 album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Keep Us on the Road: Live '77
Heavy Metal 2002
MOTÖRHEAD Live at Brixton Academy album cover 4.60 | 5 ratings
Live at Brixton Academy
Heavy Metal 2003
MOTÖRHEAD Stage Fright album cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
Stage Fright
Heavy Metal 2005
MOTÖRHEAD Live album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Live
Heavy Metal 2006
MOTÖRHEAD Better Motörhead Than Dead: Live at Hammersmith album cover 3.70 | 5 ratings
Better Motörhead Than Dead: Live at Hammersmith
Heavy Metal 2007
MOTÖRHEAD Clean Your Clock album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Clean Your Clock
Heavy Metal 2016
MOTÖRHEAD Louder than Noise… Live in Berlin album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Louder than Noise… Live in Berlin
Heavy Metal 2021

MOTÖRHEAD demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

MOTÖRHEAD re-issues & compilations

MOTÖRHEAD The Best of Motörhead album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Best of Motörhead
Heavy Metal 1984
MOTÖRHEAD Anthology, Volume 1 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Anthology, Volume 1
Heavy Metal 1986
MOTÖRHEAD The Collection album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Collection
Heavy Metal 1987
MOTÖRHEAD No Remorse album cover 4.32 | 12 ratings
No Remorse
Heavy Metal 1988
MOTÖRHEAD Welcome to the Bear Trap album cover 3.17 | 2 ratings
Welcome to the Bear Trap
Heavy Metal 1990
MOTÖRHEAD The Birthday Party album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
The Birthday Party
Heavy Metal 1990
MOTÖRHEAD From the Vaults album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
From the Vaults
Heavy Metal 1990
MOTÖRHEAD Meltdown album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Meltdown
Heavy Metal 1991
MOTÖRHEAD Grind Ya Down album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Grind Ya Down
Heavy Metal 1991
MOTÖRHEAD Headbangers album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Headbangers
Heavy Metal 1991
MOTÖRHEAD Aces High album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Aces High
Heavy Metal 1994
MOTÖRHEAD Fistful of Aces: The Best of Motorhead album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Fistful of Aces: The Best of Motorhead
Heavy Metal 1995
MOTÖRHEAD The Best of Motörhead, Volume 2 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Best of Motörhead, Volume 2
Heavy Metal 1995
MOTÖRHEAD Fast, Loose & Live! album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Fast, Loose & Live!
Heavy Metal 1996
MOTÖRHEAD Protect the Innocent album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Protect the Innocent
Heavy Metal 1997
MOTÖRHEAD Archive album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Archive
Heavy Metal 1997
MOTÖRHEAD Stone Dead Forever album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Stone Dead Forever
Heavy Metal 1997
MOTÖRHEAD The Singles Collection: The Bronze Years 1978-1984 album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
The Singles Collection: The Bronze Years 1978-1984
Heavy Metal 1998
MOTÖRHEAD Golden Years: The Alternate Versions album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Golden Years: The Alternate Versions
Heavy Metal 1999
MOTÖRHEAD Ace of Spades album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Ace of Spades
Heavy Metal 1999
MOTÖRHEAD Born to Lose, Live to Win: The Bronze Singles 1978-1983 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Born to Lose, Live to Win: The Bronze Singles 1978-1983
Heavy Metal 1999
MOTÖRHEAD The Best of Motörhead: Deaf Forever album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Best of Motörhead: Deaf Forever
Heavy Metal 1999
MOTÖRHEAD The Best of album cover 4.69 | 4 ratings
The Best of
Heavy Metal 2000
MOTÖRHEAD Over the Top: The Rarities album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Over the Top: The Rarities
Heavy Metal 2000
MOTÖRHEAD All the Aces: The Best of Motörhead album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
All the Aces: The Best of Motörhead
Heavy Metal 2001
MOTÖRHEAD Bite the Bullet album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Bite the Bullet
Heavy Metal 2001
MOTÖRHEAD Tear Ya Down: The Rarities album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Tear Ya Down: The Rarities
Heavy Metal 2002
MOTÖRHEAD The Very Best Of album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Very Best Of
Heavy Metal 2002
MOTÖRHEAD Aces: The Best of Motörhead album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Aces: The Best of Motörhead
Heavy Metal 2002
MOTÖRHEAD Aces album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Aces
Heavy Metal 2002
MOTÖRHEAD Stone Deaf Forever! album cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
Stone Deaf Forever!
Heavy Metal 2003
MOTÖRHEAD Hellraiser: Best of the Epic Years album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Hellraiser: Best of the Epic Years
Heavy Metal 2003
MOTÖRHEAD Essential Noize: The Very Best Of album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Essential Noize: The Very Best Of
Heavy Metal 2005
MOTÖRHEAD The Essential album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Essential
Heavy Metal 2007
MOTÖRHEAD Icon album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Icon
Heavy Metal 2010
MOTÖRHEAD Aces Up My Sleeve album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Aces Up My Sleeve
Heavy Metal 2010
MOTÖRHEAD Under Cöver album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Under Cöver
Heavy Metal 2017

MOTÖRHEAD singles (14)

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4.25 | 4 ratings
Motörhead
Heavy Metal 1977
.. Album Cover
4.00 | 2 ratings
Louie Louie
Heavy Metal 1978
.. Album Cover
4.62 | 4 ratings
Overkill / Too Late, Too Late
Heavy Metal 1979
.. Album Cover
4.33 | 3 ratings
No Class / Like a Nightmare
Heavy Metal 1979
.. Album Cover
4.50 | 3 ratings
Bomber
Heavy Metal 1979
.. Album Cover
4.90 | 5 ratings
Ace of Spades / Dirty Love
Heavy Metal 1980
.. Album Cover
5.00 | 1 ratings
Motörhead / Over the Top (Live)
Heavy Metal 1981
.. Album Cover
4.50 | 3 ratings
Iron Fist
Heavy Metal 1982
.. Album Cover
4.50 | 2 ratings
I Got Mine
Heavy Metal 1983
.. Album Cover
4.00 | 2 ratings
Killed by Death
Heavy Metal 1984
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
The One to Sing the Blues
Heavy Metal 1990
.. Album Cover
4.00 | 1 ratings
Burner
Heavy Metal 1993
.. Album Cover
4.00 | 1 ratings
God Save the Queen
Heavy Metal 2000
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Overkill (exclusive version)
Heavy Metal 2007

MOTÖRHEAD movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

.. Album Cover
5.00 | 4 ratings
25 & Alive: Boneshaker
Heavy Metal 2002
.. Album Cover
5.00 | 2 ratings
Classic Albums - Motorhead: Ace of Spades
Heavy Metal 2005
.. Album Cover
4.00 | 1 ratings
Inside Motorhead
Heavy Metal 2005
.. Album Cover
4.88 | 4 ratings
Motörhead - Stage Fright DVD
Heavy Metal 2006
.. Album Cover
3.50 | 2 ratings
Motorhead: Overkill (30th Anniversary Edition)
Heavy Metal 2008

MOTÖRHEAD Reviews

MOTÖRHEAD Another Perfect Day

Album · 1983 · Heavy Metal
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Another Perfect day stands out as a bit of an oddball in the Motorhead discography. The departure of Eddie Clarke early in a USA tour after refusing to play on collaboration with the Plasmatics, a version of Tammy Wynette’s Stand By Your Man, left them in need of a guitarist fast to avoid cancelling the rest of the tour. I believe a couple of dates did get cancelled but the quick arrival of former Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson enabled them to salvage most of it. After the tour the band went into the studio to start work on the sixth studio album.

Another Perfect Day sounds different to any Motorhead album before or since. It’s their most melodic album down to Robbo’s more melodic hard rock guitar style replacing Clarke’s raw bluesy rock ‘n’roll riffing. On paper it shouldn’t have worked but although slated at the time is actually a strong collection of songs. It’s still clearly the sound of Motorhead with Lemmy’s distinctive vocals and pummelling bass and Phil Taylors driving drumming it couldn’t be otherwise but Robbo’s guitar, both lead and rhythm, with plenty of overdubs adds a melodic sophistication not previously present. Don’t be mistaken though, this album still rocks hard with some great guitar work. It’s also strong from start to finish without any weak moments which can’t be said for the previous album Iron Fist.

It wasn’t to last, mainly down to Robertson being permanently pissed on tour and his questionable dress sense on stage his services were soon dispensed with, the band coming back with Orgasmatron and a two guitar line-up with a more traditional Motorhead sound. Another Perfect Day is still a great album though and while not up there with classics like Overkill and Ace Of Spades is still stronger than many in the bands back catalogue. It would have been great to have had at least one more album with Robbo but sadly it wasn’t to be.

MOTÖRHEAD Inferno

Album · 2004 · Heavy Metal
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"Inferno" is the 18th full-length studio album by UK heavy rock/metal act Motörhead. The album was released through SPV GmbH in June 2004. It´s the successor to "Hammered" from 2002. The band tapped Cameron Webb to produce the album.

Stylistically "Inferno" is Motörhead as they´ve pretty much sounded on most albums since they became a trio again in the mid-90s. It´s small nuances which make "Inferno" different from the last many albums. The basis of the music is still hard edged heavy rock with strong blues rock/rock´n´roll ties. The band themselves always stated that they just play rock´n´roll. If we look at the differences from the last couple of albums, "We Are Motörhead (2000)" was one of the faster and most heavy metal oriented releases in the band´s discography, while "Hammered (2002)" was a predominantly less heavy and hard edged release. "Inferno" is a bit more on the heavy side again, but not as instantly catchy nor as memorable as "We Are Motörhead (2000)".

Again it´s small elements which decide if a Motörhead album stands out or if it´s one of their less remarkable releases, and to my ears the quality of the material on "Inferno" is predominantly of the less remarkable kind. The track which stands out the most is the acoustic blues rock closer "Whorehouse Blues", but there really aren´t that many other tracks that I can mention from the album which stand out as highlights. "Inferno" features a well sounding and professional production job, and the band are as well playing/singing as ever, so it´s the songwriting which doesn´t reach the sky on this release. "Inferno" is of course still a quality release by Motörhead (they don´t release bad quality albums) and a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is warranted.

MOTÖRHEAD Hammered

Album · 2002 · Heavy Metal
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"Hammered" is the 17th full-length studio album by UK heavy rock/metal act Motörhead. The album was released through SPV GmbH in April 2002. It´s the successor to "We Are Motörhead" from 2000.

"We Are Motörhead" is one of the most heavy and fast-paced albums in the band´s discography, but that style is not continued on "Hammered", which is still hard rocking and heavy, but predominantly mid-paced and a little more melodic. It´s little details though as "Hammered" sounds unmistakably like Motörhead with a hard pounding organic playing rhythm section, heavy blues based guitar riffs and solos, and Lemmy´s distinct sounding raw voice in front.

While the material on "Hammered" is generally well written, it´s not one of the band´s most memorable releases, and although tracks like "Walk a Crooked Mile", "Brave New World", "Kill the World", and the charming "Dr. Love", are minor highlights, few (if any) of them would make it unto my personal best-of Motörhead track selection. So it´s a consistent quality release featuring very few standout tracks.

"Hammered" is both well produced and (almost needless to say) very well performed, but as a consequence of the songwriting not reaching Motörhead´s highest standards, the album ultimately comes off as one of the lesser albums in the band´s discography. So it of course speaks volumes of the quality of said discography, that a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is still deserved.

MOTÖRHEAD We Are Motörhead

Album · 2000 · Heavy Metal
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"We Are Motörhead" is the 16th full-length studio album by UK heavy rock/metal act Motörhead. The album was released through SPV GmbH in May 2000. It´s the successor to "Snake Bite Love" from 1998. The title of the album derives from Lemmy often opening Motörhead shows by announcing to the audience: "We are Motörhead...and we play rock and roll"...

...and it´s as true as it´s said. Motörhead have always been exponents of high amplified raw rock´n´roll, and continue to be exactly that on "We Are Motörhead". In fact "We Are Motörhead" is one of the most fast-paced and heavy metal oriented albums in the band´s discography, although there is also room for a couple of mid-paced heavy rockers ("Slow Dance" is an example of that style) and a power ballad in "One More Fucking Time". So there is good variation on the album, which also includes a cover of "God Save the Queen" by The Sex Pistols.

Highlights include some of the fast-paced heavy rockers like "See Me Burning", "Stay Out of Jail", and the title track, the latter which closes the album in great style, but "We Are Motörhead" is actually one of the few albums in the band´s discography featuring very few filler type tracks, and looking down the tracklist after finishing the album, I´m able to remember almost every track off the album. That´s not always the case with the band´s releases, although "filler" is maybe a bit too strong a word to use of the less remarkable tracks on the band´s releases.

"We Are Motörhead" features a hard edged, heavy, and raw sound production, which suits the material perfectly, and as always the trio lineup of Lemmy (lead vocals, bass), Phil Campbell (lead guitar), and Mikkey Dee (drums) deliver a loud and well played sonic attack. Lemmy´s sandpaper voice and distorted rumbling bass, Campbell´s heavy riffs and blistering solo work, and Dee´s brilliant energetic drumming, work in perfect symbiosis. Upon conclusion "We Are Motörhead" is one of the better albums in Motörhead´s discography and a 4 star (80%) rating is fully deserved.

MOTÖRHEAD Snake Bite Love

Album · 1998 · Heavy Metal
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"Snake Bite Love" is the 15th full-length studio album by UK heavy rock/metal act Motörhead. The album was released through SPV GmbH in March 1998. It´s the successor to "Overnight Sensation" from 1996. The band are often cited for calling "Snake Bite Love" a rushed recording, mostly because they didn´t have much material written for the album only few weeks before they had to enter the studio and therefore didn´t have time to develop the compositions as much as they might have liked.

To my ears that´s not particularly audible, as the material on the 11 track, 44:52 minutes long album are generally of high quality, and unmistakably the sound of Motörhead. It´s true that there are only a few standout tracks on the album (the opener "Love for Sale" is one of them), but that´s no different from most other releases by the band. The quality is always high but truly standout tracks are almost always in the minority. On this album I could mention "Dogs of War", "Take the Blame", and "Don´t Lie to Me" as some of the highlights (along with the above mentioned opening track).

The musical performances are as always on a high level. Lemmy sounds as gruff and raw as ever (although always with a melodic sensibility to his singing), his bass rumbles, Phil Campbell churns out one heavy blues based rock´n´roll riff and solo after another, and drummer Mikkey Dee is a skillfully playing powerhouse. His drumming always puts a smile on my face and at times makes my jaw drop. Damn he is good...

"Snake Bite Love" features a fat, warm, and powerful sounding production, which suits the material perfectly, so upon conclusion it´s another quality release by Motörhead. It´s not an album featuring any different sounding tracks or experiments, and it´s certainly not the band´s most memorable release either, but it´s enjoyable while it plays, and I remember the highlights off the album, so a 3.5 star (70%) rating isn´t all wrong.

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