Release Date: Aug 26, 2008
Record label: Steamhammer/SPV
Genre(s): Rock, Metal
Even if Motörhead had broken up around 1983 or 1984, they still would have gone down in history as one of the most influential metal outfits of all time. Motörhead, after all, was the first metal band to seriously incorporate punk; they wrote the book on thrash metal and speed metal in the late '70s and early '80s, paving the way for Slayer, Metallica, Venom, Megadeth, Testament, Anthrax, Death, Exodus, and countless others. But Motörhead, of course, didn't break up in 1983 or 1984, and they were still cranking out quality albums in the late 2000s.
Some heavy metal heroes of yore choose to undermine their legend through embarrassingly misguided musical overhauls and reality television cash-ins. Lemmy's vision of hulking, molten rock'n'roll, however, is as uncompromising as ever. This, his band's 20th album, won't reinvent the wheel, but tracks such as 'The Time is Right' rank among the most evil-sounding in the canon.