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Overkill
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2008
If you are new to Motorhead, try and imagine a world with just the rumbling, dirt-encrusted, speed-freaked 'Motorhead' album on the Chiswick Records label; and then this one is released and you drop your stylus into the groove to hear this album for the very first time, and then, from the fabulous title track onwards, you will realise why Motorhead are the legends they are still today.
This album is power.
This album is the one which a million speed-metal bands were influenced by and took to playing in a band themselves.
This album is the die from which they all, including Metallica, were cast.
This album simply rips your head off and does a great big-jobby down the stump whether you want it to or not.
This album is the one your neighbours started banging on the wall about, screaming "Turn it down! It's too effing LOUD!"
This album, despite 'Ace Of Spades' now being regarded as a 'Classic' and beyond the 'Bomber' album into the band's future, is the one Motorhead set as their yardstick.
This album will also live to be set in stone and then be regarded as a 'Classic' in its' own right when the time arrives for 'Classic Album' DVD's to be made again.
This is the album which hasn't dated a day in its almost 30 year's existance. Just buy your copy now, the collection simply isn't complete without it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2008
In 1979 I was a 14 year-old who'd just returned from living in America for a few years and was brought up on bands like Aerosmith, Zep, Van Halen, Boston (ughh!), Skynyrd, The Who, etc. I returned home bang in the middle of the NWOBHM and was confronted by this monumental album and band. Put simply, I thought they were the greatest band on the planet (and still do). Overkill is not just Motorhead's best, it's easily one of the greatest and most influential albums ever recorded!! It's up there with Dark Side, Sabbath's first, Physical Graphitti, Exodus, Back in Black and Never Mind the Bollocks. Although they've never got the credit for it. There was nobody like Motorhead before them and nobody has even come close since. The impact that Motorhead had at that time is virtually impossible to describe in 2008, they were completely different to anything else. Granted, music has got heavier and louder in the last 30 years, but there comes a point where music gives way to noise and (IMHO) Motorhead are still about as heavy as you can get without losing rhythm and soul. Motorhead's albums and sellout live shows don't sound remotely dated and they still pack a punch like nobody else. There's no point doing a track by track review of this record, every song is outstanding, it's simply a genre-defining classic. If you're new to Motorhead, this is where you start. Although they came close with Ace of Spades, Motorhead never bettered Overkill. But they've remained consistently great, which is more than can be said for all of their contemporaries. They are as relevant today as they've always been and are still making outstanding, worthwhile music. Long may it continue.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
It`s a toss up between this and "Ace of spades" as to which is the greatest Motorhead album ever, but this one gets my vote. While it doesn`t have their most famous song ("Ace of spades"...duh!) it is chock full of Motor classics. I don`t care what Lemmy says either, the classic line up of Lemmy, "Fast" Eddie Clarke and Philthy Animal Taylor had the best chemistry of any combination before or since.
The album roars out of the starting gate with "Overkill", second only to "Ace of spades" as the definitive Motorhead song. Taylor`s drums pound away right through the song and the two false endings are a work of genius, the band keep coming back with the unrelenting riff until you can`t take any more. "Stay clean" is just as good with lemmy`s bass solo in the middle almost drowning out the rest of the band. Also "Fast" Eddie`s guitar solos, while short and simple, are vital and recognizable parts of the songs. The classics keep on coming: "(I won`t) pay your price", "I`ll be your sister", "Capricorn", "No class", "Damage case", "Tear ya down", "Metropolis", almost the whole album still features at the bands concerts even today. The whole thing winds up with the twisted twelve-bar of "Limb from limb", a very under-rated number in their catologue, which even features a lead guitar break from Lemmy.
if you are only going to buy one or if you are looking for somewhere to start, then this is it. Not only Motorhead`s best album but one of the best Heavy Metal LPs ever.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2007
I bought this album when I was an impressionable 15 year old and it changed my life! Never had an album had the effect on me that this did. From the double bass drum intro to the opening title track until the closer "limb from Limb", every track is a classic, so much so that they still play some of it live. There are too many highlights to list them all. What I'll say to you is buy it and enjoy one of rocks greatest albums.....It may change your life!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This was the first Motorhead album I bought, and I have been a fan ever since. The style of the songs is more varied than most of their other works, including Ace of Spades, which makes it a more interesting album to listen to. I see them live every year, and I think their live set consistently features more songs from this than any other individual album.
I can never decide which Motorhead album is my favourite, but I can usually narrow it down to five. This one is always in there.
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Without this there would be no Metallica and no such thing as Metal music.
I know, I know this is really a blues rock/rock n' roll album played by guys on speed, but in those days it was classed by the music press in England as Heavy Metal and such raised the profile of Metal music, (this and Killing Machine by Priest). In fact it raised it in 1978/9 to such heights that EMI decided to look for a new Heavy Metal band to sign and signed a young band from the East End of London, and so the ball began to roll, and lads across the States began forming the big guns of World Metal making it into what it is today. Whatever anyone tells you this was it guys. The real catalyst to a new world religion. Enjoy.
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on 9 December 2011
This has to be the most awesome Motorhead album ever. The first album I got years ago on white vinyl, and it was a knockout, but the belting double bass drum that rips open the title track Overkill is a blinder. The follow-up, Bomber, was also a cracker, and Ace of Spades was a quality album, but not sure what happened after that. Think the guys lost their way, and with the loss of Phil Taylor and Fast Eddie, it wasn't the same. Shame.
Buy this album, and turn it up to 12!!
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on 12 March 2010
I'm not new to Motorhead, they've been around my life since I realised it was okay to like rock music as well as punk, in about 1979. I still wear the Born to Lose badge I wore then, although I am a respectable project manager now, my bit of rebelion.

This album though is my favorite Motorbonce album of them all. Metropolis makes me cry it's so good. Alright, not cry exactly, but I still love it.
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on 16 October 2012
I was just finishing my school years when the NWOBHM struck with such force it swept me along with it. This album was my baptism of fire into the world of Heavy Metal. I still listen to this Album now some 30 plus years later. (God bless you Lemmy) Raw power that never gets boring, it doesn't get much better than this album......Buy it your love it!
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on 2 May 2013
Motorhead's best ever album - from their classic line up of Lemmy, Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor and Fast Eddie Clarke.
I first bought this way back in 1979, and to this day I still play this!
Get your money out if your even thinking of buying this gem - you won't regret it!
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