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Not Very Hot...
on 7 July 2004
Motorhead really are legendary. Countless bands have been inspired by them. Most metalheads know the lyrics to this most famous song, "Ace Of Spades", off by heart. With "Inferno" some harsh questions must be asked; Does "Inferno" have enough juice in it to burn alive everything in it's path, signalling a triumphant return to "Ace.." glory days? Or barely enough to singe a flammable monkeys butt, showing that in todays metal scene, Motorhead are a novelty act who should limit to touring and pumping out the golden oldies rather than going back into the studio again?
Sadly I must say that the answer to this question leans much farther to the latter. The lyrics on this album are absolutely terrible; example 'We'll kill you 'till you die' from "Killers"; 'Did you bang your head? Did you go to bed? Do you still feel pretty funky?' from "In The Name Of Tragedy". And I know lyrics aren't exactly the deciding factor to whether a song is good or not, but Lemmy's vocals are just plain crap. I know that even in his "prime", Lemmy wasn't the best singer, sounding gruff and horrible. But on this album it's as if Lemmy could break down into a coughing fit at any given verse. Listening to this album you run the serious risk of the phlegm that was caught in Lemmy's mouth suddenly erupting out of your speakers and hitting you in the face!
Now I've already bashed the lyrics and vocals, so what about the actual music? Well it's good... But not great if you get my meaning. The majority of these riffs are rehashed versions of old Motorhead songs, tired and worn out. There are some great rock tracks on her such as "In The Name Of Tragedy", "In The Black", "Fight" and "Smiling Like A Killer", but the rest range from good to average.
Overall if you're after "Ace Of Spades #2" then you'll be severly dissapointed. And although I never expected much from the lyrics, the majority of topics on discussion here are women and killing... Sometimes combined! Lemmy must have been dragging his knuckles on the floor like a caveman in the ten minutes that it took him to write these lyrics. Also the songs do suffer the fate of sounding too much alike, hard to tell one from the next. Excluding the closing track, "Whorehouse Blues" which is very laid back and... Well, bluesy actually. A song in which it finally sounds like Lemmy has finally coughed up whatever was stuck in his throat.
It's not that Motorhead really needed a triumphant return... Truth is they never left. And that might be the problem. There was very little publicity surrounding the release of this album, and I only knew that a new 'Head album was in the works but it was when I saw their new album in stores when I knew the release date of the album. Perhaps they need a few years off, no touring or studio time, re-charge their batteries and hopefully be all the better for it when/if they return.
I hopefully will be going to see them in November but I do hope the set-list contains more golden oldies than "Inferno" material. I give this album 2 stars. 2 and a half if I'm being generous.