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Inferno
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2004
Lets get this out of the way first - I am a huge fan, always have been, always will be. However, I would hope that this fact wouldn't stop me from giving an honest and critical opinion where necessary. For instance, Iron Fist had internal turmoil written all over it coz it was crap. More up to date and their last release, Hammered, was formulaic and uninspiring. Although Lemmy is quite rightly regarded as one of the last true rock legends who hasn't sold his soul to the record company accountants, that doesn't mean he's incapable of writing a few turkeys on the way.
However with Inferno I'm pleased to report that we're back on track. The saying 'familiarity breeds contempt' is dispelled here - it should read 'familiarity inspires tight musicianship and ear-bashing rock and roll unequalled by any other band.' Inferno is a winner, no two ways about it. I've left this review a good few weeks so as not to give any knee jerk reaction. The proof of the pudding was when I was on the way home from my dull job today and was grinning from ear to ear in the car whilst nodding my head to the opening track. Surely the measure of a good album is that you don't get tired of hearing it. I put Iron Fist on every now and again for novelty value and I haven't heard Hammered for over a year - Inferno won't go that way.
If a band wants to carry on evolving and writing new music rather than trot out the old hits on tour every couple of years then they have to make sure that anything new moves them along to a different place. Otherwise they go stale and end up playing with Bananarama on the Here and Now tour at Christmas. I defy anybody who has a passion for good, old-fashioned , loud, hard rock and roll to be anything other than impressed by Inferno. The production is fantastic, the musical ability of all 3 of them (plus Steve Vai) is as good as anybody and the end result is honest and totally satisfying.
Any upcoming rock bands reading this, just have a listen to Uncle Lemmy and learn. As Dave grohl of the Foo Fighters recently said, 'Lemmy is amazing, he just comes in, kicks shit out of a song and then leaves!' Hallelujah. And lastly boys and girls, lets enjoy them while they're still going - the World will be a poorer place without Motorhead.
9/10
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2006
A fantastic new album to headline Motorhead's 30th anniversary last year and a good line-up of new songs. The live gig they did at Hammersmith Apollo was actually worth going to, and it's good to see that the production and the editing has once again been superb. Although the band has changed it's looks through the years, members have come and gone, but one thing remains true, and that's Lemmy's still rocking it up at the top.

This is far superior to their standard Inferno CD, and at a few pounds difference the extra investment is definitely worth it, as the DVD is jam packed full of extras, including interviews with most of the original and current band members, who will walk through the band's 30 years of glorious rock n' roll. During their 30th celebration the band also played 2 old favourites "(We are the) Road Crew" and, of course, "Bomber" so anyone not getting the DVD will be missing out big time.

Tracks to look out for on this CD are: Killers, Suicide, In the name of Tragedy, Keys to the Kingdom & In the Black. Motorhead fans (and ex-fans) shouldn't be reading this review, you hand should already be hovering over the "Add to Shopping Basket" button!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2005
What an album, and what a show! The mighty motorhead pinned me to the floor once again in an ear bleeding quivering state of gibbering confusion. For all those lost in the wildness of life and in need of therapy, look no further, pull the curtains shut, turn the volume up, lie on the floor and press play---instant relief!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2008
What an album! Every box ticked - songs, musicianship & production.
Previous releases were often mixed affairs; Hammered,We Are Motorhead - Good, and Overnight Sensation, Snake Bite Love - Ok but patchy.
This 2004 album is a killer from start to finish! Even the Joe Petagno cover art is one of the best in recent years, apparently a Motorhead version of Mars, God Of War. Indeed War & Death appear to be the central themes of the album - Lemmy excels himself lyrically.
Very much an out & out metal album, this is full of classic riffs, hot leads & VERY powerful drumming. Lemmy's vocals are some of his best ever , and will this guy EVER get the credit he deserves for his bass skills?!
Cameron Webb probably gives the album the best production Motorhead have ever had - its how a metal album should sound, - modern, clear & loud with a solid snare, thick, crunchy guitar & the bass turned up to 10.
My favourites are:
In The Name Of The Tragedy - Great bass chords, monstrous drums & just a great song with a great chorus! Very clever lyrics & vocals!
In The Black - Heavy yet insaneley catchy! stunning double bass drums at the end!
Fight - The album's heaviest? very urgent & more really heavy drums!
In The Name Of The Wolf - Classic mid-tempo 'Head, great lyrics from Lemmy and a great riff from Phil Campbell.
Down On Me - More great riffs!
Killers - One of the catchiest songs, Rock N Roll!
Terminal Show - Fast, guest solos from Steve Vai..
What is really great is the the order the songs are on the CD - everything flows just so! Track order is often neglected, even thrown together but definiteley not here!
Just a really solid metal album - Definiteley one of Motorhead's best, easily as good as the late 70's/early 80's classics (nostalgia aside).
Around the same time, Motorhead did a ferocious cover of Metallica's Whiplash. If you like Inferno, you will love that too - you can find it on Lemmy's Damage Case compilation CD (see my review).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2006
Ok before i start i actually havn`t seen the DVD that comes with this album yet, i`m only reviewing the CD. As has been said in previous reviews the first three tracks out of this album show a welcome return to form !! "Terminal Show" opens the album fast paced & full of attitude, "Killers" has one of those great catchy Lemmy type chorus`s "In The Name Of The Tragedy" has one of those brilliant vocal deliveries that only Lemmy could do. "Suicide" " Lifes A Bitch" are both good to the latter having a great set of lyrics to it. "In The Black" "Fight" "Year Of The Wolf" have the feel of being fillers i`m afraid. "Keys To The Kingdom" returns to form with "Smiling Like A Killer" & "Whorehouse Blues" bringing up the rear. It says everything that i`ve had this album for 3 weeks now & still havn`t got round to playing the DVD yet ! Everytime i pick it up i think i`ll just play "Killers" again !!! & promptley play the whole album again !! Nuff Said !
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I always look forward to a new release from Motorhead and Inferno is a real rock and roll cracker that should hopefully sell well. “Ferocious” was how my sixteen year old son described it when he first heard the album and that sums it up pretty well actually as Motorhead have put together a stunning set of tracks that are as good (or better) as anything they’ve done in a very long time. Don’t get me wrong, there are classic tracks on all the Motorhead albums, but the collective strength of the songs on Inferno makes it stand out from the rest in my view. The line up of Lemmy, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee have been together for quite a few years now and it shows in the quality of what they do and how they sound. The band is as tight as the proverbial ducks rear end and they are clearly totally comfortable as a unit, with Lemmy showing no signs of letting up with his brilliant lyrics and unique bass playing combining with Phil Campbell’s great guitar riffs. As Lemmy often says, Mikkey Dee is “the best drummer in the world” and his aggressive style is key to the overall Motorhead sound. The stand out tracks for me are Terminal Show (which features a certain Mr Steve Vai on guitar), Smiling Like a Killer, Life’s a Bitch, In the Black and Killers, but there are no fillers on Inferno. The album closes with an acoustic (yes that’s right) blues number titled Whorehouse Blues that works superbly (Lemmy on harmonica and everything!). Inferno is a great album and is the best thing that Motorhead have done for ages. I genuinely feel it is right up there with the classic Motorhead stuff from 20+ years ago so go ahead and check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Awesome album, they just keep gettin' better and better ! Why the title of this review in homage to a previous album ? Because I bought the CD the first day it came out, when the DVD package wasn't advertised or available. Thought it was strange that this seemed then to be a CD only release as Motorhead always give superb value to their fanbase, as recent albums have always had a little something extra. (Even their website seemed to be unaware of the diuble disc release, unless I'm mistaken) So I think I'll be clicking again to buy the CD/DVD package - but it's still worth buying it twice - now I've got a legit excuse to give one away to one of the uninitiated ! Can't wait to see them in the UK in the fall, hope they give this album the hearing it thoroughly deserves. Would love to see a live rendition of 'Whorehouse Blues". Surely the greatest rock'n'roll band ever. A must have no matter how many copies you buy !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2004
I have been listening to Motorhead since 1977 folks. Yep I said that in my review of "Hammered", it astonishes me though. Unbelievably enough I'm not deaf or mad. However I am older than Lemmy was back then, which makes me old enough to be your Dad.
I have no hesitation in recommending this album to anybody interested in enjoying classy hard rock and roll. There are no numbers that are anything less than top notch. The interplay between the three piece is exemplary. Taut riffs, tunes you can whistle and insightful lyrics. The themes that Lemmy explores are as ever, the human condition, war, religion, love or the lack of it. Of course if you want to bang your head to it all feel free to do so. The album is much more than that and is already paying off with repeat listens. Particular favourites are "Keys to the Kingdom", "In the Name of Tragedy", "Smiling like a Killer" and the closing number "Whorehouse Blues" Lemmy and Phil on acoustic guitars and Lemmy playing harmonica.
The package is a double disc format. The first being the 12 album tracks and second a DVD featuring a short making of feature, "Brave New World" and "Serial Killer" video clips from the "Hammered" album, and "We Are Motorhead" from the "Boneshaker" DVD package.
The "Inferno" album art is by Joe Petagno featuring the best album cover since "Overkill". The CD insert features sketches and hand-written lyrics by Lemmy.
Lemmy dedicates the album to the memory of the late John Entwistle of "The Who", To quote "In memory of John Entwistle: my friend, my hero, may his generous soul live forever" A fine, touching gesture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2007
Yep, this is Motorhead's 30th Anniversary release, and what a corker it is.

With Inferno, it really sounds as if Motorhead have finally come of age. I know that sounds like a weird thing to say about a band who are now 30 years old, and a band that have probably been the hardest working in the last 30 years too, but that's what Inferno feels like to me. Lemmy has written some of the best lyrics of his career on this album, some of which give occasional nods to past albums and songs. Phil Campbell outshines Fast Eddie with some killer riffs and inspired lead work, and Mikkey ties the whole band together with some tight and brutal drumming, firmly stamping his name on the Motorhead drum riser. Of all the songs here, the real stand out tracks for me would be "In the Year of the Wolf", which has one of the best Motorhead riffs in ages, and is typically fast and heavy, "Killers" which is also fast and nasty and "In the Name of Tragedy" which is a real Motorheadbanger, but I'm not going to analyse every track, suffice to say that if you're into Motorhead, then you should know what to expect.

The DVD has some great interviews, my favourite being with Joe Petagno, who has designed the majority of Motorhead's album covers ever since creating "Snaggletooth" for the bands first album, and has appeared on just about every album since, in one guise or another.

Motorhead have still got it, and this album is worth every penny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2004
I have to admit I am a late starter when it comes to Motorhead. Apart from hearing a couple of tracks over the years (Ace of Spades and Bomber), I am a Motorhead Virgin.
WHAT HAVE I BEEN MISSING?!! This is superb! After becoming a bit disillusioned with so much rubbish that is being released lately I though I would try Inferno...desperately hoping that it was just simple headbanging rock and roll.. BY GOD this delivers!
The first track 'Terminal Show' is a blinder- just sets the tone immediately..you know what you are going to get!! 11 Tracks of stomping metal/rock - simple, yet addictively good. Plus an excellent blues track at the end. Shows that Lemmy can turn his hand to most things.
Motorhead are a vastly under-rated band - a crime really, as their back catalogue (I am now a convert!) is apart from a couple, full of excellent albums. Lemmy is the ultimate rock anti-hero - just slings his bass on and gets on with it, none of your posturing or theatrics. The band as a whole are tight, with excellent catchy riffs, great guitar work and fantastic drums. Steve Vai guests on a couple of tracks and just follows the band's lead and gets down and dirty!
Altogether now...Motorhead ARE the Daddies!! You need this album in your collection...full stop..no questions...Don't think, just do it!!
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