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Excellent mid-career outing with some pleasant surprises,
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This review is from: March Or Die (Audio CD)
I’m a latecomer to this 1992 album. I grew up in the Overkill era, drifting away from metal in young adulthood, only to return in my 40s when Kiss of Death re-ignited a dormant love affair with the warpig. But first, the anorak stuff. This album saw the departure of Phil Taylor and the arrival of Mikki Dee as drummer (great hair!). It also has a cover that divides opinion; some fans love it, others find it formulaic, a Motörhead-by-numbers cover that, much like the music, somewhat lacks cohesion.
But how does March ör Die rate muscially? It’s an important album, and a very good one too. But it is not a classic. To my ears, it sounds like they were pitching for the American market with Slash and Ozzy guest spots, a great Ted Nugent cover (Cat Scratch Fever), a pulsing FM-friendly Hellraiser, and the power ballad I Aint No Nice Guy (more of which later). Elsewhere there are high points aplenty in a more traditional vein. Bad Religion and Jack the Ripper cover familiar ground, with wonderful riffs and great Lemmy lyrics. The eery atmospheric title track growls and stomps along like the soundtrack to a Viking funeral cortège. And then there’s Too Good To Be True, with Lemmy pining for a lost love over a thumping backing track. ‘Cold and lonely without you. Don’t know if I can make it through.’ What’s this? Lemmy admitting to frailty?
Actually, yes. And there’s more. This album contains the forgotten masterpiece I Aint No Nice Guy, a beautiful penitent duet with Ozzy Osbourne and featuring a soaring Slash solo. This song captures that moment of realization, of painful honesty, when we look in the mirror and know the truth about ourselves. A farewell to youthful arrogance. I can’t listen to this without getting a lump in my throat. Perhaps it’s my age. In this reviewer’s opinion, I Aint No Nice Guy is reason enough to buy this album.
In conclusion, this is a pleasingly varied album. Some tracks are arguably more commercial than usual and may not appeal to diehard Motörhead fans. And few would rank March ör Die alongside more recent classics such Inferno or Aftershock, but it does contain some truly excellent music. Bung it in your cart.
Incidentally, I strongly urge you to spend the extra few quid on the 2014 remastered version. I was a skinflint and bought the cheaper original CD release. My mistake. The sound quality was awful, muddier than a rain-drenched rugby match in a turnip field.