Released in 1995 and basically written by the current Motorhead lineup (Lemmy, Phil and Mikkey Dee, as apparently Wurzel had either left the band or was on his way out and didn't contribute much to the songwriting process) this is another fantastic and cruelly overlooked and under-rated Motorhead album. The production you could argue isn't the best and sounds rather amatueurish to the band's other material around this period (e.g. 1992's 'Bastards' and 1996's 'Overnight Sensation') but, somehow it sounds just about right and seems to suit the album's tracks and atmosphere as well as its raw, unfiltered heaviness. This may well collectively be Motorhead's heaviest album, matched only maybe by their later offerings. The title tracks is basically a thrash metal song...MOTORHEAD style and sets the tone and overall mood of the album. Heavy, frantic, dirty, heavy and ominous sounding. The lyrics, according to Lemmy were made more to compliment the atmosphere or mood of the music as opposed to telling a particiular story or tale. 'Sex and Death' is a short and to the point, brainless and fun 2 minute number, almost reminiscient of The Ramones. 'Over Your Shoulder' has an awesomely heavy, groovy, Blues-based riff which is made even better by Lemmy's trademark gravelly growl and awesome guitar tone. 'War For War' strats with the mother of all doomy / apocalyptic-sounding riffs and a unusually shouty Lemmy chorus, with an interesting and unusual breakdown and soloing. 'Dog Face Boy' is a fun, up tempo stomp of a song, apparently based on guitarist Phil Campbell and his habit of hitting the town and looking for booze-driven fun after landing in wherever Motorhead tours. 'Don't Waste Your Time' is a heavy rock'n'roll number in the vein of 'Going To Brazil' with its traditional chordal rock/blues riffing with extra distortion. 'In Another Time' sounds almost like a more epic version of 'Over Your Shoulder' but is also carried by an equally if not more so memorable heavy groove metal, blues based riff and some of Lemmy's best vocal lines. This is apparently one of Lemmy's favourite album's and despite recieving the coveted 5K by Kerrang! and its release, recieved a rather luke-warm recpetion elsewhere and isn't really held in high regard by critics and a lot of Motorhead fans. But to me, its one of those overlooked gems of an album and a very unique sounding record of mid 90's Motorhead. They might say that they 'play rock'n'roll,' but this is undoubtedly a metal album.
This album is very much overlooked in the catalogue of motoralbums for some unknown reason. The production sounded great at the time but after listening to it recently it does sound a bit muddy in places. That being said, it is infinitely better sounding than Another Perfect Day which also is a great album unfortunately let down by the production and also like that album, every single track on Sacrifice is really excellent.
In 1995 'Sacrifice' was motorheads last album with Michael "wurzel" Burston, as he unfortunatly left the band, and sadly died in 2011.
(WEAKNESS): this album is NOT motorheads worst album (they have never done a bad one you know) but it is one of their weakest offerings, with the rather questionable production, and uninspired songwriting from wurzel, infact he only wrote 2 songs on this album!
(STRENGTHS): for all this albums faults, its positives greatly outweigh its negatives, with the opening title track "sacrifice" which is motoreads most thrash metal song, (hear Mikkey Dee's drumming on this song and you'll know why he is the best drummer in the world) 'all gone to hell' is another geat track, 'sex and death' is a short but enjoyable song, other songs on here are pretty good too, such as 'over your shoulder' and 'dog face boy', 'out of the sun' is a very good song with a great chorus.
Finally Sacrifice is an album which isnt perfect but greatly shows that even when things are down for the band, they can still pull off some great songs. (also take a look at the album cover its the best album cover motorhead has ever had made.)