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The Trouble With Motorhead....
on 1 December 2015
The trouble with Motorhead, since the start of the 1990's:-
Is that they usually enter a recording studio with no songs prepared, and make them up 'on the spot'. This approach usually results in about 3 good songs per album, sometimes even less. These stand-out tracks are usually the ones the band choose to play in concert. On 'Inferno' (48:34), the only tracks I have on a live album are 'Whorehouse Blues', 'Killers' & 'In The Name Of Tragedy', so it appears those are the only tracks with lasting value, endorsed by the band. It is better to buy the live albums nowadays, which feature the best songs, honed to perfection on tour, and without studio trickery such as double-tracked vocals, or Lemmy's bass being toned down. For example 'Over Your Shoulder' on 1995's 'Sacrifice' sounds like a less powerful blue-print for the song, compared to the fully-realized live versions which followed.
Many of Phil Campbell's guitar solo's also sound like they are made up 'on the spot', as well as sounding quite noisy, and samey. I quite like his rhythm guitar playing though. Most times, I miss Eddie Clarke's blues-based lead guitar sound.
'Inferno' from 2004 will be mostly remembered for the songs mentioned above, and I'm not even sure about the first song, which is a rare acoustic blues performance with a different lead vocal style, and a harmonica. It would be wrong to say there are no other decent tracks, but will they stay in your memory ? Most of the songs contain noisy, fast guitar solos, and there are a few mediocre tracks such as 'Life's A Bitch', 'Down On Me', & 'Smiling Like A Killer'. The album as a whole is probably worth 3.5 stars.