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Motörhead's 'Bad Magic', So Good We Reviewed It Twice

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Ladies and gentleman, I’m honored to introduce to you the 22nd masterpiece from none other than the almighty titans, Motörhead. Their studio album, ‘Bad Magic’ will be out on August 28th via UDR Music/Motörhead Music and it’s packed with the cut-throat riffs and booming rhythms you’ve come to expect from such a legendary band.

With over 40 years of experience in the industry, the band has more than made a name for themselves, they’ve created a legacy. So no one would really blame them if they decided to take a foot off the gas just a bit. Yet, what Motörhead have done, is put pedal to metal, while flipping anyone off who doesn’t agree.

The first track on the album, “Victory or Die”, is a great teaser for what’s to come. Vocalist Lemmy Kilmister’s gritty voice rises above a perfect storm of percussion and guitar riffs, creating a worship-worthy melody.

“Thunder & Lightning”, is an absolute cracker! The electrifying instrumental performances, propels the track forward at a thrilling pace. This song is sure to get you moving with a galloping rhythm and shredding solos.

A blast beat introduces you to the fourth track on the record, “Shoot Out All of Your Lights”, before a saucy riff blows it wide open. What you get, is a three minute rollercoaster ride that takes you through a world of turbulent melodies and rock ‘n roll breakdowns.

“Evil Eye”, in my mind, is a bit of a Voodoo get-down. It starts with a brilliant, almost tribal drum intro and parts of the song resemble a bit of good ol' chanting. It sounds dark, but it actually has a really nice groove to it. I wouldn’t want to pick any favourites, but if I had to, this song may just be it.

The only acoustic track,“Till The End”, nine songs into the album, is a sincere show of emotion, before picking the breakneck pace back up with "Tell Me Who to Kill".

The album plays out with a cheeky cover of The Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Dead". Lemmy's hoarse tones giving it a really unique edge, almost a rugged beauty; even more so with drummer, Mikkey Dee's impressive arrangement of percussion.

Kilmister, Campbell and Dee have done a brilliant job at producing a record that's bursting with goddam rock n roll, proving life should always be in the fast lane.

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Words by Renette van de Merwe