Kiss Of Death
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As usual, Lemmy delivers. As long as he lives and as long as he is putting out music, he will never sell out or change his formula. This can be a mixed blessing, since one Motorhead CD sounds a lot like another, but after 30 years this can pretty much be expected.
Now on to the album... It definitely rocks... and hard. It's fast, heavy and everything else you expect Motorhead to be. However, I am only giving 4 stars because their last release Inferno, which was a masterpeice, is better.
Inferno had more standout tracks than this one, particularly "Suicide", "Life's a Bitch", "In the Year of the Wolf" and "Whorehouse Blues". Those 4 tracks alone made that one of my favorite Motorhead albums. While Kiss of Death has many great tracks, there aren't too many that really stick out at me like those.
Motorhead seems to have an every other album thing going on, at least for me. "We Are Motorhead" is my personal favorite CD of theirs. "Hammered" was good but not as consistent and "Inferno" is up there with "We Are" for me as one of their best.
"Kiss of Death" is great, but for me it all kind of runs together a bit and nothing stands out as much as so many other awesome Motorhead tracks I've come to love. Here's a song-by-song rundown...
~~"Sucker," the opening track, is really good. It reminds me of "On Your Feet or On Your Knees" from Bastards.Read more ›
Some would argue that remaining so consistent isn't something to be proud of because it probably means that the band has played it pretty safe and not tried anything new. But look at it this way: Motorhead is the heavy metal equivalent of comfort food. Their albums are reliable, but not in a bad way because fans are never disappointed. After all, most Metallica fans hated "Load," right? Indeed, Motorhead are an old band who won't win any new fans, but they still have lots of juice left in them, and they're still able to kindle the same kind of excitement that they first produced thirty-some years ago.
Motorhead's twenty-third album, this year's "Kiss Of Death," is no different. It's a little short on surprises, but it covers all of the band's well-known and perfected bases, so the songs have a tried and true sound. The album is ripe with all of the Motorhead goods: groovey guitar riffs/leads, speed punk drumming, and frontman Lemmy Kilmister's famous throat cancer vocals and usually earnest lyrics.
"Sucker," bolstered by a propulsive, blistering riff, gets the album off on a strong foot (and would also make a great show starter).Read more ›
However, Motorhead is Lemmy Kilmister's band, and for a man who just turned 60, "Kiss Of Death" is a punishing loud rock and roll album that fits easily into the already impressive catalogue.
Back to a three piece, Phil Campbell has forged his own sound that doesn't resemble Clarke's, but still lives up to the expectations this type of music demands.
"Kiss Of Death" isn't without a couple of surprises - acoustic guitar during "God Was Never On Your Side", a diatribe against religion, one subject Kilmister truly hates, a blues stomper, and lyrically, "Sword Of Glory". Here, Lemmy is earnest and thoughtful - the insanity of war and all its empty praise for those who fall for unworthy causes, and the admonition that those who fail to learn from history are indeed condemned to repeat it. He even urges the listener to read!
For this cut alone, Lemmy deserves a medal. Yes, the silly stuff is still there, but he uses his bully pulpit from time to time to try to educate his fans, and here's hoping he's successful. I hope I can rock out like this when I'm his age.
Kiss of Death is a 13-track, 45-minute plus whirlwind combustion of just that.
If Inferno was any clue that Motorhead was still going strong after almost 30 years, well, they still are on "Kiss of Death."
There are some plusses to Kiss Of Death over Inferno:
1. Kiss of Death kicks off with the scorchering "sucker", whereas Inferno opened with "terminal Show", a slower, rhythmic tune.
2. Kiss of Death also ends with a sonic bang. The album culminates into a great force of sound in "going down", with Lemmy declaring "you can't mess with Dr. Rock", a humorous poke at their roots. The bonus song "Ramones", sounds looser and harder that when it was originally recorded on the album "1916".
3. Great guitar sound. The mixing was done very well for this album, and it shows in Phil Campbell's playing. One sizzling track that reminds me of "overnight sensation" is "Devil I know", which has Phil's signature tone front row center, and Lemmy declaring, "I might be a dog, but honey you're a bitch". Several other tracks that highlight Phil's guitar sound are "under the gun", "living in the past", "sucker", and "going down".
4. Kiss of Death has some of the best rocking blues tracks ever recorded by the band. The two all-out blues rockers, "one night stand", and "Under the Gun", are placed strategically after two full-force motorhead powerhouse tunes to give the album a deinitive groove, and keep the listener interested. "Under the Gun" has such a catchy chorus and guitar hook--it probably will be played live in one of their upcoming tours.
5. The ballad. While motorhead has done it's shares of hits and misses in the acoustic section, "God Was Never on Your Side" works.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cd is awesome not meaning just the music but the condition of it. Looks brand knew!Published 18 months ago by ricky hegeduis
Lemmy hasn't lost his touch, it's refreshing to see bands like this keep on keepin on and turning out great music. This IS Motorhead!Published on October 11, 2012 by Mark R.
Another fine album by a fine band. The CD works well in my player and the cover has a monster on it. Neat.Published on September 26, 2012 by Quin