Motorhead is a legendary outfit which needs no intro. Being one of the first bands to fuse metal and punk, vocalist/bassist Lemmy and co. paved the way for metal’s more extreme subgenres but at the same time demonstrate a lot of influence from old time rock’n’roll and blues. The band has over 20 albums that, for the most part, are very consistent and more often than not are of high quality.
Coming off the heels of 2013’s classic Aftershock and several health-mandated life changes for Lemmy (I.E. smoking and drinking, something that worried many fans as Lemmy’s life style seemed to fuel Motorheads music), doubt was in the air as to the band’s continued success. The band would then clear it out that everyone’s favorite frontman was doing better and will continue fronting this legendary band.
Fortunately, this life change has not hurt Lemmy’s signature voice or this record whatsoever, and Bad Magic tops Aftershock. Yes, this is a band that normally sticks to the same style, but this album’s songwriting and hooks make it one of the band’s best recent efforts.
Some of the highlights from this album include the opening track, “Victory or Death” which starts out with Lemmy screaming the title before going into some excellent bass and guitar work. “Electricity” and “Shoot Out All Your Lights” are both classic style heavy metal tracks the band has been praised for.
The song “Evil Eye” is filled to the brim with awesome drum work from Mikey Dee. Then we have the blues rock-charged track “Fire Storm Hotel”, showcasing Lemmy’s love for 50’s rock’n’roll and 40’s twelve bar blues.
The final track of the album is a cover of the Rolling Stones classic “Sympathy for the Devil”. This version is one of the song’s best covers because the band makes it their own and Lemmy does not try to sound like Jagger.
Overall, the production is spot on giving the album a live feel. While this isn’t going to top the classics like Ace of Spades or Overkill, Bad Magic is still a very solid release that shows Motorhead is here to stay and is essentially a compilation of the band’s best ideas.