After 40 years of rattling teeth, bones,and ears with their legendary rock n' roll, you might excuse Motörhead if they wanted to ease off. Put their feet up. Relax a little. But that's just it... this is Motörhead.
Instead, Motörhead gleefully said a loud and hearty 'bollocks' to that sort of feeble-minded thinking with their 22nd studio album, Bad Magic. Bristling with attitude, pioneering spirit and some of the fiercest rhythms and riffs that'll beat your ears into submission this year, Bad Magic is a massive kick in the teeth for anyone who dared believe it might be otherwise. Indeed, if those people still remain, they would do well to grab some earplugs, fall to their knees and pray, because Motörhead are as strong, mean, loud, relentless, and uncompromising as ever.
Bad Magic came together after Lemmy finally decided to face the fact he is flesh, blood and mortal like all of us, adjusting his lifestyle to kick the ass of health issues and re-emerging stronger, leaner and meaner than ever. His own personal performances on Bad Magic rank as some of the most wide-ranging and unique he has delivered in years, and it will be clear to anyone with a pair of ears that Bad Magic is Motörhead's finest work in over two decades.
Drawing on their own vast catalog of road-warrior free-wheeling rock n' roll spirit, and recorded at NRG Studios with long-time producer Cameron Webb, Bad Magic strides confidently into some of the earlier attitudes of Motörmusic. Written and recorded in the studio together, for the first time in the Kilmister/Campbell/Dee era, the more 'live' approach to creating Bad Magic has obviously paid dividends in this regard, including this thunderous Motörstomper - a wonderfully executed, gritty delivery of The Rolling Stones classic, "Sympathy For The Devil."