(PCM) With the release of their 22nd album “Bad Magic”, Motorhead have certainly conjured up something absolutely magical to offer up to the gods of rock n’ roll and it is anything but “bad”! This album is everything you would expect from Motorhead and a bit more. It hits with a certain level of intensity that only Motorhead can master which is fast, hard and heavy as hell!
It is hard to believe that Motorhead vocalist Lemmy Kilmister will be turning 70 years old this year, as he and band mates Mikkey Dee and Phil Campbell, are sounding as rebellious and rambunctious as ever on the 13 tracks that make up “Bad Magic”. Musically the album has the feel of early eighties punk with just the right amount of grit and grime to make it undeniably Motorhead.
“Bad Magic” is one of those albums that punches you right in the face and as a listener you are loving every moment. Lyrically, there are a lot of introspective moments, however never once does the band lose their edge. Right out of the gate, songs such as “Victory or die!”, “Thunder & Lightning” and “Firestorm Hotel” hit hard and fast and the album plows forward with no regrets. Songs such as “The Devil”, “Evil Eye” and “Choking On Your Screams” are classic Motorhead and I was incredibly surprised by just how much I enjoyed the band’s cover of the hit Rolling Stone’s track “Sympathy For The Devil”. Motorhead’s version is just gorgeously arranged and something about Lemmy’s gravely and eerie vocals add a new element to the song that was seemingly never present before.
Motorhead has outdone themselves yet again with the release of “Bad Magic” and have proven without a doubt that rock n’ roll is still very much alive and well, as this album is sure to be a hit with both old fans and new!