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motorhead aftershock

Thirty eight years after the band first started, Motörhead are still playing to sold out venues across the world as well and influencing a whole new generation of musicians like they did for Anthrax, Megadeth and Metallica all those years ago. 'Aftershock' is their twenty first album (and their first since 2010s 'The World Is Yours') and proves that this band still have a lot to offer.

'Aftershock', simply put, is fourteen cuts of pure straight ahead rock'n'roll that collectively make one of the very best albums that Motörhead have put out in the last decade. Producer Cameron Webb just seems to bring the best out of the band and album after album that he's produced just get better and better.

'Aftershock' is off to a good solid start with the fast 'Heartbreaker', replete with its catchy chorus as the band hurtles through the track. Likewise, 'Going To Mexico' continues this template albeit without the catchy chorus this time. Guitarist Phil Campbell plays a great solo though, which more than compensates for it.

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'Paralyzed' is another thrill ride from start to finish and its frantic pace doesn't let up for a second. Drummer Mikkey Dee should be commended on his ability to knock out these relentless rhythms time and again, without missing a single beat whilst Campbell again delivers a top notch guitar solo - this track is classic Motörhead and no mistake.

'End Of Time' is possibly the fastest song on the album with some short punchy lyrics from Lemmy. The sudden stop after the guitar solo really is the only way to end the track without the slow death of a fade out - great stuff.

'Silence When You Speak To Me' is a nice mid-paced number with a chunky riff and a simple drum beat. There's another catchy chorus too which means that this is another song that will stick in your head quite quickly. An effects laden, wailing guitar solo from Campbell adds an extra dimension to the sound - another Motörhead classic? Well, I certainly wouldn't bet against it.

'Crying Shame' too, is another mid-paced number with Campbell again providing a catchy guitar hook whilst Lemmy's vocals come across loud and clear.

Also worthy of mention are 'Lost Woman Blues' which is the slowest song on the album by a fair way, and is also one of my favourites. Motörhead do hard rock tracks very well but they also excel with their blues based tunes and this track is just superb. Lemmy's voice comes across really well sitting on top of the simple guitar sound while Dees' drumming is sympathetic, creating something very special.

'Dust And Glass' is another bluesy number with Lemmy's voice sounding particularly gravely, and the slow tempo is what makes this number. Campbell has time to draw out the guitar solo while Dees' dexterity on the drum kit is more evident here than anywhere else. It's certainly become a favourite of mine already and the track gets added to my November 2013 play list.

It's clear from this album that Motörhead are not in any way, shape or form a nostalgia band living on past glories - this band are current and have so much more still to give, so let's hope that Lemmy recovers fully from the ailments that have dogged him over the past few months and that the band continues on for a long time to come.

Coup de Grace
Lost Woman Blues
End Of Time
Do You Believe
Death Machine
Dust And Glass
Going To Mexico
Silence When You Speak To Me
Crying Shame
Queen Of The Damned
Keep Your Powder Dry

You can watch the official video for 'Heartbreaker' here:

Motörhead are:
Lemmy Kilmister - Bass/Vocals
Philip Campbell - Guitars
Mikkey Dee - Drums

Official Website: http://iMotö

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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