‘Kiss of Death’- Motörhead

For Lemmy and Motörhead, 2006 was just another year to release a full-length record of unrelenting, take-no-prisoners music. There are many things one can say about this band, but one thing that is absolutely set in stone and unable to be argued is the glaring fact that Motörhead take the least of amount of shit of any band that has ever graced the popular music playing field. Of course, Lemmy is the driving force behind the band again this time around, and it’s his uniquely defiant aura that continued to carry the band to the top of the mountain up until their unfortunate ending.

This record opens with what is an instant Motörhead classic, “Sucker”, chock-full of their blatant, forceful ways. One of this band’s continued successes is their uncanny ability to, essentially, use the exact same format on every record, perhaps tweaking things slightly, and never having things sound tired or boring. When you have Lemmy at the helm, though, it’s no real surprise why this is easily accomplished. Lemmy is one of popular music’s greatest characters; a true rock n’ roll/heavy metal warrior who lived his life as if he were an unstoppable force of nature. It’s tracks like “One Night Stand” that do a real number in confirming the predetermined context of Lemmy’s way of life. By the time this record was released, the band’s lineup had been together as a unit for a solid decade and they were definitely hitting on all cylinders (though Phil Campbell had been with Motörhead for a bit longer) and it’s notable that Lemmy seems to be at the peak of his powers as far as being the leader of Motörhead. A band is a democracy, to be sure, but Motörhead was always Lemmy’s band. There’s no question about that. With that said, this incarnation of Motörhead is dangerously tight. The best track on this record is the fourth track, “Trigger”, where Lemmy shares with the listener his uniquely keen and straightforward approach. However, it’s on “God Was Never on Your Side” that the band show off the fact that they’re more than capable of spreading their calloused, chiseled wings. Once again this time around, it’s worth noting that the lyrics on this record, like with all Motörhead records, bite with an acidic savagery that few, if any, other bands have ever been able to match.

It goes without saying that this is yet another impeccably solid record from Motörhead, who had definitely served their purpose as one of the most reliable forces of consistency on the music scene. This band was simply incapable of putting out low-quality material; their run of rock-solid material is truly something that should be cherished and this all of course comes back to, once again, the band’s leader, Lemmy. Though this record may not be as historically significant or as vibrantly youthful as ‘Bomber’ or ‘Overkill’, it still goes a long way in proving the continued virility of this legendary band. As long as Motörhead will remain outside of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there shouldn’t be any further proof necessary in showing what a pile of rubbish the institution really is. Show me someone who claims to know a band more consistent, and you’ll all be shown someone who is unequivocally full of shit.



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