这个世上没有一只摇滚乐队能在发行第24张专辑的时候保持如同着第一张专辑般的令人震撼的声音，但是Lemmy和Motorhead的主力成员Phil Campbell和Mikkey Dee用他们的全新专辑《Motorizer》设法做到了这点。Motorhead的成功其实再简单不过——你知道你听到的是什么，你知道你将会听到什么，而且你知道你会喜欢上它。对于那些不断改变风格来适应时代的乐队来说，Motorhead像是对着各种潮流说“不”，毫无疑问这又是一张典型的Motorhead专辑，结合着力量和速度，狂放彪悍的嗓音，彷佛在荒漠中看到一群重型哈雷摩托怒吼般地扬起沙尘暴而来！
It’s almost as if Lemmy is hell bent on a life mission of providing a timeless definition of what rock music actually is for future generations. Despite living in Los Angeles for nearly twenty years he has lost none of his ability to write lyrics that capture the warped side of British humour. Finally awarded a Grammy back in 2005 Motorhead have achieved nothing short of legendary status. With Motorizer they have provided us with eleven slabs of rock 'n' roll concrete to pound out to your neighbour’s disgust. Go to any Motorhead gig and you see it in action – people old enough to really know better, head banging hair that is no longer there, before getting up for work the next day totally incapable of hearing anything, or constructing intelligible sentences. That is the awesome power that Motorhead generates.
So what does Motorizer give us that other Motorhead albums don’t? Well, in short, nothing. There is nothing earth shatteringly new but then again would we actually really want that? What we do get is another block in the monument that is Motorhead. Lemmy’s lyrics, so often underrated or even unnoticed under the wall of sound, are on form, particularly on, “When the Eagle Screams”. It is a military song and, knowing that it is a subject that rings Lemmy’s bell, it’s a safe bet that it works well. It’s full on war, death and battle. Right from the off when the driving riff that is “Runaround Man” opens up at full throttle we know we are back inside the dangerous world of Motorhead. It is music to make you want to quit your job, buy a Harley and take route 66 away from anything remotely sensible. Sad, I know, but that’s how powerful rock music should be – isn’t it? The audible shock when this track suddenly stops is quite amazing – silence – total silence before “Teach You How to Sing the Blues” kicks in with Lemmy literally menacingly growling the words at you.
“Rock Out” starts at such a pace that you literally have to catch your breath. A live anthem if ever I heard one. I can’t wait to see this live in their forthcoming tour. “English Rose” is infectious foot stamping rock of the best possible kind. As with most of their albums you really should try and cut through the incendiary riffs to listen to Lemmy’s lyrics particularly on tracks such as “One Short Life”, “Heroes” and “The Thousand Names of God” that has Lemmy spitting out wisely ‘the war is never over’.
Stand-outs are the fantastically wired drumming of Mikkey Dee, easily at the top of his game, Lemmys’ lyrics that snarl at the world and Phil Campbell who just gets better and better. Motorhead simply refuse to lie down and grow old gracefully. The obviousness of that statement is there in all its own ridiculous glory - of course they won’t. There would be such a huge gap left behind that many of today’s pale imitators would simply fall straight down the hole. Instead of merely churning out rehashed stuff they care about their loyal following and, dare I say, their legacy and have come up with an album that will keep even the most rabid fan satisfied.
01. Runaround Man
02. Teach You How to Sing the Blues
03. When the Eagle Screams
04. Rock Out
05. One Short Life
06. Buried Alive
07. English Rose
08. Back on the Chain
10. Time Is Right
11. The Thousand Names of God