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Motörhead
Bad Magic




Company: UDR Music
Release: 2015
Genre: Heavy Metal, hard rock
Reviewer: T Ray Verteramo

  • Fucking Motörhead



  • "Bad Magic" delivers everything you know and love about Motörhead with twice the 'tude and more rock than you can handle. Saturated in their legendary, distinctive tattoo sound, the better portion of their latest adds a classic rockabilly, Chuck Berry meets Jerry Lewis-ish meets old-school punk undertone that undermines anyone who thinks to trap them in a Metal box. "We are Motörhead and we play rock and roll," indeed.

    "Thunder and Lightning" takes the "Ace of Spades" and throws it like a Chinese star at your throat. "Shoot Out All of Your Lights" showcases Mickey Dee's skin-bashing talents before pummeling into a train rolling, silver streak bar fight of a number. "Evil Eye" is just good, bad fun and they take the Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" to a level the original skipped, by kicking the tempo up a notch and gracing it with the raspy voice of a real devil of a guy – I could go on.

    Fucking Motörhead. One of the best they've done in years. Don't fool yourselves boys and girls, no one's dying anytime soon.


    About this Writer:
    T. Ray Verteramo // T. Ray is a product of New York Mediterranean upbringing, discovering Alice Cooper before puberty, and Iron Maiden after. Taken underwing by the former managing editor of Hit Parader magazine in 1985, she took to freelancing, writing up the local and national circuit for 7 years. A new millennium, a published dystopic thriller, and a CNN article on life in metal in the 80's later, she's been thrown back to the wolves, into a much darker and deeper part of the forest.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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