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Motörhead – The 10 Albums That Cemented Their Fearless Legacy

The towering classics, the almost forgotten, the modern-day barnstormers and the monumentally heavy....

10. Bad Magic (2015)

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Released in the midst of well documented health problems, Motörhead’s most recent studio album was – surprise, surprise – another kick ass slab of rock ‘n’ roll that showed few signs of a band about to slow down in any way shape or form.

Bad Magic was a snarling beast of an album and the song titles tell you all you need to know. “Victory or Die”, “Thunder & Lightning” and “Electricity” are all righteous slabs of furious rock delivered with the zeal and gusto of men half their age. The album only slowed down for “Till The End”, which had Lemmy looking back wistfully on days gone by.

In fact, the only weak moment on Bad Magic was the cover of “Sympathy For The Devil”, which speaks volumes for the quality of the original tracks on offer.

A fine way to end Motörhead’s recording career and proof that as a band they were still at the peak of their powers, even at the end.

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Lifelong Heavy Metal fan. First got into Quo and Leppard, when I was 9 or so I first heard Megadeth and that was me hooked

4 Comments on Motörhead – The 10 Albums That Cemented Their Fearless Legacy

  1. A very enjoyable and well written read. I’d like to add that Another Perfect Day whilst having a clean guitar , still had a very heavy production, Lemmy and philthy were filthy as usual and it’s this contrast which worked so well. Motorhead also played one or two tracks live on most recent tours since the as mentioned Inferno tour in 2004. I’m currently listening to Overnight Sensation which is criminally overlooked. Their legacy will be immortal! R.I.P Lemmy

    • Gavin O'Connor // January 19, 2016 at 6:19 pm // Reply


      Thanks for the comment mate and glad you enjoyed the article. It was hard to whittle it down to just 10 albums.

      Overnight Sensation is a fine album, it’s a pity most of their 90’s stuff is ignored as they have some great albums from that period

  2. Ernie Scheel // February 8, 2016 at 11:54 pm // Reply

    I can see your issue as I would not be able to keep the list to just ten albums either. I at first had a very hard time sitting through the Bad Magic album. Being a 7 year cancer survivor, as i listened to that album i felt some of what Lemmy must have gone through during the recording process. It becomes very hard to breathe as cancer advances so the fact that he finished the album and then toured for as long as he did and didn’t know he had cancer is a testament to his will.

    He was Motorhead.

    The other nine albums are great picks, no dud tracks on any of them.

    A well written article.

    • Gavin O'Connor // February 9, 2016 at 8:06 am // Reply


      Thanks for taking the time to read the article and comment on it. So happy to hear you are a survivor, stay strong my friend

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