If I seem to be yawning as I write this, don’t get me wrong I’m excited as hell about this new record. I’m just saying that a band who has been around for 35 years with an iconic frontman with such an identifiable voice, look and style has a proven formula that works, so why change it. DON’T FIX IT IF IT AIN’T BROKEN! There, I yelled about it.
There are no signs of Lemmy slowing down, this son of a bitch (don’t tell him I said that) must mix his whiskey with tonic from the fountain of youth. Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mickey Dee stay true to form with this effort and have put out a record that is full of aggressive tunes with a bar fight attitude. They still maintain a punk edge (how do you call a band with a 65 year old frontman punks?) but they do, mixed with a hard rock sound and undeniable Motörhead drive.
The Wörld Is Yours due out Tuesday February 8th in the U.S. kicks off with ‘Born To Lose,‘ a tune with an anthem like vibe that is bound to be the bands opening song on their upcoming world tour. Phil Campbell’s big crunchy guitar riff kicks off track number two ‘I Know How To Die,‘ an up tempo number that really rocks as Lemmy’s self describing lyrics reminds one and all “I ain’t no angel.” ‘Get Back In Line‘ (see the video below) the first single off The Wörld Is Yours is a blues based rocker that never lets up. The next track ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Music‘ has Lemmy going religious on us, “Rock and roll music is a true religion” with his tribute to rock and roll music itself. The song has a very cool change of tempo for Campbell’s tasty solo. ‘Waiting For The Snake‘ has a killer riff that drops into a driving rhythm while Lemmy growls about how much trouble the world is in. I’m listening to The Wörld Is Yours and I am struck by the fact that in spite of Lemmy’s gritty growl and British accent how easy it easy to understand his lyrics. Speaking of gritty growls Lemmy drops it down a notch for ‘Brotherhood Of Man‘ and really gets down to a guttural drawl and makes me believe the world may be ours but we have totally fucked it up.
After saying that, I can’t get over how bright this record sounds. Not lyrically but sonically, long time Motörhead producer Cameron Webb did a superb job behind the mixing board, everything really pops, allowing these seasoned veterans of rock and roll to strut their stuff. Lemmy may be the face and voice of Motörhead but Phil Campbell’s superb riffs and kick ass solo’s along with Mickey Dee’s relentless drum attack are just as much a part of what make Motörhead who they are.
Back to the tunes. After the sludge of ‘Brotherhood Of Man‘ the boys pick up the tempo on ‘The Devil’s In My Head‘ with a hard driving riff, thundering bass line and lyrics about the demons within. Motörhead pays homage to the gunslingers of days gone by in with a very heavy metal type tune called ‘Outlaw‘ with some excellent double kick drum work from Mickey Dee. More traditional Motörhead in the song “I Know What You Need‘ with a very catchy up tempo riff. The closing track, a punkish fast paced ‘Bye Bye Bitch‘….well, you figure it out.
Rating: 4 0ut of 5 Stars
Favorite Track : Waiting For The Snake
1. Born To Lose
2. I Know How To Die
3. Get Back In Line
4. Devils In My Head
5. Rock ‘N’ Roll Music
6. Waiting For The Snake
7. Brotherhood Of Man
9. I Know What You Need
10. Bye Bye Bitch Bye Bye
Lemmy Kilmister – Vocals and Bass
Phil Campbell – Guitars
Mikkey Dee – Drums