MOTORHEAD - ACES OF SPADES
Review by Nathan McLeod
I suppose this would be a good time as ever to do a review of Motorhead's - Ace Of Spades, here at Metal To Infinity. A "Metal Review From The Past". Besides, "Ace Of Spades" did not chart to #1 but rather to #13 during the 1st week of January 2016. Charting at #13 is not a bad position for a song that's more than 35yrs old, now. (Thanks to everyone who downloaded Ace Of Spades to make this happen).
Without further adieu, I remember quite well when this legendary Motorhead album was released. It brought an end to the classic Motorhead line-up of Lemmy, Philthy, & Eddie. Was fortunate enough to see Motorhead the 1st time during the Ace Of Spades tour. I was quite sad a bit seeing this the last of the "Fast" Eddie albums of Motorhead. Because, aside from Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, & Kerry King, "Fast" Eddie was of the guitar greats that got me into playing the guitar. And was Motorhead in my bloody opinion really took "metal" to a whole nother level with their intense, loud, thunderous, lightning fast music they played. And at a time or era when "nobody" was bringing the noise like these three (3) lads did.
Just listen to:
*Iron Fist: https://youtu.be/L4yHyHdJK5g
... Enough said!!!
Between Motorhead & Black Sabbath, they both were the founding fathers of just WTF heavy metal was to be back in them days & is today. Sure, Sabbath was fucking heavy alrite. KISS may have been one of the loudest bands during this period of time. But "loud", "heavy", & "fast"? Well, that was Motorhead & then some. Pioneering & innovating the shape & sound of bands such as Metallica & Slayer. Set the precedent for decades to come.
I know Lemmy did not like being called a "metal" band per se. Even from the likes of Jaymz Hetfield or Tom Araya. Always said they were just Rock 'n' Roll. There's the saying: If the shoe fits, wear it!
Of the four (4) iconic Motorhead album's with the "classic" line-up, I juggle a bit of which album I like the most from Bomber onto Ace Of Spades, Overkill, Iron Fist. Back & forth, up & down, left & right, undecided/decided, can't make up my fucking mind then can, & so on. Lets just say they were ALL fucking perfect albums in my bloody opinion, once again!
Ace Of Spades was thorough, thru & thru! No question, no doubt, no second guessing. Hats off to Lemmy, Philthy, Eddie! Wrote an article about Phil Taylor shortly after he passed away, which can be read right here: http://metaltoinfinity.be/MTI_Index/inmemoryofphiltaylor.html
Rest In Peace Philthy & Lemmy...
My rating: 100/100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish
I) Ace Of Spades II) Love Me Like A Reptile III) Shoot You In The Back IV) Live To Win V) Fast & Loose VI) (We Are) The Road Crew VII) Fire, Fire VIII) Jailbait IX) Dance X) Bite The Bullet XI) The Chase Is Better Than The Catch XII) The Hammer - total run time 36:15.
Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister - Vocals, Bass
"Fast" Eddie Clarke - Guitar
Philthy "Animal" Taylor - Drums
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*Metal Archives: http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Mot%C3%B6rhead/203