The Wörld is Yours   

  And here we go, the year is 2011 and I am reviewing the newest Motörhead album. The Wörld is Yours was released as a standard CD in January thru the bands own record label Motörhead Music and dedicated to Ronnie James Dio.

 Normally I write some stuff about the bands history, line up changes and other tid- bits before getting into an actual review. Well grasshoppers, not this time! Seriously, if you don’t know who Motörhead are then, then, well then I am at a loss and speechless.  Lemmy Kilmister (bass, vocals) formed the band in 1975, and the new release marks the bands 21st album. After 36 years of Rock ‘n Rolling there is absolutely no sign of fatigue and Lemmy proves the naysayers wrong and confirms that Motörhead is still a force to be reckoned with.  Longtime guitarist Phil Campbell (since 1984) and drummer Mikkey Dee (since 1992) once again round out one of the most recognized 3 piece band in music history.

 You know what you get from any Motörhead release, and this is not a bad thing in my opinion. A lot of bands experiment with their sound because of the need to evolve (sig) but luckily Lemmy never bought into that hype. The Wörld is Yours sounds just as fresh as their first self titled album from 1977.  

  After listening to the opening track “Born to Lose” I thought that they have gone softer, but quickly got reassured that this is not the case as soon as “I Know How to Die” started blaring out of the speakers.

 Here it was; that unmistakably sound that makes your head bang right away. In no time I was playing the air guitar and hitting the desk with the pencils to the beat of Mikkey Dee’s drumming.

 “We are Motörhead, and we play Rock ‘n Roll”, a staple announcement by Lemmy at any Motörhead concert, and rock ‘n roll it is. Phil’s guitar riffs and solo’s alike are right on point and memorable throughout the entire album. I am pretty sure he can write a riff in his sleep at this point, but this doesn’t make any less crunchy and ripping. Even though the riffs are relatively simple they portray everything you want in a punk infused rock album.

 Mikkey’s drumming is anything than ordinary. Classic pounding on the kit without the use of modern technology still makes him one of the best in the business. If you don’t feel inclined to tap your foot at each and every song to the beat of the drums, then sorry my dear, you are either deaf or lacking a heart beat.

 But the whole shebang is tied together with the tried by many but never able to imitate voice of Lemmy himself. His smoky and raspy vocals are the staple of the band. After so many years of indulging tobacco and alcohol his voice has not changed on bit.  Even if you don’t know the song, as soon as you hear Lemmy sing, yap, it’s Motörhead. And kudos for mixing it up a bit in the song “Brotherhood of Man”, a deeper almost spoken song.

 It is actually very hard to write a Motörhead album review. All songs are awesome since you already know what to expect and like I said before, this is not meant to be negative at all. Motörhead are in the business of producing quality classic rock metal albums for a long, long time which proves to me that their formula works.

 Long live the Queen!


Review By: Birgit Haugen

5 out of 5





















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