Aftershock (Motörhead album)

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Studio album by Motörhead
Released 21 October 2013
Recorded 28 February 2013 at Maple Sound Studios, Santa Ana, California
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock, speed metal
Length 46:54
Label UDR GmbH
Producer Cameron Webb
Motörhead chronology
The Wörld Is Yours

Aftershock is the 21st studio album by British rock band Motörhead. Originally expected to be released in mid-2013,[1][2] it was released on 18 October in Germany, 21 October 2013 in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe, and on 22 October in North America.[3] The album was produced by Cameron Webb.[2]

Writing and recording[edit]

In an August 2012 interview with Artisan News Service during the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee revealed that the band had written a number of songs already for a follow-up to 2010's The Wörld Is Yours, but that the band were continuing to write. He then went on to say that the new album would be recorded and released in 2013.[1] In an interview with Classic Rock Revisited, Lemmy was asked about the possibility of the album consisting of all covers. Lemmy said that it had been discussed and that "it would be fun to do". He further noted that if a covers album would be made, the band's varying musical tastes would ensure a diverse track listing.[4]

In late October 2012, it was announced that the band had made plans to enter the studio in January 2013. In addition, Cameron Webb, who had produced the previous four albums, would again return to produce the new album.[2] The title was revealed on 18 June 2013.[5]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
Blabbermouth 9/10[7]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[8]
MetalSucks 4/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork Media 7.6/10[10]
Revolver 4/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[12]

The album has received mostly positive reviews. Brandon Ringo of New Noise Magazine gave it a full 5 star rating. He considers the album the best Motörhead have released in 20 years and praises it for its return to basics.[13] Sammy O'Hagar of MetalSucks website comments on the flow of the album, "everything sounds as snarling and nasty as it always has and always will be", he writes.[9]

Hank Shteamer of Pitchfork Media notes that although there was a three-year gap between The Wörld Is Yours and Aftershock, the album is nothing new. Nevertheless, he calls the album "deeply satisfying and frequently thrilling". Shteamer ends the review writing: "In theory, what the band does might seem overfamiliar, but in practice, it's a minor miracle that they're still doing it so well."[10]

USA Today newspaper had Aftershock as the album of the week and in particular praised Phil Campbell's work throughout the album.[14] Kevin Fitzpatrick highlights also Phil Campbell and consider's his playing on the album "to contain some of his finest work today". Fitzpatrick also comments the blues influences on the album. Motörhead have "worn Chuck Berry's, Robert Johnson's and Little Richard's influences on their sleeves for the entirety of their 40 year career", but it shines through more on the Aftershock.[15]

"Aftershock" sold 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All songs are written by Motörhead.

No. Title Length
1. "Heartbreaker"   3:05
2. "Coup de Grace"   3:45
3. "Lost Woman Blues"   4:09
4. "End of Time"   3:17
5. "Do You Believe?"   2:59
6. "Death Machine"   2:37
7. "Dust and Glass"   2:51
8. "Going to Mexico"   2:51
9. "Silence When You Speak to Me"   4:30
10. "Crying Shame"   4:28
11. "Queen of the Damned"   2:41
12. "Knife"   2:57
13. "Keep Your Powder Dry"   3:54
14. "Paralyzed"   2:50
Total length:
Best Buy Bonus DVD (Live at Download 2013)
No. Title Length
1. "I Know How to Die"    
2. "Metropolis"    
3. "The Chase is Better Than the Catch"    
4. "Going to Brazil"    
5. "Killed by Death"    
Best Of The West Coast Tour 2014 (Bonus Live CD, Recorded Early 2014)
No. Title Length
1. "Damage Case"    
2. "Stay Clean"    
3. "I Know How To Die"    
4. "Metropolis"    
5. "Over The Top"    
6. "The Chase Is Better Than The Catch"    
7. "Rock It"    
8. "Lost Woman Blues"    
9. "Doctor Rock"    
10. "Just Cos You Got The Power"    
11. "Going To Brazil"    
12. "Killed By death"    
13. "Ace Of Spades"    
14. "Overkill"    




Chart (2013) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[17] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 61
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[19] 35
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[20] 14
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[21] 5
French Albums (SNEP)[21] 14
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[22] 5
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[23] 6
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[24] 47
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[25] 23
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[26] 8
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[27] 6


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