Aftershock (Motörhead album)

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Motörhead Aftershock.jpg
Studio album by
Released18 October 2013
StudioNRG Studios, Hollywood, California
Sound Factory & Sunset Sound, Hollywood, California
Maple Studios, Santa Ana, California
GenreHeavy metal, hard rock
LabelUDR GmbH
ProducerCameron Webb
Motörhead chronology
The Wörld Is Ours - Vol. 2: Anyplace Crazy as Anywhere Else
Bad Magic
Singles from Aftershock
  1. "Crying Shame"
    Released: 2013

Aftershock is the 21st studio album by Motörhead. Originally expected to be released in mid-2013, it was released separately on 18 October in Germany, on 21 October in the rest of Europe, and on 22 October in North America and the rest of the world.[1][2] It is the fourth album released under the UDR GmbH / Motörhead Music collaboration, with ADA as the distributor for the first time.


In an August 2012 interview with Artisan News Service during the Rockstar Mayhem Festival tour of 2012, 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.[3] 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. The title was revealed on 18 June 2013.[5]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[7]
The Guardian4/5 stars[9]
MetalSucks4/5 stars[10]
Revolver4/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[13]

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.[14] 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.[10]

Hank Shteamer of Pitchfork 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".[11]

USA Today had Aftershock as the album of the week and in particular praised Phil Campbell's work throughout the album.[15] Kevin Fitzpatrick highlights also Phil Campbell and considers 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.[16]

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.[17][18][19]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Kilmister, Campbell, Dee except where noted.

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
13."Keep Your Powder Dry"3:54
Total length:46:54
Best Buy bonus DVD: Live at Download 2013
No.TitleWriter(s)Original ReleaseLength
1."I Know How to Die" 2010 ~ The Wörld Is Yours 
2."Metropolis"Kilmister, "Fast" Eddie Clarke, Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor1979 ~ Overkill 
3."The Chase Is Better Than the Catch"Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor1980 ~ Ace of Spades 
4."Going to Brazil" 1991 ~ 1916 
5."Killed by Death"Kilmister, Michael "Würzel" Burston, Campbell, Pete Gill1984 ~ No Remorse 
6."Heartbreaker" (music video) 2013 ~ Aftershock 
Tour Edition Bonus Live CD: Best of the West Coast Tour 2014
No.TitleWriter(s)Original ReleaseLength
1."Damage Case"Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor1979 ~ Overkill3:44
2."Stay Clean"Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor1979 ~ Overkill3:19
3."I Know How to Die" 2010 ~ The Wörld is Yours2:54
4."Metropolis"Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor1979 ~ Overkill4:00
5."Over the Top"Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor1979 ~ Bomber (Single)2:53
6."The Chase Is Better Than the Catch"Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor1980 ~ Ace of Spades7:35
7."Rock It"Kilmister, Brian Robertson, Taylor1983 ~ Another Perfect Day3:28
8."Lost Woman Blues" 2013 ~ Aftershock4:31
9."Doctor Rock"Kilmister, Burston, Campbell, Gill1986 ~ Orgasmatron9:10
10."Just 'Cos You Got the Power"Kilmister, Campbell, Burston, Taylor1987 ~ Eat the Rich6:50
11."Going to Brazil"Kilmister, Campbell, Burston, Taylor1991 ~ 19162:42
12."Killed by Death"Kilmister, Burston, Campbell, Gill1984 ~ No Remorse5:19
13."Ace of Spades"Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor1980 ~ Ace of Spades3:49
14."Overkill"Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor1979 ~ Overkill8:30




  • Cameron Webb – produced, mixed, engineered
  • Sergio Chavez – assistant engineer
  • Kris Glddens – assistant engineer
  • Steve Olmon – assistant engineer
  • Geoff Neal – assistant engineer
  • Chris Claypool – assistant engineer
  • Alan Douches – mastering
  • Motörhead – executive producers
  • Terje Aspmo – cover art
  • Lemmy – sketch art
  • Steffan Chirazi – creative direction
  • Kai Swillus – creative direction
  • Robert John – photography

Best of the West Coast Tour 2014[edit]

  • Cameron Webb – recording
  • Andrew Alekiel – mastering
  • Ray Ahner – photography


Chart Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[20] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[21] 37
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[22] 26
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[23] 22
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[24] 14
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[25] 64
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[26] 5
French Albums (SNEP)[27] 14
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[28] 5
Italian Albums (FIMI)[29] 24
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[30] 33
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[31] 6
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[32] 47
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[33] 23
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[34] 8
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[35] 6
UK Albums (OCC)[36] 110
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[37] 10
US Billboard 200[38] 22
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[39] 2
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[40] 3
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[41] 8
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[42] 5


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