Aftershock (Motörhead album)

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Aftershock
Motörhead Aftershock.jpg
Studio album by Motörhead
Released 18 October 2013
Recorded 2013
Studio NRG Studios, Hollywood, California
Sound Factory & Sunset Sound, Hollywood, California
Maple Studios, Santa Ana, California
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock
Length 46:54
Label UDR GmbH
Producer Cameron Webb
Motörhead chronology
The Wörld Is Ours - Vol. 2: Anyplace Crazy as Anywhere Else
(2012)
Aftershock
(2013)
Bad Magic
(2015)

Aftershock is the twenty-first studio album by Motörhead. Originally expected to be released in mid-2013, it was released separately on the 18 October in Germany, on the 21 October in the rest of Europe, and on the 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.

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.[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]

Release[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 78/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[7]
Blabbermouth 9/10[8]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[9]
MetalSucks 4/5 stars[10]
Pitchfork Media 7.6/10[11]
Revolver 4/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone 3/5 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 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".[11]

USA Today newspaper 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 written by Kilmister, Campbell, Dee except where noted.

CD
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: 46:54
Best Buy bonus DVD: Live at Download 2013
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "I Know How to Die"   The Wörld is Yours  
2. "Metropolis" Kilmister, "Fast" Eddie Clarke, Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor Overkill  
3. "The Chase is Better Than the Catch" Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor Ace of Spades  
4. "Going to Brazil"   1916  
5. "Killed by Death" Kilmister, Michael "Würzel" Burston, Campbell, Pete Gill No Remorse  
6. "Heartbreaker" (music video)   Aftershock  
Tour edition bonus live CD: Best of the West Coast Tour 2014
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Damage Case" Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor Overkill 3:44
2. "Stay Clean" Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor Overkill 3:19
3. "I Know How to Die"   The Wörld is Yours 2:54
4. "Metropolis" Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor Overkill 4:00
5. "Over the Top" Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor Ace of Spades single 2:53
6. "The Chase Is Better Than the Catch" Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor Ace of Spades 7:35
7. "Rock It" Kilmister, Brian Robertson, Taylor Another Perfect Day 3:28
8. "Lost Woman Blues"   Aftershock 4:31
9. "Doctor Rock" Kilmister, Burston, Campbell, Gill Orgasmatron 9:10
10. "Just 'Cos You Got the Power" Kilmister, Campbell, Burston, Taylor Eat the Rich single 6:50
11. "Going to Brazil" Kilmister, Campbell, Burston, Taylor 1916 2:42
12. "Killed by Death" Kilmister, Burston, Campbell, Gill No Remorse 5:19
13. "Ace of Spades" Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor Ace of Spades 3:49
14. "Overkill" Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor Overkill 8:30

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • 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

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
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 (MegaCharts)[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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