Hammered (Motörhead album)
|Studio album by Motörhead|
|Released||9 April 2002|
|Recorded||2001 at Henson Studios and Chuck Reed's House|
|Genre||Heavy Metal, Hard rock|
|Length||45:46 w/o bonus tracks
53:33 w/ bonus tracks
Hammered is the sixteenth album by the British band Motörhead. Released in 2002, the limited edition of this release included a bonus CD, featuring three tracks and a preview of the Motörhead DVD 25 & Alive Boneshaker.
Hammered was released on Metal-Is, a rock label owned by the them-new Sanctuary Records. The album was recorded in the Hollywood Hills at Chuck Reid's house with Thom Pannunzio producing. By this time, Motörhead had recorded several albums as a three-piece with drummer Mikkey Dee, guitarist Phil Campbell, and original member bassist/vocalist Lemmy Kilmister. In Joel McIver's memoir Overkill: The Untold Story of Motörhead, Dee is quoted as saying the album — which is noted for its darker subject matter and reflective tone — was informed by the 9/11 attacks:
- We Are Motörhead, the album before, was extremely hard and fast, it was an extremely aggressive album, and this one's no so aggressive...Me and Phil, we flew into LA on September 10 and we wrote these songs over a month of fuckin' fear over there, you know, it was a bad vibe. So maybe that had something to do with the mood of this album. I was thinking about it afterwards. This album's actually really moody, you know? And the same goes for Lemmy, the way he wrote the melodies.
In the Motörhead documentary The Guts and the Glory, Lemmy states, "Hammered...I'm kind of ambivalent, it's up and down. There's some good tracks on it and there's some crap on it". The album is perhaps best remembered for "The Game", written by WWE music composer Jim Johnston as the entrance theme for wrestler Triple H. At two WrestleMania events, WrestleMania X-Seven and WrestleMania 21, Motörhead would perform this song live as Triple H made his entrance to the ring.
Joe Petagno, long time sleeve artist, had this insight into the concept of the album artwork:
It was originally going to be used for the 27-year-old anniversary design, we took the 27 out and experimented. The first idea Lemmy had was to put two crossed hammers in at the bottom, but it looked too Russian. Then we opted for an ace in the end. It was supposed to be the gold braid you'd have on your military cap or shoulder. It's very pretty. The most difficult part was the lettering. The highlights and shadowing.
AllMusic: In Hammered's "Walk a Crooked Mile", Motörhead has written at least one more classic to add to the band's large number of hits, which could easily fill a double CD. Epic in length and with a cool bassline courtesy of Motörhead main dude Lemmy Kilmister, 'Walk a Crooked Mile' has a bit of a punk edge to it like a lot of Motörhead's tunes, but it also closes with a stylish '80s-style metal guitar solo". Lee Marlow of Classic Rock wrote in November 2013 that "Red Raw" "deftly renewed that ageless, relentless, high-speed battery via a dash of brutish post-thrash modernity and lyrics that drip with moonlit murder and madness".
|1.||"Walk a Crooked Mile"||5:53|
|2.||"Down the Line"||4:23|
|3.||"Brave New World"||4:03|
|4.||"Voices from the War"||4:28|
|5.||"Mine All Mine" (featuring Dizzy Reed)||4:12|
|6.||"Shut Your Mouth"||4:08|
|7.||"Kill the World"||3:39|
|11.||"Serial Killer" (Lemmy)||1:45|
|12.||"The Game" (Jim Johnston)||3:30|
|13.||"Overnight Sensation (Live)"||4:16|
|Limited Edition Bonus Tracks (On Disc 2)|
|1.||"Shoot You in the Back (Recorded Live at Wacken Open Air 2001)" (Eddie Clarke, Lemmy, Phil Taylor)||2:52|
|2.||"R.A.M.O.N.E.S. (Recorded Live at Wacken Open Air 2001)" (Campbell, Würzel, Lemmy, Taylor)||1:35|
|3.||"The Game" (Jim Johnston)||3:31|
- Also includes a 16 minute mpeg on the disc "25 & Alive Boneshaker" (Preview Of Motörhead DVD)
- Triple H - Co-Vocals on "Serial Killer"
- Dizzy Reed - Piano on "Mine all Mine"
- Joe Petagno – sleeve artwork
- Recorded at Henson Studios and Chuck's House
- Produced by Thom Panunzio and Motörhead, tracks 1 – 10
- Produced by Thom Panunzio, Chuck Reed and Lemmy; track 11
- Mixed by Thom Panunzio, tracks 1 – 10
- Mixed by Chuck Reed, track 11
- Engineered by Thom Panunzio, Chuck Reed and Bob Koszela
- Assistant engineered by Jim Danis and Jeff Rothschild
- Mixed at Interscope Studios and Chuck Reed's House
- Mastered at Capitol Mastering by Bob Vosgien
- About Joe Petagno - interview section with Joe Petagno, bonus DVD with Inferno 30th Anniversary edition SPV69748.
- Allmusic Review