Motörhead - Kiss Of Death
29 August 2006

01. Sucker
02. One Night Stand
03. Devil I Know
04. Trigger
05. Under The Gun
06. God Was Never On Your Side
07. Living In The Past
08. Christine
09. Sword Of Glory
10. Be My Baby
11. Kingdom Of The Worm
12. Going Down
13. R.A.M.O.N.E.S. [Sanctuary bonus]
14. Whiplash [Metallica cover] [Steamhammer bonus]

Every two years, Motörhead comes with its new album. After Inferno in 2004, this is now the time to discover "Kiss Of Death" the new release of the British combo. Not really new when it comes to the music (as always with Motörhead anyway) "Kiss Of Death" is however a really good piece of "Rock N Roll" Heavy Metal and for sure, the fans will enjoy a lot this release.

"Kiss Of Death" is full of good things! We have Rock N Roll, we have angry riffs, we have bluesy stuff and even a ballad! This is a pure Motörhead album in its structure. "Sucker" is a real powerful Heavy Metal song when "Trigger" is a cool Rock N Roll (which doesn't lack of rhythm and power!) one! At the opposite, "God Was Never On Your Side" is a pure bluesy ballad. If some of you will believe that it's a bit "kitsch", I believe actually that it is a good break in the track list of the album. All in all, "Kiss Of Death" doesn't really have mega hits (except maybe "Under The Gun") but all the songs are good ones. It's not an album like "Sacrifice" or "We're Motörhead" where only some few songs (two, maybe three..) are good and the others are bad or average. As you can understand, it's Motörhead music without anything new but "Kiss Of Death" is a good album that doesn't really suffer of anything except its lack of originality, but I suppose that you were not expecting something original here anyway right?

When it comes to the production, "Kiss Of Death" is solid as rock. Well, the cover, as you can see, is a pure one in the style of the band, and even if it's unoriginal as hell, I really believe that it still rocks. The sound is also really good too and to be honest I didn't find anything especially wrong on this release. You just have to imagine the music of our British heroes with some modern technical means (damn if it could be possible to have an "Overkill" with this kind of production…I know, it could kill its charm but two possibilities could be great too ) and you can imagine how it can sound.

Kiss Of Death is not a revolution in the discography of the British monsters. But one more time Lemmy and his two mates knew how to write a real "in your face" album. If you like Inferno, or if you just like the good songs of Motörhead in general I'm sure that you'll love this album. Maybe that they're not so young, maybe they're not so pretty…but they still know how to kick our asses…

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 7
Production: 10

Band profile: Motörhead
Album: Kiss Of Death


written by Jeff | 29.09.2006


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Der Meister - 29.09.2006 at 17:06  
Very good album indeed! I think it's one of Motörhead's finest releases.
Richard - 29.09.2006 at 20:21  
Good review Jeff. I haven't heard the album yet, but generally speaking you can't go wrong with Motorhead so I'll check it out.
Doc Godin - 29.09.2006 at 20:25  
perfect review, very good album, but not as good as inferno imo. inferno was the best.
Dangerboner - 30.09.2006 at 00:54  
This album is awesome. I bought it on the day it came out and I've been listening to it constantly. I think the song, Be My Baby, has one of the heaviest riffs they ever wrote.
.:Jux:. - 04.10.2006 at 15:26  
10/10 from me. If rock'n roll were a man, it would be Lemmy
Marcel Hubregtse - 04.10.2006 at 15:35  
To me this album got old VERY quickly. At first listen I liked it, second listen liked it less, and on third listen I found to be just an average Motörhead album with Sucker being the highlight of the album, a perfect kick-off that was. And I consider it quite strange that they have R.A.M.O.N.E.S. on this album because it was already on 1916.
So, sorry to say I disagree with the review. I would rate it 6.5/10.

Now, if you won't mind I'll go back to their one true classic album... Ace of Spades.
Murder - 15.11.2007 at 19:00  
this album is great!!! I got it yesterday, and I can't stop to hear it!!

A very good rock n roll album, this is the Motorhead style, the Lemmy style, no more, these guys do their job like ever, and they do it so fucking goood!!!! . Keep rockin' guys!!!!!!

Doc Godin - 21.03.2008 at 02:00  
Written by Dangerboner on 30.09.2006 at 00:54

This album is awesome. I bought it on the day it came out and I've been listening to it constantly. I think the song, Be My Baby, has one of the heaviest riffs they ever wrote.

Agreed. Really bizarre lyrics too. There was a video for it when it first came out, now I cant find it, it was a great video for the song.
K†ulu - 26.08.2008 at 20:08  
Well, I have to agree with Marcel, but for me one time was enough to realize that it's just an average Heavy Metal album...
Cuca Beludo - 01.12.2011 at 05:41  
RAMONES? hmmm....

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