MOTORHEAD

(UNITED KINGDOM)

OVERKILL

(1979)
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"With five classics on twelve tracks, Overkill is truly Motörhead's major album."
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1979 is the year of acknowledgment for Motörhead. That year, the band released no less than two albums, "Overkill" and "Bomber", but it is especially with this first one that the living legend was born. Released on March 24, 1979 on the Bronze Records label, "Overkill" is the album with a capital A in Motörhead's discography, even though it is full of masterpieces.

The album opens with one of the two major tracks of the band, "Overkill" (the other one being "Aces Of Spades" released on the album of the same name). It is with this kind of track that Motörhead is considered, rightly or wrongly, as one of the founding bands of speed metal and by definition of Thrash metal. Galloping drums, riffs and percussive solos, this track as its name implies is a complete killer.

Stay Clean" follows with its psychedelic guitar riff and its remarkable bass riff, the bouncy "(I Won't) Pay The Price", the heady riffs of "I'll Be Your Price" and the astral and cavernous "Capricorn", the powerful and unifying "No Class", "Damage Case" and its rumbling bass, the wriggling and dancing "Tear Ya Down", the masterful and timeless "Metropolis" and finally the bluesy and rock'n'roll "Limb From Limb".

All tracks are musical gold nuggets. Inspiration of the riffs, be it Lemmy's bass or Eddie Clarke's guitar, whose qualities as a soloist are not even to be demonstrated. Just listen to it and you'll fall under the musical spell of the sixth curdiest. As for the animal, behind the drums, he ensures the rhythmic in a masterly way with a such of a feeling.

Overkill is the Motörhead record that contains the most classical songs of the band, with no less than five tracks (Overkill, Stay Clean, Capricorn, No Class and Metropolis). No other album contains as many. Overkill is truly the major album of a band that would become and still is today in the world of metal. A masterful and indispensable album.

[Note that there are several versions of this album on CD, with or without bonuses - the most common version at the moment is the one offering us 5 bonus tracks including 3 unreleased titles: "Too Late, Too Late", "Like A Nightmare" (two original compositions of the band), and then "Louie, Louie" a cover of Richard Berry (not the French actor, but the American singer). There is also a deluxe version on double CD, offering in addition to the bonus tracks already present on the single version, other alternative and instrumental versions, but above all no less than 10 live tracks recorded at the BBC-radio 1].
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Overkill - 5:12
02. Stay Clean - 2:42
03. (I Won't) Pay Your Price - 2:57
04. I'll Be Your Sister - 2:55
05. Capricorn - 4:11
06. No Class - 2:41
07. Damage Case - 3:02
08. Tear Y Down - 2:42
09. Metropolis - 3:37
10. Limb From Limb - 5:57

LINEUP:
"Fast" Eddie Clarke: Guitares
Lemmy Kilmister: Chant / Basse
Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor: Batterie
   
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