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Motorhead - Orgasmatron (Deluxe Edition) Review

by Zane Ewton

Midway through the 1980's rock music was changing. The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (still a ridiculous name) gave way to the sleazy Sunset Strip bands. Leather and studs was transforming into spandex and neon.

Despite the changes, Motorhead took their brand of rock and roll in a different direction. The band muscled up with a second guitarist and drafted a new producer in Bill Laswell, better known for his work with Peter Gabriel and Brian Eno than with reigning heavy metal legends.

Add that with Lemmy's status as the lone original member and his increasing frustration with the hypocritical nature of organized religion, politics and war and you get one of the highest critically acclaimed Motorhead albums of the decade. The band was able to develop a new sound that was an extension of that undeniable Motorhead noise, specifically on tracks, like "Built for Speed" and "Doctor Rock", that would become live favorites.

This reissue serves up the original Orgasmatron with a second disc of bonus tracks and Motorhead's set from the Kerrang! Wooargh Festival in 1984 that smoked the likes of Def Leppard and Ozzy Osborne.

Orgasmatron begins with the strutting "Deaf Forever", Lemmy's portrait of war through the ages and indicative of the content and style throughout the album. The record does have a few duds including the "Ace of Spades" rip-off "Nothing up My Sleeve" and the generic "Ain't My Crime". The record picks up the pace and the excitement with "Mean Machine", "Doctor Rock" and the epic title track.

The inclusion of the Wooargh Festival show makes this reissue an absolute must-have for Motorhead fans. Those unfamiliar with the gospel according to Lemmy should start somewhere else but definitely come back to this hidden gem of the Motorhead catalogue.

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