Hard Rock and Heavy Metal need Motörhead
. For over two decades, the group has continually pumped out pummeling, Nitro-Punk songs that never change
. Usually, if a band sticks to a formula for too long, it gets repulsive. For Motörhead-- whose songs with more than three chords are considered "adventurous" -- the reason they've stuck around is based on their lack of desire to follow trends. Heavy Metal has gone from Glam to heartfelt balladeering to today's Hip Hop-tinged, syncopated power Metal, and Motörhead-- who've inspired more rockers than they'll ever get credit for -- don't seem to have noticed. Fittingly, the group's current release is the relentless, live Everything Louder Than Everything Else
, recorded in Germany and capturing that propulsive, timeless grind that is unmistakable. Overdriven bass, rasped-out vocals, volume knobs past 11, breakneck drumbeats, cheeky audience shout-outs -- it's all on Everything
, as quintessential a Motörhead album as you're going to get.
Thursday at Annie's with Dropkick Murphys, Hatebreed and Skarhead.
-- M . B .