Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister is the Energizer Bunny of heavy metal; the man just keeps going and going and going… Despite several health scares which have caused some forced tour and show cancellations in recent years, Lemmy shows no signs of letting up. Sure, he’s had to slow down on his legendary diet consisting of little more than speed, Jack Daniels, and cigarettes, but otherwise it’s been business as usual.
Motorhead is set to release their 23rd studio album on August 28th. The record is called Bad Magic and according to several insiders that I know who have heard the record, it may be the band’s strongest effort in years. That’s really saying something, because 2013’s Aftershock was pretty freaking great in its own right.
The lead single from the album is out and it is a classic Motorhead barn-burner in the vein of “Ace of Spades.” The track is called “Thunder & Lightning” and you would never guess that it was the work of a nearly 70-year-old man! In fact, The Rolling Stones only wish that they still rocked this hard!
As we here in the States take today to spend time with loved ones and give thanks for all of our blessings, we here at Geeks of Doom want to take a moment to give thanks for metal’s greatest blessing: Mr. Lemmy Kilmister and his merry band of miscreants, Motorhead. While not technically a thrash band in the modern sense of the word, there can be no mistake that Lemmy’s propensity for amphetamines led him to almost singlehandedly create the genre of speed metal, which in turn birthed thrash. It is difficult to imagine what the landscape of modern metal would look like if not for the institution that is Motorhead.
So enjoy your thanksgiving, don’t eat TOO much, and crank up some Motorhead loud enough so that even your deaf Aunt Irene can enjoy.
Classic Albums: MotÃ¶rhead (Ace of Spades) Netflix DVD
Directed by Tim Kirkby
Starring Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Taylor, Eddie Clarke, Slash, Lars Ulrich
Eagle Rock Entertainment
Originally Released: April 27, 2005
"We weren’t even given credit as musicians. People thought we were fuckin’ wankers…"
– Eddie Clarke, MotÃ¶rhead
There are many seminal albums that have stayed the course of the Metal genre over the years, but very few have reached across multiple genres becoming such a cornerstone in music history as MotÃ¶rhead‘s Ace of Spades. The 1980 release was hugely prominent in its day, but is perhaps more so as time goes on.
While their albums Overkill and Bomber put MotÃ¶rhead on the map, it was Ace of Spades that catapulted them to international stardom (or notoriety). The band was led by the god known only as Lemmy, and joined by guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke and backed by Phil “The Animal” Taylor (responsible for the invention of using double bass drum in metal songs).
This year Troma Films, purveyors of some of the most unhinged B-movies to melt the innards of many a VCR, is preparing to unleash its biggest movie made yet, a depraved epic bound to offend every special interest group on Earth and maybe even a few on distant planets that is so huge it has to be split into two parts, Kill Bill style. Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. I & II, the fourth movie in the studio’s other most successful franchise that kicked off in 1986 and has become one of many bona fide cult classics to endure throughout the years, is coming to theaters soon and bringing a star-studded cast (for a Troma movie) with it.
You can check out a poster and teaser trailer for the movie here below.
Set to appear in Return are such Troma mainstays as Debbie Rochon, porn movie legend Ron Jeremy, and hard rock god Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead (the photo above shows him in the film as President Lemmy). Mark Neveldine, the co-director of the Crank movies, Gamer, and most recently Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, is looking to appear in this latest Troma-tic endeavor. Studio head Lloyd Kaufman, who has directed many of Troma’s best-known movies, returns to serve as director, and judging by the trailer will also make his customary cameo bow.
Today, December 24, 2011, Lemmy Kilmister turns 66!
The true king of rock n roll and bass-playing hellraiser needs little introduction. Motorhead‘s frontman, who it has been scientifically proven* is made up of 49% motherfucker and 51% son of a bitch, has been making records for over 45 years. This year, his band released the superb The World Is Yours and toured to support it. There’s little sign that the British music legend is going to slow down.