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Motörhead

March Ör Die

Review by Gary Hill

This is a reissue of the 1992 album. Personally, I’d consider this sort of a middle of the road Motorhead album, but it’s got a few songs that make it well worth having. Motorhead was kind of in a state of flux while recording it, demonstrated by the fact that it features three different drummers. Additionally, Ozzy Osbourne and Slash both guest on the disc.

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Track by Track Review
Stand

This really has an old-school Motorhead sound. It’s based in classic rock and punk and is an inspiring number.

Cat Scratch Fever
Here Motorhead covers Ted Nugent. While the original is a classic tune, I’d have to say that I really prefer the Motorhead version. Somehow this cut feels like something Lemmy and the boys should have written. I really love the guitar soloing later in the piece.
Bad Religion
Now, this killer jam is definitely a metal tune. The title pretty much tells you what the song is about. It’s a great grind and one of the best tunes here.
Jack the Ripper
The riff driving this furious screamer is classic. It’s a killer Motorhead jam that’s another that’s runs toward the metal end of the spectrum.
I Ain't No Nice Guy
The first half of this is set in an acoustic guitar based classic rock (informed by folk music) motif. Lemmy trades verses with special guest Ozzy Osbourne. The cut works out after several verses into a more hard rocking grind and it makes me think of Motorhead meets Guns ‘N Roses in some ways. Of course, with Slash providing some of the guitar here, that makes sense. This is actually one of my favorite songs on the disc.
Hellraiser
I love this anthemic jam. It’s a cover of an Ozzy Osbourne tune (which was co-written by Lemmy). This is a smoking hot piece. I almost think I prefer Motorhead’s version.
Asylum Choir
Another metallic piece, this is a real screamer. It’s got an almost British Steel era Judas Priest vibe to it. Still, it’s classic Motorhead. It’s another standout.
Too Good to Be True
This isn’t a real standout. It’s rather melodic and more of a hard rock song. It’s not even really a typical Motorhead sound. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad. It just feels sort of out of place and a little lackluster.
You Better Run
Now, this is much better! It’s sort of an old time rock and roll grind delivered in classic Motorhead style. This is a killer tune. It even turns more metallic later.
Name in Vain
Furious, rather punk oriented hard rock is the order of business here. This screamer really rocks. Still, it’s not really a standout, but that’s more about how good the rest of the stuff here is. In some ways this seems almost like Motorhead goes old school AC/DC.
March Ör Die
This is sort of a dirge paced song. It’s also one of my favorites here. It doesn’t shift or change a lot, but it really rocks. It’s noisy and powerful.
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