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Ace of Spades

Motörhead

1980

Ace of Spades

Album Summary

Ace of Spades is the fourth studio album by British rock band Motörhead, released on 8 November 1980 via Bronze Records. It is the band's most commercially successful album, peaking at number four on the UK Albums Chart and reaching gold status in the UK by March 1981. It was preceded by the release of the title track as a single on 27 October, which peaked in the UK Singles Chart at No. 15 in early November.It was the band's debut release in the United States, with Mercury Records handling distribution in North America. In 2020, the album was ranked at 408 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

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Rating

3.32

Votes

4737

Genres

  • Metal
  • Hard Rock
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5

An absolute classic. I love how Lemmy just always sounds like he's trying to take a poop.

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Music is ok....but the lyrics SO INCEDIBLY LAME! I defy anyone to listen to and hear the lyrics to "love me like a reptile " and not roll their eyes. How can anyone intelligent person absorb a Joy Division lyrics and not laugh out loud at the drivel that Lemmy spews. I understand how musical taste is always subjective, but.... 2 🌟

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5

Oh, a bug! Somehow the site lets me rate this album from 1-5, even though its by Lemmy. Anything by Lemmy is a 5. “We are Motörhead. And we play rock and roll.”

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5

Great, classic album. Unique metal sound that paved the way for speed metal, thrash and gutter punk.

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5

All songs are the same, raw production, Lemmy cannot sing, frivolous lyrics, five stars!

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4

It's Motörhead, so you never know quite what you're going to get. ...said nobody. This is a classic though!

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4

Excellent metal album got me pumped- some epic guitar solos although questionable (pedo) and bad lyrics on two particular songs

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4

This album was an easy 5 for me… right up until “Jailbait”. Yikes, Lemmy, what the fuck were you thinking?

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2

I liked Lemmy better when he was in Hawkwind.

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2

Ace of Spades is really the only noteworthy track here. Everything else pales in comparison. Decent album that was very influencial, but honestly it all sounds the same to me.

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Ugh - no way. Not my taste.

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Very similar songs, gets boring after a while.

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Repetitive and gets stale pretty quick. Apart from a few tracks, the album doesn’t offer much.

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5

True Rock n' roll. Long live Lemmy. Favorite tracks: "Ace of Spades", "Love Me Like a Reptile", "The Hammer"

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5

Great album. Wish I would have found them earlier, this album pumped me the hell up.

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5

Awesome

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5

gut

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5

1 a geiles album. Mir selbst ist auch eine Warze gewuchert die erstaunlich textsicher mitgrölen kann. Ein song nach dem anderen holt mich ab. Geile THPS 3 vibes auch direkt gehabt. 10 Uhr morgens gehört und nicht mehr aufhören können GEIL GEIL GEIL. 5* an Lemmy die geile Sauf-Sau

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5

Den größten Erfolg meines Lebens in den 10er Jahren verbuchte ich beim Bierpongturniersieg im Hood. Damals noch mit Muli Meier im Team unter dem Teamnamen "Beerkules". Einlaufmusik beim Eröffnungsspiel und im Finale war "Ace of Spades". Nothing more to add.

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5

Hell yeah! \m/ Quintessential, pioneering heavy metal album. This thing started/inspired so many other great albums to come it's unbelievable.

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5

They do this so well

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5

Monumental, como la plaza de toros. Más influyente que la influenza.

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5

Yup, this is good. I can hear the hawkwind in some of these songs. Good to dig a little deeper than just the first 2 songs

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5

Fun classic rock album. Enjoyable listen.

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5

Wahnsinns-Album. Einfach aber doch wegweisend!

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5

Saw them live once, they were great. RIP Lemmy. Fantastic album.

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5

5/5 Ultimate Classic

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5

An almost perfect blend of early punk and metal. An exciting and energetic album filled with awesome guitar riffs, punishing drums and wonderfully fun vocals. It's just a great time from start to finish.

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5

The album FUCKING RULES. Motörhead are one of the more consistent bands to ever come out, and it’s a damn shame only two of their albums were included in this book (Overkill and Bomber should’ve made the cut).

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5

Another album that I've listened to multiple times before, which definitely skewes how enjoyable it is (rather than rating an album based on a single listen). It's so good though!

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5

-"Ace of Spades" has an absolutely thundering and classic riff. It is also a Chad song that doesn't even rhyme lol -The riff from "Shoot You in the Back" sounds like the riff from "Watchin' You" by Kiss -"Love Me Like a Reptile," "Fast and Loose," "(We Are) The Roadcrew," "Fire Fire," and "The Chase Is Better Than the Catch" are great catchy tunes

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5

Brilliant.

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5

Pure rock. it's like extract of rock. So much rock.

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5

The musical equivalent of a Lancaster Bomber exploding into your ear drums

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5

Solid

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5

Fantastic. Been a fan for years

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5

There's something really charming about Motorhead, especially their early-mid 80s stuff. I could listen to it all week (and I think I have done at times lol). Super unique, gritty as it gets, it's one of those few times you don't have to wonder if the band was just writing songs about rock n roll or not. You can hear the authenticity oozing out of the speakers. Lemmy wasn't bunging on the "30 beers and 2 packs of smokes" voice. 5/5.

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5

Awesome album!

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5

Amazing album. Classic rocking tunes all through. Some lyrics a little dated and the sound is pretty constant for the whole album. Lemmy rules.

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5

Ace of Spaces

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5

They are in a real hurry to get somewhere where they already are, and the traffic sucks.

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5

An all time banger. RIP Lemmy.

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5

Superb from start to finish.

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5

This is pure, undiluted rock'n'roll that appeals to the hard rock, punk, and metal world simultaneously. I personally prefer some of their other albums but this is still a gem and the title track is their signature song. What a great band. Lemmy will always be a king. As a reminder: if you think this is a 1 or "sucks" but think that something like Grizzlybear or Sufjan Stevens is a 5, international law mandates that we stay a minimum of 500 ft away from each other at all times.

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5

SCC of an album! Full of Motorhead classics, the kings of rock n roll.

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5

motorhead innit. you know exactly what you're getting. even though i've heard ace of spades a million times (thank you Tony Hawks pro Skater 3) its still mint. i'm pretty glad that Lemmy fucked off his silver machine for speed and JD.

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5

Lemmy, Eddie and Phil’ masterpiece. Hard rock/metal’s eternal standard. Must be listened to from start to finish to appreciate its brilliance.

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5

YEAH BOIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

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5

It's Motorhead! One of the greatest rock and roll records of all time. Slightly less shout-y than their previous records and marginally better recorded, but still with an immediacy and energy that cuts through almost anything. I've heard that they would spend a week in the studio getting the guitar tone, but it still sounds like they loaded in, turned on (loud!), and blitzkrieged their way through a set before storming off the invade another neighbouring country. It's sexist as hell (which hasn't dated well). I know Lemmy found Ace of Spades limiting, but what a song!

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5

Clássico!

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5

Classic album. Still sounds great to this day. Legends.

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Gun

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5

My favourite Heavy Metal band. I went to see them in the 80's and my ears have never fully recovered...... The dodgy lyrics and nihilist image don't detract in my view but only add to the mythos surrounding the band. Lemmy is a 100% cast-iron Legend to me and the fact that some of the WOKE reviews are seriously worried that their sons and daughters will be tainted by listening to this make me chuckle. Musically it's quite accomplished (especially the guitar solos) and needs to be played at top volume. 🌟 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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5

WHERE DO I EVEN START?!?!? Love this album to pieces, though if I had to pick my top 3 tracks: "(We Are) The Roadcrew," "Love Me Like a Reptile," and "Shoot You In the Back".

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5

Pretty much one of my favourite listening experiences ever. I've owned the album for about twenty years and it simply never gets dull. Title track is, of course, a scorcher but there's fuck all filler on this platter. A locomotive, an absolute juggernaut of an album.

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5

Лемми Министер

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5

Fast chaotic motion. Riding on a machine, roaring through the wind, parts threatening to shake themselves loose, but everything holds together somehow. For 36 minutes at least. Never* tips over into nasty egotism like so many imitators, Motorhead is shouting who they are over the roar of the engine, and you can take them or leave them. Personally, I will take them. This is my first time listening to a full album of theirs, and it won't be the last. *ok just that one time

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5

This is a masterpiece. Ace of Spades is the ultimate Motörhead song.

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5

First listen. Classic! Heard many of the songs before but it was nice to put a name to a face.

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5

Will never forget hearing the title song as a young child watching the Young Ones; at which point it cemented itself as one of my favourite songs (despite the ludicrous lyrics) of all time.

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5

What’s not to like. Gritty, fast paced, great bluesy solos!

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5

Great album, love all the songs tbh. Some weird lyrics, but it's the 80s no? eh.

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5

Kaboom and Hell Yeah! Let's keep the party going and kickstart the weekend. And that's exactly what Motörhead does on "Ace of Spades," their fourth studio album: their most commercially successful one and US debut release. My second relentless album in a row after The Germs. This album is considered the proto-type for thrash, equal parts metal and punk. That pissed off their lead singer and bassist Lemmy Kilmister who said it's just rock and roll. However, you classify, it just rocks. I do hear a lot of Deep Purple cranked up a couple of notches with the speed. It was produced by Vic Maile who tried to translate the band's live act to vinyl and he nailed it. Besides Lemmy, Motörhead consisted of "Fast" Eddie Clarke on guitar and Phil "Philthy Animal" on drums. All great rock and roll names - check. The album cover is an ode to Western movies with each of the band members dressed as famous actors who played in Westerns. Let's not waste getting this going with "Ace of Spades," Motörhead's biggest song. Great guitar intro, searing guitar solo and Lemmy's voice. Lemmy uses gambling as metaphors for living life hard. "I don't want to live forever." "Love Me Like a Reptile" is one song that reminded me of Deep Purple with its more heavy metal guitar. The pace is kept fast though. The lyrics compares love/sex to lizards, black mambas, rattlesnakes and electric eels. The first side ends with "(We Are) The Road Crew" which is a tribute to their roadies. My head is now in consistent bob motion. Driving bass and drums. Two absolute stud guitar solos. The second side continues the musical barrage with "Fire, Fire" and "Jailbait." Both songs about women and sex. "Bite the Bullet" takes the title track to another speed level. Bye, bye Deep Purple. "The Chase is Better than the Catch" slows it down a bit but continues the theme. "The more I get the better it is." "The Hammer" ends the album in proper thrash fashion. "Believe me the hammer is coming down!" It's too bad if the only Motörhead you know is the song "Ace of Spades." This whole album is exhibit A as to why you need to listen to more and more. I need a cold shower now.

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classic heavy metal!

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4

1/11 Hard album, love the cover. Standout Tracks: Ace of Spades, Fast and Loose, (We Are) The Roadcrew, Jailbait, Emergency

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4

The same song for 36 minutes, which if you like the guitar tone and Lemmy's signature macho voice, then hey not a bad deal.

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7/10

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Spotify. Fave song “ Ace of Spades”. This was pretty good listen. 3.75

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4

Fedt album - masser af energi og power

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4

Sånt otroligt ös, RIP Lemmy

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3.5/5. Fuck yes

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Ace

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4

hadn't heard of "speed metal" before, but it fits; these songs have a very fast tempo

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4

mid everything sounds the same

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4

DRIVING GUITARS TO GET ME GOING IN THE MORNING

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4

Wikipedia says this is "speed metal" which makes sense as every song felt like it was being delivered at 100mph. Excellent

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4

Great stuff.

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37 Minuten ausgezeichnete Unterhaltung, schnörkellose Rockmusik zum Mitnicken. Hätte man (also: ich) mal früher drauf kommen können. Shoot You in The Back. Ich liebte es sofort!

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4

First one of these that I've immediately put back on as it's finished. Every track is similar but different enough for it not to grate. Heavier than stuff I'd usually listen to, but I'm into it.

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Mi parte favorita, creo, es la simpleza con la que tratan todo: esto es tan solo rock and roll, no le hacen falta apellidos de "la nueva escena del metal británico post punk" o jaladas así; las rolas se tratan de alcohol, fiestas, mujeres y suerte; el chiste es tocar fuerte y rápido. Ya viendo de manera más crítica, algunas canciones se parecen un poco entre sí y quizá es el lado débil del disco, sin embargo los tres grandes componentes de cada rola: la voz de Lemmy, la guitarra y la batería, hacen que valgan cada minuto.

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Namamen como se me antojó un Lemmy Energía pura desde el principio y no baja, se mantienen. Y creo que es lo único malo del disco y de la banda, no es queja pero sabemos que son tan repetitivos que no te das cuenta si ya es otro disco inclusive. Pero siempre es un gusto escucharlos.

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4

Badass

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4

Some great tunes

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4

Really enjoyed the first album. Sounds a lot like ZZ Top. Couldn't really get to the second album. The heavy guitar and drums just was relentless.

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4

British metal. So good.

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4

Pumped I finally dug into this one. Was great for a Friday too!

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4

I don't think I had actually listened to a Motorhead album before, they're so fun and so intense. I think I understand why people like to talk about Lemmy now.

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4

Awesome album and a great change of pace from yesterdays stinker. Love it!

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¿Motorhead es metal? Siempre he pensado que sí, que es parte de los inicios del speed y lo que se hará eventualmente thrash... Lemmy decía que no... Siento quizá que son como 45% Metal 45% Hard Rock y 10% Punk o algo así... De todas formas es una discusión que no viene al caso ahorita. El punto importante que me asaltó desde que vi el disco que tocaba era ¿Realmente Motorhead, por su pura música vale la pena? ¿Qué tanto porcentaje de lo que fue era por la mística de Lemmy? ¿Queda mucho si quitas la gorrita nazi, los bigotes, la verruga y el whisky? Después de escuchar el disco bien completo (que creo solo lo había hecho un par de veces hace mucho) creo que lo que me confirmé es que hay una banda tremendamente repetitiva, que solo sabía hacer canciones de una manera, conocía un efecto de guitarra, una manera de hacer líneas de bajo, una manera de cantar como si tuviera una traqueostomía y solo una línea temática para hacer letras. Y el ser ese tipo de banda... no tiene nada de malo. Siguen siendo una banda tremendamente energética y que cumple su chamba a la perfección. Es música que te pone de buenas, te energiza y te ayuda a sacudir la cabeza a gusto. No tiene mayores ínfulas ni pretende ser más. Criticarlos por esos puntos llevaría a criticar a bandas como AC/DC, Rammstein, Rob Zombie y tantas tantas otras que, a pesar de no tratar de innovar sobre lo que ya tenían no pretenden tampoco ser super profundas y terminan siendo muy disfrutables y, al menos para mí, de las bandas que me pueden gustar mucho. Entendible por supuesto que a quien no le guste el sonido de una canción el resto de todo el disco(s) no le van a gustar. Pero si te gusta una, el resto te va a gustar. Motorhead nunca va a ser una obra de arte profunda pero nunca pretendió serlo. A veces un poco de comida rápida con la que estás familiarizado es excelente.

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4

Realistically, a three star album at best, but I have a big soft spot for Motorhead so I'm giving it four. Fave track - "Ace of Spades", natch

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4

very motorhead..... All very ace of spadesy.

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4

Great hard rock record, with 2 anthems and a bunch of solid strong tracks.

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4

The Ace of Spades The Ace of Spades The Ace of Spades The Ace of Spades The Ace of Spades The Ace of Spades The Ace of Spades The Ace of Spades The Ace of Spades The Ace of Spades The Ace of Spades The Ace of Spades

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4

De las pocas bandas de metal de los 70/80 que sí puedo escuchar. Un sonido muy influyente e innovador dentro del género. Jailbait, Live to Win y Love Me like a Reptile fueron las que más me gustaron. No sé si era necesario poner estas versiones alternativas, ahí sí ya me parece too much, sí me puede llegar a gustar motorhead y suenan chidas, punktetonas, etc., pero pues no es pa tanto. Mood: Fuck it, I don't wanna live forever.

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4

very good music. love the ace of spades and all of the other songs. only reason its not a 5 star is because theres too many versions of the same songs

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4

I love the sound and the energy of Motorhead's music. I find that I mostly don't know what they are singing about, but I wonder how much it matters. Love the guitar solos.

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4

Good riffs and Remy leading it with his fun vocals. High energy stuff thats consistent throughout

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4

5* for the title track 4* for the album as a whole \m/

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Ich hatte es vor kurzem schon mal bewusst gehört. Da war ich noch unentschlossen. Jetzt bin ich mir sicher: gutes Ding

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4

the voice lmao, never appealed to me

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4

Strong opening. Great instrumental. Disc 2 is mid.

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4

THE ACE OF SPADES

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Kwam eerst echt heel druk binnen maar daarna vond ik het wel goed gaan. Na een paar nummers heb je ook wel door wat ze brengen maar het verveeld dan ook wel niet Echt helemaal opnieuw beluisteren (expanded edition) ga ik niet direct doen maar nummers zoals: Ace of spades, Love me like a reptile en shoot you in the back ga ik zeker nog eens opzetten.

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4

mooi. classic. RIP Lemmy

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Dia três. Meio corpo dentro, meio pé fora. O balanço é precário, o som traz certezas. O soslaio vira norma. ALL MISTAKES ARE MADE IN ALL CAPS. Estou a marcar uma posição perante o mundo. MotA: Fast and Loose "If you like to gamble, I tell you I'm your man"

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4

This thing just goes hard non-stop for 36 minutes. the lyrics are maybe the weakest part by being either very corny, or problematic (jailbait). Everything else is killer, lemmy’s voice is one of a kind and this has some of the best guitar work I’ve heard in a long time

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4

Man as much as I respect Motorhead and their influence on genres of music I like a lot more than the band themselves (namely, prototypical forms of extreme metal, especially that of black metal) I have never actually sat through an entire Motorhead album. It's that thing again where I don't really find any affinity in the kind of blues rock Motorhead tends to reference a lot. But I would be absolutely daft to not at least give this one a go. Three tracks in and honestly I'm sold. This shit fucking rips and I regret never getting into it during the peak of my interest in this style of rock music. It's not ultra fast, there's no cave man riffs and shrieking, not much darkness overall, which were all prerequisites for my interest in metal overall, but maybe I've just gotten to the age where I can look past my original tastes in metal and appreciate it for what it is. I think maybe what I missed from a lot of music in this vein was that it never sounded dangerous to me, and this album feels absolutely dangerous and swaggering.

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4

Bad ass. Though the mixing doesn't sound too great since sometimes it's hard to hear certain instruments, like the drums. But the great overpowering riffs make up for that and it definitely has plenty of great 'bar in the desert' vibes.

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4

This album rocks. Amazing guitar work and drumming. Nuff said. Pedo song brings it down a bit though.

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4

It's Motorhead at their finest.

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4

Classic album overall

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4

I love the fun catchy guitar riffs and choruses throughout the project. It was short concise each song was 2-3 minutes which was nice easy listening. 8/10

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4

Muy prendido el álbum. Lo escuché sólo 1 vez y no necesité más, contagioso el rock de estos muchachos.

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4

Another tough one. Sneaks a low 4.

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4

A classic. Got a bit repetitive but overall enjoyed it. 4*

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Lemmys Stimme und die satte Produktion? Bisschen ne Wohltat, wenn man das so sagen kann, nach der Vortages-Auswahl. Gefällt mir dann auch aus genau diesen Gründen schon mal wirklich gut. Dazu diese Rauhbeinigkeit, die aber auf mich selten aggressiv wirkt, sondern halt hedonistisch. Saufen, Speed und unterwegs sein: We Are The Roadcrew! Für mich: 3,7

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4

Much better than expected, great album +

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Shows the power of a really good drummer.

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4

Good one, but quite static

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4

Definitely had my doubts about this one, because I've never liked Lemmy's voice much. But the music is rock solid, straightforward, fun. It's a good album I enjoyed listening to.

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4

Solid rock. Motörhead had one speed: accelerated. But it's entertaining & simple and totally re-listenable.

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4

Betetr than I expected although some disturbing lyric in "JailbaiT"

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4

A smoothed escapade for the listeners, despite the vocals being fairly unshifting . Some cracking tracks

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4

Great! Samey and recognisable but enjoyed the listen.

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4

Got a soft spot for Motorhead, similar to with Black Sabbath. Not just UK band, but local lads from Stoke. Tunes are nuts too, appreciate the high energy. Seems ahead of its time for early 80s too. 4/5

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4

Wish Ace of Spades wasn’t the first song because it’s leagues above the rest of the album. That said, the other stuff is pretty good if you’re in that early speed metal mood. Just don’t listen to the lyrics. Hot crap some it it. Especially Jailbait, I don’t know if that was accepted in its era but oof that’s cringey now. This is right between at 3 and 4 for me. I’ll let the title track push it to 4. Incidentally, Ace of Spades is the best taco on Torchy’s Tacos secret menu. If you happen to be anywhere near a torchy’s, check it out.

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Rating: 7/10

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Fantastic metal, but something about Lemmy's voice just bugs me. All those cigarettes did a number on him.

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4

Despite Jailbait, this album has great raw gritty energy, that is certainly highlighted by the title track but also is carried through on nearly everything else. Road crew also stands out. Lemmy's voice is perfect for this.

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4

Excellent! I had never listened to a whole album in one sitting from Motörhead before and I'll listen to this one again and again

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4

Decent metal, good riffs, grooves, and drumming. I enjoyed this album more than I’ve enjoyed most metal albums. The chord changes are more interesting and throw some seventh chords in there too which gives an almost Hendrix like quality to some of the phrasing. Jailbait was completely unnecessary.

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4

Liked it. Reminded me of the scene in Grosse Pointe Blank

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4

A fun, high energy album. Although the songs sounded fairly similar. 1 recognized song

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4

A bit samey, which isn't necessarily a bad thing when the opening track is Ace of Spades but it didn't achieve greatness through its lack of variation. And as someone else pointed out, Jailbait has some really problematic lyrics. Very enjoyable though.

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Lemmy is God

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81. Ace of Spades - Motörhead 27 tracks. I've never really connected with them because of Lemmies coarse vocals but there is lots to like. Surprisingly, the vocals seem quite clear to me now in comparison to modern rock, the lyrics of which are often unintelligible. 4/5

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4

vitu awesome

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8/10 pretty good rock but some of the lyrics were a little too sus

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4

The music you want playing when you have violent diarrhea. In the best way. Best Tracks: Ace of Spades; Love Me Like a Reptile; (We Are) The Roadcrew

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4

3.5, but I’ll round up. Big dumb fun and not pretending to be anything else

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4

One of the all time best hard rock albums, obviously

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Doesn't quite have that classic legacy for me as it's reputation suggests it should. Solid record but probably doesn't squeeze into my top 3 Motörhead albums.

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Fast pace road anthems. Heavy, raw and non-stop. Doesn't deviate much from the main sound but it's not a problem with all the energy involved. Would be a five but there's definitely things on this album that go beyond questionable now.

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The force behind Lemmy's voice on nearly every cut is nuts: It sounds like he's absolutely forcing the air out, yet the result is anything but weakened. The opening of the record was energetic but quite by-the-numbers; Around Fast and Loose the music became more urgent. Motörhead are great at what they do.

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4.3 - Damn, no wonder people love Lemmy!!! This album feels so rock-solid. Leather jackets and pants, motorcycles, and sluts. Loud, energetic, positive, in charge, getting laid.

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Not a huge metal fan, but this album rocks and seems pretty important in the foundation of many metal and thrash movements.

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Ace ♠️

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Shocked at how good it was, particularly since I wasn’t found of No Sleep til Hammersmith.

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4

Fun hectic album. Pretttttty problematic

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More compelling than I expected, really driving rhythm and blistering guitar riffs. Let’s turn a blind eye to the lyrics of Jailbait while also fully appreciating the lyrical genius of Ace of Spades - a random collection of gambling related clichés

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4.5, I want to give it a 5 but it's just not quite there

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Genre: Heavy Metal 4/5 Ah, Motörhead. I appreciate Ace of Spades being my first Heavy Metal album in the book that I've received, and it's a torrent of heavy playing from all instruments, and the man who crafted the perfect heavy metal scream-singing that makes this genre what it is: Lemmy. Bass extraordinaire, Lemmy, is the main man responsible for what makes Motörhead's sound so recognizable, as well as cutting-edge. The three members of this Motörhead lineup have all sadly left this mortal world, but what they left behind in terms of material is a body of work every rock musician would be proud of. Of course, the title track and intro, Motörhead's most famous song, is a tour-de-force of guitars, drums, and full-throated bellows, regaling us with tales of gambling and debauchery. The rest of the album plays out nearly like a power pop album. Power chords a-plenty, melodic riffs, and some surprisingly happy jams. The lyrics might tell a different, less happy story, but the music is a blast, and an absolute joy to listen to. Feel good and rock the fuck out.

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I only knew Ace of Spades coming in (who doesn't? a classic) but this was a really solid album. Feels like the segue between Sabbath's heavy metal and metal of the 80's like Metallica. I read that they saw themselves as a rock and roll band and I totally get that. If you listen, they're not that much different than a rock band like ZZ Top. A little heavier, a little faster, but similar elements like a rock melody underneath. Oh, and ZZ Top's cringeworthy lyrics. Case in point the song Jailbait - "I don't dare to even ask your age, it's enough to know your here backstage." Yikes. File that alongside Pearl Necklace. It was a different era back then. I'm just going to enjoy the pounding guitars and drums and pretend I don't hear the lyrics.

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This album suffers the same problem as “Bridge Over Troubled Water” for me. The big hit, the most well-known song is first. The other stuff is good, but not at the level of that first song. Still, it runs right over and through you because LEMMY. Great, headbanging stuff, but a slight letdown after that first song. The dead man’s hand again…

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Motorhead is one of a kind. Everyone knows the titular track, but the whole album exceeds expectations. Lemmy is a unique vocalist, inspired by the punk movement, raspy and confrontational fitting with the wild theme in the raw sound and arrogant badass lyrics (although now may appear dated and a bit silly, not to mention the infamous "Jailbreak"). The sound is a step forward from the glam metal and heavy metal of the era, fast and hard serving as a precursor to thrash metal, yet still melodic and accessible to contemporary audiences. The songs themselves are short and fast, with enough variety and emphasis on the guitar solos, impossible to get sick of by the time the next one plays. That being said, most of the tracks don't stand out, although several do compete with the anthematic power of the titular track. Yes, the catchiness and beautiful melody of "Jailbreak" is one of them, but damn those controversial lyrics. TIL Lemmy was in Hawkwind, which is coincidentally the album assigned to me the next day. I can't believe how innovative and consistent this guy is... people should definitely be talking about this legend more.

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Never listened to Motorhead but was familiar with them. Not the hugest fan of Lemmy's voice but the music makes up for it. Good old fashioned rock and roll fun. Lyrics are a bit amateurish at points.

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Lemmy is a nonce

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badass

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What a cover. Pretty good music too, obviously knew Ace of Spades but The RoadCrew was phenomenal

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When I hear Lemmy sing I just want to grab him a warm cup of tea and some throat medicine. Maybe a soothing milkshake.

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Classic Motorhead.

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don't forget the joker

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The pleasure was to play.

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Will be the first listen for me. Only really heard the title track and the Triple H entrances. Need to listen to more Hawkwind as well. I mean it was never going to be a surprise was it. Loads of amazing, meaty guitar solos. Jailbait, well, yeah..hmm. Listening to an album like this first 40 years after its already influenced your musical tastes vicariously for years, can sometimes be a touch underwhelming. So, not blown away for those reasons. But there's no doubting it's a fantastic album.

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Awesome. Every song is great. Wish it was easier to hear the bass

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I would not have thought that I would enjoy this album, and having listened to it, I'm not exactly sure why I enjoy this album. I do enjoy it however. It has a very consistent sound without sounding repetitive. Ace of Spades is an all time banger. Well worth a listen 4/5

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THE ACE OF SPADESSSS, THE ACE OF SPADESSSS

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While this album is full of songs that are raw, sounding the same and are hard to understand, there is just something very undeniably rock and roll about it. Hard to put it into words but the songs rock!

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For the casual music listener, this probably very average sounding. But as a fan of rock, this is as fun as rock music gets.

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Classic metal!

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Soundtrack for moto riding

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Ballsbreaker

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hell yeah, this album kicks ass. I've listened to 4 more Motorhead albums today. They're such an interesting band because they really defy categorization with other bands of the time. They got lumped into the NWOBHM but they're just... different. And awesome

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Am I a Motorhead fan? Maybe I'm a Motorhead fan. This is the second album of theirs on this list and... I mean, I like the whole thing. So I think I'm a Motorhead fan. I'm not a Motorhead superfan, but I'd say I'm definitely a fan, for all the reasons I enumerated in my last Motorhead review, linked here: [no link was found]

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4

Everything kind of sounds the same but I liked it much more than expected.

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Adrenalina a tope. Un supermegahit. Un 4.

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I love the energy, the album just kicks off with the title track and then thunders along for a solid half hour of tracks. I don't think I've ever actually listened to a whole Motörhead album before, but if this one is any indication, I'll definitely be listening to more in the future.

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Hype

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Very cool 😎!

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I had really low expectations after the last album, but this album is actually really fun! I was head banging a little bit on the train and some of the guitar solos are really novel and interesting. It’s not totally my vibe so I can’t give it a five though

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Hard, fast and fun. I just wish there was a little bit more variety in there.

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Top notch hard rock album. Stands the test of time!

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Great album of Motörhead. "Ace of Spades" is his better song.

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Motorhead.. was soll man da noch sagen?

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Really good album, but I guess not all the tracks are up the standard of the title track and some of the others.

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Quick and dirty metal from 1980. The band is legendary and you can see in their style why. The music fits very well the cover with this Western-cowboy-meets-biker and it is full of energy. Unfortunately, listening to the album in full means that at some point the speed and style feels a bit too familiar, to some extent formulaic. The title track is a riot, I really enjoyed it. While an important addition to the genre, I'm not sure I'll come back to it very frequently as my predilection lies towards slower/calmer rock or heavier/faster metal. Motorhead lies in a space in between that doesn't tick all the boxes for me. Genre: Metal, 80s Metal. Year:1980. Deluxe version is 27 tracks and 1h 27m long.

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It was nice very fun

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Some out and out rockin going on here. Really liked this album. A bit one paced!

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Already listened, always awesome!

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Really a 3.5. Solid album, enjoyed listening to it. Nothing on here blew my mind, however.

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nice raw unfiltered rock, nothing more nothing less

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That's a killer rock & roll record!

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Klingt nach Staub und Schlamm. Sehr dreckig! Obwohl sich die Lieder ähneln, verbuche ich es bei dem Album als konstante Reproduktion des Flairs. Ist für meinen Geschmack eine Niche und Ich fühle mich selten in der Stimmung, so etwas zu hören (wenn überhaupt), aber ich respektiere die Musik. Sie sagt mir auf jeden Fall zu. Die Stimme ist erwähnenswert! Nicht gut und wohlmöglich in einem anderen Kontext unerträglich, ist sie sehr markant und vor allem zum Flair der Musik außerordentlich passend dreckig. Sie verschwimmt dadurch mit der Musik, sodass Ich sie nicht als störend wahrgenommen habe. Eher wie eine weiteres Instrument. Ein altes, raues, ungestimmtes Instrument, wie ein Waschbrett oder eine Kuhglocke. Etwas, dass Erstaunen in dir weckt darüber, dass man damit Musik machen kann.

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solid for what it is outside of "Jailbait" that kinda turned me off of the whole thing

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Bit samey. Bit rapey.

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Catchy heavy metal. A little more intense than I tend to go for, but good.

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There's some good stuff like "Ace of Spades" but it's typically not my vibe so I won't listen often.

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Fun and badass metal album. Not something I'd choose to listen to often, but definitely better than most.

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Surprisingly enjoyable, would be good running music. Could do without the "jailbait" crap but seems to be par for the course in this era.

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