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Motörhead Rebels Against Greed

Outraged by the extravagant cost of their new 15 disc box set, Motörhead has told their fans not to waste their money on the overpriced trinket. At $600, the box set’s coffin-like case houses each disc with a Motörhead skull emblem fastened to its lid. Open it up and you’ll find several singles and eight earlier albums, from their self-titled to No Remorse. In addition, the package contains some posters and a photo book.

According to CNN, frontman Lemmy Kilmister stated, ”Unfortunately greed once again rears its yapping head… I would advise against it even for the most rabid completists!”

The band claims, ”Motörhead has no control over what’s done with these early songs, and don’t want fans to think that the band is involved in putting out such a costly box set.”

If you’re simply too much of die-hard fanatic, the group recently put out a new (reasonably priced) album and DVD titled  ”The Wörld Is Yours” and “The Wörld Is Ours – Vol 1 – Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else” late last year.

Click here to see images of the box set and its outrageous $644 price tag on Amazon.

H2-O Vs. Nas

New York City, as the birthplace of hip hop, was the cultural center of the famous feud between the east and west coast hip hop communities back in the 1990s. During this time both sides of the country had burgeoning hip hop scenes, albeit with differing musical ideas. Rappers on the west coast used more energetic beats based around synthesizers, while rappers on the east coast used sparser beats based around pianos and turntable scratches. One of the most prominent east coast rappers during this period was Nas, who’s debut album Illmatic set the blueprint for the “east coast sound” that would be closely followed by artists like The Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z. While the overall sound of hip hop has developed and changed over the last decade, OurStage’s own H2-O is a skilled MC with a sound that is very similar to Nas’ gritty east coast sound.

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The first thing you will notice when listening to H2-O is that his voice sounds very similar to that of Nas. If you listen to his track “This Is Me,” you can hear a lot of similarities between the two artists. The beat is simple and sparse, but at the same time very elegant. The beat mostly relies on a looped piano sample, with only a simple bass line and drum beat backing it up. The beat is reminiscent of Nas’ classic song “The World Is Yours,” which uses almost the exact same instrumentation and tempo. In addition to the vocal similarities, H2-O also possesses a equivalently strong delivery and flow. His lines are delivered very clearly and it is easy to understand exactly what he is saying, a valuable skill that is extremely underrated. He also uses complex and unusual rhyme patterns, a skill that Nas is known for.

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Lemmy Laughs Last: Heavy Metal Hero Revels In His Renaissance

The flurry of activity currently surrounding legendary Motörhead frontman/rock & roll survivor Lemmy (Ian Kilmister if you’re writing him a check) has lately put the man with the most famous mole and muttonchops in the music biz under a white-hot spotlight. With a documentary, a new Motörhead album (drops today!) and a tour all in the offing, the man who made metal cool— in the heyday of hardcore, punks nicknamed Motörhead “the only metal band that matters”— is getting so much exposure one almost expects to find him helming his own reality show (HBO, are you listening?).

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Lest we forget, though, Lemmy traveled a long, hard road to the icon status he enjoys today. Like a lot of first-generation metal men, he started out in psychedelia—after a short stint humping gear for the Jimi Hendrix Experience in England, he worked with late-‘60s UK psych outfit Sam Gopal. His first taste of fame came in the early ‘70s with space-rock cult heroes Hawkwind, but when he formed Motörhead— remember, it’s not metal without an umlaut—in 1975, his place in heavy-rock history was assured. The grizzled guardian of all things bone-crunching turned 65 on Christmas Eve, but the word “retirement” doesn’t seem to be in his vocabulary.

The subtitle of the new documentary Lemmy — 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son of a Bitch— says it all about the man whose attitude is as uncompromising as his face-melting music. The disparate cast of characters who pop up to chime in on the topic of Lemmy’s uncontested awesomeness is a testament to Motörhead’s outsized appeal; everybody from Ozzy and Metallica to Clash axeman Mick Jones and New Order’s Peter Hook is part of the onscreen cheering section. The film, directed by Greg Oliver and Wes Orshoski – will be wending its way around the country over the next couple of months, bringing some heavy metal heft to the art-house circuit, and the double-disc DVD version with a whopping three hours of extra features is unleashed on February 15.

But don’t let the historical perspective that comes with the rockumentary treatment lead you to believe that the Motörhead story is a closed book. February 8th sees the unveiling of The World Is Yours, produced by Cameron Webb, who tellingly has overseen as many punk outings (Social Distortion, Pennywise) as heavy-rock recordings. Full of the blazing riffs and need-for-speed demon drumming that have become the band’s trademarks—not to mention Lemmy’s raw-throated roar and apocalyptic bass lines—the album shows that even after three-and-a-half decades of destruction, the Motörhead machine grinds on relentlessly. If any further proof of that fact is required, Lemmy, Phil Campbell, and Mikkey Dee are storming stages from Austin to Asbury Park throughout January and February to hammer the point home. Of course, if you want to have a little Lemmy you can call your very own, you can always snap up a collectible action figure cast in Mr. Kilmister’s unmistakable image (Yes, for real).

Metal Monday: A Tribute to Motörhead

Other than Black Sabbath, no band has been as consistently great for nearly as long as Motörhead. It’s not even a close race. Over the last 35 years, Motörhead released 19 full-length albums, none of which could be considered sub par. Every release Motörhead has ever put out has been at least “pretty good”, some even legendary (Overkill and Ace of Spades being two of the best ever). Even when they were “past their prime” in 2004, they released one of the best albums, Inferno.

With an unmistakable sound and character, Motörhead have been rocking faces off for as long as anyone can remember, and they’re still putting out albums. Their upcoming 20th release (due January 25, 2011), The Wörld Is Yours, will likely be no different. Though the album is still under wraps, you can hear samples from the German Amazon site.  Luckily for fans, the samples sound like typical Motörhead songs. Unlike most other bands, being typical is a good thing for Motörhead.

As a true pioneer of heavy metal, Lemmy Kilmister himself personifies the genre’s sound. His gruff, slurred speech and attitude-filled scowl embody the band’s career. Motörhead sounds like drinking cheap whiskey feels—not smooth, not polished and not very nice, but perfectly satisfying. No matter what your mood, Motörhead has something in their catalog to suit it.

For the impatient or dedicated types, there is but one way to (legally) get Motörhead’s album in 2010, and that’s to order the special The Wörld is Yours issue of Classic Rock magazine devoted to everything Motörhead over their illustrious career. You’d do well to buy the magazine, since it comes with the full Motörhead album, 132 page collector’s magazine, a poster and a metal pin. Metal Christmas gift anyone?

 


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