MOTÖRHEAD released its 23rd (and final) studio album, “Bad Magic”, in 2015. Due on February 24, 2023, “Bad Magic: Seriously Bad Magic” represents a bonus-packed refresh, adding two previously unreleased tracks from those furious sessions — “Bullet In Your Brain” and “Greedy Bastards” — as well as a snarling, fangs-out live performance from that subsequent tour at the giant Mt Fuji Festival in Japan in 2015. Fans will also get “War, Love, Death And Injustice”, an audio interview with Lemmy conducted by MOTÖRHEAD expert Robert Kiewik during the tour, and should the desire to have a chat with Lem or anyone beyond this mortal coil arise, the box-set will exclusively contain a Murder One ouija board (complete with the “Ace Of Spades” planchette to spell out the conversation).
A new video for “Bullet In Your Brain”, featuring exclusive, never-before-seen footage of MOTÖRHEAD in the studio for the “Bad Magic” sessions, can be seen below. A foot-down, fist-pumping Lemmy-bass-driven stomper with a deliciously dirty Phil Campbell riff, and Mikkey Dee-driven dynamics, both the song and footage are a tremendous treat for fans who have craved new Motörmaterial.
At the time of its release back in 2015, “Bad Magic” arrived as a massive kick in the teeth for anyone who believed MOTÖRHEAD were going to amble along into a peaceful little pasture containing fluffy little lambs, folk music and perhaps the odd medieval lute here and there. Big-rig head crushers such as “Thunder & Lightning” and “Teach Them How To Bleed” brought such people to their knees begging for forgiveness, as the album unfurled into their toughest, leanest, meanest and most uncompromising album in aeons. Much of this came down to long-time producer Cameron Webb getting the band to record live at NRG North Hollywood, Maple Studios and Grandmaster in California together for the first time in the Kilmister/Campbell/Dee era, and from the crackling punk energy of “Electricity” to Brian May of QUEEN‘s scintillating guest-appearance on “The Devil”, a vast wealth of aggression, attitude, and excellent songwriting was cultivated in that furious working environment.
Phil Campbell didn’t just record possibly his finest guitars, he threw down most certainly his best solos for decades, while Mikkey Dee‘s drumming found new tribal resonance with the MOTÖRHEAD sound he had helped nurture. There was also one of Lemmy‘s rawest lyrical life reflections on “Till The End”, and a cover of THE ROLLING STONES‘ “Sympathy For The Devil” which made the song feel like one of their own. One of the hidden gold-dust additions to “Bad Magic: Seriously Bad Magic” is MOTÖRHEAD‘s famous, and internationally acclaimed, version of David Bowie‘s classic “Heroes”. Originally slated for inclusion on the last release only to be withdrawn at the last minute, it was a cover version which Lemmy had a great affection for, and as such its inclusion here is both fitting and just.
“Bad Magic: Seriously Bad Magic” will be released on double 12-inch vinyl, CD digipak with bonus disc, limited-edition boxset, digital download and streaming. Pre-order it HERE.
“Bad Magic: Seriously Bad Magic” track listing:
1. Victory Or Die
2. Thunder & Lightning
3. Fire Storm Hotel
4. Shoot Out All Of Your Lights
5. The Devil
7. Evil Eye
8. Teach Them How To Bleed
9. Till The End
10. Tell Me Who To Kill
11. Choking On Your Screams
12. When The Sky Comes Looking For You
13. Sympathy For The Devil
15. Bullet In Your Brain
16. Greedy Bastards
Live at Mt Fuji Rock Festival 2015 – Sayonara Folks! track listing:
1. We Are Motörhead
2. Damage Case
3. Stay Clean
5. Over The Top
6. String Theory
7. The Chase Is Better Than The Catch
8. Rock It
9. Lost Woman Blues
10. Doctor Rock
11. Just ‘Cos You Got The Power
12. Going To Brazil
13. Ace Of Spades