Motörhead – Louder Than Noise…Live in Berlin (Live Album Review)

On December 28, 2015, the world lost one of the most beloved icons in all of Rock music when Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead suddenly passed away at the age of 70. Bittersweet, though such a loss meant the end of the band in their classic form, Motörhead’s legacy will undeniably remain as one of the most influential acts in the history of Rock. Just when you think this holy trio has no more music to give, Motörhead lives on with the release of their new live album, Louder Than Noise…Live In Berlin, slated for release on Friday, April 23, 2021 via Silver Lining Music.

Roughly 40 years of blowing ear drums, the Grammy Award winning Motörhead is known for rattling live audiences with loud, fast, boisterous Rock-n-Roll. Nearly two dozen studio albums under their belt, Motörhead is also known for releasing live albums, most notably 1981’s No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith. On December 5, 2012, Motörhead featuring the incomparable Lemmy Kilmister on vocals/bass, Phil Campbell on guitar, and Mikkey Dee on drums took the stage in Berlin, Germany at the Berlin Velodrom playing to a rowdy house of around 12,000 of their biggest fans. Five and a half years after losing Lemmy, the Motörhead camp are gracing fans with a recording of this fine performance in the form of the album Louder Than Noise…Live In Berlin, and we could not be more excited.

To a roaring crowd, we know Motörhead is taking the stage and as Lemmy announces “We are Motörhead!” Lemmy, Phil, and Mikkey kick off the insanity via “I Know How To Die” in raw and unapologetic fashion. By the thump of Lemmy’s bass, the raunchy selection “Damage Case” is front and center as one of Motörhead’s most popular tunes. Just getting warmed up, Motörhead deliver fast and furious performances of “Stay Clean,” “Metropolis,” and “Over the Top” as business is starting to pick up at this show. Calling “Doctor Rock,” the track off 1986’s Orgasmatron is next with a prescription for Jack and Coke to cure the Motörhead fever. A strong armed rocker, “The Chase Is Better Than the Catch” brings the heavy and ends with Motörhead asking the crowd to make some noise while they have a drink. Praising Rock-n-Roll, “Rock It” gives way to “You Better Run” and Lemmy’s ominous bass riff with a slow and steady, somewhat bluesy feel. Getting to the real meat of the show, Motörhead proceed to light up Berlin in the closing moments via the classics “Killed by Death,” “Ace of Spades,” and “Overkill.”

A timeless act, it is great to see the Motörhead camp with a new release years after their final performances took place in 2015. As another statement of how good Motörhead is live, Louder Than Noise…Live In Berlin is titled perfectly because in truth, only Motörhead could be louder than noise. Though some may say Louder Than Noise…Live In Berlin brings Motörhead back to life, on the contrary, Motörhead does not need to be brought back to life, because Motörhead will never die. For these reasons, Cryptic Rock gives Louder Than Noise…Live In Berlin 4 out of 5 stars.

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