Motörhead – “Louder Than Noise… Live in Berlin” CD/DVD/2LP/Boxset (Silver Lining Music / Motörhead Music)
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It’s been over 5 years since the passing of Lemmy, one of heavy metal’s greatest icons, yet there is still plenty of steam in the Motörhead engine. Leaving a Grammy-Award winning, illustrious 40-year career in their wake, 2012 must have been a pretty good year for Lemmy, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee. Beginning with the Gigantour in North America along with Megadeth, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil, Motörhead would also play Rock am Ring and Rock im Park during the summer, closing off the year with the Kings Of The Road tour in support of “The World Is Yours”. Probably the biggest single show the trio have ever played, “Louder Than Noise… Live in Berlin” was filmed at the 12,000 capacity Berlin Velodrom – an indoor track cycling arena – and features 15 songs that cement the Kilmister/Campbell/Dee trademark in Motörhead’s career. Growing up to the (deafening) sound of Kilmister/Clarke/Taylor, I’ve always had that as the classic line up in my heart, but this double live album does a lotta credit to Phil Campbell, not just in delivering the axe aggression but equally plenty attitude in demanding that ‘…everyone get off their f–king asses…’ at the end of ‘Ace of Spades’ as the diehard crowd chants back ‘…Motörhead! Motörhead! Motörhead!…’ ! Equally, while enlisting Mikkey Dee (King Diamond, Dokken) for his percussive talents, there’s undoubted power and stamina throughout the show, with the drummer showing little signs of flagging and if anything, showing even more energy towards the end of the set on the all-out double bass drumming hammerer of ‘Overkill’. For me, though, the essential quality has to be the dirt inspiring Lemmy’s famous lines of ‘…if we moved next door to you, your lawn would die..’ and it’s awash on ‘Damage Case’, with his strummed Rickenbacker sound brought into all its glory through Cameron Webb’s 5.1 mix. In particular, the ironically titled ‘Stay Clean’ really went a long way into the proving how the trio of Kilmister/Campbell/Dee could match the dirtiness of Kilmister/Clarke/Taylor, as amply displayed on “No Sleep ’til Hammersmith”. Captured by Herwig Meyszner, who has also produced concert films for the likes of Saxon, Exodus and Kreator, with a multi-camera no-shot-missed filming, “Louder Than Noise… Live in Berlin” is a more than worthy addition to any Motörheadbanger’s collection and when Lemmy finally says ‘…don’t forget us, we are fuckin’ Motörhead – and we play rock ‘n’ roll!!…’, all I say is, on the quality of live releases like this – never – ever.