Metal Insider contributor Anthony Maisano is listening to a different metal album that was released on that day every day this year. Today, it’s Motörhead’s 1916, which was released on January 21st, 1991.
The really cool thing about this album is that it is a bit less straightforward than other Motörhead albums. The title track, for example, is more of a sad soldier’s march. It is very emotional. The album still has everything you know and (should) love from Motörhead, but adds some great lines like “I make love to mountain lions.” Come on. How can you not enjoy a song that starts with a line like that? 1916 has some pretty catchy choruses at times, too, like in “No Voices in the Sky.” The Ramones tribute on the album, later covered by the Ramones themseles, is also an interesting little tribute to note.
I’ve always felt that Motörhead is a pretty polarizing band. You either enjoy them for what they do, or you don’t. I haven’t personally found many people who just find them “okay.” In that sense, this album isn’t going to change the minds of people who don’t really like the sound, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great release from the band.
Favorite Tracks: “No Voices in the Sky,” “Shut You Down,” “The One to Sing the Blues,” “1916”
Give this album a try, if you haven’t already. It retains everything that is great about Motörhead, but has some really unique moments to it that keep the music fresh and exciting. It surprised me the first time I listened to it.