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How Motörhead influenced heavy music

Whether it's Metallica, Slipknot, Napalm Death or Asking Alexandria, if it's loud and heavy, it owes its life to Motörhead

Lemmy had a simple way of introducing his band: “We are Motörhead, and we play rock’n’roll.”

For him, Motörhead was never a heavy metal band, and he hated it whenever anyone said they were. But the way that Motörhead played rock’n’roll – fast, bludgeoning, everything louder than everything else – was an inspiration to almost every metal band that followed in their wake.

It’s all part of the cyclical nature of music. As a kid growing up in the 1950s, Lemmy’s heroes were the original rock’n’roll stars of that era – principally, Elvis and Little Richard. Likewise, the earthshaking sound of early Motörhead albums such as 1979’s Overkill and Bomber, and 1980’s Ace Of Spades, would light a fire inside a bunch of teenagers who went on to form bands of their own.


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