Heavy metal megaliths Motorhead have announced that they are celebrating their 40th anniversary in style by releasing a new album this summer. The album is to be titled Bad Magic and will hit record stores in August. Bad Magic will be the 22nd studio album release in the band’s 40-year career.
A press release on Motorhead’s official website said the band were excited about the release and announced that Motorhead would also be undertaking a tour this fall in support of Bad Magic.
“We’re releasing our 22nd Studio Album Bad Magic on August 28th this year! Are you excited? Well you should be! As well as the album release on August 28th 2015 we would also like to announce our Anniversary European tour this fall, with more international dates to follow.”
Motorhead fans who were lucky enough to secure tickets for this year’s Glastonbury festival will no doubt be hoping to hear some of the band’s new tunes. The legendary rockers take to the Pyramid stage on Friday, June 26 as a prelude to sets by Florence and the Machines and the Foo Fighters.
According to Rolling Stone, Motorhead vocalist and bass player Lemmy Kilmister first hinted that a new album may be in the pipeline as long ago as September. In an interview at that time, Lemmy said that Motorhead would “probably” be in the studio in January, though he did say, “We don’t have a plan, Motörhead never has a plan.” They ended up hitting the studio in February.
According to Loudwire, Motorhead’s Bad Magic will feature 13 new tracks, and the final track will be a gritty cover of the Rolling Stones song “Sympathy for the Devil.” Apparently, a track called “The Devil” features a guest appearance from Queen guitarist Brian May.
A press release from Motorhead claims that Bad Magic has “the fiercest rhythms and riffs that’ll beat your ears into submission this year” and is “a massive kick in the teeth for anyone who dared believe it might be otherwise.”
Bad Magic was produced at NRG studios with the band’s longtime producer Cameron Webb and follows on the heels of their successful 2013 disc Aftershock. It is released through UDR Music.
As well as playing this year’s Glastonbury this summer, Motorhead will play a collection of festival dates in Europe and Asia, including Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival. It looks like 2015 is going to prove to be a big year for Motorhead and their legions of fans.
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