Phil Campbell is metal royalty. As an integral part of the almighty Motorhead for the better part of three decades, his guitar work is second to none. After the sad loss of Lemmy Kilmister, I’m sure Campbell felt out of sorts and took it upon himself to do what he does best – write songs and riffs. Well, never fear, the riff master is back and in full force with his sons – Todd, Dane and Tyla – in tow on The Age of Absurdity. Neil Starr, formerly of AttackAttack!, rounds out the lineup with clean vocals.
The Age of Absurdity opens with “Ringleader” hearkening back to Motorhead‘s out-of-control freight train style. Starr’s vocals are more rock than metal, but he has the chops to get the job done. “Freak Show” has a gritty and dirty feel, yet it is chock full of hooks. “Skin and Bones” shows Starr’s vocal abilities and let’s him shine, and “Gypsy Kiss” boasts guitar riffs and bass grooves that will leave you thirsting for more. “Welcome to Hell” is my favorite here and is heavy and full of hate. “Dark Days” has a bluesier feel, complete with harmonica. Although the song is slower, the vibe is really cool and it builds to a mountain of a chorus. “Dropping the Needle” increases the pace, and “Into The Dark” takes the album out in grand fashion with impressive guitar licks and a rolling, chugging bass line.
The Age of Absurdity is certainly not Motorhead; however, there isn’t a bad song on this entire album. Kudos to Campbell and his family for picking up the pieces and putting together a monster of a record.
The Age of Absurdity is out now on Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Buy it here!