In 1992, on Motörhead’s 10th album, March or Die, Lemmy Kilmister took Motörhead in a different direction, and attempted the mainstream approach with the band. Many long time Motörhead fans were disappointed with this direction and unhappy with this album. The heavy punk edged feel of Motörhead is definitely missing on some of the songs on March or Die, but this album is not the stinker that many folks make it out to be. It is just different.
On this disc, you have a few of guest stars. Ozzy and Slash join Lemmy on the song “I Ain’t No Nice Guy”. Slash also adds some guitars on the song “You Better Run”. Tommy Aldridge from Whitesnake handles most of the drums on this disc.
“Hellraiser” first showed up on the Ozzy Osbourne disc No More Tears in 1991. Lemmy had a partial writing credit on this song and rightfully used this song here. I like the more raw feel of the Motörhead version of the song.
Lemmy does a solid job covering the Ted Nugent classic, “Cat Scratch Fever”. The Motörhead version doesn’t surpass the original, but it isn’t bad either.
The songs “Stand”, “Bad Religion”, “Jack the Ripper”, “Too Good To Be True” and “Name in Vain” all rock hard, and are amongst my favorites on the CD!
Overall, March or Die is a solid album, and worth another look, if you haven’t listened to it in a long time. If you haven’t picked this one up, you should definitely do so. You can pick this CD up for next to nothing at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Cat Scratch Fever
3. Bad Religion
4. Jack the Ripper
5. I Ain’t No Nice Guy
7. Asylum Choir
8. Too Good to Be True
9. You Better Run
10. Name in Vain
11. March Ör Die
Lemmy Kilmister – bass, lead vocals, cello arrangements
Phil Campbell (billed as Zööm) – guitar
Würzel – guitar
Tommy Aldridge – drums
Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor – drums on “I Ain’t No Nice Guy”
Mikkey Dee – drums on “Hellraiser”
Peter Solley – keyboards, cello arrangements
Slash – guitar solo on “I Ain’t No Nice Guy” and additional guitar on “You Better Run”
Ozzy Osbourne – additional vocals on “I Ain’t No Nice Guy”