Bomber/Ace of Spades

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By the time of Motörhead's third album, Bomber, it was clear that the band had one basic sound and nothing else. However, that didn't mean the group was boring -- the lethal attack of their buzzing guitars and Lemmy's hoarse vocals never became tedious because of the immediacy of the group's sound, as well as their talent for coming up with memorable riffs and tightly written songs. Bomber sounded no different than Motörhead's two previous albums, but the group had lost none of its impact, and the album featured "Dead Men Tell No Tales," one of their finest songs. The second half of this two-fer, the seminal Ace of Spades, spotlights the forefathers of thrash on one of their better-known albums; it features guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke, who later left and formed Fastway. Highlights include "(We Are) The Road Crew" and the title track.