WARHAWK
Dambuster
(Iron Fist Productions)
31:27min

In the early 2000s, Hamburg based label Remedy Records released two volumes of a sampler entitled “Motörmorphösis – A Tribute To Motörhead”. The name said it all, the records were devoted to the godfathers of everything that is fast, nasty, raunchy and Rock’n’Roll; contributions came mostly from young and less well-known German bands. Here is now the second full-length album by a Swedish band that would have fitted the spectrum of “Motörmorphösis” spot on, the difference being that WARHAWK only play original material. At first, one wonders if this is just a shameless rip-off. However, if you’re a MOTÖRHEAD aficionado looking for something new in the same vein (and also if you are open to youngsters playing this kind of music in general), you should definitely give the album a listen. Clearly inspired by MOTÖRHEAD’s “Bomber”, WARHAWK chose an image of Germany’s Eder dam for their album cover. The dam is being overflown by a mighty, bomber-like eagle and surrounded by searchlights. Like the cover, the album title and the title song are references to air raids carried out in 1943, when daring British bomber crews destroyed dams in the German hinterland in an (ultimately unsuccessful) attempt to harm the Nazi war industry. Moreover, the sound and song texts round off the picture of a band that ignores everything their idols recorded after 1982, when the classic three-piece of Lemmy, Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor and ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke broke up. WARHAWK manage to conjure the same spirit that derives from a combination of lyrics about the Second World War (‘Bomb Raid’, ‘Dambuster’), a weird sense of humour (‘Skullet R’n’R Machine’), relationships (‘Cut Me Loose’, ‘Please Don’t Go’), and ever-present outlaw and tough-guy motives (‘Claws Out’, ‘Hounds Of Hell’, ‘Dance With Death’). Needless to say, MOTÖRHEAD are the only “similar artists” mentioned in the Encyclopaedia Metallum entry of ‘Dambuster’. So if you are looking for a time machine to take you back to the days of “Bomber”, “Overkill” or “Ace Of Spades”, feel free to Rock’n’Roll it like it’s ’79 – this album has old MOTÖRHEAD written all over it, or should I say, “We are WARHAWK, and we play Rock’n’Roll!”? www.facebook.com/warhawksweden, www.facebook.com/ironfistproductions1

Henning Pieper

Henning Pieper

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