Leader Of Down

Cas­cade Into Chaos cLeopa­tra Würzel’s ex-Motör­head su­per­group makes post­hu­mous de­but.

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As our mu­si­cal he­roes leave us at an ev­er­in­creas­ing rate, the post­hu­mous rock al­bum genre is grow­ing ex­po­nen­tially. How­ever, that wasn’t what Leader Of Down had in mind when they came to­gether. Motör­head gui­tarist Würzel formed the band with bas­sist Tim Atkin­son in 2008, but af­ter writ­ing dozens of tracks Wurzel sadly died in 2011. Atkin­son car­ried on plan­ning their de­but al­bum in his late band­mate’s hon­our, bring­ing in guests in­clud­ing Lemmy and Fast Ed­die Clarke – both of whom have also passed away since mak­ing their con­tri­bu­tions.

The band en­dures, though – they’re tour­ing with Phil Camp­bell’s Bas­tard Sons this month – and this record is an im­pres­sive show­case for their on­go­ing ca­reer. The two Lemmy-fronted tracks are par­tic­u­lar stand­outs, with Par­adise Turned Into Dust fu­elled by a chunky riff and Laugh At The Devil pro­vid­ing a fu­ri­ously ur­gent, Motör­head-es­que speed-metal sign-off.

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