Metal Hammer (UK)

PHIL CAMPBELL

Old Lions Still Roar NUCLEAR BLAST

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Former Motörhead axeman throws off the shackles

Over a three-decade stay, Phil Campbell was a vital element of Motörhead’s creative process, though despite Lemmy’s encouragem­ent the guitarist never quite found the time for a solo album. He’s finally stepped away from current group The Bastard Sons to fulfil that ambition and, introduced by the softly strummed chords of Rocking Chair,

this appropriat­ely titled set reveals more of the man than we may have expected. His handing of the mic to Alice Cooper, Dee Snider, Rob Halford, Nick Oliveri and Ben Ward of Orange Goblin, and the instrument­al cameos from Joe Satriani and Möltey Crüe’s Mick Mars, only emphasise the diversity of a record that swings from acoustic-country to hard rock, stoner, garage-rock and good ol’ fashioned metal – even a pianodrive­n ballad crooned by Skindred’s Benji Webbe. It’s to Campbell’s immense credit that he sounds completely comfortabl­e within each sub-strand. ■■■■■■■■■■

FOR FANS OF: QOTSA, Alice Cooper, Orange Goblin

DAVE LING

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