Mötley Crüe - Shout At The Devil review


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Band: Mötley Crüe
Album: Shout At The Devil
Release date: 1983

01. In The Beginning
02. Shout At The Devil
03. Looks That Kill
04. Bastard
05. God Bless The Children Of The Beast
06. Helter Skelter [Beatles cover]
07. Red Hot
08. Too Young To Fall In Love
09. Knock 'Em Dead, Kid
10. Ten Seconds To Love
11. Danger
12. Shout At The Devil [demo] [bonus]
13. Looks That Kill [demo] [bonus]
14. Hotter Than Hell [demo] [bonus]
15. I Will Survive [bonus]
16. Too Young To Fall In Love [demo] [bonus]

After a fresh in sound and very good and inspired debut album, "Too Fast For Love" (1981-1982), Motley Crue returned during 1983 with one of their most renowned albums, their first and at the same time grand breakthrough in the world of rock music, "Shout At The Devil". The media etc started accusing them for the title of the album, their pentagram-incorporating clothes and the pentagram lying on the cover of the album back then. Another proof of how laughable and mindless humans can be, dealing not with their real problems but being insulted by the... pentagram of a band like Motley Crue whose connection with the Devil was, apparently, just for the show-off and the bad-ass of the case. No-one could stop them and Motley Crue continued their course gaining more and more success with their hot metal!

The differences between "Too Fast For Love" and "Shout At The Devil" are obvious now. The song structure is more mature and well-thought while the instrumentation of the album is well-executed. The guitar work on "Shout At The Devil" can be set as an example of how to offer some really dirty and at the same time powerful riffs keeping the rolling spirit alive. The riffing becomes more solid and it gets in the point in a mature way, having that ultra dirty/powerful approach that makes the songs of Motley Crue have that intense sleazy feeling. Mick Mars offers some really intense and utterly inspired guitar solos that make the compositions more affected and groovier. Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx show a big improvement in their sector with the drumming becoming better and more imposing and the bass lines more pulsating and better as well. Yet, the real apocalypse on "Shout At The Devil" is Vince Neil. His vocals have shaped that dirty and vivid accent Motley Crue would have from that moment and on, leaving behind the less powerful, but still dirty and wonderful, interpretation of "Too Fast For Love".

"Shout At The Devil" is the album with the most supersonic moments of Motley Crue since it has many really upbeat and groovy passages in it and it seems as if it was composed to fill the big live arenas with that intense sing-along feeling many of its songs have! "Red Hot" is one of the most powerful songs ever composed by Motley Crue, dirty and dynamic in the most appropriate way! Who can forget anthems like "Shout At The Devil", "Too Young To Fall In Love", "Knock 'Em Dead, Kid" and "Looks That Kill" with their rock n' roll n' heavy attitude, the wonderful cover on "Helter Skelter" where they lend their personal identity, the emotional/upbeat "Danger" and the hymn to animal instincts, "Ten Seconds To Love"? I will give the answer, no-one, and if someone is willing to forget has got a problem!

"Shout At The Devil" is one of the best diamonds that came out of the hard rock scene of the 80s. It's powerful, upbeat, dirty, inspired and ready for love! Just buy it and "SHOUT AT THE DEVIL"!


Written on 02.01.2006 by "It is myself I have never met, whose face is pasted on the underside of my mind."


Comments: 5   Visited by: 71 users
22.11.2006 - 04:55
Too Fast For Love wasn't on that album

But it's still a great release though. I only like Motley Crue's first 2 albums because they are the most 'Metallic' and have that sort of ideal old school sound

I really like the song, "Ten Seconds To Love" .
26.03.2007 - 01:50
Doc G.
Full Grown Hoser
Actually the pentagram came because Nikki was getting into alot of 'Satanic' rituals and such (read The Dirt and youll see). Other than that its an ok review. Great album.
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30.05.2008 - 02:01
The best "hairy metal" album. I don't care about Nikki's satanic rituals, if the music is ok, he can do whatever he wants with his spare time.
14.12.2008 - 10:00
Account deleted
Great sleazy hard rock album....tons of good tracks with some atmospheric touches that made it interesting.....the last good crue album from start to finish.
03.07.2011 - 22:06
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
I ahte Motley crue. i just dont like them, i find other bands like WASP are WAY better.
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