Is Motorhead satanic music: Ace of Spades?

English rock band Motorhead was formed in June of 1975 by sole constant member Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, Larry Wallis and Lucas Fox. The band was the founder of new wave British heavy metal in the 1970s and early 1980s. Throughout member lineup changes, the ones that stuck out the most where Phil Taylor and Eddie Clarke at the end of the band’s career.


In the trio’s career of 40 years, Motorhead released 22 studio albums and had the most success in the early 1980s with albums such as Ace of Spades, Bomber and Overkill reaching the UK Top 40 chart.

Now let’s get into the meat and potatoes of this article / post. The reason that I wrote this is to focus on the current trend at the time of this writing around the fact that people are questioning if Motorhead is satanic music. One can interpret music in a lot of ways and if you have a satanic mindset then of course Motorhead is satanic.

Ace of Spades

Let us take Motorhead’s fourth studio album, Ace of Spades into factor. It was released in November of 1980 through Bronze Records and it reached gold status by march of 1981 in the UK. While the title song topped the UK Singles Chart at 15 in early November of 1981.

In the 2011 book Overkill: The Untold Story of Motörhead, Joel McIver quotes vocalist and bassist Lemmy:

“..I like Iron Maiden and Saxon out of the new mob, and that’s about it, really…We were too late for the first metal movement and early for the next one…Motörhead don’t fit into any category, really. We’re not straight heavy metal, because we’re a rock ‘n’ roll band, which no-one knows how to market anymore..”

Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister

In the lyrics of the song Ace of Spades there are talks about gambling and dancing with the devil. Lemmy talks about how gambling is his game and no matter how much he looses he still loves to play the game. Talking about the dealer with the dead man’s hand and the only thing he sees is the Ace of Spades.

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