Motorhead’s impact on the music industry has somewhat reached epic proportions. As a matter of fact, back in January, weeks even days after the death of the band’s frontman, lead songwriter, and bassist, Lemmy Kilmister, fans were already demanding his inclusion into – of all places – the periodic table of elements.
Based on the amount of tributes since his passing, anywhere from metal and music supporters in general to celebrity friends such as WWE’s Triple H and Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl, it’s crystal clear how Motorhead positively affected everyone. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the band felt the widespread mourning of artists and musicians from the realms of crust, thrash, and black metal. After all, it was Lemmy and Motorhead that greatly influenced those genres.
Before the emergence of Motorhead during the latter part of the ‘70s, the rock and heavy metal scene were as straightforward as it could get. Lemmy and company then brought certain darkness to it, pushing heavy blues-rock to an edgier extreme, along with the likes of Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. While these metal forefathers contributed their respective styles and formula to the genre, it was Motorhead who first injected a raw and aggressive feel to their sound. As a result, they somewhat defined what extreme music was all about back in the day and through the decades that followed.
It’s safe to say that even almost a year after Lemmy Kilmister’s untimely passing, Motorhead remains eternal, perpetually conserved against the test of Father Time. Though their brand ventured to new platforms such as a Victor Vran RPG called Motorhead: Through the Ages, as well as an online Slingo slots game unassumingly titled Motorhead Video Slot, the band never fell into the trap of modern day trends. They stuck to their heavy metal roots and didn’t make a concerted effort to change styles just to welcome a younger demographic. In other words, the band, all its members, stayed true to who they are and what they believe in.
A huge part of appreciating metal – and all is subgenres – is loving Motorhead. The band represents all that’s classically and immortally endearing about rock music – complete with leather outfits, whiskey bottles, and blaring amplifiers. Their brief projects outside music may include video and online games, but who can blame them? The Mirror’s Katy Forrester even wrote a piece on how Lemmy was playing his favorite bartop game, hours after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. These are just a few testaments to Motorhead’s general influence on the music industry and how they – specifically Lemmy – lived the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle to its core while staring death straight in the eye.