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shout.jpgEDITOR'S NOTE: This classic review was written for Metal Express radio. Originally started in Oslo, Norway, Metal Express radio is now one of the world's largest metal stations, streaming continuously on the Internet. I thought you glam readers might enjoy a classic review of one of the best Rock albums of all time.

Motley Crue – Shout at the Devil (Re-master released 2003 on Hip-O/Motley Records)

Originally released in 1983, Shout at the Devil is the seminal Rock album of the 1980s. With their sophomore effort, Motley Crue continued to define both their musical and stage styles. As they honed their skills in the recording booth, countless other bands found ways to copy bassist Nikki Sixx, guitarist Mick Mars, drummer Tommy Lee and vocalist Vince Neil.

The narration “In the Beginning” sets the tone for the entire album. Immediately, listeners realize they are about to embark on a sonic experience of Metal proportions. With the album’s title track, Motley Crue created a stadium anthem, guaranteed to get fans on their feet, fists in the air. “Shout at the Devil” as a track is simple enough: it relies on heavy guitar riffs, steady bass and chanting. The opening arrangement is both pleasing and painful to the ears. The chord changes and clashing notes transport the listener to an underworld where good and evil collide, where fantasy and reality are one in the same.

With “Looks that Kill,” Motley Crue helped make Metal commercial. Through the new invention of MTV, the band used the strength of the track to produce a major budget music video. That video helped Motley Crue create a synergy of music, mayhem and moxie. The heavy intro to “Looks that Kill” keeps the Metal train rolling, and the hook keeps the track running through your head all day long. It’s also through “Looks that Kill” that lyrical master Nikki Sixx really lets his talents shine. A true testament of any good songwriter is the ability to transport a listener to another place and time, and Sixx accomplishes this goal with “Looks that Kill.”

The heaviest song on the record is “Bastard,” a non-single but concert staple. The pace of the track is frenetic and the lyrics alarming. As with all things Motley, shock value is of the utmost importance and the boys achieve their goal with this head-banging classic.

The Beatles cover “Helter Skelter” seems somewhat misplaced among the Metal majesty that is Motley, but somehow, the quartet makes it work. Perhaps it’s the enterprising guitar solos by Mick Mars or the thunderous rhythm of Tommy Lee. Whatever the reason, Motley tackles the British invasion track, transforming it into a Sunset Strip sleaze staple for cover bands in bars all across the world.

Even though “Too Young to Fall in Love” peaked at number 90 on the Billboard chart; today the track is synonymous with all things Crue. Always the wordsmith, Nikki Sixx is able to sum up every bad relationship with two simple sentences:

You say our love/
Is like dynamite.
Open your eyes/
‘Cause it’s like fire and ice.

With blazing guitars, screeching vocals and lyrics that succinct, it’s hard to argue the importance of “Too Young to Fall in Love” in Metal history.

The tracks “Red Hot,” “Knock ‘Em Dead Kid,” “Ten Seconds to Love” and “Danger” all play their role in rounding out the classic Metal masterpiece. Always eager to spawn controversy in favor of gaining street credibility, the boys in Motley Crue dedicated “Knock ‘Em Dead Kid” to the LAPD. Ready for a “star spangled fight and back in black,” the Crue threatens other bands that come too close to their Metal empire, built and glorified on the strength of Shout at the Devil.

The special 2003 re-master of Shout at the Devil contains extra goodies like demo versions of the title track, “Looks that Kill,” “Hotter than Hell” and “Too Young to Fall in Love.” The 2003 release also includes the previously unreleased track “I Will Survive.” The enhanced CD also includes the video of “Looks that Kill.” Original artwork, complete liner notes and updated band interviews are also included in the re-mastered package.

Track List:
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
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 - 2003 release)
13. Looks That Kill (demo - 2003 release)

14. Hotter Than Hell (demo - 2003 release)
15. I Will Survive (2003 release)
16. Too Young To Fall In Love (demo - 2003 release)
17. Looks That Kill (video - 2003 release)

Vince Neil - vocals
Mick Mars - guitar, bass and vocals
Nikki Sixx - bass and vocals
Tommy Lee - drums and vocals

Total run time: 34:57

Reader Comments (10)

I'm less familiar with the earlier Crue album - I really enjoyed Girls,Girls,Girls and Dr.Feelgood and havn't listened to the early stuff for years. I must dig them out again.
February 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBill
Too bad this would be it for their really good albums. Nothing they did after this touched Shout and Too fast for love.
February 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMetal Mark
I totally agree!! "Shout At The Devil" is a metal masterpiece!! One of the best albums of all time!! I like all Motley Crue!!
I even have a T-shirt of this album!!! With all the tour dates on back!!!

Allyson, great job!!! You hit another home run with this blog!!!

So let's continue our effort to "Bring Back Glam"!!!
February 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
to sum it up shout at the devil ,too fast 4 love girls girls ,drx feelgood and theater of pain are kick ass just listen from the guitar to vocals the songwriting is sold fact is you take some good drugs see what you come out with now they r straight cant stand there music ,,from the guitist from hell F.T.W
December 22, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterdemon magic
Never got in to Theatre of Pain - even the boys kinda pretend it didnt happen heh, but Shout at the Devil for me was when the Crue sound got its real meat. Too Fast was the definitive glam metal sound but just a lil bit too tinny for me.
Girls, Girls, Girls will be forever in my heart as the first Crue album I bought and dragged me forever in to their level of cool and cocksure rock, but I'll forever hold Dr Feelgood as my favourite with its fantastic Crue party yet dirty sound to it.
December 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSlam
Danger and Looks That Kill are awesome, shout at the devil a little boring.
March 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter123123
We love Motley crue.
tooooooo fastttt for loveeeeee

Rock is never die
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Rock is never die
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