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Mötley Crüe - Shout At The Devil (10/10) - USA - 1983

Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Elektra
Playing time: 34:57
Band homepage: Mötley Crüe


  1. In The Beginning
  2. Shout At The Devil
  3. Looks That Kill
  4. Bastard
  5. God Bless The Children Of The Beast
  6. Helter Skelter
  7. Red Hot
  8. Too  Young To Fall In Love
  9. Knock 'Em Dead, Kid
  10. Ten Seconds To Love
  11. Danger
Mötley Crüe - Shout At The Devil

Those were the times. I clearly remember when I first got my hands on Shout At The Devil of the shock rockers MTLEY CRE in 1983 when everybody in the Metal/Hard Rock scene listened to that album. This was evil and heavy! Just look at the title and the pentagram on the cover, these were the things that fascinated a 13-years old teenager like me. At that time, I didnt know that the guys around band leader Nikki Sixx were the bad boys and the biggest losers of the entire LA-scene if not the whole global Heavy scene due to their sex, alcohol and drug escapades.


Shout At The Devil was their break through in 1983 followed by big concerts in California, an Australian tour as support for KISS and US tour with OZZY OSBOURNE. In Europe, they played together with IRON MAIDEN. But no success without a scandal: at first, a Committee On Pornography In Rock Music of the US senate criticized the band for violent and sexist lyrics and then there was the car accident of vocalist Vince Neil, who was drunken and crashed into another car. His co-driver Razzle, drummer of HANOI ROCKS, died and the inmates of the other car suffered on vital wounds. Their next album Theatre Of Pain was dedicated to the victim. Shit happens! But Shout At The Devil is still their best and heaviest album so far. I dont know what stuff Sixx, Neil, Lee and Mars smoked or sniffed but you never heard such songs again from THE CRE.


The title track with its stomping beat is a classic. Shout, shout, shout at the devil nobody knows how much I shouted along to this line. Looks That Kill is another song of this category and it still has an impact today. Bastard was the heaviest song on the disc and its a true banger. The BEATLES-cover Helter Skelter was never my cup of tea. This is the only little mistake on this classic piece. Its not a bad song but it cant compete with their own tracks. Knock Em Dead Kid is another heavy killer and the ballad Danger is always good for some goose flesh. This song shakes me still today. Red Hot is another uptempo song and a rhythm you cant escape. Too Young To Fall In Love is another hit. Not to forget Ten Seconds To Live, a straight Party Rock song with balls and a sing-along chorus.


This album is surely no overly pretentious record but its an ingenious Hard Rock work with its place in Rock history. Tattoo-freaks, nympho-maniacs, Metalheads and Glam Rockers must have this album, absolutely!

(Online February 10, 2007)

Ralf Henn

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