Venom Prison's Ash Gray: My Favorite Motörhead Song | Revolver

Venom Prison's Ash Gray: My Favorite Motörhead Song

"Fast paced, gritty tone, passes as a punk song and metal song"
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Motörhead occupy rarefied air in the heavy-music world. Led by the inimitable Lemmy Kilmister, they emerged out of London's early Seventies heavy-psych, space-rock scene (epitomized by Lem's acid-drenched previous band Hawkwind) and quickly secured their mythical reputation as speed-fueled, road-worn rock & roll icons thanks to their tireless touring and god-tier songs like "Ace of Spades," "Overkill" and more.

Motörhead left the world with so much great music that continue to inspire generations of heavy-music fans — including Ash Gray of U.K. death-metal crew Venom Prison. Below, the guitarist sounds off on his favorite Motörhead song.

"The Hammer"

It's a tough pick … This record [Ace of Spades], I can picture the sleeve on top of the record player, my dad's record player, and it would be played in the house regularly when I was a kid. The record cover, I always used to be fascinated with. But thinking back now on the sound and influence this record as a whole made is beyond impressive — in fact, opening up metal and the extreme world massively. The records that we know so well today wouldn't exist without Motörhead. I picked "The Hammer" as this always sticks out in my head when I think about that record — bearing in mind, "Ace of Spades" is also on this record and, in fact, the record title — but yes, super aggressive, fast paced, gritty tone, passes as a punk song, metal song, you name it.

Fun fact: I believe "Ace of Spades" was before [guitarist] Phil Campbell joined the band, but … Yeah, Phil Campbell doesn't live far from my place at all, Wales!