Guitar legend Steve Vai makes a guest appearance on two tracks.
'Inferno' is an appropriate title for Motorhead's latest skull-grinding, internal-organ-liquefying album. The 12 tracks are: "Terminal Show," "Killers," "In the Name of Tragedy," "Suicide," "Life's a Bitch," "Down on Me," "In the Black," "Fight," "In the Year of the Wolf," "Keys to the Kingdom," "Smiling Like a Killer" and "Whorehouse Blues."
"This album is real musicians playing real music. There were no rules," Lemmy says.
It's not easy for the hard-living, fun-loving rock icon to pick out favorites on 'Inferno.' Every song is special and important.
"Music is very personal. It's just like sex in that way," says Lemmy.
Vai's blazing guitar performances on "Terminal Show" and "Down on Me" were the result of a casual social encounter with Lemmy at the famous Rainbow Bar & Grill in Hollywood.
"I was going in and he was coming out and we ran into each other. I told him we were recording and invited him down to sit in. He took me up on the offer," Lemmy says.
Motorhead has a distinctive musical style -- nobody grinds out a furious rock 'n' roll hybrid of heavy metal and punk like this band. But Lemmy always has a few tricks up his sleeve, and Motorhead albums tend to have a song or two that veer away from their trademark sound. On 'Inferno' the honor belongs to the slinky "Whorehouse Blues," appropriately drenched in bluesy acoustic guitar and harmonica.
"I like to surprise people," says Lemmy.