Iron Fist (album)

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Iron Fist
Motörhead studio album


April 17, 1982

Label (s) Bronze Records

Genre (s)

Heavy metal

Title (number)


running time




Will Reid, Eddie Clarke

Studio (s)

Ramport Studio, London

No Sleep 'til Hammersmith
Iron Fist Another Perfect Day
Chart positions
Explanation of the data
Iron Fist
  DE 27 04/26/1982 (11 weeks)
  UK 6th 04/17/1982 (9 weeks)
  US 174 06/05/1982 (6 weeks)
Iron Fist
  UK 29 04/03/1982 (5 weeks)

Iron Fist ( German Eiserne Faust ) is the fifth studio album by the British heavy metal band Motörhead . It was released on April 17, 1982, earned Silver in the UK month of release for 60,000 units sold, and was the band's first album to hit the US Billboard 200 . It is also the last album with guitarist Eddie Clarke .


After the chart success of the live album No Sleep 'til Hammersmith , the record label Bronze Records wanted to release the next studio album as soon as possible. However, the band struggled to write enough new songs. There were tensions between guitarist Eddie Clarke and singer and bassist Lemmy Kilmister and drummer Phil Taylor's drug use, which hampered the recording due to financial concerns . Vic Maile, with whom the band Ace of Spades had recorded, was initially hired as a producer . Phil Taylor didn't like the sound of the screen tests and refused to work with Maile. After negotiations with other producers failed because of their fee claims, Eddie Clarke took over production at the urging of Lemmy Kilmister. Taylor recorded the drum tracks and turned his back on the studio, singer Kilmister only came to the recording studio to record the vocal tracks. Both left the completion of the album to Clarke and the sound engineer Will Reid. In retrospect, Lemmy Kilmister described it as a mistake to have recorded the album without a professional producer, it was an expression of the band's complacency. At least three of the pieces on the album were unfinished.

The tour planned for the album began before the official release of Iron Fist , which is why Motörhead initially did not play any new pieces. At Taylor's insistence, titles from the album were added to the setlist , which did not go down well with viewers because they did not yet know most of the songs. A vertically adjustable stage was used for the first time during the tour. At the beginning of the shows it was up and down while the music started. At the same time, based on the album title, a giant fist was to be used with spotlights attached to the fingertips and which should slowly open while the stage was lowered. However, the technology didn't work and the fist was only used on the first show.

Track list

  1. Iron Fist - 2:55
  2. Heart of Stone - 3:04
  3. I'm the Doctor - 2:43
  4. Go to Hell - 3:10
  5. Loser - 3:57
  6. Sex & Outrage - 2:10
  7. America - 3:38
  8. Shut It Down - 2:41
  9. Speed ​​freak - 3:28
  10. (Don't Let 'Em) Grind You Down - 3:08
  11. (Don't Need) Religion - 2:43
  12. Bang to Rights - 2:43


Jason Birchmeier from Allmusic criticizes the weaker production compared to its predecessors. The guitar is mixed too much in the foreground and sounds too polished. He still thinks Iron Fist is a first-class album and the band's last really good one. For the music magazine Rock Hard , the album sounds "a bit sloppy compared to its predecessors", something that later classics of the band such as the title song could not hide. Jörg Brenzel from the online magazine Sleaze-Metal notes that many fans of the band consider the album to be a "weak record". The critic himself sees it overall as a good album that contains some less good titles with Heart of Stone , America and Loser .

Individual evidence

  1. Charts DE Charts UK Charts US
  2. a b c d Jan Jaedike: Almost Eddie Clarke: The best time of my life! (No longer available online.) Rock Hard , archived from the original on May 24, 2012 ; Retrieved September 16, 2012 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. ^ Lemmy Kilmister with Janiss Garza: White Line Fever - The Autobiography . IP Verlag Jeske / Mader, Berlin 2004, ISBN 3-931624-25-0 , p. 139 .
  4. Harry Shaw: Lemmy: In His Own Words . Omnibus Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-7119-9109-5 , pp. 39 .
  5. a b Lemmy Kilmister with Janiss Garza: White Line Fever , p. 140.
  6. Holger Stratmann (ed.): RockHard Encyclopedia . 700 of the most interesting rock bands from the last 30 years. Rock Hard Verlag, Dortmund 1998, ISBN 3-9805171-0-1 , p. 266 .
  7. ^ Jörg Brenzel: Motörhead - Iron Fist. (No longer available online.) In: May 19, 2007, formerly in the original ; Retrieved July 27, 2010 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  

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