Mötley Crüe – Shout at the Devil – 1983

Shout at the Devil

Shout at the Devil is the sophomore album from American rockers Mötley Crüe. It was the first album I got with the band on vinyl back in the day. I later got it on cassette as well I think and I sure do own the CD. I just loved this album and I still think it’s their finest work. There’s no other album in Mötley Crüe’s discography that sounds quite like this. The guitar riffs are repetitive on a whole other level and they’re just plain perfection. It’s a step forward from their previous effort Too Fast for Love for sure. It sounds more modern and it’s better produced. But it still has those simple melodies and nothing complicated about it. You can sing along to the songs on Shout at the Devil the second or third time you hear it. That’s a thin I appreciate with this kind of pop metal, glam metal och whatever you choose to label it as

On the remastered edition of Shout at the Devil, you get some bonuses in the form of Demos from both this album and their next – Theatre of Pain. The demo for Hotter than Hell would later become Louder than Hell on Theatre of Pain. I don’t care too much about these bonus tracks. They are not very good in my mind. But they are, of course, of interest to the die-hard Mötley Crüe fans. Of the regular songs, there are too many classics to mention with only a couple that do not qualify for the top-notch segment. Oh, and there is an unreleased song – I Will Survive. I get why they did not include it on any album… But overall a true gem and a classic album. Mötley Crüe was never this good again.

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Tommy Snöberg Söderberg

Autodidact film scholar and music-loving thinker who reads the occasional book.

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