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Motörhead cover Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil” — listen

on August 25, 2015, 10:50am

Photo​ ​by​ Nathan Dainty/VeryCreative

Hard rock icons Mötorhead will deliver their 22nd album, Bad Magic, this Friday, August 28th. Ahead of the release, they’ve shared a total of five new songs via The Guardian, including a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil”, which serves as the album’s closing track.

Update – Tuesday, December 29th at 9:15 a.m. CT: This was the final song recorded by Lemmy prior to his death on Monday, December 28th. R.I.P.

Much like when Lemmy and the boys covered “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, the trio doesn’t exactly turn the song on its head. Instead, they keep things incredibly reverential, maintaining the “woo woo” background vocals and the hip-twisting rhythm structure. Of course, they add their own heavy touch, upping everything to 11 to give it a more booming air. Pass Mick Jagger’s lyrics through Lemmy’s gravely, whiskey vodka-soaked vocal chords, and it all serves to amplify the menacing quality you’d expect in a Devil’s song.

Take a listen below.