Known to produce no less than 126 decibels in its live shows England’s Motorhead is easily one of the world’s loudest rock & roll bands. The heavy-metal group’s raunchy leather biker image underlined its fascination with violence, as did such album titles as Overkill, Bomber, and Iron Fist. Motorhead’s hard-and-fast sound prefigured the thrash and speed-metal genres of the late ‘80s and ‘90s, and the group was cited as an influence by Guns n’ Roses (who had Motorhead open on their 1992 U.S. tour) and Metallica.

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