Motörhead have always worn their influences on their studded-leather sleeves, tackling classic songs by Sex Pistols, ZZ Top, Muddy Waters, Tammy Wynette and everyone who covered “Louie Louie,” to name a few, over the years. Their latest cover is a surprisingly faithful rendition of the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil,” which is streaming below.
The track will appear on their upcoming album Bad Magic, due out Friday. The band previously recorded a reverent yet more guitar-focused take on Mick Jagger & Company’s “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” but between the tribal drums, “woo woo” backing vocals and scratchy blues guitar solo, it’s about as deferential as the raspy rockers get. All that’s missing is a piano.
Bad Magic is the group’s 22nd album and first since 2013’s Aftershock. The album will feature a guest appearance by Queen guitarist Brian May on another song about Satan, “The Devil.” Although that song is not streaming online yet, The Guardian has posted four other Bad Magic tracks: “Electricity,” “Victory or Die,” “Evil Eye” and “Shoot Out All of Your Lights.” The trio also previously released the song “Thunder & Lightning.”
In addition to the album, Motörhead are currently on the road for a U.S. tour that runs through the end of September. On September 28th, the band will depart on its second annual floating festival Motörhead’s Motörboat. The concert will feature appearances by Slayer, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, Exodus, Corrosion of Conformity and many others. The band will finish out the year touring in Europe.