MÖTLEY CRÜE – Shout At The Devil

MÖTLEY CRÜE - Shout At The Devil


Hip-O Records
Release date: October 13, 1983

Total run time: 34:57

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Originally released in 1983, Shout At The Devil is the seminal Rock album of the 1980s. With their sophomore effort, Mötley Crüe continued to define both their musical and stage styles. As they honed their skills in the recording booth, countless other bands found ways to copy bassist Nikki Sixx, guitarist Mick Mars, drummer Tommy Lee, and vocalist Vince Neil.

The narration “In The Beginning” sets the tone for the entire album. Immediately, listeners realize they are about to embark on a sonic experience of Metal proportions. With the album’s title track, Mötley Crüe created a stadium anthem guaranteed to get fans on their feet, fists in the air. “Shout At The Devil” as a track is simple enough: it relies on heavy guitar riffs, steady bass, and chanting. The opening arrangement is both pleasing and painful to the ears. The chord changes and clashing notes transport the listener to an underworld where good and evil collide; where fantasy and reality are one in the same.

With “Looks That Kill,” Mötley Crüe helped make Metal commercial. Through the new invention of MTV that had emerged during this era, the band used the strength of this track to produce a major budget music video. The “Looks That Kill” video helped Mötley Crüe create a synergy of music, mayhem, and moxie. The heavy intro keeps the Metal train rolling, and the hook keeps the song running through your head all day long. It’s also through “Looks That Kill” where lyrical master Nikki Sixx really lets his talents shine. A true testament of any good songwriter is the ability to transport a listener to another place and time, and Sixx accomplishes this goal with this track.

The heaviest song on the record is “Bastard;” not a single, but destined to become a concert staple. The pace of the track is frenetic and the lyrics alarming. As with all things Mötley, shock value is of the utmost importance and the boys achieve their goal with this head-banging classic.

The Beatles cover “Helter Skelter” seems somewhat misplaced among the Metal majesty that is Mötley, but somehow, the quartet makes it work. Perhaps it’s the enterprising guitar solos by Mick Mars or the thunderous rhythm of Tommy Lee. Whatever the reason, Mötley tackles this British Invasion track, transforming it into a Sunset Strip sleaze staple for cover bands in bars all across the world.

Even though “Too Young To Fall In Love” peaked at number 90 on the Billboard chart, today the track is synonymous with all things Crüe. Always the wordsmith, Nikki Sixx is able to sum up every bad relationship with two simple sentences:

You say our love / Is like dynamite.
Open your eyes / ‘Cause it’s like fire and ice.

With blazing guitars, screeching vocals and lyrics that succinct, it’s hard to argue the importance of “Too Young To Fall In Love” in Metal history.

The tracks “Red Hot,” “Knock ‘Em Dead Kid,” “Ten Seconds To Love,” and “Danger” all play their role in rounding out this classic Metal masterpiece. Always eager to spawn controversy in favor of gaining street credibility, the boys in Mötley Crüe dedicated “Knock ‘Em Dead Kid” to the LAPD. Ready for a “star spangled fight and back in black,” the Crüe threatens other bands that come too close to their Metal empire, built and glorified on the strength of Shout At The Devil.

The special 2003 remaster of Shout At The Devil contains extra goodies like demo versions of the title track, “Looks That Kill,” “Hotter Than Hell,” and “Too Young To Fall In Love.” The 2003 re-release also includes the previously unreleased track “I Will Survive.” The enhanced CD also includes the video “Looks That Kill.” Original artwork, complete liner notes, and updated band interviews are also included in the remastered package.



  • Allyson B. Crawford

    Allyson was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio, based out of Kettering, Ohio, USA. She works as a journalist at a local television station, and has a Graduate Degree in Rhetoric and an Undergraduate Degree in English with an emphasis on British Literature. She also owns and operates BringBackGlam.com, a website dedicated to the Glam Metal movement. Her first Glam tape was Poison’s Open Up and Say … Ahh! She got the cassette for Christmas when she was in fourth grade. Her passion lies somewhere between the bars and notes that created the soundtrack to the never ending Rock 'n' Roll party that was the '80s. She considers Aerosmith's Rocks and Mötley Crüe's Shout At The Devil her all-time favorite albums.

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