Uncut - p.1174 stars out of 5
-- "[I]t's no surprise that KISS OF DEATH finds Lemmy stripping Motorhead back to their remorseless best..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.963 stars out of 5
-- "Lemmy's enduring zeal pays dividends with an album that captures Motorhead's familiar, indomitable grit but plays light and shade with its mood."
Mot?rhead: Lemmy Kilmister (vocals, electric bass); Phil Campbell (guitars); Mikkey Dee (drums).
It's been said that the only things certain in life are death and taxes. One can safely add Motorhead to that adage. The famed trio led by the iconic Lemmy Kilmister released its 23rd album with 2006's KISS OF DEATH. Giving the people what they want straight and true, Motorhead unleash their patented blend of blazing speed-metal riffage and punk-rock attitude across the album's 12 songs. And while KISS OF DEATH occasionally strays from Motorhead's classic template (most effectively on the gritty, surprisingly heartfelt lament "God Was Never on Your Side"), Lemmy certainly wasn't sleeping in class the day they taught that loud and fast is the rule (see: "Sucker" and "Going Down"). In fact, for some time now Mr. Kilmister has been principal of the whole school.
(Note: The North American version of the album contains a bonus re-recording of "Ramones," Motorhead's tribute to their kindred spirits from New York City.)