Hammered is the sixteenth studio album by British rock band Motörhead, released on 9 April 2002 via Steamhammer, their sixth with the label and beating the Bronze Records era total of original full-length album releases.
Hammered was released on Metal-Is, a rock label owned by the then-new Sanctuary Records. The album was recorded in the Hollywood Hills at Chuck Reid’s house with Thom Pannunzio producing. By this time, Motörhead had recorded several albums as a three-piece, with drummer Mikkey Dee, guitarist Phil Campbell, and original vocalist/bassist, Lemmy. In Joel McIver’s memoir Overkill: The Untold Story of Motörhead, Dee is quoted as saying the album – which is noted for its darker subject matter and reflective tone – was influenced by the 9/11 attacks:
“We Are Motörhead, the album before, was extremely hard and fast, it was an extremely aggressive album, and this one’s not so aggressive…Me and Phil, we flew into LA on September 10 and we wrote these songs over a month of fuckin’ fear over there, you know, it was a bad vibe. So maybe that had something to do with the mood of this album. I was thinking about it afterwards. This album’s actually really moody, you know? And the same goes for Lemmy, the way he wrote the melodies.”