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3.02 | 46 ratings | 4 reviews | 4% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1991

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Lobotomizer (1:02)
2. Grinder (3:40)
3. Hogwash (8:19)
4. Home of the Brave (6:42)
5. Frances (3:39)
6. Wasted (3:57)
7. Eternity (2:08)
8. TFC (11:52)

Total Time: 41:19

Line-up / Musicians

- Bent Sæther / lead vocals, bass (violin & percussion not confirmed)
- Hans Magnus "Snah" Ryan / guitar, vocals
- Kjell Runar "Killer" Jenssen / drums

- Geir Nilsen / Hammond organ (3)

Releases information

Artwork: Henning Larsen and Håvard Houen

LP Voices Of Wonder Records - VOW026 (1991, Norway)

CD Voices Of Wonder Records - VOW026C (1992, Norway)

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MOTORPSYCHO Lobotomizer ratings distribution

(46 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(4%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(24%)
Good, but non-essential (50%)
Collectors/fans only (17%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

Out of the fjords of the Great North (hailing from Trondheim) comes a gang of three Vikings and they made a remarked debut in metal circles, despite being atypical. A guitar-driven power trio where the leader is definitely the singing bassist Saether, who writes most of the tracks, but obviously Ryan's guitars are just as essential to the band's sound. Although the artwork induces a psychedelic illusion, the music is definitely leaning to more metallic fields, even if some tracks are obviously aiming at Hendrix - the 8-mins+ Hogwash is a killer track, even if a little too derivative, this despite semi-hardcore vocals and also the only song to feature added keyboards (Hammond organ for that matter) by an external help..

The band develops some ambiances, most notably during the intros of the songs before having Ryan's brutal guitars sweeping away whatever finesse they might have induced. This is especially true for Frances and its follow-up Wasted, where the guitar is backed-up by a huge binary rhythm. And to crown it all up, the almost-12minsTFC track that closes the albums, is a slow starter, but once the crushing guitar is rolling in, the track shows its hardcore metal heart, even if the first verse is sung in a slower break, but the heart of the song is steel-made. Definitely a good but not particularly proggy start to one of the longer lasting Scandinavian metal bands.

Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Lobotomizer is Motorpsycho's first album. The band played a dirty, raw and noisy kind of grunge in those days and would fit in perfectly between the Melvin's Houdini and Monster Magnet's first album. For PA, it's a most awkward title obviously, but on the other hand it's not more or less Prog then Monster Magnet's or Hawkwind's old albums.

The album boasts a dirty production that perfectly fits this kind of music: very alive, rocking and 'garage'. The opener is misleadingly gentle but it's not your typical soft intro. Motorpsycho has tried their hands at almost everything throughout their career and the dreamy opening track is certainly no surprise once you get to know them. The remainder of the album consists of rough grunge, not the slick Pearl Jam extraction but the grinding and filthy type. The band takes plenty of time for an occasional psychedelic jam and with Frances there's even a guitar-rock song, sounding like Sonic Youth in a particularly brash mood.

If I need something to kick off from melody-overkill, this dirty kind of grunge rock will perfectly suit that purpose for me. Lobotomizer is an excellent album but since Motorpsycho had much better in store, they won't get away with 4 stars this easily. 3.5 for sure!

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars "Lobotomizer" is the debut full-length studio album by Norwegian hard rock act Motorpsycho. The album was released through Voices of Wonder in 1991. Initially in a limited amount of 1000 copies on vinyl and then in 1992 the album was released on CD.

The music style on the album is rather eclectic and the band incorporate everything from hard rock, heavy/thrash metal, stoner/sludge and industrial metal to the mix. While I realise I mention a lot of metal sub genres here, I wouldnīt really call much of the music metal. Iīd call it metal tinged hard rock. Itīs artists like Soundgarden and when the band are most heavy, like they are on tracks like "Hogwash" (which on a sidenote also feature a longer psychadelic rock tinged guitar solo) and especially "Wasted", an act like The Melvins that Iīm reminded of. The industrial rock/metal influence is heard in the heavy, noisy and repetitive "Home of the Brave". I probably shouldnīt have mentioned thrash metal as an influence, as itīs such a small part of the bandīs sound, but try listening to the opening riff on "Grinder" and tell me thatīs not a thrashy riff right there.

For the time the sound production is pretty well sounding, but itīs a bit dated listening to the album with the ears of today. Had the album featured a more "timeless" sound production the music would probably have functioned even better than it already does.

...because overall "Lobotomizer" is quite a raw, well played and for the most part well written debut album by Motorpsycho. It should be mentioned that the band are a three-piece and that they employ "regular" rock instrumentation of bass, guitar, drums and vocals. Nothing too fancy, just pure raw rockīnīroll energy. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is warranted.

Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams
3 stars MOTORPSYCHO is one of Norway's most prolific and diverse sounding bands having racked up much critical acclaim for their ambitious stream of never-ending albums that feature genre-blending stylistic approaches and are most recognized in the world of progressive rock. However in the beginning when the band was founded by vocalist / bassist Bent Saether, guitarist / vocalist Hans Magnus Ryan and original drummer Kjell Runar Jensaen, the band was firmly grounded in the alternative heavy metal and grunge that was taking over the world in the early 90s. After a couple of warm-up demos, MOTORPSYCHO made their debut in 1991 with LOBOTOMIZER which found the band at their rawest, least progressive and as the cover suggests rooted in a stoner-tinged psychedelia or more appropriately called stoner metal.

LOBOTOMIZER fits somewhere in the murky area between hard rock, grunge and alternative metal. Most resembling Soundgarden in their earliest years with heavily distorted down-tuned guitar riffing, chunky bass and that now famous grungy drum along stylistic percussive drive, MOTORPSYCHO also exhibit a heavy speedy drive that keeps the music churning along with only a couple tracks like "Wasted" and "Eternity" slowing things down a few notches. While the heavy rock still retains a rather bluesy compositional approach not dissimilar to Alice In Chains, Melvins or Monster Magnet, the band was already a little more sophisticated than the average grunge band even at the very beginning with more dynamic compositional approaches that were displaying progressive tendencies albeit unfulfilled.

While most of LOBOTIMIZER is on hard rock overdrive, "Eternity" stands out as one of their most psychedelic offerings with lush acoustic guitar strumming, electronic swirling effects reminding me a bit of Hawkwind and more tripped out electric guitar antics. "Hogwash," one of their crowd favorites in live performances extends over eight minutes and provides a cool psychedelic jam that utilizes a heavily distorted guitar groove and Geir Nilsen's guest appearance on Hammond organ bringing a veritable 60s vibe to the table. The best and most accomplished track is reserved as the the closer with the near twelve minute "TFC" which takes both aspects of heavy grungy rock and psychedelia and churns out a lengthy mind bending trip into the alternative promised land with all kinds of Krautrock-ish freakouts thus flaunting their freak flag creds.

While LOBOTOMIZER is heavily steeped in the early 90s regalia of grunge and alternative metal, it's clear in retrospect albeit probably not at the time that MOTORPSYCHO was more sophisticated than the average grunge band on the block. Snuck into the mix was the use of violins and other sound affects to augment the trippiness effect and the interesting mixes themselves evoked an extreme sense of thoughtfulness absent from the major players of the day. While MOTORPSYCHO would score big in their native Norway all throughout their alternative 90s years, success would escape their clutches on a global scale. Although LOBOTOMIZER is often ranked as the band's weakest effort, i find this to be a truly satisfying slice of early 90s alternative metal / grunge that offers a lot more sophistication than the average Nirvana album for sure. Will Saether's vocal antics evoke the 90s, Ryan's guitar feedback and fuzz just as easily bring the 60s to the forefront. Perhaps not their best but not one to be skipped either.

3.5 but rounded down

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