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Motorpsycho Angels And Daemons At Play album cover
3.61 | 45 ratings | 3 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD version:
0. Ohm's Concerto for Alto and Soprano Saw (1:28)
1. Sideway Spiral (2:33)
2. Walking on the Water (4:19)
3. Heartattack Mac (7:41)
4. Pills, Powders + Passion Plays (3:24)
5. In the Family (5:24)
6. Un Chien d'Espace (13:40)
7. Sideway Spiral II (3:21)
8. Like Always (3:39)
9. Stalemate (4:55)
10. Starmelt / Lovelight (3:30)
11. Timothy's Monster (4:16)

Total Time: 58:10

LP version:
A1 Sideway Spiral (2:33)
A2 Walking on the Water (4:19)
A3 Heartattack Mac (7:41)
A4 Pills, Powders + Passion Plays (3:24)
B1 In the Family (5:24)
B2 Un Chien d'Espace (13:40)
C1 Back to Source (6:34)
C2 Have Spacesuit, Will Travel (13:51)
C3 Ohm's Concerto for Alto and Soprano Saw (1:38)
D1 Sideway Spiral II (3:21)
D2 Like Always (3:39)
D3 Stalemate (4:55)
D4 Starmelt / Lovelight (3:30)
D5 Timothy's Monster (4:16)

Total Time: 78:45


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Line-up / Musicians

- Bent Sæther / vocals, bass, guitars, piano, Mellotron, Rhodes, Moog Taurus, percussion
- Hans Magnus "Snah" Ryan / vocals, guitars, bass, piano, organ, vibraphone, Moog Taurus, percussion
- Håkon Gebhardt / drums, percussion, banjo, piano, vocals

- Ole Henrik "Ohm" Moe / alto + soprano saw, piano, violin
- Helge "Deathprod" Sten / oscillators, Echoplex, reverators, ring modulators

Releases information

CD Stickman Records PSYCHOBABBLE 007 (1997 Germany)
2CD Shock GB 008 (1997 Australia)
2LP Stickman Records PSYCHOBABBLE 007 (1997 Germany)
2LP Columbia col 487 301 1 (1997 Norway)
CD Columbia COL 487301 2 (1997 Norway)
CD Stickman Records PSYCHOBABBLE 007 (1997 Germany)
2LP Stickman Records PSYCHOBABBLE 007 (2011 Germany)

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MOTORPSYCHO Angels And Daemons At Play ratings distribution

(45 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(49%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
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Review by Bonnek
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3 stars The music on this album can't possibly be confused with Sun Ra's album of the same title. Motorpsycho would develop a flair for jazz in their next decade, but Angels and Daemons at Play is still a rock album. A very good, diverse and solid one again, but pure rock at heart, closer to the Stones, Zeppelin, Monster Magnet and Sonic Youth then to anything Prog..

The album displays the two strengths of Motorpsycho again. The first is their knack for good songwriting, the second is their open-mindedness and eclecticism which allowed them to move forward with every album and which makes all of their albums an adventurous listen.

The highlights on this one are heavy rock anthems such as Heartattack Mac and Timothy's Monster. As usual there's a longer track, this time the 14 minute dreamy psych-rock of Un Chien D'Espace, which vaguely reminds me of Zep's No Quarter. It's not bad but of course it's not a fair match against that monolith. Also the trace of math-rock in Sideway Spiral II is fun for a change. Other songs of note are the 60s inspired psych-pop of Sideway Spiral I and Pills, Powders and Passionplays. Unfortunately, the pop inflections and formulaic indie approach of some of the remaining tracks pleases me less and make the album unnecessarily long.

A near excellent album with a couple of tracks that suit me less. The following album would fully deliver on the promise.

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3 stars Angels and Daemons are from what some people call Motorpsycho's indie rock period (also including such albums as 1996's Blissard, 2008's Little Lucid Moments and 2006's Black Hole Black Canvas), perhaps because for their de-metallization of sound and affinity for bittersweet power pop, minimalis ... (read more)

Report this review (#1400769) | Posted by Progrussia | Sunday, April 19, 2015 | Review Permanlink

4 stars (Note: I'm reviewing the vinyl version which has 3 extra songs, compared to the standard CD version.) Yet another solid album from these non-compromising Norwegians. During one week they recorded 16 tracks of which 14 comprises this album (!!!) This album is probably one of the best exampl ... (read more)

Report this review (#278709) | Posted by tired_feet | Tuesday, April 20, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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