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Norwegian outfit MOTORPSYCHO was formed in Trondheim in 1989, initially consisting of Bent SÆTHER (bass), Hans Magnus "Snah" RYAN (guitars) and Kjell Runar "Killer" JENSSEN (drums). The demo EP "Maiden Voyage" from 1990 was their first release, followed by the full length production "Lobotomizer" in 1991. On these first two ventures their stylistic expression were heavily influenced by punk and grunge, the latter a style of music highly popular at the time.

Shortly after the release of their first album drummer JENSSEN left the band, and was replaced by Håkon GEBHARDT (drums, vocals, banjo). This second edition of the band would prove to be pretty stable, as this threesome would make up the core unit of the band for the next 14 years.

The first efforts of the new line-up were the single "3 Songs for Rut", followed by the EP "Soothe". Both of these productions were issued in limited editions in 1992, and was assembled and released as the compilation album "8 Soothings Songs for Rut" later the same year. While still pursuing a tyle of music most closely related to alternative metal on these efforts, influences from progressive rock started manifesting themselves at this point, first and foremost in the close to 10 minutes long effort "Lighthouse Girl".

And influences from progressive rock, psychedelic music and indie rock would all become steadily more prevalent in the musical exploits of MOTORPSYCHO in the coming years, a steadily evolving process that can be traced in a flurry of releases throughout the 90's. Many feel they emerged as a purebred progressive outfit already in 1993, when they released the double album "Demon Box". A single CD version of this effort was released as well, and the tracks omitted from this version due due time constraints was soon after made available on "Mountain EP".

One reason for the evolvement in stylistic expressions on this particular album was the addition of Helge STEN (keyboards, theremin) to their ranks. He would remain a permanent member of MOTORPSYCHO until 1995, and something of a cross between an associated member and frquently used guest musician and contributor for the following years. STEN might be more well know to music fans by his creative moniker DEATHPROD, and he has a score of releases to his own name exploring dark ambient, droning sonic landscapes.

In 1994 MOTORPSYCHO was signed by major label EMI Records for their Norwegian releases, while the band set up their own la...
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MOTORPSYCHO discography


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MOTORPSYCHO top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.05 | 30 ratings
Lobotomizer
1991
3.75 | 46 ratings
Demon Box
1993
3.85 | 66 ratings
Timothy's Monster
1994
3.20 | 16 ratings
The Tussler - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
1994
3.13 | 36 ratings
Blissard
1996
3.49 | 46 ratings
Angels And Daemons At Play
1997
4.06 | 73 ratings
Trust Us
1998
3.89 | 55 ratings
Let Them Eat Cake
2000
4.18 | 85 ratings
Phanerothyme
2001
3.80 | 41 ratings
It's A Love Cult
2002
4.18 | 61 ratings
Motorpsycho + Jaga Jazzist Horns: In The Fishtank 10
2003
3.96 | 15 ratings
Motorpsycho Presents The International Tussler Society
2004
3.78 | 53 ratings
Black Hole / Blank Canvas
2006
3.87 | 84 ratings
Little Lucid Moments
2008
3.38 | 40 ratings
Child Of The Future
2009
3.76 | 187 ratings
Heavy Metal Fruit
2010
4.17 | 387 ratings
Motorpsycho and Ståle Storløkken: The Death Defying Unicorn
2012
3.95 | 147 ratings
Still Life With Eggplant
2013
3.99 | 263 ratings
Behind The Sun
2014
3.81 | 66 ratings
Here Be Monsters
2016

MOTORPSYCHO Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.71 | 7 ratings
Roadwork Vol. 1 - Heavy Metall Iz A Poze, Hardt Rock Iz A Laifschteil, Live In Europe 1998
1999
4.33 | 3 ratings
Roadwork Vol. 2 - The MotorSourceMassacre, Motorpsycho, The Source & Deathprod, Live At Kongsberg Jazzfestival 1995
2000
4.15 | 11 ratings
Roadwork Vol. 4 - Intrepid Skronk
2011
3.60 | 5 ratings
Strings Of Stroop - Live At Effenaar
2011
4.57 | 7 ratings
Motorpsycho and Ståle Storløkken: En Konsert For Folk Flest
2015

MOTORPSYCHO Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

5.00 | 2 ratings
This Is Motorpsycho
1995
5.00 | 1 ratings
Hair Cuts - Motorpsycho On Film
2008

MOTORPSYCHO Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.18 | 9 ratings
8 Soothing Songs For Rut
1992
0.00 | 0 ratings
Angels And Daemons At Play
1997
0.00 | 0 ratings
Timothy's Monster - Deluxe Edition
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Blissard - Deluxe Edition
2012
4.00 | 2 ratings
Demon Box - Deluxe Edition
2014
4.67 | 3 ratings
Supersonic Scientists - A Young Person's Guide To Motorpsycho
2015

MOTORPSYCHO Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.05 | 2 ratings
Maiden Voyage
1990
3.00 | 2 ratings
Soothe
1992
3.00 | 2 ratings
3 Songs For Rut
1992
0.00 | 0 ratings
Motorpsycho
1992
0.00 | 0 ratings
Motorpsycho / Hedge Hog: Into The Sun / Surprise
1993
4.20 | 5 ratings
Mountain EP
1993
4.00 | 5 ratings
Another Ugly EP
1994
0.00 | 0 ratings
Leave It Like That
1994
4.00 | 1 ratings
Wearing Yr Smell
1994
3.80 | 5 ratings
The Nerve Tattoo
1995
4.00 | 2 ratings
Manmower
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Motorpsycho / Alice Cooper: Mad Sun / Nobody Likes Me
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Motorpsycho & Tre Små Kinesere: Mot Riving
1997
0.00 | 0 ratings
Baby Scooter
1997
4.00 | 1 ratings
Have Spacesuit Will Travel
1997
0.00 | 0 ratings
Lovelight
1997
0.00 | 0 ratings
Sinful, Wind-Borne
1997
4.00 | 4 ratings
Starmelt EP
1997
4.50 | 2 ratings
Ozone
1998
3.67 | 3 ratings
Hey, Jane
1998
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Other Fool EP
2000
3.33 | 3 ratings
Walkin' With J EP
2000
3.20 | 6 ratings
Barracuda
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Slow Phaseout
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
Go To California
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
Motorpsycho / The Soundtrack Of Our Lives: Go To California / Black To Comm / Broken Imaginary Time / Galaxy Gramophone
2002
0.00 | 0 ratings
Serpentine
2002
3.50 | 6 ratings
Serpentine EP
2002
0.00 | 0 ratings
Motorpsycho Presents The International Tussler Society - Satan's Favourite Son
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Motorpsycho Presents The International Tussler Society - Laila Lou
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Hyena / Bonny Lee
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
X-3 (Knuckleheads In Space)
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Visitant
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Motorpsycho / Sugarfoot: Stay Young / These Are Days
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Ninth Fragment - Toys
2014
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Motorpnakotic Manuscripts
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Psychonaut / Toys
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
Spin, Spin, Spin
2016
5.00 | 1 ratings
Here Be Monsters Vol. 2
2016

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 Angels And Daemons At Play by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.49 | 46 ratings

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Angels And Daemons At Play
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Angels and Daemons at Play" is the 5th full-length studio album by Norwegian hard rock/psychadelic rock act Motorpsycho. The album was released through Stickman Records (Europe) in January 1997 and through Sony Music (Norway) in February 1997. As it´s costum with most Motorpsycho releases the tracklists for the CD and vinyl versions of the album are different. In this case the vinyl version features 3 bonus tracks not included on the CD version and the track order is also slightly different on the two versions.

Stylistically "Angels and Daemons at Play" more or less continues the alternative/hard rock/psychadelic rock style of "Blissard (1996)", but maybe with a slightly more organic tone to the proceedings. If you are familiar with later releases by the band, the more organic sound isn´t a surprise though. The musicianship are on a high level although the vocals as usual are the weak link. They are rather thin and tend to sound strained. The vocal melodies aren´t always that great either and of course that doesn´t help a vocalist that already sounds a bit uncomfortable. It´s not all bad though and there are definitely moments on the album where the vocals suit the music fine.

It is however the instrumental part of the music that is the most interesting part of the album. The influences from 60s/70s hard/psychadelic rock work really well for Motorpsycho and it´s mostly when they turn alternative that my attention wanders. When they play longer jam packed instrumental sections, like they do on the hard edged "Heartattack Mac" and the more atmospheric "Un Chien d'espace", that´s when they really shine. Most tracks on the album (actually all tracks besides the two before mentioned tracks, which are both longer tracks) are not that long and therefore don´t have enough minutes to spend on extented instrumental sections, but they are still well written, well produced and well played compositions.

Soundwise and stylistically "Angels and Daemons at Play" is the natural successor to "Blissard (1996)" and while it isn´t a major step up from it´s predecessor, it´s certainly on par in quality and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

 Phanerothyme by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.18 | 85 ratings

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Phanerothyme
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by javajeff

5 stars Motorpsycho has a huge catalog of albums with a bigger variety of styles and genres they seem to cover. I started with their newer albums, and have been working my way backwards enjoying the journey. What I can say about Phanerothyme is that it should not be missed. Amazing songs like For Free, Go to California, Painting the Night Unreal, The Slow Phaseout, and When You're Dead could make it Motorpsycho's best album for some people. Motorpsycho and Ståle Storløkken: The Death Defying Unicorn for me is their best album, but I think Phanerothyme is easily their best indie rock output to date. Phanerothyme is less proggy than the newer stuff, but it has excellent songwriting and performances. The musicianship is stellar, and it has a magic to it that is also present in The Death Defying Unicorn. There is a warmth and charm to their early stuff, and Phanerothyme has it in spades. If you like the band in the least bit, and can appreciate different genres of music, this is a must own album. I highly recommend it to rock lovers with an eclectic side that can appreciate top notch songwriting.
 Blissard by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.13 | 36 ratings

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Blissard
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Blissard" is the 4th full-length studio album by Norwegian hard rock/psychadelic rock act Motorpsycho. The album was released through Stickman Records in February 1996. To bridge the gap between "Timothy's Monster (1994)" and "Blissard", the members of Motorpsycho enganged in the Motorpsycho & Friends project (sometimes refered to as The International Tussler Society) titled "The Tussler ? Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1994)". It´s a country rock styled soundtrack to a fictional Spaghetti Western originally released on CD in a very limited amount of copies.

With "Blissard" the band return to more familiar hard rock/psychadelic rock ground though. However it seems the "Tussler" experience has provided Motorpsycho with some fresh ideas and a new approach to writing music, because to my ears there is a big difference in compositional quality if you compare "Timothy's Monster (1994)" and "Blissard". Stylistically the music continues down the same alternative rock path with nods toward psychadelic rock (mostly in the middle section of "Sonic Teenage Guinevere") and hard rock as on "Timothy's Monster (1994)", but the tracks are generally more memorable and intriguing than the case was on the more mediocre predecessor. There is good dynamics on the album and there are both hard rocking tracks and more mellow songs on the tracklist. The music is guitar, bass, drums and vocal driven, but there are occasional use of various keyboards/organs on the album too. Bent Saether´s voice is a bit thin/fragile and he sounds strained at times, but somehow he pulls it off anyway. The vocals are a slight issue though and thankfully something that would get better with each subsequent release.

"Blissard" features the most well sounding production on any Motorpsycho release up until then. The fact that they´ve opted for a slightly more organic sound on this album is definitely one of the main reasons. It´s nice to hear that Motorpsycho already this early on in their career start to embrace a more warm and organic 70s influenced sound and slowly begin to move away from the more abrassive alternative rock sound of their formative years. That transition has been obvious in glimpses on the previous releases, but it´s here on "Blissard" that it´s become an integrated part of the sound.

So all in all "Blissard" is a step up from previous releases by the band, and it´s a pretty enjoyable listen in it´s own right too. It´s not a perfect album by any means and there are still some issues with for instance the quality of the vocal performance, but it´s still obvious that "Blissard" is a quality release featuring many intriguing ideas, tight playing, and a powerful and suiting sound production. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

 Timothy's Monster by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.85 | 66 ratings

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Timothy's Monster
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Timothy's Monster" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Norwegian hard/psychadelic rock act Motorpsycho. The album was released through Stickman Records (Europe)/Harvest/EMI (Norway) in August 1994. "Timothy's Monster" is a double album release, featuring 15 tracks and a full playing time of 1 hour and 49:06 minutes.

So there is arguably a lot of quantity for the money. Stylistically Motorpsycho continue their musical journey from alternative rock/metal act to alternative/psychadelic rock act with occasional harder edged rock leanings. Most of the 11 tracks on disc 1 are alternative in nature and for the most part vers/chorus structured. They are not particularly memorable, but not bad either. It´s the longer tracks and especially the 16:57 minutes long "The Wheel" from disc 2, that are most interesting. That´s also the tracks where the group´s psychadelic side is heard the most.

"Timothy's Monster" features a decent sound production, but it could have prospered from a more warm and organic tone. So while "Timothy's Monster" is as such an alright listen, there are also things that frustrate me a bit about it. Motorpsycho simply don´t seem to know what they want on this album and as a consequence it´s stylistically inconsistent. That might suit some listeners, but for such a long album to run in so many different directions it ends up being a slightly confusing listen. The heavy fuzzy bass tone is another odd feature on the album. It´s as such great with a heavy distorted bass, but it´s sometimes placed in some sections where it doesn´t seem to belong. Bent Saether´s strained vocal delivery and unmemorable vocal lines don´t exactly make things better.

As mentioned there are some pretty great material on "Timothy's Monster" too though, and those tracks actually do make up for some of the odd choices the band have made on the album. I can mention "The Wheel" enough as the highlight of the album with it´s hypnotic, heavy, and repetitive beat and psychadelic vocals and effects, but "The Golden Core" and "Giftland" (which are the other two long tracks on the album) are also standout tracks to my ears. "Grindstone" is another track that´s a bit different from the rest of the material on the album as it´s a pretty noisy and almost metal type track. It´s not a particularly great track though and features some pretty annoying noisy closing couple of minutes.

While neither "Lobotomizer (1991)" nor "Demon Box (1993)" exactly made my blood boil, at least both of them had some really good tracks and some decent filler. On "Timothy's Monster" the great tracks are few and the amount of filler too high. I think I´m stretching with a 3 star (60%) rating.

 Behind The Sun by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.99 | 263 ratings

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Behind The Sun
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Motorpsycho are a diverse band who love to try out all sorts of different sounds, which has made for a long and prolific career but can also mean that each new album has to win its over on its own terms. I'd loved their avant- proggy Death-Defying Unicorn, but this time around on Behind the Sun they aren't really going there, instead turning out a style of neo-psychedelic rock which puts me in mind of the more lukewarm and tepid efforts of Mercury Rev - and leaves me just as cold as Mercury Rev's less spellbinding works do. It's fun, it's competent, but it doesn't really speak to me.
 Here Be Monsters by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.81 | 66 ratings

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Here Be Monsters
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars I guess only Buckethead beats Motorpsycho in output. Nominally there was an unusual for them two-year break between their last and the latest, but that time was filled with original material live albums and fan memorabilia. Over the years, Motorpsycho has done all the styles conceivable, from grunge to symphonic pop and country, but mostly has been stuck in retro heavy rock mode for the last decade or so. Well, Here Be Monsters is a laid-back, melancholic side of Motorpsycho, with ample vintage synth backing and just one rocker among the five proper tracks - I.M.S., a common kind of song for them, a psychedelic rocker with ringing lead guitar lines and a monster groove. Lacuna/Sunrise and instrumental Running with Scissors are soft-jazzy and folky (the first one reminded me of a similarly styled sad Beardfish numbers of the Comfort Zone album). Big Black Dog is another type of song that Motorpsycho does often, which starts softly and has a long droning break in the middle that serves its purpose to evoke long windy Norwegian winters, but the song to my ears lacks a decent hook or groove.
 Here Be Monsters by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.81 | 66 ratings

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Here Be Monsters
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by javajeff

4 stars Get this for Big Black Dog alone, as it is a spacey 17 minute trip that should be experienced. Motorpsycho has a formula down now, and that is not a bad thing. They are making excellent progressive rock albums with a 70s soul, and fans will be right at home with Here Be Monsters. This is also a great place to start for newcomers since the last three albums have a similar formula. In The Fishtank 10 and The Death Defying Unicorn could be their least formula offerings, and are also excellent choices. However, Here Be Monsters is so enjoyable as it offers excellent musicianship, in that laid back spacey rock wrapper. They are such a great group to chill to, it is a shame that more people do not know about them. It is hard to choose a favorite album with all the variety in their catalog. Here Be Monsters is an excellent addition to your Progressive Rock collection, and a continuation of a their established sound.
 Still Life With Eggplant by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.95 | 147 ratings

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Still Life With Eggplant
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

5 stars MOTORPSYCHO's last three studio albums have been nothing short of incredible in my opinion. I feel that this one and "Behind The Sun" are in the same style, more "Rock" albums but certainly more adventerous than your average Rock band. I just really dig everything about these two albums as they recall the music of my youth. "The Death Defying Unicorn" is a different beast, a much more adventerous and proggier recording and the one i'd rate as the best of the three. Reine Fiske from LANDBERK, PAATOS, DUNGEN etc. adds some innovative guitar on all but the opening track. Thankfully he was back for the 2015 release "Behind The Sun".

"Hell Part 1-3" is the almost 10 minute opener. A slow but heavy intro kicks into gear 2 minutes in and man this sounds good. Vocals before 3 minutes but they stop a minute later. The guitar is ripping it up 5 minutes in as the drums pound. Just an amazing section here. Vocals are back 6 1/2 minutes in but again they stop a minute later as it calms right down with drums and bass only. Nice. Guitar 8 minutes in as it stays laid back right to the end.

"August" is powerful and all instrumental to start and I must say I love this. I'm reminded of ZEPPELIN actually with the guitar and sound then it settles right down as the vocals join in. Contrasts continue. I miss August as we're getting a snow storm at the moment with high winds. This is such a feel good tune for me. Check out the guitar before 3 minutes, so good as it goes on and on for 1 1/2 minutes. "Barleycorn(Let It Come/ Let It Be)" opens with intricate guitar melodies as reserved vocals join in. It's fuller a minute in but still understated until it turns more powerful before 1 1/2 minutes. A calm follows with reserved vocals and intricate guitar like earlier as contrasts continue. I like how this builds then calms back down. Nice guitar before 4 1/2 minutes in this powerful section including some vocal melodies before it calms back down. It's building again until it kicks in before 6 1/2 minutes.

"Ratcatcher" is the over 17 minute epic. Atmosphere and interesting guitar expressions to start. It's building and the vocals join in before 3 minutes. It settles back a minute later as we get some inventive instrumental work. Love this stuff! It feels like they are jamming. It's becoming more intense after 7 minutes. Fiske is insane! Vocals return after 11 minutes then stop 1 1/2 minutes later as it settles down quite a bit until it's quiet 13 1/2 minutes in as they continue to jam but in a laid back manner to the end. "The Afterglow" reminds me of a late sixties Psyche-Folk song for the first 2 plus minutes with soft vocals before it turns fuller as the drums join in before 2 1/2 minutes and the vocals are stronger too. The vocals stop and we get this all instrumental section that is quite powerful with the guitar lighting it up over top. Vocals are back late.

A top three album for me for 2013 and one I highly recommend.

 The Tussler - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.20 | 16 ratings

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The Tussler - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Who knew? Apparently Motorpsycho is not only Norway's top grungy alternative rock and heavy psychedelic prog band, but its finest retro country export as well. Recorded in the midst of their early grunge phase (with additional musicians to the core of Saether/Ryan/Gephardt), it doesn't yet approach the country/pop/rock perfection of the much later International Tussler Society album, but its a start. For an album that was probably conceived in the kitchen room (where Soviet rock was proudly born as well!), its sounds full-bodied in its instrumentation, with pedal steel, guitars, banjo, piano and the occasional yee-haw! all coming out nicely, if not exactly loudly, in the mix.
 Motorpsycho + Jaga Jazzist Horns: In The Fishtank 10 by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.18 | 61 ratings

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Motorpsycho + Jaga Jazzist Horns: In The Fishtank 10
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Oh Internet where would I be without you. Where would I do research for the shamelessly downloaded music. Now I know that the In the Fishtank is a series of projects that have one band or pair record for only two days and what the end result might be - so professional and clean this sounds. Anyway, this is a collaboration between the heavy rockers of Motorpsycho and experimental jazz outfit Jaga Jazzist. Motorpsychoes are not strangers to pop or jazz, for that matter, but this leans heavily into fusion. The album actually starts with three relaxed compositions, almost (good) elevator music (number two is a jazzed-up version of Motorpsycho's old ballad Pill, Powders + Passion Plays). On the last two track is where this starts to be adventurous. Theme de Yoyo is an aggressive piece, with mean guitar and sax runs. Tristano is a 20-minute acid jazz improv with Latin flavors, gradually building in intensity and culminating in a complete frenzy in the end.
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