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Norwegian outfit MOTORPSYCHO was formed in Trondheim in 1989, initially consisting of Bent Saether (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 Haakon 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 the EP Mountain.

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 by 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 t...
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MOTORPSYCHO shows & tickets


  • Down the Rabbit Hole 2015 on 26 Jun 2015
  • Motorpsycho at Schanzenpark, Hamburg on 27 Jun 2015
  • Slottsfjell 2015 on 16 Jul 2015
  • Burg Herzberg Festival on 30 Jul 2015
  • Stickstock on 1 Aug 2015
  • Ino-Rock Festival 2015 on 29 Aug 2015

MOTORPSYCHO discography


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

2.99 | 23 ratings
Lobotomizer
1991
3.74 | 37 ratings
Demon Box
1993
4.04 | 59 ratings
Timothy's Monster
1994
3.33 | 9 ratings
The Tussler: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
1994
3.33 | 30 ratings
Blissard
1996
3.60 | 38 ratings
Angels And Daemons At Play
1997
4.07 | 62 ratings
Trust Us
1998
3.93 | 47 ratings
Let Them Eat Cake
2000
4.15 | 69 ratings
Phanerothyme
2001
3.88 | 31 ratings
It's A Love Cult
2002
4.25 | 52 ratings
Motorpsycho + Jaga Jazzist Horns: In The Fishtank 10
2003
4.00 | 11 ratings
Motorpsycho Presents The International Tussler Society
2004
3.78 | 48 ratings
Black Hole / Blank Canvas
2006
3.86 | 69 ratings
Little Lucid Moments
2008
3.44 | 33 ratings
Child Of The Future
2009
3.76 | 184 ratings
Heavy Metal Fruit
2010
4.18 | 362 ratings
Motorpsycho And Ståle Storløkken: The Death Defying Unicorn
2012
3.87 | 151 ratings
Still Life With Eggplant
2013
4.04 | 213 ratings
Behind The Sun
2014

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

4.75 | 4 ratings
Roadwork Vol. 1: Heavy Metall Iz A Poze, Hardt Rock Iz A Laifschteil, Live In Europe 1998
1999
3.00 | 1 ratings
Roadwork Vol. 2: The MotorSourceMassacre, Motorpsycho, The Source & Deathprod, Live At Kongsberg Jazzfestival 1995
2000
4.11 | 10 ratings
Roadwork Vol. 4: Intrepid Skronk
2011
3.80 | 5 ratings
Strings Of Stroop: Live At Effenaar
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Motorpsycho And Ståle Storløkken: En Konsert For Folk Flest
2015

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

5.00 | 1 ratings
This Is Motorpsycho
1995
0.00 | 0 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

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 (split): Into The Sun / Surprise
1993
4.25 | 4 ratings
Mountain EP
1993
4.00 | 4 ratings
Another Ugly EP
1994
0.00 | 0 ratings
Leave It Like That
1994
4.00 | 1 ratings
Wearing Yr Smell
1994
4.25 | 4 ratings
The Nerve Tattoo
1995
4.00 | 2 ratings
Manmower
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Motorpsycho / Alice Cooper (split): 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
4.33 | 3 ratings
Starmelt EP
1997
5.00 | 1 ratings
Ozone
1998
3.50 | 2 ratings
Hey, Jane
1998
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Other Fool EP
2000
3.50 | 2 ratings
Walkin' With J EP
2000
3.23 | 4 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 (split): 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 (split): Stay Young / These Are Days
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Ninth Fragment - Toys
2014
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Motorpnakotic Manuscripts
2014

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 Angels And Daemons At Play by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.60 | 38 ratings

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Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by Progrussia

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, minimalistic ballads and subtle post-rock inflections. Spoiling the college dorm party here are 4 tracks that serve as kind of bridges to Motorpsycho's future and past, in the form of the Americana-flavoured Walking on Water, heavy space rock jam of Chien d' espace, and the barely listenable noise metal of Heartattack Mac and Timothy's Monster, the latter two seeming completely out of place on this album. Overall, while having some good moments (as Motorpsycho's 20-something albums invariably do), one of their weaker releases.

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 Blissard by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.33 | 30 ratings

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Review by Progrussia

3 stars Deeper into alternative rock psyche of Motorpsycho we go... (I started out with their later, retro-rock albums). Despite the early Motorpsycho's reputation for noisy drone and love of Sonic Youth, Soundgarden and Dinosaur Jr., this approach is not dominant and standing in the way of melody. This is actually one of their more accessible albums - just alternative guitar rock, but played with finesse and attention to instruments of a classic rock combo. The mood is more bittersweet and introspective rather than depressive. Proper songs (not counting the barely audible noise of track 10) are divided between energetic rockers, low-key acoustics, a typically alternative rock slow- moving college radio anthem, and a 9-minute song combining the three approaches - melodic rock, brief dissonance an meandering atmospherics.

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 Black Hole / Blank Canvas by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.78 | 48 ratings

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Review by Progrussia

3 stars And then there were two. And these two (plus some friendly help) turned out a 2CD set of high-energy, straight-forward classic rock (check the epic classicist riff of No Evil and the sinister Americana blues of Devil Dog) and college rock tunes - relatively simple, but melodic. This is not one of the heaviest Motorpsycho releases. The sound is more grungy and fuzzy rather than heavy. And it's all melodic and catchy, but lacks the sophistication of other Motorpsycho efforts. Two disks of this music is clearly overstretching it.I can understand why they thought the alternative rock phase of their career exhausted and turned on subsequent albums full-on retro.

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 Motorpsycho Presents The International Tussler Society by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.00 | 11 ratings

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Review by Progrussia

4 stars This is a straight-ahead country-rock album from Motorpsycho (otherwise known for its alternative, psychedelic, heavy prog, experimental and pop rock work). Although its probably not correct to call this a Motorpsycho album, because it features their members in addition to a diverse cast of players. On services such as Amazon you'll see it attributed to the International Tussler Society, not Motorpsycho.

Anyway, this is country-rock, with a strong emphasis on the rockin' part, in the 70s vein - the time when country was fun, and not just commercial. Its always cute to see non-Americans trying to nail the American country style, down to the twang and the honky-tonk. The albums blasts off with a trio of the most hillbilly car-stereo blasting set of songs, and continues much in the same way, with occasional twanging ballads thrown in. It gets kind of same-y towards the end, but its a catchy and fun piece of work.

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 Trust Us by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 1998
4.07 | 62 ratings

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Review by Progrussia

4 stars On this 2CD set it is curious to hear the alternative rock roots of Norway's Motorpsycho (in contrast to the more retro psychedelic heavy prog approach they would adopt for the last 15 years). Well one of the reasons it was called alternative is because its difficult to classify. The stylistic range is broad - the pounding grunge of Psychonaut, the classic rock of Ozone, the dirty funky rock of Superstooge, the Led Zep-inspired densely layered heavy blues of 577, alternative pop rock with a sad Middle Eastern touch of Hey Jane, the hazy, dreamy Ocean in Her Eye, brooding, gentle-to-intense Vortex Surfer. But the overall sound is familiar to the early 90s heavy alternative rock sound - thick, trippy and self-serious - even when they don't want to be.

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 Motorpsycho And Ståle Storløkken: The Death Defying Unicorn by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.18 | 362 ratings

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Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Everything about it reeks of ambition. The colorful, but non-sensical title. The overly verbose introduction. The double CD format (which could have been easily shaved into a single 70-minute killer CD, by the way). The inclusion of both a jazz AND a string orchestra.

Well, despite the promise of combining a heavy prog band with an ear for pop with a jazz orchestra, this isn't some sort of a fusion album. Its more of an experimental rock (in the Crimsonian way) /symphonic prog album with jazz horns that serve mainly to add atmosphere or dissonance or to substitute rock riffs. There aren't many "proper" rock songs here - especially the middle bunch are atmospheric mood-setters of a ship lost at sea and sailing into doom. I've heard this album described as inaccessible. It may be true, but not entirely. It can be playful and at the end, even tap-dancing.

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 Heavy Metal Fruit by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.76 | 184 ratings

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Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Heavy metal fruit? More like heavy psychedelic fruit. Not the heaviest Motorpsycho release (standing in between their heavy rock and alternative rock leanings), but surely one of the trippiest. The bulk of the fruit consists of mostly very long songs, with bluesy and rocking riffs quickly dissolving into extended long-building jams and walls of sound. But the good thing is that Motorpsycho don't settle for simple drones - annoying feedback noise (for noisy they may be) or linear build-ups, underneath there's a decent groove or a poppy melody. For the latter, check the sweeping symphonic alternative rock ending to the 20-minute closer. Though it may not be the most varied epic I've heard, but the title - Gulliver's Travels, pardon, I meant Gullible's Travails - alone deserves a 4-star rating.

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 Barracuda by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2001
3.23 | 4 ratings

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Barracuda
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars In 2001, Norway's never-stopping heavy and psychedelic prog stalwarts Motorpsycho released two albums - the quirky, but lush Americana pop of Phanerothyme, and this, the intentionally raw- sounding, retro-styled Barracuda. Titles and misnomers such as Heartbreaker and Up 'gainst the Wall led me to believe this is some late 50s tribute, but there are originals - horn-section fueled rock'n'rollers (the blistering, screaming Heartbreaker and the irresistible ZZ Top-like Star Star Star), heavy blues (Glow) and psychedelic pop rock (Dr. Hoffman's Bicycle) numbers. It is a sound of guys having too much beer to drink and rocking it out with abandon. Or maybe whisky, as evidenced by their Whisky and Rock'n'Roll number from 2014's similarly-styled (but slightly less frenetic) EP The Motorpnakotic Manuscripts.

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 The Motorpnakotic Manuscripts by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2014
3.00 | 1 ratings

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The Motorpnakotic Manuscripts
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by Progrussia

— First review of this album —
3 stars What, more Motorpsycho albums? Over the course of their 20-plus year career, over 30 releases. Sure, some of the were EPs, but them as long as other people's full-length efforts. I could understand if they were a large ensemble with a multitude of songwriters, but no, it seems that Bent Saether is responsible for the bulk of their creative output. Well, what have these Norwegian musical chameleons have cooked up for us this time? It appears to be another one in their line of for-fans releases exploring the late 60s sound of compressed-sounding, bass-heavy, bluesy rock'n'roll with a strong jam feel. Songs range between booming bluesy numbers and more poppy ones with a tint of psychedelia. Nothing too special or progressive, but would great in a live setting and fans should grab it anyway.

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 Let Them Eat Cake by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.93 | 47 ratings

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Let Them Eat Cake
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Let Them Eat Cake was Motorpsycho's first true foray into pop. For that shocking reason it is probably, to their fans, one of the more famous albums, along with the most ambitious heavy prog offering, Heavy Metal Fruit.

Cake is filled with breezy pop rock songs, fueled by strings, horns, organs, deep bass and a light guitar. Even though Motorpsycho is more known for their heavy stuff, a lot on here is in a mellow mood. For their hyperprolific 20-year output (an album a year, sometimes twice), it is a testament to Motorpsycho that almost all their songs are distinct from one another with very little filler per album. That said, I think that Cake is more famous what they were trying to do than what they actually did, because on later works their pop becomes even more refined. And who can forget the immortal "Lets get some weed and chill out to Pink Floyd" line? I'm only mentioning it passingly, because another reviewer already beat me to it.

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