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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 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
4.05 | 59 ratings
Timothy's Monster
1994
3.33 | 9 ratings
The Tussler: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
1994
3.36 | 27 ratings
Blissard
1996
3.69 | 37 ratings
Angels And Daemons At Play
1997
4.06 | 61 ratings
Trust Us
1998
3.92 | 45 ratings
Let Them Eat Cake
2000
4.15 | 69 ratings
Phanerothyme
2001
3.90 | 30 ratings
It's A Love Cult
2002
4.25 | 52 ratings
Motorpsycho + Jaga Jazzist Horns: In The Fishtank 10
2003
4.00 | 10 ratings
Motorpsycho Presents The International Tussler Society
2004
3.89 | 47 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 | 180 ratings
Heavy Metal Fruit
2010
4.19 | 356 ratings
Motorpsycho And Ståle Storløkken: The Death Defying Unicorn
2012
3.87 | 151 ratings
Still Life With Eggplant
2013
4.05 | 200 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

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
1996
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
4.50 | 2 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Motorpnakotic Manuscripts
2014

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 Little Lucid Moments by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.86 | 69 ratings

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Little Lucid Moments
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Another year, another Motorpsycho album. Not a double CD this time. But with average song lengths of 14 minutes. Talk about giantomania.

Kidding aside, this is Motorpsycho not in their classic rock/heavy prog (or the occasionally jazzy, country or pop/rock) mode, but in a stoner alternative rock mode, with soft vocals, walls of fuzzy sound and lengthy instrumental building-up passages. Not my cup of tea, but got to give credit to the guys, for this is not your typically melancholic or menacing drone, but often quite energetic and busy playing. On Little Lucid Moments, they manage to balance melody and dissonance, energy and melancholy, not to mention a command of English wordplay impressive for non-English speakers.

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 It's A Love Cult by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.90 | 30 ratings

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It's A Love Cult
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars After Motorpsycho were heavy, and before they were heavy again, they were plain old rock'n'roll-y. On It's a Love Cult, they continue the lusher avenues explored on 2001's roots rock- jazzy-country Phanerothyme, but a little more aggressive this time around. This features such songs as the psychedelic power pop of Uberwagner or a Billion Bubbles in My Mind, the rollicking Neverland and Composite Head, the pastoral Circles and The Mirror and the Lie, the complex pop rock of Serpentine, country-flavored What If, the quiet jazziness of This Otherness, the hard rocker Custer's Last Stand. For a band that started out grungy and often (mis)labeled as stoner rock, Love Cult features rich arrangements and strong instrumental performances. A bar where they'd play this kind of music would instantly be my favorite.

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 Child Of The Future by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.44 | 33 ratings

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Child Of The Future
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Hate to be not the one to add anything new, but I completely agree with the other review of Motorpsycho's Child of the Future posted here. This is a collection of wild, raw (it deliberately sounds as a live album on an old magnetic tape), improv-heavy rock'n'roll tunes. Led Zeppelin on acid AND steroids. Motorpsycho is by no means restricted to this kind of sound (they've done jazz, country and everything in between), but it is perhaps what is most often recalled of this band, and it does comprise a heavy chunk of their repertoire. Best tracks here are probably the opener, Ozzylot, for it's by far the catchiest and a relatively cleaner tune, and Whole Lotta Diana for its wild instrumental pyrotechnics.

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 Phanerothyme by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.15 | 69 ratings

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Phanerothyme
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars After hearing an awful lot how versatile Motorpsycho are and listening to, admittedly, a few of their latter-day albums and finding them at a heavy prog/classic rock mood, I decided to take a shot in the dark and just pick at random an album of their back repertoire. Boy I am glad I did.

What we find on Phanerothyme (whatever that is, well, I know now what that is, but when you read for the first, you like go, what the hell) is a collection of mostly compact, retro introspective pop rock/psychedelic/bluesy-folksy Americana tunes (and just one harder-rocking tune), often orchestrated with lush instrumentation - violins, retro keys, oboes, flutes and so on, even a banjo. These songs may not be progressive, but the band definitely is.

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 Behind The Sun by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.05 | 200 ratings

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Behind The Sun
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Apparently Motorpsycho has been releasing album for more than 2 decades now, frequently on a yearly basis. I've also seen statistics that Norwegians (along with Germans and the Dutch) work the least amount of time of all (if you must know, 1400 average annual hours actually worked per worker). Well, socialism - but not communism - is good for prog.

Motorppsycho is best known for late 60s - early 70s heavy, bluesy psychedelic rock revival, in a power trio format, sometimes joined in by a supporting synth, with emphasis on jamming, and a soft type of vocal. But on this album they also display an ear for haunting acoustics, with four out of nine songs in that vein, at least partially.

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 Still Life With Eggplant by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.87 | 151 ratings

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Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars I haven't heard much of Motorpsycho's work (as of yet), but from what I've read they are a versatile band, trying to do a different kind of album every time. However, from what I did listen to (their later work), it all falls under the heavy acid and garage rock moniker, influenced by the likes of Cream, Jimi Hendrix and heavy space rock. Its not all pounding, of course, for the band has a poppier and an acoustic side as well.

I've read that Eggplant was made of leftover material from other albums, and it kinda shows, with songs often ending abruptly, filled with directionless jamming and absent strong melodic hooks. The best of this 5 song bunch is probably Hell (parts 1-3; there are other parts on Behind the Sun, but they are not really related), with its monstrous riff and a cool minimalistic outro, and August, which has a couple of poppy verses before launching into a frenetic jam.

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 Behind The Sun by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.05 | 200 ratings

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Behind The Sun
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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5 stars "Behind The Sun" finished 6th overall in the voting for the "Best of 2014" list here at Prog Archives, and deservedly so. I must admit I was surprised at how accessible this album is with plenty of catchy and melodic tracks. As usual of late this band combines that heavy sound with psychedelia with excellent results. Reine Fiske(LANDBERK, PAATOS etc.) is back playing guitar and mellotron.

Up first is "Cloudwalker(A Darker Blue)" which is a top three track for me. It almost sounds like PORCUPINE TREE to start as in the opening of "Blackest Eyes" before it kicks in before a minute with vocals to follow. This is such an uplifting, sunny track(not behind the sun here). I love the line "I like the gospel better than the church". A nice mellow section arrives after 3 1/2 minutes with mellotron before the main theme returns a minute later. "Cloud...walk...er". Nice. "Ghost" features mellotron and picked guitar as the drums and a fuller sound follow. This is laid back as reserved vocals join in before 2 minutes. A trippy tune that is quite touching actually. "On A Plate" kicks ass and if it was on my plate it wouldn't be for long(haha). Some fuzz to that guitar which means it must be Reine. The vocals are really good here as well. "The Promise" is a catchy and uptempo track with vocals and it's quite heavy too. I adore this one 'cause it moves me. A ripping guitar solo after 2 1/2 minutes.

"Kvaestor(Including Where Greyhounds Dare)" has such an interesting rhythm to it throughout, I really like what they've done here. The drums are killer as well. I like when the guitar kicks in. This is like a runaway train. "Hell, Part 4-6 : Traitor/The Tapestry/Swiss Cheese Mountain" is the longest song at 12 1/2 minutes. Mellotron leads early before acoustic guitar and bass take over before a minute, reserved vocals follow. So good. Love the bass here. Some nice soaring guitar 3 1/2 minutes in, then a calm follows a minute later with mellotron and acoustic guitar followed by vocals. It kicks into gear after 8 minutes as they jam to the end. "Entropy" is led by bass, strummed guitar and laid back vocals to start in this dreamy psychedelic tune. It does kick into a heavier sound just before 4 minutes as the vocals stop and the guitar leads the way, then back to the previous sound. "The Magic & The Wonder(A Love Theme)" is such a great track with that heavy and melodic sound with vocals. The guitar lights it up 2 minutes in. "Hell, Part 7 : Victim Of Rock" is a heavy bluesy tune with upfront guitar and vocals after a minute. This is a beat-down folks. It's not as full after 3 1/2 minutes but it's still uptempo but the heaviness returns quickly. This is a stampede.

I love this album and as usual Reine Fiske kills with his performance. MOTORPSYCHO is another band from Norway that is quickly becoming one of my favourites.

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 Demon Box by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.74 | 37 ratings

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Demon Box
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Demon Box" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Norwegian hard/psychadelic rock act Motorpsycho. The album was released through Voices of Wonder in February 1993. "Demon Box" was released in a single CD format and double vinyl format. The vinyl edition features three additional tracks not found on the CD version and a longer version of the track "Babylon". This was due to the time limit of the CD format.

While the music on the album is still heavily influenced by late eighties Soundgarden and at times pretty heavy (like in "Feedtime" or the harsh title track) quite a bit has happened since the debut album. More mellow psychadelic influences have crept into the sound (listen to tracks like "Tuesday Morning" "All Is Loneliness" for an example of that) as well as other musical styles like folk rock. Just for a brief moment during the opening track "Waiting For The One" I´m actually reminded of Fairport Convention. "Step Inside Again" represents the most experimental part of the band´s sound as does the 5 noisy minutes in the middle of the title track.

The musicianship is strong although lead vocalist Bent Saether sometimes sound slightly out of key during the more mellow tracks. His raw screaming vocals are really impressive though. It´s no wonder Motorpsycho are often compared to Soundgarden, with a vocalist like that in the band. Although his performance is a bit shaky at times, he should be complimented for how varied his vocal performance is on the album. It´s a great asset to the diversity factor of the album.

The band are generally very well playing and the sound production is powerful and organic sounding. A great change from the more rough sounding productions on the early releases by the band. Overall "Demon Box" is a good quality album and while there are a couple of more unremarkable tracks on the album, the most memorable tracks are really strong. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

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 8 Soothing Songs For Rut by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1992
3.18 | 9 ratings

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8 Soothing Songs For Rut
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "8 Soothing Songs for Rut" is a compilation album by Norwegian hard rock act Motorpsycho. The compilation was released through Voices of Wonder in 1992 and features two tracks from the "3 Songs for Rut (1992)" EP and six tracks from the "Soothe (1992)" EP.

While the two tracks from "3 Songs for Rut (1992)" are a bit more direct and also shorter than most of the six tracks from the "Soothe (1992)" EP, the music style is more or less the same on all tracks. It's hard rock music heavily influenced by late eighties Soundgarden. There is a slight psychadelic/semi-progressive twist featured on some tracks, which was something the band would further develop on later in their career, but here it's only influences and brief moments of more experimental character, which pop up now and again.

It's safe to say the music on the compilation is not the most original sounding material in the world, but it's of pretty good quality both in terms of musicianship, songwriting and sound production so upon conclusion it's a relatively enjoyable release. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

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 Soothe by MOTORPSYCHO album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1992
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Soothe
Motorpsycho Eclectic Prog

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Soothe" is an EP release by Norwegian hard rock act Motorpsycho. The EP was originally released in a very limited number of copies on 12" vinyl (it´s interesting to note that the A- side is 45-rpm. and the B-side 33-rpm). It was released through Voices of Wonder in 1992. There is a very rare edition available too, which was released in a steel box. All 70 copies of that special edition are signed by the band members. The six tracks on the 34:53 minutes long EP are also featured on the "8 Soothing Songs for Rut (1992)" compilation album, which was the first time they were released on CD.

The music is raw and distorted hard rock heavily influened by especially late eighties Soundgarden albeit with a personal twist. The tracks are generally pretty long and already this early on in the band´s career there are jamming parts mixed with more structured vers/chorus sections. The opening track "Lighthouse Girl" is probably the best example of that. The sound production is a bit rough around the edges and a more warm sound could probably have made the overall listening experience a bit more enjoyable.

Generally "Soothe" is a pretty good release by Motorpsycho though and not even their attempt to mutilate "California Dreamin'" by The Mamas & the Papas comes off too disrespectful. Just a bit amaturish. A 3 star (60%) rating is deserved.

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