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    Kid A

      Especially for a band like this, with fans who actually buy their physical albums. They will probably get higher and higher on the charts over the years, independently how strong the sales really are…

      the conscience

        @Kid A. Good poiint. I think you are right.

        Plus: MP is an ALBUM band in these short attention times.


          GREAT album! And so far – after multiple spins – no track I want to skip. Wohoo!

          My habit faithful, I refused to listen to the "single"/"teaser", or whatever it's called nowadays, to have the whole album with no familiar track overshadowing anything else when I received it.

          "The waning" has some interesting/surprising chord progressions during the verses that are cool, but as a whole, it might actually be the least exciting track on the album. Weird for an opener? Well, this has happened before on MP albums.

          I was a bit disappointed when I read here that it contains a cover, especially when it's of a song that I'm familiar with and fond of. But it turned out to be OK – it's so low in volume compared to the previous track that I hardly notice it :D

          The Black Sabbathism (which some of you have mentioned) I hear is mostly towards the end of "The united debased" (instrumental parts after first vocal line in the final uptempo section), which makes me think of something from "The eternal idol" – an album I didn't like upon its release in 1987, but love now – but I bet it wasn't intentional. Also: it's brilliant!

          "The transmutation of cosmoctopus lurker" is the highlight for me. Really one of my new favorite MP tracks. Fantastic! Top 50! Maybe even top 20! Complaint: too short! If this guitarism is compared to Dream Theater I have to stop hating that band. New exciting territory. I worship! And the effects on the vocals suits the song just perfect, adding some extra texture to the mood. Total geni! "Cormorant" rounding off the adventure in a nice way.

          I love it when albums start good and end fantastic! There are few examples, and I'll add "KoO" to this little list.

          Respect to audionauts, but sorry, complaints such as "compression" this, "mixing" that, "mastering" thus… I really can't relate when the album is this awesome :|

          Hey, I even like the folky songs!

          I repeat from my last post: I feel spoiled being a Motorpsycho fan.

          Punj Lizard

            I've been checking out how Kingdom of Oblivion is faring over on ProgArchives. This website has an obvious focus (it's in the name!) but includes many bands/artists that wouldn't necessarily be labelled 'prog'. In general, when any album is released it tends to gain a highish rating as fans of the band flock to give it four or five stars, but over time the rating drops, sometimes quite rapidly, depending on the number of people who acquire it and rate it. This is true for Motorpsycho as for any band. For example, 7 months ago, following the release of The All Is One, that album had an average rating of 4.13, which has now fallen to 4.05. Kingdom Of Oblivion has maintained a high rating so far, though I do expect it to continue dropping. Here are the average ratings (and the number of ratings) for the top-rated Motorpsycho albums, as of today:

            Title – Average rating (number of ratings posted)

            Kingdom of Oblivion – 4.23 (56)

            The Death Defying Unicorn – 4.18 (488)

            In the Fishtank – 4.11 (100)

            Trust Us – 4.09 (101)

            The All Is One – 4.05 (145)

            Phanerothyme – 4.05 (122)

            Behind the Sun – 4.00 (335)

            The Tower – 4.00 (239)

            NB: The number of ratings is a fair indication of how popular an album has become among prog fans – as we can see, The Tower was rated by 239 people, compared with In The Fishtank, which was rated by only 100 people. This suggests The Tower was a more popular album among prog fans, but that In The Fishtank was rated higher by the smaller number of people that heard it.

            Ultimately, of course this is all pretty insignificant, but I find it interesting to see how MP fare among the wider prog community even though they only make up a fraction of MPs fans.

            Here's a link to Motorpsycho's page on ProgArchives:

            Motorpsycho at ProgArchives


              Which only shows the "Progarchives" crowd took its time to recognize Motorpsycho's qualities (or is rather slow on the intake). Once you are convinced even the weaker albums are rated higher than the brilliant ones – or to put it another way: it takes a real monster of an album to convince you, the rest then is an easy ride for the Trondheimers ;-)

                There always has to be something to complain about. Too loud, too jammy, too prog, too pop, too short, too long, not enough saxofones and vinyl only…

                So true. I find this record brilliant in each of his aspects


                  More bird songs, please!



                    I can't explain why others hear and feel what. I can only say that there is not an appalling compression to my ears. Or more present than on recent albums. Yes it doesn't sound like Timothy's Monster or AADAP. But it's not like all the MP albums sound exactly one way and only KoO is the odd one out.

                    The cold digital versus warm analogue debate is way too metaphysical for me, and also somewhat of a boring trench warfare of beliefs. I have too many musician friends who don't stop feeding that myth. Probably because they're not really professionals (me too for that matter) and don't really spend too much time with lots of different equipment and fall for all the half-truths out there (which I don't I'm cheeky enough to say :mrgreen: or at least I rather verify them firsthand before passing on). As if we always could tell for dead sure in any "blind test" listening experiment. Btw I just heard that Nirvana's Bleach and Melvins' Houdini guitars were played on transistor amps and not on holy tube amps. Who'd have thunk? So "tube amps are the best, period" is another one of those stubborn myths (but ssssshhhh don't tell this to my beloved Burman-502, though, haha).

                    I'm aware of analogue recording and tape saturation but digital technology has come a long way. And I'm not talking about guitar amp/speaker sims. I have that and yep, it doesn't sound at all as pleasant like a properly recorded guitar. But I find it quite useable if I want a far out guitar sound on purpose. But that's another matter, and I don't think that's what we hear on KoO.

                    If you say put the mic 30 feet away from the speaker is the way to go, I wonder on which MP album they did just that. Well maybe on the alternative version of The Golden Core, which does sounds amazing! But I go out on a limb here and state they put their mics right in front of the speaker like anybody else.


                      After Mockingbird, The Cuckoo, The Magpie and now Cormorant, I just think they should do more bird songs. I believe Albatross is taken, but they could still have the Sangihe Shrike-thrush, Stresemann's Bristlefront or the Noisy Scrub-bird.

                      I won't suggest the Bearded Tit in case it's taken the wrong way…


                        @suntripper; :lol: hihihi. and for a coversong: Una Paloma Blanca


                          So, after a while I need to change my verdict on the album quite a bit – and for the better!! I did'nt really listen to it too often, but when i did i really enjoyed it as a whole. I would even regard it as a successful fan-pleaser as you can find traces from pretty much all the different stages of the band. I was underwhelmed by the sabbathy riffs and the folk songs, but it all falls nicely into place.

                          One thought on Snah's solos: I think the reason why they appear a bit generic recently is that the solos lie on top of mostly pentatonic or one-chord riffs…so, there isn't much to venture out from. God needs some harmonics and chord progressions to play with and lift off from :STG:

                          One question: Does anybody know why there is absolutely no activity on the



                            Considering that the band didn't even have a website until 25 years into their career, i would assume that it could be beacause they simply don't find it important enough to care that much about


                              @ supernaut: The least thing I want is to open a merely technical/theoretical debate. I'm sorry if you got that impression. I merely try to explain why some albums – the latest MP opus among them – sound rather unsatisfying to me compared to other albums. In the end I can only repeat what I have read, learned and (partly) experienced myself, without any absolutist stance.

                              As a matter of fact I rate the sound feeling highly, thus sometimes excellent composition and playing craft is overshadowed for me by unsatisfying sound. I like a warm, organic sound (for instance on HBM) much better than a more cold, to me rather sterile sound, a feeling I have when I listen to KoO. This is at first hand a purely personal feeling that I try to understand in a way by considering recording and mixing techniques. In the end what counts is the direct experience, and I can only relate to that. As a matter of fact I have often experienced the sound of more technical oriented bands (virtuoso playing over overall expression) to be rather thin or sterile. Whether there is really a relation between these phenomena is open to debate.


                                Interesting that you would choose HBM as your pick for the organic sound, as it's on of their worst sounding albums in my ears (particularly Big Black Dog).


                                  Obviously we have quite different ideas of sound. I like the warm instrumental sound in the mix on HBM, especially Side 1. Big Black Dog propably suffered in the mix from volume/intensity overkill…

                                  Clarity for my is not a value in itself – it can sometimes also lead to sterility, while the most murky sound mix can nonetheless sound warm and comforting.

                                  The philosophy of sound can certainly lead to endless debates, some of them quite futile.

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