Tagged: Behind the Sun, Kingdom of Oblivion, reviews
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March 12, 2021 at 06:20 #11039
A separate thread for reviews of the album, as it seems a couple have already appeared.
[Beware, here be spoilers]March 12, 2021 at 07:08 #38571
Posted by FCO in the main Kingdom of Oblivion thread.
from EMP:Quote:Mit dem scheppernd und knarzend vorwÃ¤rts marschierenden, dabei erstaunlich melodischen â€žThe warning, Pt. 1 & 2â€ stellen die Herrschaften aus Trondheim mal wieder spielend unter Beweis, wer die KÃ¶nige des psychedelischen Noise-Hardrocks sind. Als ob wir das nicht alle lÃ¤ngst wÃ¼ssten. Um ihr Statement aber noch zu untermauern legen Motorpsycho mit dem majestÃ¤tischen Titeltrack nach, der dann Ã¼berraschend in das akustische, etwas an den Westcoast-Sound von Crosby, Stills & Nash erinnernde und mindestens ebenso geniale â€žLady May 1â€ Ã¼bergeht. Weitere Highlights eines atmosphÃ¤risch stimmigen, dabei immens abwechslungsreichen Longplayers mit viel SpÃ¤t-Sixties- beziehungswiese FrÃ¼h-Seventies-Feeling und doch von zeitlloser SchÃ¶nheit gesegnet, sind das ebenso deftig riff-beladene, wie nachdenkliche â€žThe united debasedâ€, das dÃ¼ster-verspielte â€žThe watcherâ€, das fast neunminÃ¼tige, proggig anmutende Epos â€žAt empireâ€™s endâ€ und das spacige Stoner-Monster â€žThe transmutation of Cosmoctopus Lurker â€ Ein weiteres Meisterwerk in der von solchen Ã¼berquellenden Diskografie der Norweger.
Google translate:Quote:With the clattering and creaking marching, surprisingly melodic â€œThe warning, Pt. 1 & 2 â€, the guys from Trondheim again playfully prove who the kings of psychedelic noise hard rock are. As if we didn't all already know. To underpin their statement, Motorpsycho followed up with the majestic title track, which then surprisingly merged into the acoustic, at least as ingenious â€œLady May 1â€, somewhat reminiscent of the West Coast sound of Crosby, Stills & Nash. Further highlights of an atmospherically coherent, immensely varied long player with a lot of late sixties or early seventies feeling and yet blessed with timeless beauty are the hearty, riff-laden and thoughtful â€œThe united debasedâ€, the gloomy, playful â€œ The watcher â€, the almost nine-minute, prog-seeming epicâ€œ At empire's end â€and the spacey stoner monsterâ€œ The transmutation of Cosmoctopus Lurker â€Another masterpiece in the overflowing discography of the Norwegians.March 12, 2021 at 07:13 #38572
From Reverendo LysQuote:The Waning ci introduce direttamente nella comfort-zone dei Motorpsycho, lasciandoci intendere che stavolta il viaggio sarÃ meno impervio, non privo di scossoni, ma in qualche modo confortevole. Riportandoci addirittura in posti giÃ visti, come la The Watcher che fu degli Hawkwind prima e dei MotÃ¶rhead subito appresso.
Kingdom of Oblivion insomma Ã¨ il ritorno ai Motorpsycho un poâ€™ pluviali e un poâ€™ plumbei di Timothyâ€™s Monster. Capaci di dolcezze assolute (vedi qui i sipari acustici di Atet, Cormorant e After the Fair) e di cavalcate grungedeliche come gli undici minuti di The Transumation of Cosmoctopus Lurker. Sembra di stare in equilibrio sul palco del Central Park in occasione del concerto di Simon & Garfunkel con la consapevolezza che presto da sotto le travi un qualche motore a reazione sputerÃ il suo carico di cherosene sottoforma di lingue di fuoco per spararci nello spazio, dove quelle lingue si trasformeranno nei tentacoli di The United Debased, Dreamkiller, Kingdom of Oblivion seducendoci come le braccia di KÄlÄ«, mutandosi in abbraccio quando serve, come succede su Lady May1 e The Hunt.
Dallâ€™alto del loro pianeta ellittico e verdeggiante, i Motorpsycho guardano il nostro pianeta friabile sbriciolarsi sotto i loro occhi. E ammiccano.
Translation by DeepL:Quote:The Waning introduces us directly in the comfort-zone of Motorpsycho, letting us understand that this time the journey will be less difficult, not without jolts, but somehow comfortable. Bringing us back even in places already seen, such as The Watcher which was the first Hawkwind and MotÃ¶rhead immediately following.
Kingdom of Oblivion, in short, is the return to Motorpsycho a bit 'rain and a bit' leaden Timothy's Monster. Capable of absolute sweetness (see here the acoustic curtains of Atet, Cormorant and After the Fair) and of grungedelic rides like the eleven minutes of The Transumation of Cosmoctopus Lurker. It seems to be balanced on the stage of Central Park during the concert of Simon & Garfunkel with the knowledge that soon from under the beams some jet engine will spit its load of kerosene in the form of tongues of fire to shoot us into space, where those tongues will turn into the tentacles of The United Debased, Dreamkiller, Kingdom of Oblivion seducing us like the arms of KÄlÄ«, changing into an embrace when needed, as happens on Lady May1 and The Hunt.
From the top of their elliptical and verdant planet, Motorpsycho watch our crumbling planet crumble before their eyes. And they wink.March 12, 2021 at 08:47 #38573BeParticipant
I read Timothy's Monster in the review and now I hope it will be the first MP I am able to listen to more than maybe twice in years. The Tower is ok for me, but the last two albums??? They don't trigger my love for MP at all.March 12, 2021 at 09:01 #38574
Strange how different it can be. I myself disvovered "The Crucible" to be my favourite album so far lately. ðŸ˜ŽMarch 12, 2021 at 09:27 #38575BeParticipant
When Lux Aeterna starts, I have to press skip! :mrgreen:March 12, 2021 at 09:31 #38576
Really? Well we seem to have a totally different impression. Lux Aeterna is my all time fav in between ðŸ¤£March 12, 2021 at 10:23 #38577TraktorBassParticipant
Reading the reviews makes me more excited for this release than I have been since 2010.
For any other band the proggy phase since Eggplant would be an entire career, and a good one at that. But I can't shake the feeling that something has been missing, feels like its time to move forward. Or back. To the future. Or something.
And I say that as a prog lover who always used to wish Motorpsycho would tackle longer, complex works with wild time signatures and that '70s Crimson/Yes vibe. Stick it even more to the man, so to say.
These days I find myself missing the accessibility, the melodies and maybe especially the raw emotion that used to permeate their music 'back in the days'.
Anyway, I'm rambling. Can't wait to hear what they have cooked up for us!March 12, 2021 at 13:22 #38578pfnueselParticipantQuote:I read Timothy's Monster in the review and now I hope it will be the first MP I am able to listen to more than maybe twice in years. The Tower is ok for me, but the last two albums??? They don't trigger my love for MP at all.
Well said. The Tower is okayish, even good at times. The other two, especially the last one don't do anything for me. However, I'm wondering if this is because I haven't seen these tracks performed live.March 12, 2021 at 22:45 #38579
I see valid points here, for sure some of the new stuff is obviously more introvert and personal than former recordings.
However, it's a life in transition we see developing.
Thing is: if you don't get the connection or know the background for the more personally pieces it make less sense than former, more direct tunes.
However, when the story is present, it's remarkable how they are able to expose complex feelings that are just impossible to formulate in words.March 13, 2021 at 07:18 #38580
So they're covering a Hawkwind song! I'm personally hoping it doesn't drift into the territory of the MotÃ¶rhead version, though the description of it being "gloomy" and "playful" suggests it could go either way.March 13, 2021 at 08:19 #38581
Thats really exciting!March 13, 2021 at 11:15 #38582suntripperParticipant
Absolutely with you. I love the classic prog, especially Yes, but I'm also partial to intelligent, well made hard rock, with that raw emotion.
While N.O.X. blew me away, it's sitting on the shelf because I don't want to overlisten to it. I'm hoping for more-meat-and-two-veg (with apologies to veggies!) like Child of the Future (perhaps the last time they delivered what we're talking about on record – and, by the way, where's that CD?!).March 13, 2021 at 11:32 #38583Johnny_HeartfieldParticipant
@ Punj Lizard: Depends on which "watcher" they base their version on. Lots of possibilities:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXqWnvlMd_I (classic HW version)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TKE0PUzro8&ab_channel=indigoinsf4 (Sam Gopal's "You're Alone Now")
(MotÃ¶rhead's latest "watcher" transmutation)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZExd4uYeCQ (blues version with "god")
Probably the best song for MP to pay tribute to Lemmy (after serenading his "MotÃ¶rhead Mama" ). Lyrics that perfectly express the spirit of the times:
We are looking in on you now
What do you think you can do now?
You're very small from way out here
The last thing you will feel is fear
Give you a chance to do the right thing
Give you a chance to do the bright thing
Now our sense is all disgusted
We have found you can't be trusted
Where I come from, no-one smiles
Every inch exists in miles
Still it's cool, relaxed and calm
Sitting here on the funny farm
World in prison screams in pain
There are no leaders you can blame
Human greed destroys your sphere
And there's no room for you out here
You're on your own now
You're on your own now
You're on your own now
You're on your own nowMarch 13, 2021 at 12:31 #38584
I was expecting you might have some interesting input on this subject Thanks for sharing those other 'versions', none of which I'd heard before. I can't say I find the earlier Sam Gopal or the later MotÃ¶rhead tracks you posted links to have enough in common with The Watcher (not least the title) to be fairly considered the same song, though the similarities in parts are clear – much like the similarity between Riding the Tiger and Tristano are clear, though the tracks themselves are hugely different.
As for the Clapton-invovled live version … please god, no thanks.
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