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"Record of the week" and a new HMF review.

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  • Started 10 years ago by Rattlesnake
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  1. Rattlesnake
    Member

    Heavy Metal Fruit is the record of the week at Radio Revolt(Norwegian):

    http://radiorevolt.no/2010/01/anmeldelser/ukas-album-heavy-metal-fruit/

    Ringsaker Blad thinks Heavy Metal Fruit is Motorpyschos best album so far (6/6, Norwegian):

    http://www.hamar-dagblad.no/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/OL/20100118/KULTUR01/100119894/1117/ringsaker_forside&template=rbart

    Posted 10 years ago #
  2. Hovmod
    Member

    "Record of the week" is an understatement, if I ever heard one...

    Posted 10 years ago #
  3. kjellepelle
    Member

    Lydverket:
    http://www.nrk.no/lydverket/motorhvem/ you can find it on last nights lydverket radio aswell

    Posted 10 years ago #
  4. Hovmod
    Member

    Lydverket:
    http://www.nrk.no/lydverket/motorhvem/ you can find it on last nights lydverket radio aswell

    Quick and dirty translation:

    Motorwho?

    Even out of context, Heavy Metal Fruit is a first class experience.

    Motorpsycho is, like the Heavy Metal press kit says, an institution in Norwegian music. Twenty years, heaps of EPs, and (with this) fourteen or sixteen studio albums, depending on how you count, have left us a gigantic musical universe to explore. A universe which is even in constant evolution, and in addition is eclectic and diverse. All the band members, whoever they are at any point in time, leave distinct sonic tracks, and its getting hard to compare Motorpsycho with anything but earlier versions of Motopsycho. A great feat by the band, but quite frustrating for those outside of the fanbase, as thorough reviews of Motorpsycho tend to become full of references that only those who really don't need to read them understand.

    So let's posit that an album should be able to stand on its own feet and pretend this is the first Motorpsycho album ever. And ignore that these boys are horribly confident and musically mature for newcomers. *cough*

    The first time you put on Heavy Metal Fruit you might think your speakers are connected to the wrong channel, as the album starts with a long sequence of apparent silence. Things start to percolate in these channels after a bit, first unnoticeable, then louder until the opening track, Starhammer, explodes in an unusually hairy Deep Purple'ish riff with keyboardorgan and vocals so nasal that they rival Black Debbath's Lars Lønning. If the combination of the album title and this opening convinces you that Motorpsycho is a metal band, you'll soon have to think again, because Starhammer soon falls into a jazz drone that, if nothing else, shows that this band has great faith in the listener.

    After nine somewhat unnecessary minutes of this, however, it's non-stop fun all the way to the finish line. The six tracks on the album have enough melodic material for three times that, and demonstrate a wealth of inspiration never before seen in Norwegian music, perhaps ever. South state rock, gospel chior, heavy metal, psychedelia, a hint of Beach Boys; Motopsycho apparently have no understanding of genre, at least not genres understood as boundaries.

    Words like "Jazz drones" and "Psychedelia" however risk alienating many who could benefit from this album: Motorsycho are severe, but not nasty, and there's more than enough rock, roll and groove between all the spacey bits to satisfy the greenest of listeners. The riffs, the drums, everything is first class, but the most delicious of all is the fact that we now have a band in Norway who dare think as large and ambitious as this. How many bands, Norwegian or not, do you know who sounds like Allman Brothers one moment and that gospel-album from spiritualized the next, without sounding pretentious?

    Let's finish the exercise we started earlier with a simple fact - Motorpsycho quite simply kick all last year's other newcomers' asses.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  5. otherdemon
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