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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
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MOTORPSYCHO albums / top albums

MOTORPSYCHO Lobotomizer album cover 3.62 | 4 ratings
Stoner Metal 1991
MOTORPSYCHO Demon Box album cover 3.71 | 3 ratings
Demon Box
Metal Related 1993
MOTORPSYCHO Timothy's Monster album cover 3.14 | 3 ratings
Timothy's Monster
Non-Metal 1994
MOTORPSYCHO Blissard album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Non-Metal 1996
MOTORPSYCHO Angels and Daemons at Play album cover 3.58 | 2 ratings
Angels and Daemons at Play
Non-Metal 1997
MOTORPSYCHO Trust Us album cover 4.31 | 4 ratings
Trust Us
Non-Metal 1998
MOTORPSYCHO Let Them Eat Cake album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Let Them Eat Cake
Non-Metal 2000
MOTORPSYCHO Phanerothyme album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Non-Metal 2001
MOTORPSYCHO Barracuda album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Non-Metal 2001
MOTORPSYCHO It's a Love Cult album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
It's a Love Cult
Non-Metal 2002
MOTORPSYCHO Black Hole / Blank Canvas album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Black Hole / Blank Canvas
Non-Metal 2006
MOTORPSYCHO Little Lucid Moments album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Little Lucid Moments
Non-Metal 2008
MOTORPSYCHO Child of the Future album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Child of the Future
Non-Metal 2009
MOTORPSYCHO Heavy Metal Fruit album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Heavy Metal Fruit
Non-Metal 2010
MOTORPSYCHO The Death Defying Unicorn album cover 4.74 | 7 ratings
The Death Defying Unicorn
Non-Metal 2012
MOTORPSYCHO Still Life With Eggplant album cover 3.71 | 4 ratings
Still Life With Eggplant
Non-Metal 2013
MOTORPSYCHO Behind The Sun album cover 3.55 | 6 ratings
Behind The Sun
Non-Metal 2014
MOTORPSYCHO Here Be Monsters album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
Here Be Monsters
Non-Metal 2016
MOTORPSYCHO The Tower album cover 3.17 | 3 ratings
The Tower
Non-Metal 2017
MOTORPSYCHO Begynnelser album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non-Metal 2017
MOTORPSYCHO The Crucible album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Crucible
Non-Metal 2019
MOTORPSYCHO The All is One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The All is One
Non-Metal 2020


MOTORPSYCHO Soothe album cover 3.08 | 2 ratings
Hard Rock 1992
MOTORPSYCHO 3 Songs for Rut album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
3 Songs for Rut
Non-Metal 1992
MOTORPSYCHO Into The Sun / Surprise album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Into The Sun / Surprise
Non-Metal 1993
MOTORPSYCHO Mountain EP album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Mountain EP
Alternative Metal 1993
MOTORPSYCHO Another Ugly EP album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Another Ugly EP
Non-Metal 1994
MOTORPSYCHO Wearing Yr Smell album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wearing Yr Smell
Non-Metal 1994
MOTORPSYCHO Mad Sun / Nobody Likes Me album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mad Sun / Nobody Likes Me
Non-Metal 1996
MOTORPSYCHO The Nerve Tattoo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Nerve Tattoo
Non-Metal 1996
MOTORPSYCHO Manmower album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non-Metal 1996
MOTORPSYCHO Mot Riving album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mot Riving
Non-Metal 1997
MOTORPSYCHO Baby Scooter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Baby Scooter
Non-Metal 1997
MOTORPSYCHO Have Spacesuit Will Travel album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Have Spacesuit Will Travel
Non-Metal 1997
MOTORPSYCHO Lovelight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non-Metal 1997
MOTORPSYCHO Starmelt album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non-Metal 1997
MOTORPSYCHO [Ozone] album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non-Metal 1998
MOTORPSYCHO Hey, Jane album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hey, Jane
Non-Metal 1998
MOTORPSYCHO Walkin' With J album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Walkin' With J
Non-Metal 1999
MOTORPSYCHO The Other Fool album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Other Fool
Non-Metal 2000
MOTORPSYCHO Serpentine album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non-Metal 2002
MOTORPSYCHO Go To California / Black To Comm / Broken Imaginary Time / Galaxy Gramophone album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Go To California / Black To Comm / Broken Imaginary Time / Galaxy Gramophone
Non-Metal 2002
MOTORPSYCHO Motorpsycho + Jaga Jazzist Horns: In the Fishtank 10 album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Motorpsycho + Jaga Jazzist Horns: In the Fishtank 10
Non-Metal 2003

MOTORPSYCHO live albums

MOTORPSYCHO Roadwork Vol.1: Heavy Metall Iz a Poze album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Roadwork Vol.1: Heavy Metall Iz a Poze
Non-Metal 1999
MOTORPSYCHO Roadwork Vol.2: The MotorSourceMassacre album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Roadwork Vol.2: The MotorSourceMassacre
Non-Metal 2000
MOTORPSYCHO Roadwork Vol.4: Intrepid Skronk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Roadwork Vol.4: Intrepid Skronk
Non-Metal 2011
MOTORPSYCHO Strings of Stroop: Live at Effenaar album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Strings of Stroop: Live at Effenaar
Non-Metal 2011
MOTORPSYCHO Motorpsycho And Ståle Storløkken: En Konsert For Folk Flest album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Motorpsycho And Ståle Storløkken: En Konsert For Folk Flest
Non-Metal 2015

MOTORPSYCHO demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

MOTORPSYCHO Maiden Voyage album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Maiden Voyage
Non-Metal 1990
MOTORPSYCHO Leave It Like That album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Leave It Like That
Non-Metal 1994
MOTORPSYCHO Go To California album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Go To California
Non-Metal 2001
MOTORPSYCHO The Slow Phaseout album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Slow Phaseout
Non-Metal 2001

MOTORPSYCHO re-issues & compilations

MOTORPSYCHO 8 Soothing Songs for Rut album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
8 Soothing Songs for Rut
Non-Metal 1992

MOTORPSYCHO singles (3)

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Sinful, Wind-Borne
Non-Metal 1997
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X-3 (Knuckleheads In Space)
Non-Metal 2010
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The Visitant
Non-Metal 2010

MOTORPSYCHO movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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This Is Motorpsycho
Non-Metal 1995
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Non-Metal 2008



Album · 1991 · Stoner Metal
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MOTORPSYCHO is one of Norway’s most prolific and diverse sounding bands having racked up much critical acclaim for their ambitious stream of never-ending albums that feature genre-blending stylistic approaches and are most recognized in the world of progressive rock. However in the beginning when the band was founded by vocalist / bassist Bent Saether, guitarist / vocalist Hans Magnus Ryan and original drummer Kjell Runar Jensaen, the band was firmly grounded in the alternative heavy metal and grunge that was taking over the world in the early 90s. After a couple of warm-up demos, MOTORPSYCHO made their debut in 1991 with LOBOTOMIZER which found the band at their rawest, least progressive and as the cover suggests rooted in a stoner-tinged psychedelia or more appropriately called stoner metal.

LOBOTOMIZER fits somewhere in the murky area between hard rock, grunge and alternative metal. Most resembling Soundgarden in their earliest years with heavily distorted down-tuned guitar riffing, chunky bass and that now famous grungy drum along stylistic percussive drive, MOTORPSYCHO also exhibit a heavy speedy drive that keeps the music churning along with only a couple tracks like “Wasted” and “Eternity” slowing things down a few notches. While the heavy rock still retains a rather bluesy compositional approach not dissimilar to Alice In Chains, Melvins or Monster Magnet, the band was already a little more sophisticated than the average grunge band even at the very beginning with more dynamic compositional approaches that were displaying progressive tendencies albeit unfulfilled.

While most of LOBOTIMIZER is on hard rock overdrive, “Eternity” stands out as one of their most psychedelic offerings with lush acoustic guitar strumming, electronic swirling effects reminding me a bit of Hawkwind and more tripped out electric guitar antics. “Hogwash,” one of their crowd favorites in live performances extends over eight minutes and provides a cool psychedelic jam that utilizes a heavily distorted guitar groove and Geir Nilsen’s guest appearance on Hammond organ bringing a veritable 60s vibe to the table. The best and most accomplished track is reserved as the the closer with the near twelve minute “TFC” which takes both aspects of heavy grungy rock and psychedelia and churns out a lengthy mind bending trip into the alternative promised land with all kinds of Krautrock-ish freakouts thus flaunting their freak flag creds.

While LOBOTOMIZER is heavily steeped in the early 90s regalia of grunge and alternative metal, it’s clear in retrospect albeit probably not at the time that MOTORPSYCHO was more sophisticated than the average grunge band on the block. Snuck into the mix was the use of violins and other sound affects to augment the trippiness effect and the interesting mixes themselves evoked an extreme sense of thoughtfulness absent from the major players of the day. While MOTORPSYCHO would score big in their native Norway all throughout their alternative 90s years, success would escape their clutches on a global scale. Although LOBOTOMIZER is often ranked as the band’s weakest effort, i find this to be a truly satisfying slice of early 90s alternative metal / grunge that offers a lot more sophistication than the average Nirvana album for sure. Will Saether’s vocal antics evoke the 90s, Ryan’s guitar feedback and fuzz just as easily bring the 60s to the forefront. Perhaps not their best but not one to be skipped either.


Album · 1998 · Non-Metal
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Motorpsycho is a Norwegian rock band that surfaced around the late eighties. The band named themselves after the 1965 Russ Meyer exploitation film of the same name. The movie follows a veterinarian named Alex Rocco whose wife is raped by a motorcycle gang, and his subsequent revenge plot. This namesake doesn't have the most interesting history, as the biggest reason Motorpsycho picked it was due to all of Meyers' other acclaimed movies having bands forming under their monikers, and "Motorpsycho" was the only one left not taken. However this origin does give a bit of basis into the band's early history. The band started as a stoner/alternative metal band, releasing their debut Lobotomizer in 1991. To call the album special was perhaps an overstatement; it was grungy and rough but also had glimpses of deeper complexity. Aside from the quality, what Lobotomizer marked most importantly was a signal for more to come. As the band progressed through the 90's they almost entirely lost their metal edge, opting for a more and more progressive, hard-rock, Led Zeppelin-esque output. This, in a way, is what made Motorpsycho's albums so unique in their own rights; every single one was like a different era in themselves, unheeded by any superficial tie-downs to any one genre. This is what truly made Motorpsycho an eclectic band.

Now we could take a look at really any one of the band's albums and have an enjoyable experience, but I decided to pick my personal favorite of the bunch. This album was none other than Trust Us, released in March of 1998.

Trust Us is perhaps the most complex of Motorpsycho's 90's material, which is saying something for a band such as this. Usually when it comes to albums released in '98 or '99, I make a point of how the band's sound was changing to fit a new decade, or that they began to synthesize new techniques of that time period. Motorpsycho is unique as Trust Us was not an absolute guarantee in a change of style. It sort of continues where Angels and Daemons At Play left off, albeit with less "indie" attached to it's name. Trust Us takes in a lot of influences, like Pink Floyd and the aforementioned Led Zeppelin. Hans Ryan and Bent Saether's overly-crunching riffs coincide staggeringly with the quieter background music and the overly-intricate drumming of Haakon Gebhardt, but with a few spins it becomes much more cognitively natural as your brain adapts to it. That brings up a bit of a nitpick some might have about Trust Us- pertaining to it's inaccessibility. Many of the tracks are 7+ minutes long and I can see how that could turn casual listeners or those with "musical A.D.D." off. I for one suffer from the latter, yet I'm easily enthralled by the sheer nail-biting talent showcased in some of these songs. '577' is undoubtedly my favorite, starting with the soft croon of Ryan and Saether's harmonizing vocals and leading directly into 4 minutes of unique and complex guitar solos, until finally re-arriving at the vocals. For me it's a true flagship of the bands talent with instrumentation (which undeniably is where they shine the most). However on the less heavy side, 'Ozone' is a bluesy kicker with a dash of White Stripes and a disarmingly fun beat. On the prog side 'The Ocean In Her Eye' fits the bill, an almost post-rock infusion undercutting an over nine minute long exercise of the band's creative muscle. Other tracks hold their own water very well but this praise isn't meant to be dealt by me, at least I don't believe so. Trust Us is a whopping 81 minutes and is nothing short of an experience that should be held at a personal angle rather than given away. I mean that in the most positive way that I can.

Motorpsycho is a unique band and revolutionary in their field. Although I wouldn't necessarily recommend that a first-timer start at Trust Us, I would conversely recommend that anyone looking for a powerful experience whilst stuck in a musical drought, then this album is definitely for you. Good luck.

MOTORPSYCHO Angels and Daemons at Play

Album · 1997 · Non-Metal
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"Angels and Daemons at Play" is the 5th full-length studio album by Norwegian hard rock/psychadelic rock act Motorpsycho. The album was released through Stickman Records (Europe) in January 1997 and through Sony Music (Norway) in February 1997. As it´s costum with most Motorpsycho releases the tracklists for the CD and vinyl versions of the album are different. In this case the vinyl version features 3 bonus tracks not included on the CD version and the track order is also slightly different on the two versions.

Stylistically "Angels and Daemons at Play" more or less continues the alternative/hard rock/psychadelic rock style of "Blissard (1996)", but maybe with a slightly more organic tone to the proceedings. If you are familiar with later releases by the band, the more organic sound isn´t a surprise though. The musicianship are on a high level although the vocals as usual are the weak link. They are rather thin and tend to sound strained. The vocal melodies aren´t always that great either and of course that doesn´t help a vocalist that already sounds a bit uncomfortable. It´s not all bad though and there are definitely moments on the album where the vocals suit the music fine.

It is however the instrumental part of the music that is the most interesting part of the album. The influences from 60s/70s hard/psychadelic rock work really well for Motorpsycho and it´s mostly when they turn alternative that my attention wanders. When they play longer jam packed instrumental sections, like they do on the hard edged "Heartattack Mac" and the more atmospheric "Un Chien d'espace", that´s when they really shine. Most tracks on the album (actually all tracks besides the two before mentioned tracks, which are both longer tracks) are not that long and therefore don´t have enough minutes to spend on extented instrumental sections, but they are still well written, well produced and well played compositions.

Soundwise and stylistically "Angels and Daemons at Play" is the natural successor to "Blissard (1996)" and while it isn´t a major step up from it´s predecessor, it´s certainly on par in quality and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.


Album · 1996 · Non-Metal
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"Blissard" is the 4th full-length studio album by Norwegian hard rock/psychadelic rock act Motorpsycho. The album was released through Stickman Records in February 1996. To bridge the gap between "Timothy's Monster (1994)" and "Blissard", the members of Motorpsycho enganged in the Motorpsycho & Friends project (sometimes refered to as The International Tussler Society) titled "The Tussler – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1994)". It´s a country rock styled soundtrack to a fictional Spaghetti Western originally released on CD in a very limited amount of copies.

With "Blissard" the band return to more familiar hard rock/psychadelic rock ground though. However it seems the "Tussler" experience has provided Motorpsycho with some fresh ideas and a new approach to writing music, because to my ears there is a big difference in compositional quality if you compare "Timothy's Monster (1994)" and "Blissard". Stylistically the music continues down the same alternative rock path with nods toward psychadelic rock (mostly in the middle section of "Sonic Teenage Guinevere") and hard rock as on "Timothy's Monster (1994)", but the tracks are generally more memorable and intriguing than the case was on the more mediocre predecessor. There is good dynamics on the album and there are both hard rocking tracks and more mellow songs on the tracklist. The music is guitar, bass, drums and vocal driven, but there are occasional use of various keyboards/organs on the album too. Bent Saether´s voice is a bit thin/fragile and he sounds strained at times, but somehow he pulls it off anyway. The vocals are a slight issue though and thankfully something that would get better with each subsequent release.

"Blissard" features the most well sounding production on any Motorpsycho release up until then. The fact that they´ve opted for a slightly more organic sound on this album is definitely one of the main reasons. It´s nice to hear that Motorpsycho already this early on in their career start to embrace a more warm and organic 70s influenced sound and slowly begin to move away from the more abrassive alternative rock sound of their formative years. That transition has been obvious in glimpses on the previous releases, but it´s here on "Blissard" that it´s become an integrated part of the sound.

So all in all "Blissard" is a step up from previous releases by the band, and it´s a pretty enjoyable listen in it´s own right too. It´s not a perfect album by any means and there are still some issues with for instance the quality of the vocal performance, but it´s still obvious that "Blissard" is a quality release featuring many intriguing ideas, tight playing, and a powerful and suiting sound production. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

MOTORPSYCHO Timothy's Monster

Album · 1994 · Non-Metal
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"Timothy's Monster" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Norwegian hard/psychadelic rock act Motorpsycho. The album was released through Stickman Records (Europe)/Harvest/EMI (Norway) in August 1994. "Timothy's Monster" is a double album release, featuring 15 tracks and a full playing time of 1 hour and 49:06 minutes.

So there is arguably a lot of quantity for the money. Stylistically Motorpsycho continue their musical journey from alternative rock/metal act to alternative/psychadelic rock act with occasional harder edged rock leanings. Most of the 11 tracks on disc 1 are alternative in nature and for the most part vers/chorus structured. They are not particularly memorable, but not bad either. It´s the longer tracks and especially the 16:57 minutes long "The Wheel" from disc 2, that are most interesting. That´s also the tracks where the group´s psychadelic side is heard the most.

"Timothy's Monster" features a decent sound production, but it could have prospered from a more warm and organic tone. So while "Timothy's Monster" is as such an alright listen, there are also things that frustrate me a bit about it. Motorpsycho simply don´t seem to know what they want on this album and as a consequence it´s stylistically inconsistent. That might suit some listeners, but for such a long album to run in so many different directions it ends up being a slightly confusing listen. The heavy fuzzy bass tone is another odd feature on the album. It´s as such great with a heavy distorted bass, but it´s sometimes placed in some sections where it doesn´t seem to belong. Bent Saether´s strained vocal delivery and unmemorable vocal lines don´t exactly make things better.

As mentioned there are some pretty great material on "Timothy's Monster" too though, and those tracks actually do make up for some of the odd choices the band have made on the album. I can mention "The Wheel" enough as the highlight of the album with it´s hypnotic, heavy, and repetitive beat and psychadelic vocals and effects, but "The Golden Core" and "Giftland" (which are the other two long tracks on the album) are also standout tracks to my ears. "Grindstone" is another track that´s a bit different from the rest of the material on the album as it´s a pretty noisy and almost metal type track. It´s not a particularly great track though and features some pretty annoying noisy closing couple of minutes.

While neither "Lobotomizer (1991)" nor "Demon Box (1993)" exactly made my blood boil, at least both of them had some really good tracks and some decent filler. On "Timothy's Monster" the great tracks are few and the amount of filler too high. I think I´m stretching with a 3 star (60%) rating.

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