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Heavy Metal Fruit

RCD 2093CD RCD 2093CD

This is the third full-length release from Norway's Motorpsycho on the Rune Grammofon label. It's extraordinary when a band 20 years into their career are able to deliver a string of three great albums in under two years, like Motorpsycho have done with Little Lucid Moments (RCD 2073CD/RLP 3073LP), Child Of The Future (RLP 2088LP) and now Heavy Metal Fruit. This record is co-produced by Kåre Vestrheim, the prominent Norwegian producer known from his work with Marit Larsen, Hanne Hukkelberg, Shining and others, and rumor has it that he's had more influence on the finished result than other producers before him. It's a varied and dynamic album and it's fair to say that it encompasses all the well-known aspects that have made Motorpsycho an institution in Norwegian music. We get metal, classic rock, Moogs, mellotrons, prog, psychedelia and jazzy freakouts before it all ends with the 20-minute long, majestic "Gullible's Travails," an obvious candidate to become the finest piece of music they have ever committed to record. There are guest appearances from the above-mentioned singer Hanne Hukkelberg and ace ECM trumpeter Mathias Eick on loan from Jaga Jazzist. Motorpsycho was founded in 1989 in Trondheim, Norway's third biggest city, when mainstays Bent Sæther (bass, vocals) and Hans Magnus "Snah" Ryan (guitar, vocals) were joined by drummer Kjell Runar "Killer" Jenssen. The first album, Lobotomizer, was released in 1991 after which Killer quit and Håkon Gebhardt took over the drums for many years to come. Gebhardt left in 2005 before the recording of Black Hole/Blank Canvas where Bent and Snah did most of the drumming themselves. With Little Lucid Moments in 2008, Kenneth Kapstad was recruited as the new drummer and permanent member. Kim Hiorthøy is once again responsible for the artwork.