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Heavy Metal Fruit

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Album Review

Listening to the luxurious psych/prog sprawl of Heavy Metal Fruit, it's hard to believe — album title notwithstanding — that this Norwegian outfit started out as an actual metal band. Of course, that was nearly 20 years ago, and there's been a lot of water under the bridge since then. Even on the album's heaviest tracks, Motorpsycho displays way too much diversity and subtlety to be considered metal — opening cut "Starhammer" may contain some gut-punching riffs, but before long, the 13-minute track takes off on a jazzy/proggy interstellar jam excursion, and for all its forward-driving motion, "X-3 (Knuckleheads in Space)" suggests nothing so much as a more technically accomplished Hawkwind, and it, too, moves into some jazzy, jammy territory before all is said and done. Heavy Metal Fruit finds the long-lived Motorpsycho in the midst of a period of furious creativity, being their third release in a two-year period, and a carefully crafted, hour-plus album at that. Over the course of its cosmic journey, it takes a brief breath with the quiet, piano-based Beatles-meet-Supertramp ballad "Close Your Eyes" before taking off again for the far reaches of the galaxy. But once these Norwegians pile into their sonic rocketship, the sun's the limit. "W.B.A.T." is a shape-shifting epic that comes off like a stoned, mid-'70s conversation between Led Zeppelin and Gong, while the album's tour-de-force closing track, "Gullible's Travails," is a 20-minute prog suite full of floating harmonies, shifting dynamics, and otherworldly Pink Floyd-isms. A long, strange, trip to be sure, but one worth taking. ~ J. Allen, Rovi

Biography

Formed: 1989 in Trondheim, Norway

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Named for a movie by American sexploitation auteur Russ Meyer, Motorpsycho are a Norwegian band whose music is an adventurous fusion of progressive rock, psychedelia, alternative rock, folk-rock, hard rock, and old-school heavy metal. Motorpsycho were formed in Trondheim, Norway in the fall of 1989 by guitarist Hans Magnus "Snah" Ryan, bassist Bent Saether, and drummer Kjell Runar "Killer" Jenssen, who all knew one another from playing the regional club circuit with various bands. After cutting a...
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