Ah, Motorpsycho. Â I havenâ€™t been following the string of releases theyâ€™ve put out on the esteemed Rune Grammofon label. Â â€śHeavy Metal Fruitâ€ť is the third album the Norwegian three-piece release there, in just under two years: six tracks in a little bit more than an hour. Â While thereâ€™s a piano number that is no longer than three and a half minutes, three other tracks are indeed around the ten-minute mark, and the prog rock album closer, â€śGullibleâ€™s Travailsâ€ť [sic], consists of four movements and clocks in at a majestic 20:42.
Over the twenty years of their career, Motorpsycho have always felt like the most out-there rock band ever to come close to (something like) commercial success. Â â€śHeavy Metal Fruitâ€ť sees them in typically idiosyncratic mode, going for the ROCK approach, heavily psyched, dynamics stretched to the max, guitars dripping from the speakers like syrup in songs with titles like â€śStarhammer,â€ť â€śKnuckleheads in Space,â€ť or â€śThe Bombproof Roll and Beyond.â€ť Â Motorpsycho have been compared to Finlandâ€™s Circle, another band indulging in wistful rockisms and still producing incredible albums by the dozen. Â â€śHeavy Metal Fruit,â€ť though, is less orthodox when it comes to metal and particularly strong on psychedelic freakouts, heavy riffing and shared, grunge-ish vocals. Â Soundgarden (â€śBadmotorfingerâ€ť era) jamming with La Otracina should sound like this. Â Singer Hanne Hukkelberg and trumpeter Mathias Eick con-tribute to this massive offering, where jazzy excursions are â€“ thankfully â€“ absorbed by stoned classic rock riffing. Â I do realize, though, that Iâ€™d prefer some of the tracks to be more to the point. Â Which clearly is not what Motorpsycho are driving at. Â Anyway, â€śHeavy Metal Fruitâ€ť shows the band in their classic phase, sounding more intense than most others on their debut.