The Legendary Demon Box by Motorpsycho gets a lavish reissue for its 21st birthday. The Norwegian rockers’ 3rd album is 1st in the minds of many fans. Demon Box is available as a 4CD+DVD box set containing the original album, 2 EPs, live recordings, rarities and a film of a concert recorded in Groningen, Netherlands or 2LP vinyl of the original album.
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- Demon Box by Motorpsycho
7/10 Robin Staff review, 03 December 2014
Motorpsycho were born to make double LPs. With as many ideas in their head as they have guitar pedals at their feet, this band need the space to stretch out and go deep, throwing psych folk ballads and overtures down next to their cosmic, textural wonderlands, which get fiery and raucous with quick spitting speed. Whether they like it or not, though, it always sounds like their biggest influence is “The Battle of Epping Forest” by Genesis, like they can never quite forget ye old prog days when people had it all mapped out. To paraphrase the Sleaford Mods: bunch of nerds.
Motorpsycho meld archaic undertones and narrative details with garage rock that spews out all the best riffs, bends strings ‘til they’re permanently in the U shape, and brings the heavy like Satan moving furniture. This thing keeps metamorphosing, unhappy with the last supremely loud incarnation they’ve only just mastered. From its exuberant acoustic opening into a piece of no frills garage rawk, ‘’Demon Box” develops into “Feedtime”, a doom-edged sword that’s based around a grizzly chug-fest of the highest order. I’d call it an odd transitional choice, but that’s a given: Motorpsycho don’t pick one poison, but down a whole tray of bottles at once. “Feedtime” is probably their least interesting incarnation, though: when they go for hard and refusing rawk music, they leave out their showboating riffs, which are usually their most inventive and emotive resource.
The tireless “Mountain” is full of tricks that could fill out a compilation featuring the Foo Fighters, Harvey Milk and Lordi, with ecstatic whoops, pointed screams -- but also a little dash of toy piano, for progressive measure. It’s not so much a subversion of the heavy genre’s they’re indebted to as a quick, impulsive aside to break up the sludge. Motorpsycho are one of the most proudly diverse psych rock acts out there, and never retreat into one particular genre, and yet this record tends to blend together under its uniformly intensive guise. If your chest needs a good thumping, though? This sticks the landing.
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