Firstly, read the ‘About’ link above, to see what this site is. Already done so? Great, go on.
Ok. So. The first record to be reviewed here at this little hobby site of mine, is, well, actually kind of a cheat; I didn’t buy it for this particular reason (something I plan for future reviews - it should be bought to be reviewed - though I may have to rethink that). Also, I’ve been listening to it for a couple of weeks already. Well.
Anyway, the record is Heavy Metal Fruit by Norwegian ’space rockers’ Motorpsycho. Now, Motorpsycho has been around for 20 years (it’s true, they celebrate their 20th anniversary this year, with an extensive tour and the vinyl only release Child of the Future, which unintentionally sparked a massive mp3-debate in Norway I hear) but I only heard of them about seven years ago, through It’s a Love Cult - an album regarded as one of the groups low points by a lot of die hard fans. I really liked that record so for me it has only gotten better!
It wasn’t until the 2008 four song full length album Little Lucid Moments that I fully got the greatness of Motorpsycho, and since then I’ve been longing for the next album, and the one after that, and so on. The obsession is officially out of control. Thus I couldn’t wait to put Heavy Metal Fruit on in order to follow whatever rules I set up for myself here at Vinyl of the Month and so the first entry is a cheat. But I figured what the heck, no one will know.
Lets begin. First off I will review the cover; the art, the quality and the condition. In this case I bought it online, from a regular retail record store (a first and last for me), so the condition is mint, as it has not been played yet (well, you know what I mean). The art is, as with all (I think) releases from Rune Grammofon, done by in house designer Kim Hiorthoy. It really is a stunning piece of work. The elaborately designed album title in silver outline (which doesn’t really come across in any pictures) covers most of guitarist Snah’s face. It somehow grotesquely replaces what should be a mouth and teeth (and they, what I assume is most of the band members mouths and teeth, can instead be found on the discs center prints). It’s a double album with triple gatefold and printed inners. The vinyls are 180 gram so the quality is top notch (pretty much) and that extra weight also feels really good in your hands.
The album is only long enough to cover three of the four sides and the way they solve this is genius; side A has beautiful etchings by Mr Hiorthoy (although I could’ve done without the one liner lyric outtakes, but that’s just me nitpicking). The fact that they decided to put the etchings on side A instead of side D (which apparently is more common) has it introducing the music, setting the tone, rather than filling a blank. They give it meaning. It seems as everything on this release has just that; meaning.
B1 Starhammer (feat. The Electric Psalmon)
B2 X-3 (Knuckleheads In Space) / The Getaway Special
C1 The Bomb-Proof Roll and Beyond (for Arnie Hassle)
C2 Close Your Eyes
D1 Gullible’s Travails (pt I-IV)
I. Eye All-Seeing
II. The Elementhaler
IV. Phoot’s Flower ( a Burly Return)
Oh, and - it’s a conceptual album. More on that later.
I think that is about it for now. Look at the pictures below and I’ll start forming my review of the songs. I will check in now and then with thoughts, corrections, quotes and ramblings. The full summary, graded and all, can be expected at the end of this month. Here we go!