Motorpsycho
Kingdom of Oblivion


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
April 16th, 2021 | 55 replies


Release Date: 04/16/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The gift that keeps on giving

You could say Motorpsycho have been on a roll for the past 15 years. Not one misstep to be found and rarely a year passes by without new music out. We barely had time to accommodate with the brilliant The All Is One when the guys already announced a brand new record. Admittedly, Kingdom of Oblivion started out as a hard rock LP, but considering the band’s course this past decade, it inevitably developed various twists and turns in the process. A significant amount of the songs here were recorded together with the aforementioned double album, so expect a familiar approach in sound and structure. Nevertheless, a number of experiments have been included too, creating one dynamic ride again. At this point in their career, the trio is in full control even when testing waters.

Although shorter than its predecessor, Kingdom of Oblivion feels considerably denser overall. There are a handful of epics which deliver the riffs and go through all those trademark Motorpsycho moments. Highlights include ‘The United Debased’, ‘The Transmutation of Cosmoctopus Lurker’ and ‘At Empire’s End’. The former brings forth a smooth main groove with catchy vocals, complete with a powerful guitar solo that shifts halfway into a darker, more intriguing segment. There are fewer electronic elements, as the band focused on the punch of their instruments. The last couple of minutes speed up the tempo and become chunkier tone-wise. There isn’t one clear climax, each part expanding on its own instead. Meanwhile, ‘The Transmutation of Cosmoctopus Lurker’ channels their psychedelic strengths, offering a slight return to the Little Lucid Moments era. The results are slightly messier on purpose and I dig the noisy riffs and busy drumming. After so many tight songs, this one comes across as a breath of fresh air. Moreover, ‘At Empire’s End’ shares a moodier vibe, using those folksy bit Bent loves as a starting point amid grandiose, Mellotron-led rhythms. The latter might have stemmed from successful jam sessions, since the trio left considerable room for the instrumental to unfold.

The remaining, shorter tracks provide some needed diversity to Kingdom of Oblivion. At the album’s core lie three interesting ditties which might raise some brows upon initial listening. The band’s take on Motorhead’s ‘The Watcher’ begins with a round of noise, before the bass line and muffled vocals quietly play in the background until overtaken by it again. On the other hand, ‘Dreamkiller’ features gentle acoustic touches and Bent’s soft croon, only to be interrupted by pounding drums and sharp guitar licks. Things turn louder by the minute, maintaining the same pattern. This experiment reaches an end with ‘Atet’, a theatrical, folksy coda. It’s like experiencing a sonic equivalent to a fever dream, but I definitely enjoyed it. ‘Lady May’ & ‘The Hunt’ lay on the other side of the acoustic spectrum, boasting some lovely melodies, whereas ‘Cormorant’ closes the ride with a thoughtful, lounge tinged atmosphere.

In the end, Kingdom of Oblivion seems to position itself in between phases. It’s like a half step away from the Gullvåg trilogy. The songs are just as strong and powerful, although quite familiar at times. Despite this thought, I must admit I thoroughly enjoy listening to this album. Bonus points for the acoustic moments, which are more interesting than on The All Is One. Motorpsycho raised the expectations bar so high and continue to hold it up there. You can only criticize small details, but overall, this is another excellent journey in their catalog.



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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 16th 2021


5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Another excellent record, as expected.



Stream here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZJiBnWZTQM&list=OLAK5uy_mB1OJ8einDNESZC5siMyiIw6SCGUhj5Cc

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Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
April 16th 2021


24321 Comments


Haven't got the time to give it a proper listen yet but I'm hyped as hell.

Not gonna read until I jam ;)

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parksungjoon
April 16th 2021


31341 Comments


almost an album a year crazy

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Sabrutin
April 16th 2021


7632 Comments


Hell yeah I'm almost done jamming this myself! It's like a psychedelic, medieval-tinged Sabbath. Rules hard, especially impressed by the shorter acid trips like Dreamkiller.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 16th 2021


5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had doubts at the first listen, but it really grew on me.

alamo
April 16th 2021


3870 Comments


wow another one already

parksungjoon
April 16th 2021


31341 Comments


thats what i was thinking too

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 16th 2021


5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Apparently this album was already done last summer, so yeah. I'm sure they are already working on new music lol.

Jethro42
April 16th 2021


16406 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

These guys are really prolific. What a discography!

Deez
April 16th 2021


7556 Comments


Ordered this yesterday gonna hold off till it comes. EXCITED

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Divaman
April 16th 2021


10612 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I picked this up earlier this morning. Hoping it will be a good one.

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zakalwe
April 16th 2021


33841 Comments


Rocks

Veldin
April 16th 2021


4393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the motor that just keeps chuggin'. Awesome review, love this band and am always stoked to hear a new release. Heard first two songs and they're bangers

zakalwe
April 16th 2021


33841 Comments


Best first listening experience of the year

porcupinetheater
Contributing Reviewer
April 16th 2021


7713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jesus the United Debased has some riffs

El Olam
April 16th 2021


64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These guys are machines

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DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2021


16908 Comments


great review as always ins

i'll def check this today

Cygnatti
April 17th 2021


35065 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

is this actually good? also, why is jaga jazzist in the similar bands page?

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2021


5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@DrGonzo - Thank you!



@Cygnatti - They recorded an album together once. Yeah, it's good.

Sabrutin
April 17th 2021


7632 Comments


Obligatory post to remind that these dudes started grungy/stoner and then went from indie to prog, always with elements of noise and psych. So refer to rym's genre tags if you want to find an entry point



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