The Norwegian band Motorpsycho reinvents itself on every album. After 25 years she takes this as an opportunity to look back on all incarnations. But you don't do justice to "Behind The Sun" if you reduce it to its anniversary character. The band makes musical stops in an era in which their members were either just learning to write or were not even born yet. The first two tracks, "Cloudwalker" and the keyboard-heavy "Ghost", sound as if they were written in the early seventies. The full rock pound! However, the Norwegians do not hang themselves too far from their own window. The guitar sounds are sometimes reminiscent of Robert Fripp. While Motorpsycho have focused on power and monumentality on their last three albums, some of the songs of this recording reveal very delicate and finely chiselled sides, which you haven't heard from Motorpsycho since their country phase - and that's been a long time - like this. That doesn't mean that "Behind The Sun" doesn't have a lot of bombast, megalomania and sound thunderstorms. With "Kvaestor" there is again a wonderful instrumental jazz rock number. The music as a whole is much more contrasting than in the last ten years. For the anniversary, the band treats themselves to a good sip of the high-percentage tone color coil. As guest the Swedish guitarist Reine Fiske will be there, who already strengthened the string fraction on the last motor psycho CD "Still Life With Eggplant". All in all, with their new CD the group unites all those who appreciate different facets of it. "Behind The Sun" is surely also the ideal entry album for motor psycho- novices.
Top track: On A Plate