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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B006U121AK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,574 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On this epic, double concept album, easily their most ambitious yet, Motorpsycho has assembled the cream of classical and jazz musicians from world class ensembles established in Trondheim, their hometown. The Death Defying Unicorn was first commisioned by Molde International Jazzfestival for their 50th anniversary in 2010 where it was performed on the main outdoor stage. This, however, has been partly re-arranged, refined and recorded from scratch at Propeller Studios in Oslo with Kåre Chr. Vestrheim once again co-producing as he did with Heavy Metal Fruit . Ståle Storløkken (Supersilent, Elephant9, Humcrush, Terje Rypdal) is considered one of Norway´s top keyboardists but here he comes into his full as a writer and not at least arranger of the two ensembles. His contributions to this album can not be stressed enough. Among the players in Trondheim Jazz Orchestra are wellknown names such as Kjetil Møster (Ultralyd), André Roligheten (Albatrosh) and Mathias Eick, not to forget star violinist Ola Kvernberg. Most bands will reach a creative peak at a certain point in their career after which they simply continue in a less interesting fashion before eventually calling it a day. Not so with Motorpsycho. After more than 20 years they continue to develop and to to challenge themselves artistically. Motorpsycho was founded in Trondheim by mainstays Bent Sæther and Hans Magnus Ryan. Drummer Håkon Gebhard joined them after their first album and stayed until 2005. Kenneth Kapstad took over the stool for Litte Lucid Moments in 2008. Kim Hiorthøy is as always responsible for the artwork, this time joined by artist Thore Hansen for the fantastic inside illustration. For best impact we recommend the vinyl edition. --This text refers to an alternate Vinyl edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hemi on 12 May 2012
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A friend let me listen to Motorpsycho & Ståle Storløkken's album 'The Death Defying Unicorn' a few weeks ago and I was blown away by the band's huge achievement in recording such an amazing, complex and accomplished piece of work - I ordered a copy almost immediately. I like progressive music in general and 'prog rock' in particular - so it's a given that 'The Death Defying Unicorn' is both; but it's so much more, with the inclusion of the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra amongst the featured musicians the band and its collaborators have melded a number of styles into a lush landscape of space rock, prog and jazz that engages the listener. The album has been the soundtrack to my life for a month now and I can't recommend it highly enough. It's atonal at times, and sometimes a challenging listen but really worth the effort.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Rixon on 14 Nov. 2012
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A double concept album from a power trio that can deftly combine heavy metal, jazz and west coast harmonies collaborating with an accomplished jazz-rock musician & arranger, a jazz orchestra and sundry top-flight classical players to produce an epic tale of nautical horror? WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE??! It's like Motorpsycho incepted themselves into my proggiest dreams and then exclaimed, "WOW, let's make an album of THAT!"

Everyone involved here has made a fair and equal contribution to what can only be viewed as a significant masterpiece for the band. Occasionally atonal, often heavy, frequently groovesome, The Death Defying Unicorn may seem taxing at times but it's never less than entertaining. And lest you think that hollow world theories and huge sharks seem a tad removed from real world concerns, it also reads well as a coded critique on the assumed right to lead by the 1% and the rebellious stirrings of the 99% ("Your stale old ways bred hate and discordance / Your brutish arrogance has left you powerless"). Last track "Into The Mystic" sweeps all this up into a glorious elegiac yet ultimately redemptive finale that's redolent of classic concept albums such as The Lamb.

From Seattle to Luxembourg, it's hard to think of any self-respecting prog fans who wouldn't enjoy this indulgent yet wholly successful conceit tremendously. Album of the year, easily.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Cobham on 4 July 2012
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I'd never heard Motorpsycho about a month ago but now this album is becoming a firm favourite. I can't stop listening to it. The amalgamation of prog-metal and orchestra is seamless, creating a soundtrack to the fantastic story that accompanies the diverse sounds on offer. Don't expect a Deep Purple, Metallica type affair here where normal metal tracks are shoe-horned into orchestrated pieces; this is unforced and natural sounding and completely surreal in a King Crimson style at times. It took a few turns of the stylus to eventually 'get' the album but then it hit me like a steam train. There is a strong bass sound throughout the album which lays a mesmerising groove that gets into your head.
This is a very jazzy album meaning this is no easy listen but if you stick with it you'll be heavily rewarded. There are times when the music is atonal (thanks Hemi, other reviewer) but this is the soundtrack nature of the album, laying a feel and an atmosphere. Background music this ain't!
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