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Motorpsycho understand the the intrinsic self-indulgence of a live album, and have immersed themselves luxuriously in it by allowing their imaginations to run riot and change their own songs into something completely new along the way. Cherry-picking the finest moments of shows throughout Europe between 2008 and 2010, "Intrepid Skronk" stretches the boundaries of where rock concerts should go, testing their audience´s patience with grand, sprawling, self-important suites that take in jazz, metal, post-rock, psychedelia and prog, constantly improvising their way out of what seem like dead ends in order to take us into further cosmic territory... As they swirl off into another half hour of "All Is Loneliness", stretching their stargazing riffs to the point even The Mars Volta would think a bit much, it becomes clear they´re either mad or geniuses. Probably both. But for all the self-indulgence on display there´s a vital, solid anchor stopping it all from collapsing into a gloopy, unfocused mess of bass and guitar, and that anchor is tum-thumper Kenneth Kapstad. His laser-accurate jazz drumming sounds loose and casual, but it´s actually the driving force of the whole thing, guiding it through a choppy sea of improvisation and keeping the whole thing afloat... It´s 22 years since Motorpsycho first appeared as an alternative metal band. Clearly, they´ve been expanding their minds and their tastes in those two decades, and they´re on a mission to try and expand ours, too. Just don´t expect them to give you an easy ride.
Prog (UK)

Although in the main aimed at fanboys and completists these recordings carry more than enough unbridled rock power to conquer the uninitiated and bring them under the ´psycho spell. With original studio versions given a spontaneous onstage makeover, "The Bomb-Proof Roll & Beyond" becomes an even more sprawling slab of open-ended psych-prog greatness while "All Is Loneliness" is transformed from a five-minute acoustic number into an eighteen-minute electric leviathan that just won´t quit. Further in "Landslide" could be Love jamming with the Grateful Dead  circa 1969 and "Kill Devil Hills" builds from a Sonic Youth-meets-Hüsker Dü indie-rock rush into a thundering tornado blur that´ll make you wish you´d been there to witness it firsthand.
Rock-a-Rolla (UK)

"Intrepid Skronk" finds the madly prolific Norwegian rockers onstage in mainland Europe, jamming like old men, It´s a game of two halves though: 20-minute, Zepped-out widdlers eventually give way to truckers-speed riffing, drum kit pasting, Stooges boogie gold.
Buzz (UK)

Så var fjerde installasjon av liveserien til Motorpsycho ute, og denne gangen viser de rockebandet Motorpsycho som strekker seg ut i alle kanter og går løs på improvisasjonens kunster. Det hele starter med en 20 minutter lang “The Bomb-Proof Roll & Beyond” fra deres siste album, og det låter så massivt som man bare kunne håpe på. De som har sett bandet det siste året vet hvor bra gutta låter om dagen, og hvor ekstremt bra det nye materialet funker live. Høyt, voldsomt og med en deilig, lang og episk tur ut i det kosmiske. Materialet her er innspilt rundt omkring i Europa i perioden 2008 – 2010, og lydmessig låter det bra. De er også så ærlige at de ikke har editert bort sur vokal eller spillefeil, så dette er ekte vare. Akkurat slik vi liker det. En annen låt som er blåst ut av sine originale rammer er “All Is Loneliness” fra “Demon Box”, som her er hele 18 minutter lang. Rått som fanden! Den uhyre vakre og jazza versjonen av “Landslide” har vært i bandets liverepertoar en stund nå, og den også foreviget her. I tillegg får man flott versjoner av “Wishing Well”, Kill Devil Hills” og “The Alchemyst” (som er enormt heftig), men fine impropartier og fullt øs. “Roadwork” utgivelsene er muligens ikke for den gjengse Motorpsycho lytter, men for oss som setter pris på en god, lang og variert Motorpsycho konsert, er dette gull verdt. Og “Intrepid Skronk” viser bandet på sitt mest episke, improviserende og rocka, og gir et godt bilde på hvordan en konsert med bandet er om dagen. Herlig!
Norway Rock Magazine (NO)

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