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4-Way Diablo Import

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Dave Wyndorf and company roar back into action with a brand new slab of pure rock perfection. 4-Way Diablo features 12 Wyndorf-penned compositions plus a masterful cover of the Rolling Stones classic "2000 Light Years From Home." Monster Magnet holds endless credibility among fans and critics and they always deliver the goods... this is no exception! Simply put, this is an amazing rock and roll record from one of the very best in the genre!

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Monster Magnet once again proves that it's one of heavy rock's most reliable units with 4-Way Diablo, a recording that demonstrates the New Jersey outfit's remarkable diversity and its unstoppable drive. The opening, titular cut, "Wall of Fire," and "Cyclone" (which recalls Black Sabbath's "Heaven and Hell") serve as perfect and powerful Monster Magnet primers. The Latin-tinged "You're Alive," the quiet closer "Little Bag of Gloom," and the (early) Def Leppard-esque "I'm Calling You" speak to the group's ability to traverse from light to dark and everywhere in between with ease. A patina of psychedelia sound still hovers here, suggesting that quartet will never betray its roots. Of course, 4-Way Diablo doesn't add up to a classic album--the same eclecticism that stands as its greatest strength is also often a weakness--but it does remain one of the better hard rock releases this year and it will stand as a testament to Monster Magnet's enduring nature and willingness to boldly strike forth into new territory rather than staying on an outdated and mundane course. --Jedd Beaudoin
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Steamhammer / SPV
  • ASIN: B000TX7AM4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,281 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Kevin P. Murray on November 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I'd been anxiously awaiting the release of "4 Way Diablo" for a while now, and from some of the press saying that it was a "return to form" for the band it had me very excited. And this is rightfully so, because when Dave Wyndorf is on in his songwriting, he's one of the best in his craft.

I would also like to preface the coming statements by saying that I love Monster Magnet, and have been a huge fan for some time. Dopes to Infinity has easily earned it's way into my favorite albums of all time, and I absolutely adore everything from Tab all the way up to God Says No. Now Monolithic was something I didn't feel almost at ALL (save Radiation Day and There's No Way Out of Here), and I feel that it was the start of a trend. A trend that this album seems to do it's best to break.

Now the album is not without it's bright points (Monster Magnet, no matter how far from their prime they may be, will never completely fail). It starts off nicely with the title track, which is a good energetic number. Wall of Fire continues the pace and is another upbeat track. Any momentum that the album has going at this point is almost completely wasted with the third track, "You're Alive". I mean, as nice as it is to hear someone repeat that phrase for four minutes, I'd rather not hear it. It really is a terrible track.

However, Dave reigns it back in with Blow Your Mind. It's got a little elevator jamminess to it at the beginning, and carries along nicely. What comes next is probably the best song Wyndorf has written in 7 years, Cyclone. This song would fit in with any of their best stuff, and shows that MM is indeed not going away quietly. Truly epic through and through.
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In my humble opinion, this latest effort from Dave Wyndorf and crew is every bit as potent as their 'Monolithic Baby' or 'Powertrip' discs. Just shows us all how much we can depend on Monster Magnet to pen out such killer heavy space rock. Tracks that had me playing this CD over many times were the in-your-face "Wall Of Fire", "You're Alive", "Cyclops", their good Stones cover "2000 Lightyears From Home", the (almost) ballad -{?} "I'm Calling You" and the total *ss-kicking "A Thousand Years". Line-up: Dave Wyndorf-guitar & vocals, Ed Mundell-guitar, Jim Baglino-bass and Bob Pantella-drums. An absolute must-have. Hope they tour again this summer.
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The Good
"4-Way Diablo" has a simple yet effective rock riff that mixes well with Dave Wyndorf's deep and smoky vocals. "Wall of Fire" cranks up the energy and tempo to fist pumping levels. "You're Alive" employs a bass heavy riff and a catchy and repetitive chorus. Harmonic background vocals and devilish lead vocals make up the track "Cyclone." The main focus on "I'm Calling You" is the lyrics and vocals. The rhythm recalls the stoner rock of the 70s. "A Thousand Stars" uses faded guitar tones mixed with trippy guitar licks. "Slap in the Face" has an intro that builds anticipation for the sweet rock groove to follow.

The Bad
Nothing notable

The Verdict
Don't expect the programming and effects that you remember Monster Magnet for. 4-Way Diablo features a raw, stripped down version of the group which may just be the perfect niche for them after all.
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You certainly can't complain about Wyndorf and Monster Magnet's consistency. Since 1995's "Dopes To Infinity" the band has spluttered an onslaught of mediocre rock music, each album a bigger fall from grace than the last. This is major criticism, but I really find MM an extensive frustration. Pre-95 they could do no wrong. "Spine of God" and "Dopes to Infinity" are two milestone albums in the stoner scene, full of groove, great riffs and Wyndorf's powerful vocals. Listening to "4 Way Diablo" is just sad. Riffs and hooks made the old MM albums so special, but they don't even turn up here. Ed Mundell manages to carve out some of his most insipid riffs ever, and Wyndorf's chorus hooks are stale and predictable. It's all just safe and harmless. Mediocre guitar-driven rock that breezes over inoffensively.
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Certainly not in league with "Powertrip" or "Monolithic Baby!" or even "Dopes to Infinity" - I rank this with "God Says No" as their weakest album. Only "Wall of Fire" and Slap in the Face" are up to the best of MM.
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Great Monster Magnet sound. This is the 1st album since Dave's "reported" recovery from prescription drugs. That may or may not be true but you can definitely tell the music is more clean and crisp sounding.
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What this Monster Magnet release has going for it: 1] Great lyrics, teeming with attitude and space rock ethos. Lyrics have always been one of Dave W's strong suits. They certainly are on this disc. 2] Strong production, orchestration, and mixing. 4WD sounds SLICK. 3] Srong musicianship. They all shine on their instruments. The bass is a bit higher in the mix than on previous recordings and you finally get to hear just how great this guy is. 4] Dave W's singing. They guy's pipes are as strong as ever but the excellent production brings it out all the more. he shows off his versatility on this disc. Dave W. is no one trick pony when it comes to singing. 5] Once again MM proves that psychedelia doesn't have to be wimpy.

What this Monster Magnet release doesn't have going for it: 1] The songs keep threatening to take off into 5 star territory but they never quite make it. This is no Dopes to Infinity but it gives me hope that another one of Dopes To Infinity caliber may be coming down the pike some time soon.
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