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Spine Of God (re-issue) Import

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Originally released in 1992 and often heralded as one of the best Heavy Rock albums of all time, Spine Of God will be most welcomed in this definitive re-issue. Features updated cover artwork by Alexander von Wieding, new liner notations, diatribes and ranting by Dave Wyndorf hisself and the previously unavailable (and way different) demo version of Ozium.

Spine Of God is all about the downstairs rec. room, black lights and velvet paintings, lava lamps, rollin’ doobies and cranking the stereo after school; in other words, it’s a satanic drug thing… you wouldn’t understand!

New Jersey native Dave Wyndorf was already a rock & roll veteran by the time he formed Monster Magnet in 1989, having cut his teeth with little-known punk band Shrapnel (also featuring future punk producer Daniel Rey on guitars) in the late '70s before retiring from music altogether. Never one to be a quitter, Wyndorf taught himself guitar and assembled Monster Magnet with fellow New Jersey burnouts John McBain on guitar, bassist Joe Callandra, drummer Jon Kleiman and svengelic guru Tim Cronin. Fusing their metal, punk, space rock, and psychedelic influences, the band developed a sludgy, feedback-heavy hard rock sound that helped them stand out from the era's burgeoning retro-rock movement. After releasing a self-titled six-song EP through Germany's Glitterhouse Records, Monster Magnet signed with independent label Caroline Records in 1992 and recorded their first full-length album: the very impressive, uniquely dark psychedelic masterpiece, Spine of God. These re-issues serve as an excellent teaser for the release of the next Monster Magnet classic, due September 2006!

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 4, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Steamhammer Us
  • ASIN: B000EGCEC2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,363 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There's nothing I could say or do to give this album justice on how great it really is. No words are capable of describing the haunting, explosive, aggressive, yet cool and calm vibes this album takes you through. I've owned a lot of great albums from a lot of great bands, and I know that it's a little childish, choosing favorites and all, but this album ranks as my favorite album of all time, hands down. Are you interested in music with not only talented musicians, but talented song writers? Well, rest assured that you will have both great songs with some incredible playing. The lyrics are out of this world, perhaps on "mountains of Mars?" This was back when Monster Magnet, who will always reign as my favorite band, was expressing their more psychodelic roots. Basically this is a little different sounding than the band we all know and love today. There are a lot of swirling vocal effects as well as strange synths and eerie guitar leads. Dave's vocals are absolutely stunning. He didn't learn to sing, he was born to sing. There's a lot of built-up and tension that is released as the songs progress. The album's closer "Ozium" takes you to a whole new world, nay, universe! Basically, as a reviewer and music fan, it is my duty to spread the word of this album. Infinite stars!
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I know many who like monster magnet tendd to favor their later work, for its more metallic agressive nature. This album was mmy introduction bacck at college in 1991, and I never got sick of it. It has some really cool songs, that are very I think influential. Sin's a good man's brother, ozium, zodiac lung, and nod scene. I happened to interview Dave once when I was working for my college radio station. He was very cool, in to music that I knew a little aabout then, alot more now. Stuff like Greasy truckers party hawkwind. I think those of you who don't know hawkwind, should check out: hall of thee mountain grill, do re mi, and out and intake. I only hope DDave can go back to more of a Psychedelic side, the recent balls to the wall rocck, is cool, but I think his music needs to strike a better balance like what you have on this record. Thanks.
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New Jersey's Monster Magnet are one of the pioneering names in Stoner Rock and their 1991(Germany)/1992(USA) debut studio album Spine Of God was one of the first ever commercially available albums in the genre.

Beyond simply being released early, Spine Of God is a hugely influential and well-respected album that no Monster Magnet fan should be without. Although the production isn't as strong as their following albums, stylistically the album feels almost like a lost album from the 70s, which is supported by the raw production in addition to the bands mixing of Classic, Space, Prog and Psychedelic rock stylings.

The Psychedelic influences in particular are really strong, more so than on any of the band's subsequent releases. The music is hypnotic, layered and is awash with numerous effects and consequently the sound is as hazy and drugged-out as Dave himself purports to be in the lyrics.

Dave Wyndorf's strong voice and impressive vocal range is what most Monster Magnet fans find appealing and the strange and amusing lyrics are interesting as always, even at this early stage in their career.

Highlights include The Title Track, which comes across in the same dark foreboding psychedelic mood as Pink Floyd's `Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun' only filtered through a 1990s perspective as well as `Sin's A Good Man's Brother,' which is a Grand Funk Railroad cover song and the harder rocking `Snake Dance,' which sounds somewhat of a taster of things to come for the band's next album SuperJudge.

Overall, Spine Of God is a genre classic and if you like Monster Magnet or indeed any other bands on the Stoner/Desert Rock end of the spectrum such as Sleep, Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Clutch, Sheavy, Dozer or Orange Goblin, then it really is something that you ought to consider trying out.
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They did a good job with this reissue and I love the old MM sound and feel. Even in its rawest form, MM really rocks. "Sin's a Good Man's Brother" is outstanding and the music/riff was borrowed if not literally stolen by Velvet Revolver.
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I honestly haven't given enough listens to really be one with the album, but I feel kindred after my extreme exposure to 'Powertrip' -which is still one of my top twenty.
I'll try to update this once I'm more familiar with the tunes.
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I have heard from Monster Magnet many years ago and have never had a chance to give them a try on any of their full albums before, I recently bought one and it was love at the first sight. Their Lyrics are very clever and their music is beyond great. I love them.
Rodrigo Pedrolli
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I have been a Monster Magnet fan since the moment I heard Negasonic Teenage Warhead back in my college days. I have owned and loved every release since then, but for some reason never got around to buying Pre-"Dopes" material....until now. Spine of God is everything I would have expected from the torch bearers of stoner metal...sonic, raw, trippy, atmospheric, heavy, chaotic. Monster Magnet is one of the rare bands that have melded these elements together to form a sound all their own, and Spine of God is the perfect genesis of this sound. Even the less than impressive production of this album seems to fit and adds to the charm of the material on Spine of God. Heavy fuzzed out guitar, check. trippy, atmospheric melodies...check. Dave Wyndorf's tongue in cheek lyrical brilliance...check! Turn out the lights and crank to 11...Spine of God always satisfies!!
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