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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, its a satanic drug thing you wouldnt 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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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.
I'll try to update this once I'm more familiar with the tunes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Psychedelic stoner metal and hard rock/space-rock music for fans of THE ENTRANCE BAND, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, CHROME, THE SWORD, MASTODON, HIGH ON FIRE, JUCIFER, MADE OUT OF... Read morePublished 14 months ago by CRAZOTOLOGY
Ok music, none of the songs really grap you. Can't even really remember one song I really like.Published 15 months ago by Avenger
This is a great early album from a great band. A worthy addition to any monster magnet collection.Published 23 months ago by J G. Lewis
This is more of a raw sound from Dave and company. It will rock your face into pink paste, no question.Published 24 months ago by Exidor
One of the best albums from this great Band...This is a band that is musically soo diverse and not caught up in a Seattle sound.Published on November 26, 2012 by Unkl Whiskey
In the relatively short history of stoner metal, this album stands as a resplendent milestone. The first four Monster Magnet albums are all impeccable, but this, their debut, is... Read morePublished on November 4, 2011 by humanmachinery
If you want blistering guitar leads, unique drum signatures, groovy lyrics, and a cohesive album from beginning to end, you can not go wrong whith Spine of God. Read morePublished on August 29, 2011 by A9