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5.0 out of 5 stars Monster Magnet - Spine Of God, 30 Jan. 2012
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Kingcrimsonprog "Kingcrimsonprog" (England) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The first of many..., 27 Oct. 1999
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As Monster Magnet's first 'real' studio album, Spine of God is a must-have for the completist fan - they have often closed their live sets with the title song, and many of the others have been live favourites at one time or another. Both 'Snake Dance' and 'Nod Scene' reappear here in new versions to those on the Monster Magnet EP, and are better played and less distorted (It's up to you to decide if this is better)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore The Cover Art (if you can), 1 Sept. 2000
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M. Fantino (San Francisco, California USA) - See all my reviews
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Spine Of God and Tab...25 are all you really need quench that strange psychedelic, heavy metal Monster Magnet thirst. Their subsequent albums lacked all those glorious rough spots, I think, but maybe I'm wrong. This album has all those elements that have become their trademark sound. I used to describe Monster Magnet in this way: Monster Magnet are to metal, what The Butthole Surfers are to punk-rock. Both bands rely heavier on psychedelia, than anything else. Imagine Pink Floyd in Pompeii while Mt. Vesuvius explodes and vomits lava all over the place. I saw Monster Magnet about 6 or 7 years ago in a tiny smoke filled club. All I could remember, really, aside from them sounding very much like they did on this album, was that there was a Caveman in the audience. I guy dressed up as a Caveman thrashing about in his Flinstone garb. It seemed fitting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If Satan lived in Heaven, he'd be me., 27 Nov. 1999
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Black Sabbath, Hawkwind and Led Zeppelin once jammed together on an exceptionally good day in 1972. Actually they didn't; but if they had done, it might - if they'd been really on form - have sounded like 'Spine Of God'. Monster Magnet started as straight grungers, somewhere between Mudhoney and Boss Hog, and with their last album 'Powertrip' have ended up as tongue-in-cheek metal hellraisers. This is about halfway into that evolution, (stylistically, not chronologically), with a generous helping of psychedelia thrown in. "I got meat in my hands, got an eighth in my head," hisses Wyndorf on 'Black Mastermind'; "I'm gonna beat on this town till it's bled." Is right.
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