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Set the bar very high,
This review is from: Spine Of God (Audio CD)
I felt compelled to write a review for this most wonderful of albums after I noticed that there were only four stars next to it and all other MM albums have five. Surely some mistake: the band's first proper full-length work (discounting the truly awful 'Tab') is a masterpiece. Not blazingly metallic like 'Powertrip' or as hazily gorgeous as 'Dopes to Infinity', 'Spine of God's strength lies in it's more earthy, low-budget feel. This is Monster Magnet sounding like they actually are in the Seventies, rather than a Nineties band trying to hark back to that era. From the opening drum roll of the trippy 'Pill Shovel' to the feedback-strewn fade-out of the brilliant 'Ozium', this is full-on Space Rock of the absolute highest order. The title track is a towering monster worthy of Sabbath, 'Medicine' and 'Snake Dance' roar out of the speakers with blistering energy and the 'Zodiac Lung' is a twisted ballad par excellence. All MM albums have their worth (except the aforementioned 'Tab'), but 'Spine...' set the template for the band's genius. Easily superior to the disappointing 'Monolithic Baby' and the somewhat flaccid 'Superjudge', 'Spine of God' is an absolutely essential purchase.
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Initial post: 26 Sep 2008 14:43:46 BDT
Quite right about how glorious this album is but quite WRONG about the incredible Tab album. It might not be to everyone's tastes but Tab is a truly extraordinary slab of drug rock at its absolute best. Try again man!
In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2015 07:11:42 BDT
Nev Daimler says:
Yeah, I was hard on old Tab, wasn't I?
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