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Comment: Original Glitterhouse Records ‎pressing from 1992 - GRCD 172 - 1. Pill Shovel 4:00 2. Medicine 3:21 3. Nod Scene 6:46 4. Black Mastermind 6:13 5. Zodiac Lung 4:44 6. Spine Of God 8:02 7. Snake Dance 3:10 8. Sin\'s A Good Man\'s Brother 3:31 9. Ozium 8:01
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  • Audio CD (24 May 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Glitterhouse
  • ASIN: B000024578
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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By A Customer on 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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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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its a Satanic Drug Thing ...you wouldn't understand 5 Mar. 2001
By J. Wolfson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Monster Magnet... so much can be said about these Jersey boys gone bad. When I first heard this record, about a year or two after it's release, I was pretty blown away.
Recorded in the wake of a glam rock explosion, this is probably my favorite record which has no discernable production value whatsoever. A backlash if there ever was one, Spine Of God is the polar opposite of a Poison or Slaughter record stylistically, yet the subject matter (drugs, girls and drugs) is about as over the top as possible. Dave Wyndorf, the megalomaniacal singer, tells us not to "yank on the Spine of God", and if you don't want whatever happened to him to happen to you, you had better not. With his "Pill Shovel" he bashes our heads and drops a hundred tabs of acid on our ears' tongues. Whee!, its a ride and you would be advised to keep your head and arms inside the cabin at all times.
This is considered by some to be Magnet's best album, and I would have to agree. The peak of fearless lyrics and former lead guitarist John McBain's spacy playing are appealing to say the least. Sure, the guiars are fuzzed to the point of utter confusion and the drums sound like they were recorded in a deep well, but it's all part of the party. This brand of rock and roll is supposed to sound dirty. The following album (Superjudge) mostly matches the feel of Spine Of God but updates the production 200%, which was probably inevitable; Spine, however, remains unmatched in raw power.
Lately Magnet has been receiving feverish attention from music critics and has appeared on two magazine covers, which to me seems awfully late. Although I haven't heard the new record (God Says No, unreleased by 3/5/01) I can't imagine that the boys from Red Bank, NJ have changed their sound so much as to warrant this attention. If you've read the recent articles etc. about Monster Magnet and you want to hear them at their mind-f**ked best, pick up Spine Of God. It'll blow the doors off your head.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The spawn of stoner rock. 30 Sept. 2003
By High Duke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the album that spawned the stoner rock genre of the 90's. Monster Magnet have not been this perfect since! This album touches 3 eras of hard rock and metal. The opening track "Pill Shovel" starts off with a wacko drum solo, powered by a Stooges riff and then turning into a lazy riff-fest that exemplifies the Magnet sound. "Medicine" is the closest the band get to raising the Stooges from the dead. "Nod Scene" is a tune at once mellow and heavy. It's quiet parts define stoner rock and it's chugging riff at the chorus is..great. "Black Mastermind" is a nod to the mighty Sabbath with it's whirlwind jam at the end. "Zodiac Lung" is a study in versatility, the quietest moment on the album and the closest they get to Pink Floyd-style ambience. They evoke the ghost of Hawkwind in the classic "Spine of God" complete with a sitar solo! "Snake Dance" is another rave-up rocker, while the cover of Grand Funk's "Sin's a Good Man's Brother" is ten times blusier and sleazier. They top the original here. The album ends with "Ozium", a sprawling, murky sea of guitars and organs. Kinda like what Iron Butterfly would sound like today. This is Magnet's greatest album, a potpourri of hard-rock references that takes the best from the past, mixes & mashes, and hurls it towards the future. Magnet's other albums are great, but it'll be hard for them to the spirit they captures here. This is the truest amalgamation of Black Sabbath and the Stooges EVER!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The precursor to stoner rock! 18 April 2000
By HUSKY BOY SUPERMODEL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the album that spawned the stoner rock genre of the 90's. Monster Magnet have not been this perfect since! This album touches 3 eras of hard rock and metal. The opening track "Pill Shovel" starts off with a wacko drum solo, powered by a Stooges riff and then turning into a lazy riff-fest that exemplifies the Magnet sound. "Medicine" is the closest the band get to raising the Stooges from the dead. "Nod Scene" is a tune at once mellow and heavy. It's quiet parts define stoner rock and it's chugging riff at the chorus is..great. "Black Mastermind" is a nod to the mighty Sabbath with it's whirlwind jam at the end. "Zodiac Lung" is a study in versatility, the quietest moment on the album and the closest they get to Pink Floyd-style ambience. They evoke the ghost of Hawkwind in the classic "Spine of God" complete with a sitar solo! "Snake Dance" is another rave-up rocker, while the cover of Grand Funk's "Sin's a Good Man's Brother" is ten times blusier and sleazier. They top the original here. The album ends with "Ozium", a sprawling, murky sea of guitars and organs. Kinda like what Iron Butterfly would sound like today. This is Magnet's greatest album, a potpourri of hard-rock references that takes the best from the past, mixes & mashes, and hurls it towards the future. Magnet's other albums are great, but it'll be hard for them to the spirit they captures here. This is the truest amalgamation of Black Sabbath and the Stooges EVER!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monster Magnet - 'Spine Of God' (Caroline) 28 Dec. 2005
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1992, as this was Monster Magnet's first full-length lp. I've always felt 'Spine Of God' was a very good (near great, actually) album in the way that it apparently displays the strong influences the band has of artists like the MC 5, Hawkwind, Stooges, Hendrix and Blue Cheer. Tunes I thought that leave a long lasting impression were "Medicine", the ass-kicking "Nod Scene", "Zodiac Lung", "Snake Dance" and the guy's tribute to 'those who really do' blow weed rather than just slam the past time activity "Ozium". Should appeal to most stoners, head-bangers and acid heads. Wait a minute, what is this, junior high? Shouldn't put labels on people for how they chose to live their lives. Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one that started it all. 7 April 2003
By Eric Moen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Hands down, this album is what the 60's & 70's should have been. From beginning to end, this album is powerful, soul-stirring, & awe-inspiring. It laid down many hallmarks that were Magnet signatures well into "Dopes to Infinity." The lyrical content does not have quite the "cosmic" feel that later albums did, but it still has that Dave Wyndorf feel of "If only I culd figure out what this means, I'll realize the important message he's trying to tell me here." If there's anything missing from the album, it's the lack of solos. Of course, this is becuase Ed Mundell had not joined the band yet. Still, I would not change the title track for anything. "Nod Scene," "Medicine," & "Sin's a Good Man's Brother" (a Grand Funk Railroad cover) are great examples of the Magnet's hard-hitting style, while tracks like "Black Mastermind" & "Ozium" are trippy enough to get you high without need of drugs. All in All, this album is a must-have for any serious Magnet fan, though I can't imagine a hardcore Magnet lover that doesn't already own this work of art.
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