Superjudge [CASSETTE] Import
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180 grams audiophile vinyl / Insert / First 1000 numbered and limited coloured vinyl
About the Artist
In a musical era dominated by Nirvana and grunge, New Jersey native Dave Wyndorf and his Monster Magnet managed to set the world on fire with an abrasive bash of retro hard rock. A simple rehashing of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath riffs would never do, and so they set their minds to redefining those riffs to psychedelic effect, creating their own brand of Seventies inspired space-rock. Released in 1993, 'Superjudge' is their second album. The band somewhat abandon the feedback heavy jams of their debut in favor of groovy, and dare we say catchy, songs that still sound gritty enough to get that essential stoner feel. A hedonistic harvest from the mushrooms planted by Hawkind, Steppenwolf and Blue Cheer. --This text refers to the Vinyl edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The album has historically been somewhat overlooked by a section of fans because it came between the cult classic debut Spine Of God and the fan-favourite third album Dopes To Infinity, whilst being praised and hailed by another section of their fans for the sound that resulted for just that reason.
Superjudge finds the band playing retro-sounding big, riffy rock/metal but it also finds them at arguably their most psychedelic. The album is full of phazers, flanges, Eastern scales and crazy lyrics. It has an overall trippy, freaked out attitude amidst the big riffs and hard rocking, despite protestations from frontman Dave Wyndorf that the album didn't end up as effects-laden and progressive sounding as he'd initially planned.
Standout tracks include the six and a half minute `Dinosaur Vacume,' as well as the album closer `Black Balloon' which every Monster Magnet fan should enjoy, and of course the brilliant Eastern tinged album centerpiece `Cage The Sun.'
This was the first of many albums to feature Ed Mundell, who would go on to become a huge part of Monster Magnet for many years as well as well as helping found The Atomic Bitchwax. His contributions here help give the album a different flavour to the album and EPs which preceded it.Read more ›
For fans of fuzz/stoner/psychedelic/garage/acid rock.
For some, this is the band's last great moment before they step down an increasingly commercialised path. (Not, I should add, that I agree with this, but it's definitely a view held by a proportion of the Magnetised. Personally, I think anyone discounting the next five albums needs their head read, but there you go.) For Dave Wyndorf, it's a deeply incomplete album, released to the public before he'd had a chance to layer it with the effects he intended it to have: for a more fully-realised vision of what he intended, see 'Dopes To Infinity', which he by far and away prefers. But then, don't you so often find that bands are rarely that fond of their greatest record? Just look at Anthrax and their own lukewarm appraisal of 'Among The Living'. For me, you see, this is the Magnet at their peak for one reason alone: the best songs. And let's go further: THE best song, 'Black Balloon', last track on the record and finest song the band have ever given birth to, a beautiful, bitter, emotive piece of low-key genius that I'm happy to count amongst my personal favourites.
But this is hardly a 'one outstanding moment, everything else not bad' state of affairs. We have those wonderful tracks in which Dave mythologises himself as a cosmic spaced-out sex-god, such as `Cage Around The Sun' or the lyrically superb `Face Down', clear forbears to the whole `bestriding the solar system in demonic starborne flares' tunes on `Dopes...' and `Powertrip'.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Monster Magnet - you've got to love them, brilliant album.
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This is a great album, but then I do not think MM have made a bad album. Fantastic guitar work and the usual quirky MM lyrics make this a classic.Published on 5 May 2014 by P. Bridge