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  • Audio CD (30 Mar. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B000002G15
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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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.

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The Red Bank, New Jersey based Monster Magnet released their second full-length studio album Superjudge in 1993, which contained the singles "Twin Earth" and "Face Down," as well as the Willie Dixon cover song `Evil,' and the Hawkwind cover song `Brianstorm.'

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.
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When you talk to a Monster Magnet fan, they usually tell you that their favourite album is Powertrip, Dopes To Infinity, or Spine Of God. It's like Superjudge didn't even exist. Even Dave Wyndorf has been known to shun it on occasion. What you need to know though, is that this record is the best thing they've ever done. Fuzzy guitars, with hints of Sabbath and Hawkwind (there's a cover of Brainstorm, but they way it's done makes it sound like Magnet and fits into the album well) was the way it went on here. The drums and bass are a bit low down in the production, which in itself is a bit fuzzy too, but that's also what gives this album it's atmosphere. Every song on the album is fine tuned to absorb the listener. You can lie down, close your eyes, and you don't even need narcotics to help conjur up weird images in your head. Or maybe that's just me?

For fans of fuzz/stoner/psychedelic/garage/acid rock.
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A good album i highly enjoy listen to it if you like black country communion as to me they sound pretty familiar i cant remember if singer on black Country is from monster magnet anyhow don't matter this album brilliant if you don't like rock then why are you looking at this if you do a worthy album for your collection.
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I know people who think this is a lousy record, but they're wrong. It just happens to come between two outstanding ones ("Spine of God" and "Dopes To Infinity"). "Cyclops Revolution" and "Cage Around The Sun" aren't up to scratch but the rest of it is fine, although perhaps the sprawling, kaleidoscopic mix Alan Moulder gave "Dopes" wouldn't have gone amiss here, where it sometimes gets a bit too brutally riff-mongous. Vocally and lyrically our Dave is on top form, though, and the covers are judicious and imaginatively handled. If there is a small amount of major-label malaise discernible here, it was certainly blown away by their next album. "Superjudge" may well suffer the same fate as Deep Purple's "Fireball" - which came between "In Rock" and "Machine Head" - but if they'd recorded nothing else people would probably be calling it a classic.
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And here it is, Monster Magnet's finest album, and, by extension, one of the finest albums in the whole genre of psychedelic rock 'n' roll.

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'.
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