Monster Magnet – Mastermind

The last couple of years it seemed that Monster Magnet were on the verge of disappearing into obscurity. Albums such as God Says No, Monolithic Baby and 4-Way Diablo were decent albums, but never quite managed to recapture the magic of Superjudge and Dopes To Infinity. On top of this all singer, guitarist and mastermind Dave Wyndorf overdosed on prescription drugs, yet he luckily survived. Not the best of circumstances to release a new album, but  nevertheless here’s Mastermind!

To put it simple, Mastermind marks a return to the roots of Monster Magnet. I usually get really suspicious and frankly quite bored when a band tries to recapture the magic of old, but Wyndorf and Co. really managed to pull it off in grandiose fashion. The band sound like reborn on Mastermind, culminating in memorable songs like Hallucination Bomb, Bored With Sorcery, Perish In Fire and When Planes Fall From The Sky.

The guitar sound on Mastermind is nice and dirty again, recalling the old vibe from Superjudge and Dopes To Infinity. When the psychedelic effects on The Titan Who Cried Like A Baby, 100 Million Miles and the aforementioned Hallucination Bomb, Bored With Sorcery and When Planes Fall From The Sky kicks in, you can only conclude that Monster Magnet is back with a vengeance.

The production on Mastermind is gritty, enhancing the whole stoner rock vibe and the album has the perfect dirty rock ‘n’ roll edge.

David Wyndorf said that he wanted to make an album that really rocks. I’d say: mission accomplished!

written by Raymond Westland

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