Monster Magnet

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Tags: stoner rock hard rock rock seen live metal stoner stoner metal Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

This space-rock revivalist band was formed in New Jersey, USA in 1989 by David Wyndorf (vocals/guitar, ex-Shrapnel), with John McBain (guitar), Joe Calandra (bass) and Jon Kleiman (drums). After a couple of self-released tapes and a rather self-indulgent debut album, Monster Magnet suddenly found broad press and public support with Spine Of God, despite the back cover disclaimer that ‘It’s a satanic drug thing... you wouldn’t understand’. The sound and songs drew on Wyndorf’s obsession with late 60s psychedelia, music and culture, producing a hypnotic set that blended Space Ritual -era Hawkwind -style with an MC5 / Black Sabbath guitar barrage and a liberal sprinkling of drug references, all played with a 90s venom. The band was quick to capitalize, touring almost non-stop around Europe and the USA, and, following a US tour with Soundgarden, they lost McBain but gained a contract with A&M Records, who were happy to give the band...

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