|Genres:||Heavy Metal Pop / Rock Spoken Word|
|Tags:||stoner rock hard rock rock seen live metal stoner stoner metal|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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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 Its a satanic drug thing... you wouldnt understand. The sound and songs drew on Wyndorfs 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...