What sucks most about this album is that it’s so much like their later, excellent albums. It’s made up of heavy, fuzzed-out guitars and mythical space drug lyrics, but instead it comes off as a caricature of stoner rock. It’s kind of the reverse of GVSB where all the same stuff was present as later albums, but this time it’s the later stuff that’s superior.
The main problem is that they forgot to write good hooks. It’s like they had an idea about how to update Hawkwind for the 90’s, and so they modernized Hawkwind’s sound, but neglected to do so with music anybody would want to listen to.
There are other major sins, too. There’s the ridiculous, sophomoric worship of marijuana in the lyrics and the lighter and bong sound effects that make it sound like Spinal Tap does stoner metal. It sounds awful. And they’ve got a number of epic tracks that are there only because 70’s-style stoner rock has to have some song lengths around eight minutes or more, not because the songs warrant that kind of repetition.
The best thing I can say about this album is that “Sin’s A Good Man’s Brother” would be quite good if the sound quality weren’t awful.
Monster Magnet would end up being a progenitor of stoner metal and write some excellent albums. But this early release contains only the faintest hint of what’s to come. If this had been the first thing of theirs I’d heard, I don’t know if I would have given them another chance. It’s awful.
– “Pill Shovel,” “Medicine,” “Black Mastermind,” Snake Dance,” “Sin’s A Good Man’s Brother”
– “Nod Scene,” “Zodiac Lung,” “Spine Of God,” “Ozium,” “Ozium (Demo)”
Song Notes: After the jump