In case you hadn’t figured it out yet, Monster Magnet likes the smokey. To the infinities, apparently.
This album is so, so good. They finally got the perfect mix of awesome sound and killer riffs to make even the long, meandering songs (which are fewer and less meandering) pretty damn enjoyable. They even work in a sitar (“All Friends And Kingdom Come”) and a theremin (“Ego, The Living Planet”) so seamlessly that they don’t stand out oddly as they’re wont to do, but you also can’t imagine the songs without them.
This is one of my top rock star albums. With the heavy, churning riffs, I can go into full-on rock star pose–face scrunched, legs spread, air guitar, rocking back and forth–for the entire album without feeling the least bit self-conscious. Total escape into mega rock fantasy album. It doesn’t hurt that the songs flow so perfectly from one to another, both just in mood but also in continuation of sound.
The three best tracks are “Dopes To Infinity,” “Negasonic Teenage Warhead” (the hit), and “King Of Mars.” The two worst are the last two, which are separated by only one song from the epicness of the “King Of Mars” riff. So there are some sequencing problems here. And the last two tracks are the only times on the album where they get too navel-gazing, repetitive, and uninteresting. But gawd, by that point you’re so blown away that you just kind of kick back and let the glow of the first nine tracks take you through to the end as these guys bring it back to Earth.
– “Dopes To Infinity,” “Negasonic Teenage Warhead,” “Look To Your Orb For The Warning,” “All Friends And Kingdom Come,” “Ego, The Living Planet,” “Blow ‘Em Off,” Third Alternative,” “I Control, I Fly,” “King Of Mars,” “Dead Christmas”
– “Theme from ‘Masterburner’,” “Vertigo”
Filed Between: Monster Magnet’s Superjudge and Monster Magnet Interview Disc, White Zombie’s Sean Yseult interviews Dave Wyndorf
Song Notes: After the jump
- Dopes To Infinity –
- Negasonic Teenage Warhead –
- Look To Your Orb For The Warning –
- All Friends And Kingdom Come –
- Ego, The Living Planet – mostly an instrumental with some theremin, and some talking about talking to planets. Amazing that that single riff basically constitutes the entire song and I don’t hate it. I think it points to the amazing production, and that theremin worked in there keeps it interesting.
- Blow ‘Em Off – That bouncy little bass line here totally makes this work.
- Third Alternative –
- I Control, I Fly – Quotes “Inna Gadda Da Vida”
- King Of Mars –
- Dead Christmas – Almost a loungey thing going on. Definitely coming down off the mega of the last song.
- Theme From “Masterburner” –
- Vertigo –