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Friday, October 10, 2008

Album Of The Day-Monster Magnet-"Dopes To Infinity" (1995)

Monster Magnet is one of my favorite all-time bands, and "Dopes To Infinity" is one of my favorite all-time albums, that is why I am making it the Album Of The Day. If you have never heard this album before, crawl out from the rock you've been living under and crank this one up to 11.


One of the last great heavy metal/psychedelic combinations, the early '80s tour "Black & Blue" featured Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult laying waste to stoned freaks nationwide. First you'd get blitzed by BOC's post-Armageddon, intellectual metal space show--"Don't Fear the Reaper", "Godzilla", and so on--and then, while everyone's brains were still reeling from too much rat weed and cheap booze, Sabbath would come out and bash everyone square between the eyes with two-ton riffs. Black and blue indeed. The members of Monster Magnet no doubt took in a few of these shows as whelps and have absorbed and regurgitated everything that made that tour so great on their record Dopes to Infinity. Witness some of the heaviest riffs you'll ever hear, and be dazzled by subtle acoustic numbers and instrumental wizardry. And if that's not enough for you, they've even thrown in a certified hit in "Negasonic Teenage Warhead", equal amounts BOC's "Godzilla" and Cream's "White Room." Like Kyuss and Corrosion of Conformity, Monster Magnet has suckled at Sabbath's teat, and though they owe the Sabs their existence, they've grown up and created their own vision. This is by far the best, most fully and successfully realized Monster Magnet record and will no doubt stand as one of the classic psychedelic metal albums of all time. --Adem Tepedelen

Track Listing:

01. "Dopes to Infinity" (Wyndorf) – 5:43
02. "Negasonic Teenage Warhead" (Wyndorf) – 4:28
03. "Look to Your Orb for the Warning" (Wyndorf) – 6:32
04. "All Friends and Kingdom Come" (Wyndorf) – 5:38
05. "Ego, the Living Planet" (Wyndorf) – 5:07
06. "Blow 'em Off" (Wyndorf) – 3:51
07. "Third Alternative" (Wyndorf) – 8:33
08. "I Control, I Fly" (Kleiman/Wyndorf) – 3:18
09. "King of Mars" (Wyndorf) – 4:33
10. "Dead Christmas" (Wyndorf) – 3:54
11. "Theme from 'Masterburner'" (Calandra/Wyndorf) – 5:06
12. "Vertigo" (Wyndorf) – 5:41


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1 comment:

  1. I know that the band should be a "must-have" for fans of this blog but they didn't reach me in over 10 years of trying.


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