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Monster Magnet — Cobras and Fire (A Mastermind Redux)

Monster Magnet — Cobras and Fire (A Mastermind Redux) (October 9th, 2015)

  Monster Magnet — Cobras and Fire (A Mastermind Redux) Monster Magnet — Cobras and Fire (A Mastermind Redux) (October 9th, 2015)Ξ★Ξ   New Jersey retro–rockers who delivered sludgy, drug–fueled, and feedback–heavy hard rock from their debut in the late ‘80s. Monster Magnet’s style is heavily influenced by 1970s heavy metal and space rock bands such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Hawkwind, Captain Beyond and Sir Lord Baltimore. In addition to recording covers such as Black Sabbath’s “Into the Void” (Master of Reality, 1971) and Hawkwind’s “Brainstorm” (Doremi Fasol Latido, 1972), Wyndorf sometimes incorporated elements of space rock staples into his own songs. For instance, the Dopes to Infinity title track borrows some of its lyrics from “Lord of Light” (ibid.), and Superjudge’s “Twin Earth” is a reinterpretation of Captain Beyond’s “Mesmerization Eclipse” (Captain Beyond, 1972). The main guitar riff to the track Dopes To Infinity is lifted from The Sir Lord Baltimore song “Woman Tamer” (Sir Lord Baltimore,1971). Location: Red Bank ~~ Tinton Falls, New Jersey, USA
Styles: Alternative/Indie Rock, Hard Rock, Neo–Psychedelia
Album release: October 9, 2015
Record Label: Napalm Records
Duration:     63:53 + Disc 2
Disc 1
01 She Digs That Hole     5:48 
02 Watch Me Fade     3:06 
03 Mastermind ‘69     6:28 
04 Cobras and Fire (Hallucination Bomb)     9:17 
05 Gods, Punks and the Everlasting Twilight     6:58 
06 The Titan     3:49 
07 When the Planes Fall from the Sky [Sitar and Psych Version]     5:50 
08 Ball of Confusion     7:24 
09 Time Machine     6:19 
10 I Live Behind the Paradise Machine: Evil Joe Barresi’s Magnet Mash, Vol.1     8:54 
Disc 2
01 The Titan
02 When the Planes Fall from the Sky [Sitar and Psych Version]
03 Ball of Confusion
04 Time Machine
05 I Live Behind the Paradise Machine: Evil Joe Barresi’s Magnet Mash, Vol. 1
Written by:
★   Philip Caivano / Dave Wyndorf     1
★   Dave Wyndorf     2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10
★   Barrett Strong / Norman Whitfield     8Credits:
Ξ★Ξ   Puddin Aylward Photography
Ξ★Ξ   Joe Barresi Mixing
Ξ★Ξ   Philip Caivano Composer, Guitar, Guitar (Bass), Producer
Ξ★Ξ   Dave Collins Mastering
Ξ★Ξ   Tim Cronin Vocals (Background)
Ξ★Ξ   Jeff Levine Organ
Ξ★Ξ   Bob Pantella Drums, Percussion
Ξ★Ξ   Robert Ryan Shruti Box, Tamboura
Ξ★Ξ   Sara Stadtmiller Photography
Ξ★Ξ   Barrett Strong Composer
Ξ★Ξ   Garrett Sweeny Guitar
Ξ★Ξ   Norman Whitfield Composer
Ξ★Ξ   Dave Wyndorf Composer, Guitar, Keyboards, Producer, VocalsAllMusic Review by Thom Jurek; Score: ***½
★   After 2014's Milking the Stars: A Re–Imagining of Last Patrol, it's tempting — at least at first glance — to greet Cobras and Fire (A Mastermind Redux) with some degree of suspicion. After all, why do two remake albums in a row? Simple. In an interview at the time of Milking the Stars' release, Monster Magnet's Dave Wyndorf claimed he was so pleased with the results that he was already at work on something crazier. He wasn't lying; this is it. Where 2010's Mastermind was a well–produced (some would argue overly so) exercise in '70s hard rock, Cobras and Fire is saturated in swirling, fuzzed–out, sprawling, hard space psych. Of the ten tracks here, only five are actually redos from Mastermind proper. Other jams are essentially brand-new recordings from smeared strains, riffs, and vamps from that set. First single "She Digs That Hole" is dominated by a humming bass and distorted vocal. When the blasting wah–wah guitars kick in, it's rawer and wilder than the original. That said, it never loses the boogie, even when it careens into the red zone. Conversely, it's odd to hear the power chord riffing of "Gods and Punks" — done here as "Gods, Punks and the Everlasting Twilight" — transformed into a slow, menacing ballad that threatens with sinister intent, but never releases its tension. "Mastermind '69" is fueled by organs and plucked sitars, and illumined by spiky guitar fills and reverbed drums. The title track is actually a new version of "Hallucination Bomb." The plodding riff from the original is replaced by droning sitars and acoustic six–strings with reverbed electrics pulsing percussively in the backdrop. At three minutes it begins to pick up steam; at four it explodes into a thudding, squalling acid–drenched burner. A cover of the Temptations' classic "Ball of Confusion" is all but unrecognizable. Forget psychedelic soul; this version creates a collision between Space Ritual–era Hawkwind and the Edgar Broughton Band of Wasa Wasa. The stoner strut of "When the Planes Fall from the Sky" is subtitled "Sitar and Psych Version" here, and it is. It’s slower but no less heavy as the East Indian instrument takes over the guitar solo role amid wafting organs, echo chambers, and ugly, greasy, walloped tom–toms. At nearly nine minutes, closer “I Live Behind the Paradise Machine: Evil Joe Barresi’s Magnet Mash, Vol. 1” is a loosely knit sonic assemblage of bits and bites from various Mastermind tunes — and other sources. It doesn't really go anywhere — other than oblivion, which admittedly might have been the point — but it does provide a nice trance vibe to go out on. Like Milking the Stars, Cobras and Fire creates something almost wholly other, a new way of hearing these songs free from the moorings of their sources. It adds another dimension to Monster Magnet’s ever expanding musical persona. ★   http://www.allmusic.com/
★   Alpha and the Omega. The only original member of the band left, Wyndorf spearheads the creative process when it comes to Magnet music, so it makes perfect sense that he did exactly what he wanted with their latest studio album, ‘Last Patrol.’ More reminiscent of old–school rock and roll, ‘Last Patrol’ proves to be an album like few others in today’s music scene.
★   Ahead of the release of ‘Last Patrol,’ Loudwire caught up with Wyndorf to talk all things music, from the new album to his first North American tour in a decade to what’s coming next for Magnet (hint: it’s another new album).
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