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Monster Magnet

Formed: 1989
From: NJ, United States
Last Known Status: Active


This space-rock 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 "It"s a satanic drug thing . . . you wouldn't understand'. The sound and songs drew on Wyndorf's 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 were 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 creative freedom. The resultant Superjudge, with new guitarist Ed Mundell, was, if anything, more intense, and saw Monster Magnet pay tribute to Hawkwind with an affectionate blast through "Brainstorm".

Their live shows remained an experience in themselves, with lighting engineer Tim Cronin's astral projection backdrop proving to be an essential component as the band whipped up a frenzy on stage, touring Europe with Paw and the USA with Raging Slab in 1994. Dopes To Infinity and Powertrip honed their space rock sound to perfection and established them as arguably the leaders of the genre. Guitarist Phil Caivano was brought into the line-up in 1998 to augment the band's live sound and help record God Says No.

Latest Monster Magnet News

Below is our complete Monster Magnet news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Monster Magnet Debut New Music Video

A new music video for the title track of Monster Magnet‘s new effort “Mindfucker” has debuted online. The new album will hit stores on March 23rd.

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Monster Magnet Debut New Song “Mindfucker”

Monster Magnet debut the title track to their new effort “Mindfucker“. Stream it below ahead of the album’s March 23rd release through Napalm Records.

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Monster Magnet European/UK Tour Announced

Monster Magnet announce a Europe/UK tour in support of their new album “Mindfucker“, which itself is scheduled for a March 23rd release on Napalm Records. Dates for the run are as follows: More...

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Monster Magnet To Release New Album March 2018

Monster Magnet's new album “Mindfucker” will arrive in stores on March 23rd via Napalm Records. Comments the band’s vocalist/guitarist Dave Wyndorf:

“‘Mindfucker‘ is a fuzzed out, headbangin’ celebration of hard rock and 21st century paranoia. Ten fuel injected, nitro burning tracks of fiery rock ‘n roll and garage psych madness, all done Monster Magnet style. It’s also an album that gets right to the point: the world is out of it’s fucking mind and I’m livin’ it….for better or worse.

It’s simple, really. In these crazy times I’ve been wanting to just drive my car at 100 miles per hour and howl, you know what I mean? So I wrote songs I can do that with. And with lyrics that don’t deny the times we’re living in. Feels good, feels right. Rock is alive, baby!” More...

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Rock Carnival Announces 2nd Year Details

New Jersey, get ready to rock harder than ever: the second annual Rock Carnival will take place on September 30th, October 1st and October 2nd in Lakewood, NJ at First Energy Park, home of the Lakewood Blue Claws.

As with its inaugural year, which drew a staggering 50,000+ attendees, the second annual Rock Carnival will feature classic carnival rides and entertainment, the most delicious food truck offerings, high-action pro wrestling, beer gardens pouring the tastiest of brews, and of course... the best in local, national and international rock and heavy metal music performances.

This year will introduce a "Classic Rewind" Friday night concert, featuring some special performances from 2015 acts returning to the event they loved. Three-day general admission and reserved seat weekend packages for this year's Rock Carnival go on sale Friday, May 13th at 12:00pm Eastern time.

The first wave of Rock Carnival live music entertainment to be announced is topped by single-day headliners Twisted Sister, whose performance will mark an official farewell show for the U.S. northeast. More...

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Monster Magnet Posts Lyric Video

After rearranged "Last Patrol" for a new release, Monster Magnet has gone back even further to 2010 and the "Mastermind" album, which is now coming out in a trippy new edition titled "Cobras And Fire (The Mastermind Redux)."

A lyric video for the new edition of "Watch Me Fade" can now be seen below. Monster Magnet's Dave Wyndorf comments:

"'Watch Me Fade' features one of my favorite musical combinations: heavy, old school organ and fuzz guitar. When I hear that sound I want to sing like some mad preacher. The lyrics started out as a love song but wound up being a paranoid rant about living in the 21st century. I'm sure somebody out there can relate, and ... it's only 3 minutes and 6 seconds which has to be some kind of record for Monster Magnet. Rock on."

"Cobras and Fire (The Mastermind Redux)" will be released via Napalm Records on October 9, 2015. The track listing is as follows:

1. She Digs That Hole
2. Watch Me Fade
3. Mastermind '69
4. Hallucination Bomb
5. Gods and Punks
6. The Titan
7. When The Planes Fall From the Sky
8. Ball of Confusion
9. Time Machine
10. I live Behind the Paradise Machine Evil Joe Barresi's Magnet Mash Vol.1 More...

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Monster Magnet Releasing "Cobras And Fire"

Dave Wyndorf and his henchmen seemingly had the time of their lives when they completely rearranged and boosted "Last Patrol" and christened it "Milking the Stars: A Re-imagining of Last Patrol."

Now Monster Magnet goes back even further to 2010 and the "Mastermind" album. Even if you know the album inside and out you won't be prepared in the slightest for the trip that is "Cobras and Fire (The Mastermind Redux)." Just think of the beast Apocalypse Now turned into in its Redux form. Familiar elements drift by and are swallowed whole by thundering psych orgies - Wyndorf often focuses on a singular song fragment and turns it into his ride to total Nirvana.

Today the first song from this new edition comes online - check out "Mastermind '69" below. Frontman Dave Wyndorf comments on the new album:

"Hey, hey! I'm pleased to announce the release of 'Cobras And Fire: The Mastermind Redux.' It's a re-imagining of material from 2010's 'Mastermind' album as an alternative listening experience that I think stands on it's own.

"With 'Cobras And Fire' I wanted to present these songs in a much stranger and dirtier atmosphere. Less classic rock and more...well, I'd guess I'd call it a deranged fusion of garage-psych, fuzz punk and movie soundtrack music.

"It's almost completely re-recorded (with the bulk of the guitar and bass playing by co-producer Phil Caivano) and as in Milking The Stars I've added organ, piano, sitars and more to flesh out a completely new sound for these tunes. There's also a Hawkwind/Pink Fairies inspired cover version of The Temptations 1969 classic 'Ball Of Confusion' with background vocals by Monster Magnet co-founder and Rib Eye Bros. frontman Tim Cronin. More...

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Monster Magnet Releases New Video

2013 saw the release of Monster Magnet's latest album "Last Patrol," and now comes "Milking the Stars," a reimagining of "Last Patrol" due out November 17th through Napalm Records.

Today Monster Magnet also releases a video for the song "The Duke," which can be seen below thanks to Brooklyn Vegan. The band worked with director Phil Mucci (Pig Destroyer, Opeth, Stone Sour) on the very NSFW video. Vocalist Dave Wyndorf comments:

"When I was a kid I'd sit in my room with my eyes closed, listening to albums and dreaming up spectacular images and stories to go along with the music. Ah, nothing beats youthful imagination.

"Fast forward to today and Monster Magnet has done plenty of music videos and try as I have, none of them ever replicated that particular hallucinatory fever that gripped me when I was young. That is until now. Phil Mucci has captured the 'science fiction noir' elements of Last Patrol and Milking The Stars and mainlined them into 'The Duke.' And I didn't have to do anything but provide the music and make a few notes. Oh, and have a few (extremely enjoyable) conversations with him on the phone.

"Mr. Mucci gets it. And the fact he's so talented means we all get to enjoy this bad-ass piece of 'fever dream pulp cinema'. Something tells me Phil used to listen to albums with his eyes closed when he was a kid too!" More...

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Monster Magnet Announces "Milking The Stars"

2013 saw the release of Monster Magnet's latest album "Last Patrol," and now comes "Milking the Stars," a re-imagining of "Last Patrol" due out November 18th via Napalm Records.

Today the artwork, track listing, and first song from "Milking the Stars" have been released. Vocalist Dave Wyndorf's pick for the first song he wanted fans to be exposed to is "No Paradise For Me." The song according to Wyndorf is "interesting, fucked up and old school sounding." Check it out below.

Wyndorf also comments on this new version of the album: "Milking the Stars is a 're-imagined' version of Last Patrol featuring four new songs and live tracks. This was a happy experiment for me. It's not a re-mix record by the current definition. It's more like Last Patrol in a "what if?" style alternate reality.

"What if these songs were recorded in 1968? What would happen if I turned a pretty song into an angry one? How would adding creepy organs and Mellotrons affect the emotional vibe of a song? These are just a few of the questions that roll around in my head when I write and record any album but this time I decided to actually answer them with fully fleshed out, recorded and mixed examples.

"The process actually created new songs. That's the icing on the cake for me. New sounds, new vocals, different instruments and arrangements make for a weird 1960's vibe totally apart from Last Patrol which was fun for Phil, Bob, Garrett, mixer Joe Barresi and myself to explore. More...

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Rock Hard Festival Live Stream Available

The Rock Hard Festival in Gelsenkirchen, Germany will be available via a live stream at this location this weekend. Bands scheduled to be broadcast are listed here (all times are CET):

Friday, June 6th (as of press time Triptykon is currently streaming):

21.30 - 23.00 TRIPTYKON

Saturday, June 7th:

21.30 - 23.00 CARCASS
19.45 - 21.00 SACRED REICH
18.15 - 19.15 OBITUARY
15.45 - 16.30 SÓLSTAFIR
14.45 - 15.25 SCREAMER

Sunday, June 8th:

18.10 - 19.20 ANNIHILATOR
16.30 - 17.40 MONSTER MAGNET
15.15 - 16.00 INSOMNIUM
14.05 - 14.50 ORPHANED LAND
13.00 - 13.40 BLUES PILLS More...

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Monster Magnet Streaming Alternate Song Version

Way back in October of 2006, Decibel Magazine made Monster Magnet's space rock voyage "Dopes to Infinity" just the 20th inductee to the Decibel Hall of Fame.

The leadoff title track set the tone for the triumphant stoner opus, and is one of the band's most beloved jams. Now, nearly 20 years later, Dave Wyndorf and the latest incarnation of the band revisit "Dopes to Infinity" for the Decibel Flexi series.

You can stream the new version right here and if you are a subscriber expect your copy soon, if not you can still order a copy as there are limited quantities available from the Decibel Store here.

Monster Magnet released new album "Last Patrol" this past October via Napalm Records.

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Monster Magnet Posts Bonus Track

Monster Magnet released new album "Last Patrol" this past October via Napalm Records and the band is now hitting the road for a first North American tour in over 10 years.

The tour will run through December 14th in New York, NY. Support on the tour will be come from Royal Thunder and Anti-Mortem (Zodiac was originally part of the tour but was denied visas and will not be on the bill). A complete last of dates can be found below.

Today Decibel Magazine is also hosting an exclusive premiere of one of the bonus tracks from "Last Patrol." The song "One Dead Moon" is only available on the Limited Edition Digipak, LP and deluxe digital versions of Last Patrol. Check it out below. More...

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Zodiac Denied Visas To Tour The U.S.

Zodiac was due to hit the road this month for its first-ever U.S. tour with Monster Magnet. Prosthetic Records has now issued the following statement about the band having to cancel the appearances due to visa issues:

"Unfortunately, Zodiac will not be joining Monster Magnet on their upcoming US tour due to being denied visas. We apologize & hopefully will be able to get them over sometime next year." More...

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Monster Magnet Streaming New Album

Monster Magnet's new album "Last Patrol" is out now via Napalm Records, and you can currently stream the full release in the player below, courtesy of Noisey.

The band's previously posted video for the song "Mindless Ones," which was directed by Tom Scharpling, can also be seen at this location. Monster Magnet's upcoming tour dates with Royal Thunder and Zodiac are available after the jump. More...

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Anthrax Bassist To Appear At New York Comic Con

MetalSucks has checked in with the following announcement about Anthrax and Monster Magnet appearing at the coming New York Comic Con:

"Next month, MetalSucks and Vertebrae33 will return to New York Comic Con for the third year in a row — and this time, our friends at Metal Injection are coming with us! The result? EASILY the most metal booth at the con!

"As has been the case for the past two years, in 2013 our booth will be stocked with brand new MetalSucks merch designs, free goodies from our friends at Nuclear Blast, and, oh yeah, some of metal’s heaviest hitters to sign your shit, take photos, and generally make you go all weak in the knees.

"This year’s guests will Monster Magnet guitarist/vocalist Dave Wyndorf on Friday, October 11 from 12-2 pm, and Anthrax bassist Frank Bello on Saturday, October 12 from 12-2 pm.

"We always have an amazing time at NYCC, and we’re expecting this year to be our most fun yet. Definitely come on by and say hello! Axl won’t bite, he promises.

"NYCC takes place from October 10 through 13. Four-day passes, three-day passes, and individual tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are already SOLD OUT, but there are still some tickets left for Thursday’s opening night festivities! Go here to get ‘em before they run out!"

More info can be found at MetalSucks.net here.

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Monster Magnet Premieres "Mindless Ones" Video

Monster Magnet completed work on a video for the song "Mindless Ones" and has teamed up with Metal Injection for the premiere at this location (also shown below). The video was directed by Tom Scharpling.

The track appears on the new album "Last Patrol," which is set for release on October 15th via Napalm Records. Dave Wyndorf and Phil Caivano produced "Last Patrol," while Evil Joe Barresi mixed the album with additional production duties handled by Matt Hyde. The artwork was created by John Sumrow with consultation coming from Chris Ryall and designs by Ryan Clark for Invisible Creatures Inc. The album will be available as a Limited Edition Digipak which contains two bonus tracks, standard CD, 2LP and digital format.

Monster Magnet have confirmed an in-store performance and signing at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, New Jersey on October 14th at 7:00 PM. In order to attend you must pre-order the album to receive a wristband. Go to this location for more information.

The track list for the album is:

1. I Live Behind the Clouds
2. Last Patrol
3. Three King Fishers
4. Paradise (streaming here)
5. Hallelujah
6. Mindless Ones
7. The Duke (streaming here)
8. End of Time
9. Stay Tuned

Check out the video for "Mindless Ones" here: More...

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Monster Magnet Streaming New Track "Mindless Ones"

Monster Magnet is streaming the new track "Mindless Ones" from the upcoming new album "Last Patrol." The album drops on October 18th (EU) and October 15th (USA/CAN) via Napalm Records. The album will be available in the following formats: Splattered multicolor vinyl edition, picture 2LP gatefold edition, dark purple 2LP edition, and limited edition digipak. Pre-orders can be made at this location.

The track listing is:

1. I Live Behind the Clouds
2. Last Patrol
3. Three King Fishers
4. Paradise
5. Hallelujah
6. Mindless Ones
7. The Duke (Of Supernature) (streaming here)
8. End of Time
9. Stay Tuned

Check out "Mindless Ones" here: More...

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Monster Magnet Announces New Album & Tour

Monster Magnet is back! The band has confirmed an October 15th North American release date for their new album entitled "Last Patrol" via Napalm Records. Today, Monster Magnet has unveiled the artwork and track list for the release. Dave Wyndorf and Phil Caivano produced Last Patrol, while Evil Joe Barresit mixed the album with additional production duties handled by Matt Hyde. The artwork was created by Johun Sumrow with consultation coming from Chris Ryall and designs by Ryan Clark for Invisible Creatures Inc. The album will be available as a Limited Edition CD, standard CD, 2LP and digital format.

In support of "Last Patrol," Monster Magnet will be embark on a full-blown North American Tour! Although the band has toured Europe relentlessly over the past decade, this is Monster Magnet's first full North American tour in over 10 years! The band is eager to hit the road in the states for the first time in what seems like forever. Prepare to hear Monster Magnet classics and new cuts from "Last Patrol" for the first time live! Support will come from Prosthetic Records artist Zodiac. The tour is scheduled to kick off November 14th in Grand Rapids, MI and will run through December 14th in New York, NY (see dates below).

Frontman Dave Wyndorf checked in with his thoughts about Last Patrol: "Last Patrol is a return to our roots in terms of vibe and recording style. It's full-on psychedelic space-rock with a 60's garage feel, recorded almost exclusively with vintage guitars, amps and effects in our hometown of Red Bank, NJ. The songs are a kind of Space-Noir, tales of cosmic revenge, peaking libidos, alienation and epic strangeness. It's a weird trip through the back alleys of a dark, retro-future, which not by coincidence very much resembles my own life. (laughs) The lyrics aren't fantasy really, rather a recounting of my musings on, observations of and general emotional reaction to my life and environment during a 1 week writing period in February of 2013. But I tend to use the vernacular and imagery of science fiction and surrealism to express myself and that's where these lyrics get trippy. There's also our cover version of Donovan's "Three Kingfishers" which I thought fit the mood of the album." More...

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My Sleeping Karma Finishes Recording New Album

My Sleeping Karma has just finished recording new songs and the upcoming album will be released at the end of September. Shortly after the release, My Sleeping Karma will support Monster Magnet on a European tour. A clip shot at the Metal Fest Austria is also available below.

12.11.12 NO - Bergen / Garage
13.11.12 NO - Haugesund / Byscenen
14.11.12 NO - Oslo / Rockefeller
16.11.12 FI - Tampere / Pakkahuone
17.11.12 FI - Helsinki / Tavistia Club
19.11.12 SE - Linkoping / Garden
20.11.12 DE - Hamburg / Grunspan
21.11.12 FR - Paris / La Maroquinerie
23.11.12 UK - London / Electric Ballroom
24.11.12 UK - Manchester / Academy 2
26.11.12 DE - Stuttgart / Longhorn
27.11.12 AT - Vienna / Arena
29.11.12 CH - Pratteln / Pratteln Z7
30.11.12 CH - Zurich / Plaza
01.12.12 DE - Erfurt / Stadtgarten
03.12.12 DE - Aschaffenburg / Colos Saal
04.12.12 DE - Saarbrücken / Garage
06.12.12 DE - Krefeld / Kulturfabrik
07.12.12 BE - Brussels / Ancienne Belgique
08.12.12 NL - Eindhoven / Speedfest 7 More...

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"Monsters Of Metal - Vol. 8" Release Pushed Back

The release date for the upcoming compilation “Monsters of Metal - Vol. 8” on DVD/Blu-Ray with 90 music videos and over 400 minutes of pure metal is postponed until March 16th, 2012.

The compilation includes two DVDs and one Blu-ray with clips from bands like Nightwish, Edguy, Dimmu Borgir, Amorphis, Hammerfall, Accept, Blind Guardian, Avantasia, Deathstars, Monster Magnet, Leaves' Eyes, Tristania, Nevermore, Lacuna Coil, Arch Enemy, Machine Head, Opeth and more.

The track list is as follows:

01 Nightwish - Storytime
02 Deathstars - Metal
03 Pain - The Great Pretender
04 Amorphis - You I Need
05 Opeth - The Devils Orchard
06 Lacuna Coil - Within Me
07 Therion - Kali Yuga Part 3: Autumn Of The Aeons
08 Leaves Eyes - Take The Devil In Me
09 Tristania - Year Of The Rat
10 Draconian - The Last Hour Of Ancient Sunlight
11 Saltatio Mortis - Hochzeitstanz
12 Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Dr. Pest
13 Monster Magnet - Gods & Punks
14 Graveyard - Hisingen Blues
15 Seventh Void - Heaven Is Gone
16 Chrome Division - Bulldogs Unleashed
17 Dream Theater - On The Backs Of Angels
18 Gotthard - Remember Its Me
19 Edguy - Robin Hood
20 Blind Guardian A Voice In The Dark
21 Accept - Pandemic
22 Sabaton - Screaming Eagles
23 Hammerfall - One More Time
24 Rhapsody Of Fire - Sea Of Fate
25 Avantasia - Dying For An Angel
26 Powerwolf - We Drink Your Blood
27 Grave Digger - Rebellion Live@Wacken
28 Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
29 Tarot - Wings OfDarkness
30 Bullet - Stay Wild
31 Steelwing - The Illusion
32 Enforcer - Midnight Vice
33 Skullfist - Head Of The Pack
34 White Wizzard - Over The Top
35 Cauldron - Chained Up In Chains
36 Huntress - Eight Of Swords
37 Battle Beast - Into The Metalworld
38 Armored Saint - Left Hook From Right Field
39 Nevermore - Born
40 Alestorm - Shipwrecked
41 Turisas - Stand Up And Fight
42 Heidevolk - Nehalennia
43 Trollfest - Die VerdammteHungersnot
44. Milking The Goatmachine -The Wolf Is Dead More...

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