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Monster Magnet

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

Background

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 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
19.45 - 21.00 DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER

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:

DVD1
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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Monster Magnet Video Interview Posted Online

A new video interview featuring Monster Magnet's Dave Wyndorf has been made available online. The interview was conducted during the band's appaearance at this year's Getaway Rock festival, which is currently taking place in Gavle, Sweden. You can now watch the interview in the player located below.

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Graspop Metal Meeting: Day Two

Being awoken by drunks at a festival is to be expected, being awoken by rain, was not. The second day of the Graspop Metal Meeting was considerably more dreary than the first when it came to weather, but just like the first day, there was still a fantastic lineup of metal to look forward to.

After deciding to stick around in the campsites for a little while, we headed into the main area to be greeted by the frustrating news that tonight's headliner, Ozzy Osbourne, has cancelled his performance due to laryngitis. Instead, second from top Judas Priest would be taking over the headlining position with an extended two hour set and Belgian metal veterans Channel Zero would be stepping in to fill the empty slot, bumping Whitesnake up the bill in the process.

Although we missed the first couple of bands on saturday, we arrived with plenty of time to catch the second band on the main stage, Italian gothic rockers Lacuna Coil. The band performed a solid set with material which focused mostly on their last three albums, "Comalies," "Karmacode" and "Shallow Life" and were on fine form. Although singer Cristina Scabbia receives much of the attention lavished on the band, her singing partner Andrea Ferro also deserves a huge amount of recognition, as both singers voices sounded absolutely perfect. The fans were clearly enjoying it too, otherwise they wouldn't have stayed throughout the entire set in the miserable weather, not just bearing the climate, but singing along and raising their hands too. Scabbia carried herself on stage with a real ballsy attitude, the kind that shows just how well women really can fit into rock and metal music, and was able to coax the crowd into singing as loud as they could for the Depeche Mode cover, "Enjoy The Silence." I must say there were a few songs I was hoping it would be included in the set that weren't, most notably, "Swamped," but nevertheless, they were still a captivating live spectacle and disappointed no-one.

It would then be a while before I was to catch another set in full, having only caught a few songs from Kylesa in one of the Marquees to avoid the rain and watching the first song from Greek power metal outfit Firewind before deciding it was time to eat. In any case, we made sure we were in Marquee 1 with plenty of time to spare to catch Triptykon, one of the main reasons I wanted to return to Graspop. Following their chilling, "Crucifixus" intro, the band broke into the Celtic Frost classic, "Procreation Of The Wicked." The song went down a storm but in all honesty, took some time to recognise as it has become a much slower and more doom metal laden affair than what is heard on the "Morbid Tales" album. It was truely a thrill to see Tom G. Warrior back on stage, displaying the dark intensity that has made him such a popular figure in metal music for almost three decades. He wasn't the only notable member of the band too, as Dark Fortress guitarist V. Santura was able to perform with total accuracy and bassist Vanja Slajh showed everyone that she has a mesmerising stage presence too. After "Procreation..." the band busted out one of their own tracks in the form of "Eparistera Daimones" opener, "Goetia," before heading back into more familiar territory with another Celtic Frost song, this time "Circle Of The Tyrants." Warrior thanked the fans afterwards, displaying the utmost sincerity and grattitude for the warm welcome the audience had given Triptykon, before launching into another Frost staple, "Babylon Fell." Only four songs into the set and it was time for the last, in this case, Triptykon's album closer, "The Prolonging." It takes some balls to perform a twenty minute song at a festival and it takes alot of musicianship and charisma to keep the crowd interested, which is exactly what they did. "The Prolonging" is clearly a song the group are very proud of, as performing it meant that they had to cut out other brilliant songs both of their own and the Frost catalogue. Having seen Celtic Frost before, I can say that seeing Triptykon is as close as one can get but with the added bonus of their own, outstanding material. I eagerly await seeing them again. More...

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Six More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's largest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that six more bands have been confirmed for this year's edition of the event. Atlanta based metal outfit Mastodon will be performing, as will Gwar, Moonsorrow, Kylesa, Protest The Hero and the recently reunited Corrosion Of Conformity. The festival will be held in the town of Dessel from June 24th - 26th and now features the following lineup: More...

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's premier heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced three more names for this year's edition of the festival. Thrash metal super group Dublin Death Patrol, which features Testament frontman Chuck Billy and Hatriot/former Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza, will be performing at the event, as will Rise To Remain, which includes Austin Dickinson, the son o iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, as well as All Shall Perish. The festival will take place in the toen of Dessel from June 24th-26th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Five More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that Black Label Society, Kreator, Duff McKagen's Loaded, Monster Magnet, and Legion Of The Damned have all been confirmed to play at the festival, which will take place in the town of Dessel from June 24th -26th. The lineup is now as follows:

Friday:
Scorpions (Headliners)
Volbeat
Korn
Journey
Foreigner
Iced Earth
Epica
Parkway Drive
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Heaven Shall Burn
Sepultura
Angel Witch
Kverlatak
The Black Dahlia Murder
FM
Endless Dark
Revoker
Arkona More...

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Zombie, Murderdolls, Monster Magnet Sidewaves Show

Several bands on 2011's Soundwave lineup are coming together for an off-date "Sidewaves" show down south. With the Melbourne festival sold out, fans will still be able to catch Rob Zombie, Murderdolls, Monster Magnet and Dommin live at Festival Hall on March 3rd. All ages and licensed areas are available. Tickets go on sale Friday November 26th from Ticketmaster.

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Monster Magnet Guitarist Quits

Monster Magnet has announced that longtime guitarist Ed Mundell has decided to leave the band after eighteen years. A message from frontman Dave Wyndorff reads as follows:

"After 18 years Ed's left Monster Magnet for 'personal reasons.' What can I say? He told me this two months ago and I gave him some time for him to perhaps reconsider but no go. It's a bummer, yeah but we've been through this kind of thing before. Make no mistake, Magnet goes on. We start the Mastermind tour tonight in Cologne, Germany with Phil Caivano and Garrett Sweeny handling duel guitar chores.

"I'd like to thank Ed for the immense talent he's brought to the band over the years and wish him good luck in whatever he decides to do next.

"Good luck Ed, we'll miss you!"

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