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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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Amorphis Confirms Festival Appearance

Finnish progressive metallers Amorphis have announced their participation in the upcoming 2010 edition of the Aalborg Metal Festival. Aalborg Metal Festival 2010 is set to take place November 5-6, 2010 at Studenterhuset in Aalborg, Denmark. Other notable acts scheduled to appear include Immolation, Napalm Death, Katatonia and Pestilence.

The Aalborg Metal Festival 2010 is as follows:
100 KNIFES INSIDE
AMORPHIS
BY THE PATIENT
CHAINFIST
CROCELL
DAWN OF DEMISE
DØDNING
FETUS IN FETU
ILLDISPOSED
IMMOLATION
INCORRECT
KATATONIA
MACABRE
MONSTER MAGNET
NAPALM DEATH
ORPHANED LAND
PESTILENCE
PSYCODE
SCARRED BY BEATUY
SEVENTH VOID
STUCK MOJO
VIRA
WALKING THE CADAVER

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Monster Magnet Reveals New Album Details

New Jersey hard rock/metal act Monster Magnet have revealed details regarding the band's upcoming studio album. The album, titled "Mastermind," is planned for release sometime in mid-October.

"Mastermind" tracklisting:
1. Hallucination Bomb
2. Bored with Sorcery
3. Dig That Hole
4. Gods and Punks
5. The Titan Who Cried Like A Baby
6. Mastermind
7. 100 Million Miles
8. Perish In Fire
9. Time Machine
10. When the Planes Fall from the Sky
11. Ghost Story
12. All Outta Nothin’

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Iron Maiden To Headline Soundwave 2011

British heavy metal icons Iron Maiden have been confirmed as the headlining act for next year's edition of Australia's Soundwave festival. Also on the bill will be American thrash metal legends Slayer, shock rocker Rob Zombie, hardcore outfit Terror and former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash amongst others. Iron Maiden will also perform two arena shows in February.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Monster Magnet To Release New Album This Summer

Speaking with MetalInjection at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards recently, Monster Magnet guitarist Ed Mundell confirmed that the band are planning to release a brand new studio album this summer.

"We're about to finish a new record that going to be out in the summer," says Mundell. There's 15 tracks and Dave is doing the vocals right now. We're waiting for him to finish it up. It's gonna be more space rock and Stooges." More...

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Monster Magnet Signs To Napalm Records

Napalm Records have announced the signing of New Jersey rockers Monster Magnet. The band is currently writing new material to record in January.

Commented front man Dave Wyndorf: “I'm really looking forward to joining the roster at Napalm Records and working with them on future endeavors. Our plan is to record our next studio album with Matt Hyde starting in January, for a release early this summer. And with a new album comes a new run or two of live shows! Stay tuned - we're comin' to your town!”

Markus Riedler, Napalm Records Managing Director also stated: ”It is an honor to cooperate with a scene icon such as Dave Wyndorf! He’s very enthusiastic, full of energy and together, we want to rock through the coming years! The new album will be killer and fans should make sure to check out the high-energy live show of the band! 2010 will be the year of Monster Magnet!”

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Monster Magnet Planning Unplugged Tour

In a recent interview with Australia's PyroMusic.net, Monster Magnet mainman Dave Wyndorf revealed some of the bands plans for the future. You can check out some excerpts from the chat below.

Pyromusic.net: I understand you also have another musical project in the works - can you shed some light on this perhaps?

Dave Wyndorf: I'm writing stuff now, in between tours. I'd like to get a new Monster Magnet album out in 2010. I also seem to be writing lots of little, weird songs lately as well and I'm thinking of releasing them as a separate project rather than calling it a Monster Magnet album. Also, Monster Magnet is planning a, well for lack of a better word, unplugged tour featuring songs from the Monster Magnet catalogue that have never before played live. Very psychedelic and very bluesy. Cool instrumentation too -sitar, mellotron, percussion, slide guitars, it sounds fuckin' awesome!" More...

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Monster Magnet Announces Australian Tour

Monster Magnet has announced that they will be embarking on their first headlining tour of Australia in ten years this year. A message from the band states: "You'll swim in the sweat of a million orgies" This is rock 'n' roll- raw, uncensored and uncut."

The tour dates are as follows:

September 5 Brisbane, Australia - The Hi-fi
September 6 Sydney, Australia - Metro
September 8 Melbourne, Australia - Billboard
September 10 Perth, Australia - Metropolis Fremantle

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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop Festival 2009

The organizers of Belgium's premier metal festival Graspop Metal Meeting has announced some more big names for this years edition of the event. New additions to the friday are tribal metal act Soulfly and British power metal band Dragonforce. Saturday features Korn, Death Angel, Journey, Monster Magnet, All Shall Perish, Duff McKagen's Loaded, Five Finger Death Punch and No Use For A Name. Finally, the new bands confirmed for the sunday are Lamb Of God, Children Of Bodom, Nightwish, All That Remains, Sick Of It All, Suicidal Tendencies and Warbringer. More bands will be announced soon.

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Monster Magnet Announce Tour Dates

MONSTER MAGNET has scheduled the following dates:

June 20 - Scheessel, GER - Hurricane Festival
June 21 - Neuhausen Ob Eck, GER - Southside Festival
June 24 - London, UK - Astoria
June 25 - Brussels, BEL - AB
June 27 - Gothenburg, SWE - Metal Town
June 28 - Oslo, NOR - Sentrum Scene More...

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Monster Magnet Mainman To Guest On The Metal File

MONSTER MAGNET mainman Dave Wyndorf will be the featured guest on "The Metal File" with Mike Metal this Friday night, November 23 at midnight (technically Saturday morning) on CHOM 97.7 FM in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

You can listen to the show live via the Internet at www.chom.com.

MONSTER MAGNET's new album, "4-Way Diablo", recently entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 81. The CD, which was produced by Matt Hyde and features a cover version of THE ROLLING STONES' "2,000 Light Years from Home", previously landed on the Swedish chart at No. 51. The album sold 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Check out audio samples on the band's MySpace page.

MONSTER MAGNET's last studio album, "Monolithic Baby", was released in 2004 via SPV.

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Monster Magnet's New Album Lands On Swedish Charts

MONSTER MAGNET's new album, "4-Way Diablo", has entered the Swedish chart at position No. 51. The CD was produced by Matt Hyde and features a cover version of THE ROLLING STONES' "2,000 Light Years from Home".

Check out audio samples on the band's MySpace page.

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Stream Monster Magnet's Entire New Album Online

MONSTER MAGNET's new album, "4 Way Diablo", is available for streaming in its entirety on the band's MySpace page. Due on November 2 via SPV Records, the CD was produced by Matt Hyde and features a cover version of THE ROLLING STONES' "2,000 Light Years from Home".

"4 Way Diablo" track listing:

01. 4 Way Diablo
02. Wall of Fire
03. You're Alive
04. Blow Your Mind
05. Cyclone
06. 2000 Light Years from Home (THE ROLLNG STONES cover)
07. No Vacation
08. I'm Calling You
09. Solid Gold
10. Freeze and Pixillate
11. A Thousand Stars
12. Slap in the Face
13. Little Bag of Gloom More...

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Monster Magnet Singer Talks Solo Album And More

Metal Hammer Germany recently conducted an interview with MONSTER MAGNET singer Dave Wyndorf.

While talking about the band's new album, 4-Way Diablo, and his peculiar lyrics, Dave revealed his plans for the near future.

According to Dave, he has three plans right now:

1. Finishing his album with movie-soundtracks. There is no film actually that uses his tunes, but it shall be film-music anyway.

2. Completing a solo record. Release date and album title are not confirmed yet, but it shall consists of peculiar and small songs. A lot with piano and somehow similar to Monster Magnet's smaller and mellower songs.

3. Finish another Monster Magnet record, as the songs on 4-Way Diablo are basically two years old. A heart attack after an overdose of pills had forced him to take a time out.

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Monster Magnet Mainman Discusses New Album

Vassil Varbanov of Bulgaria's Tangra Mega Rock recently conducted an interview with MONSTER MAGNET mainman Dave Wyndorf. An excerpt from the chat follows:

Tangra Mega Rock: There's a cover version of THE ROLLING STONES' song "2000 Light Years from Home" on [the new MONSTER MAGNET album] "4-Way Diablo". Why?

Dave Wyndorf: I guess the question is more "Why not?" I love this song, and my buddies in the band wanted to play it, so that's the reason. They brought it up, and I said, "Okay, if it sounds good..." We did it and it was really fun to do.

Tangra Mega Rock: Is there something that you can pick up as a phrase to describe the atmosphere of the whole recording process of the album?

Dave Wyndorf: Ah... The thing I'll always remember from this time is that the guys in the band — Ed, Jim and Bob — were really, really, really good. Those guys put down their tracks really fast, it was excellent, it was fun...

Tangra Mega Rock: A lot has been written about the victims that the rock'n'roll world has given... How do you personally feel today? Are you still in good shape?

Dave Wyndorf: Yeah... I was in bad shape for a while because of touring too much. I was taking too many sleeping pills and that kind of stuff... I think the trick with rock'n'roll is to know when to stop for a while and not stay on the road for too long. That's what makes me go crazy.

Tangra Mega Rock: What about the concept of rock'n'roll in general? Now, in the 21st century, does it have to be in a more futuristic kind of shape?

Dave Wyndorf: Well, I think the main reason it's different now is that more people in the world today tend to get their music from other sources than record stores — they look for it online, on computers and stuff like that. Besides, the way rock'n'roll is sold is more corporate now than it ever was, but I don't think that will effect the music that much, as it should come from the same part that it always did.

Tangra Mega Rock: Once we were waiting impatiently for a new album to come, like counting the days backwards till the release date of the new AC/DC record or something, and now almost everything's been leaked on the Internet months before, there's no impatience and this kills a bit the value of the whole ritual of being a rock fan... What do you think?

Dave Wyndorf: That was really well said and I totally agree. The way people get their music now isn't the most exciting one. The ritual has been torn apart by all this stuff and... I hope that people can kind of invent their own ritual that would make it as exciting... but I agree with you — it's not much fun when stuff gets leaked out there and you just download it. The physical act of going out to the record store has definitely gone away. What replaced it is that kids are still searching for bands, but they do it on the Internet and on YouTube. They still look for underground stuff, but that's where they search. I don't particularly think that's good, I think the old physical way is better... but at least it's still being done.

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Monster Magnet Frontman Speaks Of Overdose

MONSTER MAGNET frontman Dave Wyndorf recently spoke to U.K.-based music journalist Dave Ling about the occasion on which an overdose on prescription drugs almost killed him on February 27, 2006.

"It had been a long time coming," recounts Wyndorf. "Eveything began when I couldn't sleep on tour, so the doctors gave me something that would put down a wild animal. This was an anti-anxiety drug; the stuff that airline pilots and astronauts use. I was doing a lot of transatlantic flying, and on a plane one day I just started gobbling them down. All of my paranoias came at me like a giant, three-headed beast. My biggest mistake was not asking for help. The things are supposed to clear you mind before you go to sleep. They wipe out all the worries and concerns you might have, but what I didn't understand is that it's like a computer..."

Everything just re-boots when you switch on again? "Exactly," he replies. "The problems are not deleted, in fact they get magnified by ten. It was fucking horrible. I was utterly powerless, on a slipperly slope. I don't recall doing it but on the day concerned I took the whole Goddamn bottle — a hundred pills, man, just like they were a shot glass — and the next thing I knew, I woke up in a fucking loony bin."

Having sampled their upside and downside, even forged a career spent singing about them, Wyndorf is in a pretty unique position to talk about drugs. "They're supposedly a gateway into creativity," he muses. "And you know what? It's all a myth. They suck, and they'll get you in the end. They certainly got me."

As previously reported, MONSTER MAGNET has set "4 Way Diablo" was the title of its new album, due on November 2, 2007 via SPV Records. The CD was produced by Matt Hyde and features a cover version of THE ROLLING STONES' "2,000 Light Years from Home".

"4 Way Diablo" track listing:

01. 4 Way Diablo
02. Wall of Fire
03. You're Alive
04. Blow Your Mind
05. Cyclone
06. 2000 Light Years from Home (THE ROLLNG STONES cover)
07. No Vacation
08. I'm Calling You
09. Solid Gold
10. Freeze and Pixillate
11. A Thousand Stars
12. Slap in the Face
13. Little Bag of Gloom

Hyde, who worked with MONSTER MAGNET on their "Powertrip" and "God Says No" releases, stated about the band's new CD back in March 2006, "I believe it has the potential to be their best record since 'Powertrip'."

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Monster Magnet To Release New Album In November


MONSTER MAGNET has set "4 Way Diablo" as the title of its new album, due on November 2, 2007 via SPV Records. The CD was produced by Matt Hyde and features a cover version of THE ROLLING STONES' "2,000 Light Years from Home".

"4 Way Diablo" track listing:

01. 4 Way Diablo
02. Wall of Fire
03. You're Alive
04. Blow Your Mind
05. Cyclone
06. 2000 Light Years from Home (THE ROLLNG STONES cover)
07. No Vacation
08. I'm Calling You
09. Solid Gold
10. Freeze and Pixillate
11. A Thousand Stars
12. Slap in the Face
13. Little Bag of Gloom

MONSTER MAGNET mainman Dave Wyndorf was forced to halt work on the CD in February 2006 after overdosing on prescription drugs.

Hyde, who worked with MONSTER MAGNET on their "Powertrip" and "God Says No" releases, stated about the band's new CD back in March 2006, "I believe it has the potential to be their best record since 'Powertrip'."

MONSTER MAGNET's last studio album, "Monolithic Baby", was released in 2004 via SPV.

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Monster Magnet Guitarist To Appear On Rush Tribute

MONSTER MAGNET guitarist Ed Mundell will contribute a cover of the RUSH song "What You're Doing" to an upcoming RUSH tribute album, due in September on MainMan Records.

Mundell recently finished laying down tracks for MONSTER MAGNET's new studio album with producer Matt Hyde.

MONSTER MAGNET mainman Dave Wyndorf was forced to halt work on the CD in February 2006 after overdosing on prescription drugs.

Hyde, who worked with MONSTER MAGNET on their "Powertrip" and "God Says No" releases, stated about the band's new CD back in March 2006, "I believe it has the potential to be their best record since 'Powertrip'."

MONSTER MAGNET's last studio album, "Monolithic Baby", was released in 2004 via SPV.

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Underground Video Television Covers Stoner Rock

This week’s episode of Underground Video Television (UVTV) is a Special Stoner Rock Edition hosted by Bobby Black, columnist at High Times magazine and host of Sirius Radio Hard Attack channel’s “Contact High”. The show features music videos of Clutch, Corrosion Of Conformity, Fu Manchu, Turbonegro, & Monster Magnet as well as some live videos of Mastodon and Bobby’s close friends Type O Negative. Also on the show is a brand new live video of Fireball Ministry playing their track “It Flies Again” that was filmed recently in Buffalo NY. You can view the show online or by subscribing to the UVTV podcast on i-Tunes.

Bobby Black’s show “Contact High” on Sirius Hard Attack Channel 27 airs Thursdays 9pm-10pm ET and features the sludgiest, most psychedelic and potent stoner rock ever. Find out more information about Bobby Black at his MySpace page.

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Monster Magnet Mainman ODs, Euro Tour Cancelled

MONSTER MAGNET have cancelled their European tour after the group's mainman, Dave Wyndorf, was hospitalized following a drug overdose.

"The battle with one's inner demons is the most personal fight any of us can undertake," said MONSTER MAGNET's manager, Steve Davis of Davis Entertainment Group. "The fight is at times a lonely, confusing journey. On the evening of February 27, Dave Wyndorf suffered a setback in his own fight and was hospitalized due to a drug overdose. His full recovery is expected. We ask that all those he has encountered over the years or simply affected by his music to take a moment to think good thoughts of and for him. With the grace of God and those who love him we are all confident that Dave will rebound from this set back and continue to play and make great rock and roll."

MONSTER MAGNET recently spent time at Sound City and Paramount recording studios in Los Angeles recording the follow-up to 2004's "Monolithic Baby", tentatively due this summer via SPV. The CD is being produced by friend and veteran MAGNET producer/mixer Matt Hyde ("Powertrip" and "God Says No"). Also planned for release are reissues of the band's classic albums "Tab" and "Spine of God", featuring new artwork and liner notes, as well as bonus tracks, as part of SPV's SuPerValue reissue series. A DVD is also in the planning for late 2006.

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Monster Magnet European Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been announced for MONSTER MAGNET's upcoming European tour with WITCHCRAFT.

MONSTER MAGNET are currently in Los Angeles in pre-production for their follow-up to 2004's "Monolithic Baby!", tentatively due early next year. The band spent the past few months working on a DVD release as well as reissues of both "Spine of God" (1991) and "Tab" (1992) CDs featuring re-recorded bonus tracks. In addition, MAGNET frontman Dave Wyndorf is planning on recording his first-ever solo album.

The currently scheduled tour dates are as follows:

Mar. 04 – Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfrun Hall
Mar. 05 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Mar. 06 - Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy 2
Mar. 08 – Glasgow, SCO @ QMU
Mar. 09 – Leeds, UK @ The Cockpit
Mar. 10 - Sheffield, UK @ The Corporation
Mar. 12 - London, UK @ Astoria
Mar. 13 - Brusells, BEL @ Ancienne
Mar. 14 – Amsterdam, NETH @ Paradiso
Mar. 16 - Tilburg, NETH @ 013
Mar. 17 – Hamburg, GER @ Grosse Freiheit
Mar. 18 – Gothernburg, SWE @ Tragarn
Mar. 20 – Helsinki, FIN @ Tavastia
Mar. 22 – Stockholm, SWE @ Arenan
Mar. 23 – Oslo, NOR @ Rockefeller Music Hall Norway
Mar. 24 – Malmö, SWE @ KB Sweden
Mar. 26 – Copenhagen, DEN @ Pumpehuset Denmark
Mar. 27 - Arhus, DEN @ Voxhall Denmark
Mar. 28 – Berlin, GER @ Columbiahalle Germany
Mar. 30 - Herford, GER @ Club X Germany
Mar. 31 - Weisbaden, GER @ Schlachthof Germany
Apr. 01 - Leipzig, GER @ Werk 2 Germany
Apr. 03 - Dortmund, GER @ Soundgarden Germany
Apr. 04 - Cologne, GER @ Live Music Hall Germany
Apr. 05 - Stuttgart, GER @ Longhorn Germany
Apr. 07 - Munich, GER @ Tonhalle Germany
Apr. 08 - Linz, GER @ Posthof Germany
Apr. 09 - Vienna, AUT @ Arena Austria
Apr. 11 - Zurich, SWI @ Xtra Switzerland
Apr. 13 - Barcelona, SPA @ Razzmatazz II Spain
Apr. 14 - Madrid, SPA @ Aqualung Spain

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