Monster Magnet - 4 Way Diablo (2007)

In 1989, Monster Magnet released two demo cassettes: Forget About Life, I'm High on Dope and I'm Stoned, What Ya Gonna Do About It?. The band's first "official" release was a self-titled EP from Glitterhouse Records of Germany. In 1991 the band signed with Caroline Records and released their first full length album, the cult classic Spine of God, in 1991. The next release was a bizarre 4 song EP titled Tab which included, among two other marathon length songs, a 32 minute track called "Tab...". McBain was fired soon after, because of personality conflicts between himself and Dave Wyndorf. He was replaced by Atomic Bitchwax guitarist Ed Mundell; who holds the position to this day.

The year 1993 saw the release of the album Superjudge. While the album was released on a major record label (A&M Records), it did not sell very well. Dopes to Infinity, the follow-up record, was more accessible, and had a hit single in "Negasonic Teenage Warhead", which benefitted from a music video showing Dave Wyndorf travelling through Outer Space that received rotation on MTV. Still, the record was not the success the band had hoped for. Wyndorf moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in order to begin working on Powertrip (1998), a breakthrough hit that earned a gold certification. Powertrip saw the band departing from its usual lo-fi, stoner metal fare, and enter into an era with a more hard rock-type sound. Guitarist Phil Cavaino joined the band in 1998. "Space Lord", the first single, was a major radio hit and the band went on tour with bands like Aerosmith, Metallica and Marilyn Manson. Their last album on A&M Records was God Says No (2000). After this release, Joe Calandra and Jon Kleiman departed the band because of internal conflicts with Wyndorf, and were replaced by Jim Baglino and Bob Pantella respectively. In 2003, Monster Magnet signed to the European label SPV, and in early 2004 released Monolithic Baby! throughout Europe. The U.S. release followed in May on SPV America. In March 2005 Phil Cavaino departed after 7 years service in a split described as amicable by Wyndorf. A followup to Monolithic Baby! was expected in March 2006 to coincide with their European Tour, along with rereleases of Spine of God and Tab, both featuring new artwork and liner notes, however the tour and album release did not go ahead.

On February 27, 2006 Dave Wyndorf overdosed on prescription drugs. His management released the following statement:

"The battle with one’s inner demons is the most personal fight any of us can undertake. The fight is at times a lonely, confusing journey. On the evening of February 27, Dave Wyndorf suffered a set back 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's new album, 4 Way Diablo, was released on November 6, 2007.

4-Way Diablo is the seventh studio album by American stoner rock band Monster Magnet. It was recorded in different recording studios: Sound City Studios, American Studios, The Sunset Lodge and Hydeaway Studios during 2006 and 2007[1]. It was released the 6th November of 2007.

An advance copy of this album leaked onto the internet on 19 September 2007.
All tracks written by Dave Wyndorf except where stated.[1]

1. "4-Way Diablo" - 3:19
2. "Wall of Fire" - 3:44
3. "You're Alive" - 4:03
4. "Blow Your Mind" - 4:27
5. "Cyclone" - 5:32
6. "2000 Light Years from Home" - 4:51 (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)[1]
7. "No Vacation" - 5:01
8. "I'm Calling You" - 4:21
9. "Solid Gold" - 5:51
10. "Freeze and Pixillate" - 4:25
11. "A Thousand Stars" - 5:29
12. "Slap in the Face" - 4:26
13. "Little Bag of Gloom" - 2:18

Track 6 is a Rolling Stones cover, from their 1967 psychedelic rock album Their Satanic Majesties Request.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love Monster Magnet and I love Dave Wyndorf,i'm so very glad he recovered from his OD.
I will be rockin'my head of when Monster Magnet visits Eindhoven in june 2008!!