Monster Magnet
Μindfucker


3.5
great

Review

by insomniac15 STAFF
March 24th, 2018 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A straightforward rock'n'roll record with influences from their entire catalog...

David Wyndorf was always a keen observer of the star-studded world he immersed himself into with Monster Magnet. His vintage rock influences have been the main driving force behind the songs and although the band had a fair share of mainstream presence in the late ’90s-early ‘00s, the man maintained his vision intact. Not getting sucked in the superstar vacuum helped a lot, as we received several detailed pictures of the twisted Hollywood lifestyle and the damage an inflated ego can cause. Even if Mind***er was conceived as a good time record, it dives deep into cautionary tales and consequences of bad decisions. There are various comments on the world today too (the ubiquitous political/social/environmental issues), all set against a straightforward, proto-punk/acid rock revival background.

Wyndorf always knew how to play dumb and get his message across as well. The title track sees him questioning the identity loss people face in the 21st century by taking cheap celebrities as models in life. Plus, there’s this detachment & anxiety coming from the smallest, most meaningless things like negative comments on our social media pages for example. He asks us to stop looking for validation from others around us and just be ourselves whatever it takes. Still, the front man does it in his own way, using overblown, comic book-like language, delusions of grandeur and cosmic metaphors or comparisons. All these, in addition to the vernacular, make the lyrics read like a superhero story on each album. Even so, ‘Mind***er’ is only a small part here, as there are better tracks on the LP. ‘Rocket Freak’ and ‘Soul’ are high octane numbers reminiscing the Monolithic Baby! era. The swinging riffs, alongside Dave’s passionate vocals are enough to wake you up and get you head banging. Meanwhile, ‘I’m God’ & ‘Drowning’ are the trademark expansive cuts balancing pile driving moments with melodic ones. The former cranks the fuzz to the maximum, relaxing only during the verses. It’s really cool how the Monster Magnet still manages to craft such compelling tunes with just a few chords. ‘Drowning’, on the other hand, echoes the tensed beginning of ‘Third Alternative’ off Dopes to Infinity, before bursting into a scorching rocker. I admire Wyndorf’s voice, because it remained just as powerful and enthusiastic throughout his career. You would never guess he’s 61 years old.

On the second half, we receive another Robert Calvert (Hawkwind) cover, this time for ‘Ejection’. This version kept most of the ‘70s appeal, only the guitars boasting a fatter tone. Its beauty lies in its simplicity and flawless execution, so the band focused on delivering a fun, rocking rendition. The solos rip through the speakers while the rhythm section stays locked in the main groove. The throwback continues with ‘Brainwashed’, which is arguably the closest Monster Magnet got to the original proto-punk sound. The lighter, swaying progressions are catchy and the atmosphere compelling, nevertheless, it’s a bit odd to hear it from the band (especially when put next to the gritty stuff), despite making sense. Sandwiched between these songs is ‘Want Some’, a stadium sized rager, allowing Dave to go nuts. The Powertrip vibe is welcomed, since Wyndorf was reluctant to return to radio-oriented material. Moreover, album closer, ‘When the Hammer Comes Down’ shoves riffs down your throat, on top of which the reverbed, prophetic vocals sound as if they’re coming out of speakers in the clouds. The mid-tempo riffage gives way to a punk-inspired segment, thus, allowing the guitars to melt your face off. Needless to say, this is a fitting end to this loud LP.

Ultimately, Mind***er is more or less a current update on the straightforward material the band produced in the late ‘90s-early ‘00s. It is, however, filtered through a slightly vintage production, besides the more psychedelic leanings of Last Patrol or Dopes to Infinity. It might sound aimless upon a first listen, as it reaches in different directions, yet it is in fact a very cohesive affair with a rather concise message (by MM standards of course). Unfortunately, there’s nothing here you haven’t already heard from Monster Magnet, but everything is real tight, carefully sewn and free of excess. This straightforward LP also reveals a rejuvenated band who still has fun writing new tunes and performing live. Dave’s passion (and at times vitriolic presence) is the fuel to this 30-year old machine and it definitely burns brighter now than it did in the past decade.




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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2018


4594 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not as good as Last Patrol, but better than Mastermind and 4-Way Diablo. Plus, it's cool he didn't lose that carefree attitude.



'Ejection' (video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odiGshPzmlI

'Mindfucker' (video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsvvS142wWg

'I'm God' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxvU7o_PSWk



Really cool interview with Dave - http://www.revolvermag.com/music/monster-magnet-singer-mindfucker-sober-orgies-manson-tour-hedonism



Stream here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL3l3iVsJEQ

Buy here - http://monstermagnetofficial.bandcamp.com/album/mindfucker

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2018


7961 Comments


Is this close to Monolithic Baby and Dopes to Infinity?

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2018


4594 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mainly Monolithic Baby, but it has some Dopes to Infinity and Last Patrol-like stuff too. I think it's something that could've been released after Monolithic.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2018


7961 Comments


Mainly Monolithic Baby

It’s definitely a jam then

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2018


4594 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It has that straightforwardness which is cool

DoofusWainwright
March 24th 2018


20003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Guessing the only surprise with this release is that they hadn't already used the name 'Mindfucker' before

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2018


4594 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, that's pretty much what Dave said in a "manifesto" attached to the advance stream.

Titan
March 24th 2018


19075 Comments


Mastermind is sooooo underrated

Titan
March 24th 2018


19075 Comments


nice review insomniac, especially your first post above.......

ChaoticVortex
March 24th 2018


655 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review indeed, pretty much sums up my feelings about the album too. Simple, striped-down, garage-blues rock side of Monster Magnet, straight out from their mid-2000's period. The jams are solid thoughout: t/t, Ejection, Brainwashed, Soul are major bangers.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2018


4594 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks! When the Hammer Comes Down is pretty cool too

rockandmetaljunkie
March 24th 2018


7394 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i hoped for a manosg review for this one :P

rockandmetaljunkie
March 24th 2018


7394 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good review though

Donchivo
March 25th 2018


667 Comments


@ Titan: yeah, Mastermind has some of their best tunes this side of God Says No... On the other hand Last Patrol is a tad overrated in my book, apart form the great title track there's no tmuch to write home about on that one

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
March 25th 2018


11224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4 | Sound Off

Never enjoyed Mastermind all that much but I have to admit that Cobras and Fire did change my mind a bit for that album. Great review Raul, really liked the fact that you commented on the lyrical theme which is something that Monster Magnet reviews lack.

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eirinn
March 25th 2018


9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mastermind works much better as Cobras and fire than in its original version. This one is really easy and straightforward. I'm enjoying it a lot, in a way it's like a better 4-way diablo. Love the proto-punk vibe.

Sniff
March 25th 2018


4835 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This was a positive surprise tbh

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 25th 2018


4594 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you! Well this time, the band's actual message is usually hidden underneath a lot of metaphors, this is why they get overlooked IMO.

Dewinged
March 26th 2018


11061 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Can-t believe Wyndorf is in his 60s, jesus man.



He still got it, the mf.

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 27th 2018


4594 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah and now that he lost weight again, he looks healthy and fit again. I hope he'll be around for at least another 10 years hehe.



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