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Monster Magnet
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal
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New Jersey white-trash visionary and Monster Magnet frontman Dave Wyndorf spent most of the '80s and '90s dropping acid, popping pills, inhaling pungent weed, and churning out sludgy, drug-induced paeans to hedonistic aban...  more »


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All Artists: Monster Magnet
Title: Powertrip
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Fontana a&M
Original Release Date: 6/16/1998
Release Date: 6/16/1998
Album Type: Explicit Lyrics
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal
Style: Alternative Metal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 731454090827, 0731454090827, 731454090810, 766485326522

New Jersey white-trash visionary and Monster Magnet frontman Dave Wyndorf spent most of the '80s and '90s dropping acid, popping pills, inhaling pungent weed, and churning out sludgy, drug-induced paeans to hedonistic abandon. And when he finally came down from his cosmic cloud, he realized the rest of the world was as messed up as he was. Addiction loomed everywhere--for power, money, and sex--and all Wyndorf could do was take out his notepad and marvel at the chaos. Monster Magnet's fourth album is a seething document of decay, corruption, and consumerism. "When you get tired of their crap, baby / Move over here and maybe buy some of mine," he shouts on the title track, while crashing power chords, throbbing bass, and tumbling drum fills resonate around him. Musically, Powertrip is less rambling and psychedelic than the group's past albums, owing as much to such confrontational garage rockers as the Stooges and Blue Cheer as to Black Sabbath. It's also more experimental. "Crop Circle" roars with blowtorch guitars and a circular groove; "19 Witches" and "Your Lies Become You" shiver with twanging surf-punk guitars; and "Space Lord" buzzes like a swarm of angry wasps. A powerful trip for sure, or as Wyndorf says in "Bummer," "If you want to spank your demons and make them pay. Baby I'm your man of the hour." --Jon Wiederhorn

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(5 out of 5 stars)

"With the demise of bands such as Soundgarden and Nirvana over the last few years, and the increasing wimpiness of the bigger rock bands that remain, such as Metallica and the Smashing Pumpkins, the future of rock music was starting to look pretty bleak. The future is starting to look a bit brighter, thanks to New Jersey's Monster Magnet.With "Powertrip", Monster Magnet wisely chose to abandon the psychedelic stoner rock of their previous efforts, 1995's "Dopes to Infinity" and 1993's "Superjudge, in favor of simple, heavy guitar-rock that would make Black Sabbath proud. MM's ringleader/psycho-genius, David Wyndorf, wrote all of the music and the lyrics in Las Vegas, where he forced himself to hole up in a hotel room, until he had an album's worth of material. Twenty-one days later, he returned to New Jersey with twenty-one songs written, thirteen of which wound up on "Powertrip", the band's most aggressive and mature album to date. Themes of greed and lust are evident throughout the lyrics and even the album's cover, which features pictures of scantily-clad women and dollar bills falling from the sky, clearly a result of Wyndorf's Vegas "vacation". With songs such as the Metallica-style opening track, "Crop Circle", and the Soundgarden-esque "Atomic Clock", Wyndorf makes no apologies for wanting to rock like a rock band should. But this album is not just an hour's worth of rock with gratuitous guitar solos (which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing); in fact, the heavy songs are nicely contrasted with the '60's pop-rock-sounding "See You In Hell" and the surf-guitar tinged "19 Witches".Wyndorf is ably backed by his band that features should-be-guitar-god, Ed Mundell, as well as, drummer, Jon Kleiman, and Joe Calandra on bass. Having toured with the likes of Aerosmith, Van Halen, Marilyn Manson, and Metallica, it looks like Monster Magnet is here to stay, at least for a while.Suburban teenage boys all across America finally have a band that is air-guitar worthy, and their parents are going to hate it. Thanks, Dave Wyndorf, for finally making things right again."
A wild trip of an album
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 02/28/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Powertrip", Monster Magnet's fourth album (and considered by many their breakthrough album), is a wild, tripped out stoner rock experience. Vocalist Dave Wyndorf's comic inspired lyrics paired with his views on the world are a bit toungue in cheek, but where Monster Magnet really shines is in their supercharged, layered guitar, libido driven rock & roll that has become the band's trademark. The title track and the tripped out "Space Lord" were actually hit singles (the title track is unbelieveably catchy and adrenaline pumping), and other great songs like "Crop Circle", "Tractor", "Temple of Your Dreams", and "See You in Hell" are all great songs that will make any headbanger proud. While there are many a listener that won't dig the band, fans of bands like Fu Manchu, good 'ol Black Sabbath, Faith No More, or even Queens of the Stone Age will find something to dig about Monster Magnet and "Powertrip"."
Less drug-fuelled than before........
godhatesacoward | Singapore | 04/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Wow. This album is Fantastic. In my opinion, its by far the best thing they've ever done. MM make some of the most exciting rock music around, and theres lots of stoner, metal nad psychadelic influences. My favourite tracks are the first 3, but the whole album is great.Just a warning to fans of "Dopes...."-era monster magnet, they're much more straightforward and focussed now then they were then, so this is a much less experimental album, you may be disappointed.I highly reccomend this album to anyone who like exciting, guitar-heavy rock. If you're open-minded and like wierd, experimental stuff, check out "Dopes to Infinity". "God Says No" is a pretty good album too, but its a little too mellow for me."