Monster Magnet, Spine of God

Jon Wiederhorn

By Jon Wiederhorn

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Spine of God

Monster Magnet
Doom metal descends to a new circle of hell.

Largely influenced by Black Sabbath, Monster Magnet took doom metal to a new circle of hell by incorporating their lumbering riffs with swarms of guitar effects redolent of way too much bad brown acid. The tongue-in-cheek slogan in the artwork, “It's a satanic drug thing, you wouldn't understand,” pretty much summed up their aesthetic. Evil aside, Monster Magnet's Spine of God stands alongside early Kyuss and Cathedral as the first examples of stoner metal. Of course, these bands all toked on the tainted reefer of St. Vitus, Candlemass, Pentagram and Trouble, but that's another story.