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.
By Jon Wiederhorn on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Combining the guitar-heavy murk of Black Sabbath with the banshee moan of Sisters of Mercy, Type O Negative are the definitive goth-metal band. Misery-junkie frontman Peter Steele delights in being a denizen of the dark...
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Slim Twig's rich, twisted art-rock dances with a leer between gorgeous and hideous. Like St. Vincent, the Toronto native has a quizzical approach to rock songs, and a seemingly irresistible urge to pull at their ends to...