Here’s a reprint of my review of the new Monster Magnet opus that ran in Metal Hammer.
COBRAS AND FIRE (THE MASTERMIND REDUX)
Inspired by the creative success of their reboot of Last Patrol (which they re-named Milking The Stars: A Re-Imagining Of Last Patrol) Monster Magnet have decided to give 2010’s Mastermind a makeover too. Now dubbed Cobras And Fire (The Mastermind Redux) Dave Wyndorf and Co. have transformed the original music, often beyond all recognition, focusing on isolated themes and fragments to create a much more expansive and ultimately enjoyable listening experience. A darker and dirtier record compared to its classic rock-flavoured predecessor, sitars and organs augment the Space Lord’s riffs, adding energy and excitement to the likes of Watch Me Fade (which is one of the band’s catchiest efforts to date). Hallucination Bomb is a particular highlight and the cinematic, string-swathed offering is now like a soundtrack from a cosmic spaghetti western, while old school fans will love their fuzzed up cover of the Temptations’ Ball Of Confusion which tips its cap to Blue Cheer’s version of Summertime Blues and features backing vocals from Monster Magnet co-founder/Rib Eye Bros. frontman Tim Cronin.