Monster Magnet

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Dopes to Infinity

Monster Magnet - Dopes to Infinity ©1995 A&M
1. Dopes to Infinity
2. Negasonic Teenage Warhead
3. Look To Your Orb For the Warning
4. All Friends And Kingdom Come
5. Ego, the Living Planet
6. Blow 'Em Off
7. Third Alternative
8. I Control, I Fly
9. King Of Mars
10. Dead Christmas
11. Theme From "Masterburner"
12. Vertigo

Monster Magnet is one of those bands whom I've always noticed, but not once bothered making any effort to check out along the way. Their album covers suggested bland retro 70s worship while their association with stoner rock never exactly encouraged me to whip out my wallet to plunk down cash for one of their albums. But eventually Dopes To Infinity crossed my path (a mere eighteen years after its release, but on a geological scale, that's nothing) and admittedly this album has more than its fair share of catchy, groovy space/stoner rock, with space/stoner essentially meaning "drugs may have been involved in the conception of this record.

Much like, say, Kyuss, Monster Magnet is one of those bands under the "stoner rock" umbrella who were far more accessible than the ones who employed growled and/or screeched vocals. Guitarist/singer Dave Wyndorf wasn't exactly blessed with a voice reminscent of any of the "three tenors", but he's capable of delivering enough melody to get the point across. Dopes To Infinity lingers on the edge of being a mainstream release, though the tinges of weird guitar effects and odd cosmic noises make it just weird enough to avoid being lumped in with the mid 90s alternative rock jokers. What jumps out, especially in the first half of the album, is the quite catchy yet subtle songwriting that helps suck listeners into the album early on. There is a tendency for this record to perhaps go on a bit too long and probably could have used a bit of trimming to reduce its running length to under an hour (I would eliminate "Third Alternative", for instance). However, the compact disc era of rock and/or roll tended to find bands releasing longer and longer albums than the LP era.

Dopes To Infinity is generally a quite good groovy, heavy rock album that is worth a listen for anyone who has even the slightest inclination towards the style. The tinges of psychedelica and occasional hints of space rock alongside some pretty good songwriting help it be more than just a collection of heavy riffs.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 03/2013

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