|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|1991||Spine of GodReleased: December 6, 1991Label: Caroline RecordsLabel: Go Get Organized / Atypeek Music||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993||SuperjudgeReleased: April 6, 1993Label: A&M Records||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995||Dopes to InfinityReleased: March 21, 1995Label: A&M Records||—||—||—||—||61||—||30||17||51|
|1998||PowertripReleased: June 16, 1998Label: A&M Records||97||—||—||31||81||—||21||23||65||RIAA: Gold|
|2001||God Says NoReleased: April 10, 2001Label: A&M Records||153||—||—||—||—||—||17||17||94|
|2004||Monolithic Baby!Released: May 25, 2004Label: SPV||—||22||46||37||—||—||13||7||91|
|2007||4-Way DiabloReleased: November 6, 2007Label: SPV||—||—||—||—||—||—||81||51||—|
|2010||MastermindReleased: October 27, 2010Label: Napalm Records||142||23||70||—||—||84||38||34||192|
|2013||Last PatrolReleased: October 15, 2013Label: Napalm Records||188||46||50||100||—||44||29||—||102|
|2018||MindfuckerReleased: March 23, 2018Label: Napalm Records||—||9||29||54||—||29||19||—||—|
|2021||A Better DystopiaReleased: May 21, 2021Label: Napalm Records||—||—||22||87||—||25||10||—||—|
|“—” denotes a release that did not chart.|
|2014||Milking the Stars: A Re-Imagining of Last Patrol||Napalm Records|
|2015||Cobras and Fire (The Mastermind Redux)||Napalm Records|
|1990||Monster Magnet||Glitterhouse Records|
|1991||Tab||Caroline Records||Re-released by SPV in 2006|
|2001||Love Monster||Wrong Way Records||Collection of demos from 1988|
|1992||It’s A Satanic Drug Thing…You Wouldn’t Understand||Glitterhouse Records|
|2003||Greatest Hits||A&M Records|
|2007||The Best of Monster Magnet – The Millennium Collection||A&M Records|
|Year||Song||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1990||“Lizard Johnny”||—||—||—||—||—||Monster Magnet|
|“Cage Around the Sun”||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995||“Negasonic Teenage Warhead“||26||19||—||17||49||Dopes to Infinity|
|“Dopes to Infinity”||—||—||—||—||58|
|“Look to Your Orb for the Warning”||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999||“Temple of Your Dreams”||—||25||—||—||—|
|“See You in Hell”||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000||“Silver Future”||—||15||—||—||—||God Says No|
|2004||“Unbroken (Hotel Baby)”||—||31||—||—||—||Monolithic Baby!|
|2007||“Wall of Fire”||—||—||—||—||—||4-Way Diablo|
|2010||“Gods and Punks”||—||—||—||—||—||Mastermind|
|2011||“100 Million Miles”||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013||“Mindless Ones”||—||—||—||—||—||Last Patrol|
|“The Duke (of Supernature)”||—||—||—||—||—|
|2021||“Mr. Destroyer”||—||—||—||—||—||A Better Dystopia|
Monster Magnet is an American rock band. Hailing from Red Bank, New Jersey, the group was founded in 1989 by Dave Wyndorf (vocals and guitar), John McBain (guitar) and Tim Cronin (vocals and drums); they have since gone through several lineup changes, leaving Wyndorf as the only constant member. Monster Magnet has released ten studio albums to date, and they are best known for their 1990s hits “Negasonic Teenage Warhead” and “Space Lord“. The band has also been credited for developing and popularizing the stoner rock genre, along with Masters of Reality, Kyuss, Fu Manchu and Sleep.
Beginnings and Spine of God (1989–1992)
Original names for the band were Dog of Mystery, Airport 75, Triple Bad Acid and King Fuzz before finally settling on Monster Magnet, taken from the name of a 1960s toy made by Wham-O, which Wyndorf liked when he was a child.
In 1989, Monster Magnet released two demo cassettes: Forget About Life, I’m High on Dope and I’m Stoned, What Ya Gonna Do About It?. The band’s first “official” release was a single “Lizard Johnny/Freakshop USA” on Long Island-based Circuit Records. The first demo and single was recorded as a three piece (McBain, guitar and bass, Wyndorf, guitar and vocals, Cronin, drums and vocals). Before the second demo Jon Kleiman and Joe Calandra joined on drums and bass respectively. Thus the line up was composed of Mcbain on guitar, Wyndorf on guitar and vocals, Cronin on vocals, Kleiman on drums and Calandra on bass. An EP followed self-titled EP from Glitterhouse Records of Germany. The EP contained the songs “Snake Dance” and “Nod Scene”, (both of which would appear again on Spine of God), and “Tractor”, (which would be re-recorded later for Powertrip).
In 1990 the band signed with Caroline Records and released a single “Murder/Tractor”. Cronin left shortly after; although he would remain in the background- particularly at live shows- contributing to auditory effects, lights, and visuals, for many years. In 1991 they released their first full-length album, the cult classic Spine of God on the labels Go Get Organized/Atypeek Music, Primo Scree, Glitterhouse Records, Caroline Records, Glitterhouse Records. The album is hailed as one of the classics of the stoner rock genre ranking 28th on Heavy Planet’s “Top 50 of All Time”. The album contained the single “Medicine” (which would be recorded ten years later on God Says No), which was also the band’s first music video. The band followed with a tour alongside rising grunge band Soundgarden. The tour helped the band get a recording contract with major record label A&M Records.
Their final release with Caroline Records was an EP titled Tab which included, among two other marathon-length songs, a 32-minute track called “Tab…”. The Tab EP was recorded before Spine of God, yet released after it. McBain quit the band soon after and was replaced by Atomic Bitchwax guitarist Ed Mundell.
A&M Records-era and popularity (1992–2002)
In 1992, Monster Magnet was signed to A&M Records, and their first album on the label, Superjudge, was released the following year. Despite being released on a major label, it fared poorly commercially. The songs “Twin Earth” and “Face Down” were released as singles (with accompanying videos), but it did little to help promote the album.
Dopes to Infinity (1995), the follow-up record, had a hit single, “Negasonic Teenage Warhead“, which benefitted from a music video that received regular rotation on MTV. Still, the album was not as successful as the band had hoped.
After the Dopes to Infinity tour, Wyndorf moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in order to begin working on Powertrip (1998), a breakthrough hit that finally earned the band a gold record. Guitarist Phil Caivano joined the band in 1998. “Space Lord“, the first single, was a major radio hit and the band went on tour with successful bands Aerosmith, Metallica and Rob Zombie. The band also toured as one of the opening acts of the bands Hole and Marilyn Manson co-headlined Beautiful Monsters Tour. Following the well-publicized falling out between the outspoken vocalists of both Hole and Marilyn Manson, Monster Magnet continued touring with Manson and opened the first three shows of his Rock is Dead Tour. The songs “Powertrip”, “Temple of Your Dreams”, and “See You In Hell” also received airplay on rock radio stations. The album charted at No. 97 on the Billboard 200.
After a two-year tour supporting Powertrip, the band released God Says No (2001), charting at No. 153 on Billboard. However, it failed to match the commercial success of the band’s previous release. After the release, Joe Calandra and Jon Kleiman left the band. They would be replaced by Jim Baglino and Michael Wildwood who recorded Monolithic Baby! and, after a short stint, Wildwood was replaced by former Love Among Freaks drummer Bob Pantella, respectively. The band also left A&M Records during this period.
Following the split from A&M Records, Monster Magnet wrote and performed “Live For The Moment”, which was the former entrance theme of WWE wrestler Matt Hardy from 2002 to 2010. The song also appeared on the WWF Forceable Entry compilation.
Monolithic Baby! and 4-Way Diablo (2003–2008)
In 2003, Monster Magnet released Greatest Hits, a double album featuring their best songs, some rarities, and music videos from their time with A&M. They then signed to the European label SPV, and in early 2004 released Monolithic Baby! throughout Europe. The US release followed in May on SPV America. The band had a minor hit with the song “Unbroken (Hotel Baby)”.
In March 2005, Caivano departed after seven years service in a split described as amicable by Wyndorf. A followup to Monolithic Baby! was expected in March 2006, to coincide with their European tour, along with re-releases of Spine of God and Tab, both featuring new artwork and liner notes; however the tour and album releases failed to materialize.
In 2007, it was announced that Monster Magnet would release a new album, 4-Way Diablo, which had been put back for a year because of Wyndorf’s overdose. It was released later that year. Later in 2007, another greatest hits collection, 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Monster Magnet, was released. “Powertrip” was used as the official theme song for the WWE pay-per-view event No Way Out 2007.
Prior to Monster Magnet’s 2008 European tour, Caivano returned to the band.
Mastermind, Last Patrol and Mindfucker (2009–2019)
On November 24, 2009, it was announced that Monster Magnet had signed a new deal with Napalm Records. The band also announced that they would enter the studio in January 2010 to record a new album for a summer release. According to Wyndorf, the band is very pleased with the label, which is “doing a good job.”Monster Magnet live in 2010
The new album, Mastermind, was released in October 2010. The band embarked on a massive European tour, in August and then in November–December 2010, to promote their new album. After the tour, Ed Mundell left the band after 18 years “to collaborate with other musicians and Producers”, forming The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic. Wyndorf stated that Garrett Sweeny (Riotgod) replaced Ed on the tour.
In the fall of 2011, Monster Magnet toured and performed the seminal Dopes to Infinity record in its entirety throughout Europe. One year later they did the same thing with their 1992 album Spine of God.
Last Patrol was released in North America on October 15, 2013. Monster Magnet’s website also announced a North American tour for the album, their first in ten years. However, the remaining shows in mid-December got cancelled because of Wyndorf’s influenza. The tour resumed in Europe in January and continued through February. Wyndorf stated that the band would play at each show the entire Last Patrol.
In November 2014 a reworked version of “Last Patrol” called Milking the Stars: A Re-Imagining of Last Patrol was released, and in October 2015, a reworked version of “Mastermind” called Cobras and Fire (The Mastermind Redux) was released. Featuring re-recordings and new arrangements, they contained a less polished, psychedelic production. In 2016, the band reissued the A&M era LPs with bonus content via Spinefarm Records. They toured Europe again.
Monster Magnet’s first studio album in five years, Mindfucker, was released on March 23, 2018.
A Better Dystopia (2020–present)
As of December 2020, Monster Magnet has been working on their eleventh studio album. It was mentioned that same month by Loudwire in their “88 of 2021’s Most Anticipated Rock + Metal Albums” list. The band released the first single of the album A Better Dystopia on March 23, 2021: Mr. Destroyer, a cover of the Poobah song. A Better Dystopia is 12 tracks of cover songs.