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15 OCTOBER 2013








I’ve always enjoyed Dave Wyndorf’s Monster Magnet from the earliest albums to the classics: even those releases that didn’t quite capture the collective imagination of the listening public always had something about them. What I really didn’t expect was that ‘Last Patrol’ would end up not only perhaps being my favourite Monster Magnet release it’s also right up there with the best releases of the last few years.


You can feel the spirit of deconstruction as Dave takes it all back to basics with the simplest of constructions for ‘I Live Behind the Clouds’: it’s a brooding lyric that you can almost imagine Tom Waits spitting out and sets up what is arguably one of the best opening sequences on a record I’ve heard. ‘I Live Behind the Clouds’ is followed closely by the Psychedelic jam that is ‘Last Patrol’ an epic nine minutes plus before we’re again brought down by a stunning take on Donovan’s ‘Three Kingfishers’ in all its fuzzed out heavy psychedelic glory. If ever there was a band to cover Donovan it’s certainly Monster Magnet.   


That all leads into what is one of the coolest songs here, the stripped back groove of ‘Paradise’, with its silky croon and steady pace and quirky lyrics. Four songs in and I’m completely taken by the power of this record. Wyndorf is in fine form both vocally and lyrically and the compositions are some of his best yet.


There’s a funky essence in the soul of ‘Hallelujah’ before the Devil takes over the refrain momentarily until the song is reclaimed by Dave telling sinister stories about the oldest profession and the guitar is wailing and we’re all singing “Hallelujah” it’s a great song but one I was really hoping was going to explode into the stratosphere.   


‘Mindless Ones’ begins with the disembodied voice of a preacher and is an incessant pounding Space Rock monster: it’s pure Monster Magnet, but good as it is strangely you just hope its going to do more and moph into some world-eating beast, rather than be content at the size of an elephant...


‘The Duke (Of Supernature)’ takes us back to mellower territory. There’s a ‘breeze swaying in the long grass’ feel to the start of The Duke before Dave reveals he’s ‘checking out the Office Girls’ and it takes on a bluesy swampy sway and explodes in a cascade of guitar.


‘End of Time’ is initially probably the most straightforward rocker here; built on a solid wall of sound it pounds its way into your head with its incessant riff and a kaleidoscope series of swirling images conjured up by Dave’s lyrics; that is until the guitar roars in at five and a half minutes to build a tower of sound that at eight minutes long is ‘Last Patrol’s’ second epic.


The final track comes way too soon, and with only nine tracks here you are left wanting so much more but as a summary of the album ‘Stay Tuned’ takes us back again to the basics with a simple strummed riff and that slow Waits-like vocal and Dave in storytelling mode. It’s a little like a bitter tasting Pink Floyd number through the filter of a dying galaxy and has my favourite line on the album ‘The World’s getting shaved by another drunken barber’.


Monster Magnet is essential listening again.



Mark Diggins