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MONSTER MAGNET Completes Work On New Album; Watch Performance Footage Of New Song ‘Mindf**ker’

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Monday, 05 June 2017
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Fan-filmed video footage of MONSTER MAGNET performing a brand new song called "Mindfucker" on May 23 in Leeds, England can be seen below. The track will appear on the band's next studio album, tentatively due before the end of the year or in early 2018 via Napalm Records. In an interview with Metal Express Radio conducted on May 22 in Newcastle, England, MONSTER MAGNET guitarist Phil Caivano stated about the band's planned follow-up to 2013's "Last Patrol": "It's finished. The mixes are just getting done. I think there's one more song to mix, and it's done." Regarding the musical direction of MONSTER MAGNET's new album, Phil said: "It's very aggressive, very straight-ahead, very 'Detroit.' Once again, [it's] back to some of our American roots. We did the 'space rock' thing on the last couple of records. Being the huge HAWKWIND fans we are, AMON DÜÜL fans, GROUNDHOGS fans… that whole thing. 'Last Patrol' was very, very influenced by space rock, and there'll always be elements of space rock in MONSTER MAGNET stuff, but we brought it back to what we were influenced by as kids, which would be the Detroit thing: STOOGES, MC5, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD. Very punchy, American… That's really what it is. All I can say is the word 'Detroit' always keeps coming to mind." Caivano's comments echo those made by MONSTER MAGNET frontman Dave Wyndorf earlier in the year. Speaking to the "Talking Metal" podcast, Wyndorf described the band's new material as "full-on rock [with] shorter songs. Yeah, it's 'fight' music. Still 'psych' in a kind of garage-rock kind of way and sound, and you'll hear echoes and stuff like that, but it's less longform." He continued: "The last bunch of records, I went on a psychedelic tinge, as is my right to do. But after I do a couple of records that are completely psychedelic, it just overtakes me to just rock — just go out there and pummel it. So it's fast tempo and a lot of Detroit-style… That's the best way I can describe it, 'cause Detroit had this spirit to it, and even a sound — kind of droney strings, but still rocking. It's what I needed to do in order to live continually in 21st Century, which is completely out of its mind. So I needed something… I take the psychedelic stuff and get all cerebral and kind of ruminate on what's going on in the world in my head and in my music. And then, when I get so disgusted with the way the world is, then I strike back with my music, or me, in this way. So it makes sense." MONSTER MAGNET's next disc will be the final release under the band's current contract with Napalm. "And then I'll see if they wanna continue or somebody else will wanna continue," Wyndorf told Sofia Live last year. MONSTER MAGNET's last release was "Cobras And Fire (The Mastermind Redux)", which came out in October 2015. The album was dubbed an "alternative listening experience" to the band's 2010 effort "Mastermind". The approach was similar to what MONSTER MAGNET did in 2014 when they took "Last Patrol", pulled the songs apart and rebuilt them as "Milking The Stars: A Re-Imagining Of Last Patrol".

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