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God Says No
     

God Says No

by Monster Magnet
 

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Three years after not only reaching the top but going far, far over the top of Mt. Rock Excess, this monomaniacal riff machine is revving up again -- and ready to show off a few new gears. Oh, don't worry, there's still plenty of pedal-to-the-metal bulldozing -- like the one-two punch of "Melt" and the appropriately titled "Heads Explode" -- but God Says No,

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Three years after not only reaching the top but going far, far over the top of Mt. Rock Excess, this monomaniacal riff machine is revving up again -- and ready to show off a few new gears. Oh, don't worry, there's still plenty of pedal-to-the-metal bulldozing -- like the one-two punch of "Melt" and the appropriately titled "Heads Explode" -- but God Says No, the band's seventh full-length album, shows a more fully developed sense of texture and mood. That's most clearly evidenced in songs like the skittering neo-electronic "Take It," which leavens the monolithic guitar assault with a rhythm that's more hip-swivel than outright chest-thump. Likewise, "Gravity Well" finds guitarist Ed Mundell exploring some gritty blues progressions that recall the more turbulent playing of Robbie Krieger. Still, the band's calling card remains Dave Wyndorf's phantasmagoric vision, a sometimes chilling, sometimes chuckle-inducing set of keys to the doors of perception. He's at his most head-spinning on "Silver Future" and "Doomsday," the latter of which also tosses some unusually personal revelations into the mix. God Says No is certainly a "progression" from Monster Magnet's more fearsome earlier days, but not one that's weakened them: To couch it in the trash-culture terms so beloved by the band, think of it as a 3-D horror flick instead of a regular old gorefest.

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Like other bands credited with pioneering the stoner metal scene in the early '90s, Monster Magnet continue to drift further and further from the trademark sonic characteristics (distortion, psychedelics, space rock) of the genre they helped create. And after stripping down their sound to a no-frills, streamlined attack on 1998's breakthrough album Powertrip, band leader Dave Wyndorf refused to sit on his laurels when it came time to devise Magnet's fifth album, God Says No. Instead, in a display of massive creative "cojones" and/or utter commercial suicide, Wyndorf leads the group into unexplored territory, and even seems to be having a little fun with it along the way (his sex-drenched lyrical acid-trip fantasies remain as entertaining as ever). The result being that while Powertrip's single-minded urgency and unbridled power seemed to trap the listener behind the wheel of a drag racer on the verge of flaming out, God Says No is arguably the band's mellowest set yet, and certainly their most diverse. With their laid-back grooves and unexpected use of triggered electronic drumbeats, the title track and "Queen of You" are the best examples of this turn of events. And even when they do pick up the pace a bit, tracks like "Silver Future" (also featured on the previous year's Heavy Metal 2000 soundtrack) and the amphetamine surf rock of "Kiss of the Scorpion" never quite lose control on the scale of Powertrip's Stooges-fueled recklessness. Elsewhere, bizarre experiments like "Take It" (featuring synthetic melodies set to karaoke-like drum machine rhythms) and "Gravity Well" (a distorted piece of Delta blues slide guitar topped with Wyndorf's lascivious innuendoes) push the band's creative envelope to the bursting point. Older fans and recent converts alike may prefer the album's second half, where at least some of Magnet's lo-fi, fuzzed-out past and Powertrip's raw, unyielding sonic attack finally surface on tracks like "My Little Friend" and "Medicine" (originally featured on the band's Spine of God album, re-recorded here). But new converts will get to savor all the band's flavors, including space rock anthems like "Melt" and "Cry," which hearken back to 1995's Dopes to Infinity with their familiar-sounding hypnotic riffs. In the end, some may be disappointed by God Says No's all-around sense of restraint, but open-minded fans will have to acknowledge Wyndorf's courageous insistence on breaking new ground with his continually inspired songwriting.
Blender
Best effort to date from Red Bank, New Jersey, heavy-rock standard-setters.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2001
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949074920
catalogNumber:
490749

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Performance Credits

Monster Magnet   Primary Artist
Vince Jones   Keyboards
Matt Hyde   Keyboards
Jim McGillveray   Percussion
Dave Wyndorf   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Jon Kleiman   Drums
Ed Mundell   Guitar
Phil Western   Synthesizer
Joe Calandra   Bass

Technical Credits

Tim Cronin   Special Effects
Bob Ezrin   Producer
Matt Hyde   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Bill Kennedy   Engineer
Randy Staub   Engineer
Dave Wyndorf   Producer,Art Direction
Phil Western   drum programming
Larimie Garcia   Art Direction
Robert Leecock   Illustrations
Dan Druff   Guitar Techician
Gersh   Drum Technician
Joe-Mama Nitzberg   Art Direction

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