Spine of God

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Spine of God
Studio album by Monster Magnet
Released 1991 (Europe)
February 28, 1992 (U.S.A.)
Recorded 1991 at Subterranean Sound, (High Street, USA) Long Branch, New Jersey
Genre Stoner rock, psychedelic rock, heavy metal
Length 49:48
Label Caroline Records
Glitterhouse Records
Go Get Organized
Producer Dave Wyndorf & John McBain
Monster Magnet chronology
Tab
(1991)
Spine of God
(1991)
Superjudge
(1993)
2006 reissue
Cover of the 2006 reissue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Blabbermouth 9.5/10[2]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[3]

Spine of God is the debut album by American rock band Monster Magnet, released in 1991 in Europe and in the United States in the following year. It is the band's first official full-length album and one of the earliest examples of the genre of stoner rock.

The album mixes elements of punk, heavy metal, psychedelic rock, and space rock. The album features a cover of Grand Funk Railroad's "Sin's a Good Man's Brother." It was voted Spin's "Number 9 Album of 1991 You Didn't Hear".[4]

A music video was made for the song "Medicine."

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Dave Wyndorf unless noted otherwise.

  1. "Pill Shovel" (McBain/Wyndorf) – 4:00
  2. "Medicine" – 3:21
  3. "Nod Scene" (McBain/Wyndorf) – 6:46
  4. "Black Mastermind" (McBain/Wyndorf) – 8:13
  5. "Zodiac Lung" – 4:44
  6. "Spine of God" – 8:02
  7. "Snake Dance" – 3:10
  8. "Sin's a Good Man's Brother" (Mark Farner) – 3:31
  9. "Ozium" – 8:01
  10. "Ozium" [Demo] – 8:38 *

* Reissue bonus track

Spine of God was re-released in March 2006 on Stoner rock Records with new artwork, new liner notes, compressed dynamic range, and a demo version of "Ozium" as a bonus track.

Personnel[edit]

  • Dave Wyndorf – Guitar, Vocals, Producer
  • John McBain – Guitar, Producer
  • Joe Calandra - Bass
  • Jon Kleiman - Drums
  • Tim Cronin – (Credited, in typical Monster Magnet style, as "Dope/Lights/Center Of The Universe")

Production and art[edit]

  • Stacy "Springdale" Phelon – Engineer
  • Rob Leecock – Bullgod design
  • Samantha Muccini – Photography
  • Reed Linkletter Jr. - Art Direction
  • Alexander von Wieding – Reissue artwork

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Monster Magnet Spine of God review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  2. ^ Alisoglu, Scott (24 April 2006). "Monster Magnet - Spine of God (SPV re-issue)". Blabbermouth. Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  3. ^ Gitter, Mike (12 October 1991). "Monster Magnet 'Spine of God'". Kerrang! 362. London, UK: EMAP. 
  4. ^ Levy, Joe (December 1991). "10 Best Albums of the Year You Didn't Hear". Spin. p. 88. Retrieved 1 February 2011.