Spine of God

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Spine of God
Monster Magnet Spine of God.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 6, 1991 (Germany)
February 28, 1992 (U.S.A.)
Recorded1991 at Subterranean Sound, (High Street, USA) Long Branch, New Jersey
GenreStoner rock, psychedelic rock, space rock
LabelCaroline Records
Glitterhouse Records
Go Get Organized
ProducerDave Wyndorf & John McBain
Monster Magnet chronology
Spine of God
2006 reissue
Cover of the 2006 reissue
Cover of the 2006 reissue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Kerrang!4/5 stars[3]

Spine of God is the debut studio 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.


  • 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


  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. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-15.
  3. ^ Gitter, Mike (12 October 1991). "Monster Magnet 'Spine of God'". Kerrang!. 362. London, UK: EMAP. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ Levy, Joe (December 1991). "10 Best Albums of the Year You Didn't Hear". Spin. p. 88. Retrieved 1 February 2011.