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Monolithic Baby!
Monolithic Baby!
Studio album by Monster Magnet
Released February 16 2004
Recorded September- November 2003 at The Chop Shop in Los Angeles, California
Genre Stoner Rock, Hard Rock
Length 54:23
Label SPV/Steamhammer (Europe)
Sanctuary (United States)
Producer Dave Wyndorf, Scott Humphrey
Monster Magnet chronology
God Says No
(2001)
Monolithic Baby!
(2004)
4-Way Diablo
(2007)
Monolithic Baby! is the sixth studio album by Monster Magnet, released via SPV/Steamhammer on 16 February 2004 and in the United States on 25 May 2004. Continuing on the sound established by prior successful albums while working in their psychedelic sound established in the early 90s. It's notably the first studio album to feature bassist Jim Baglino and the only album to feature drummer Michael Wildwood (Chrome Locust, D Generation) who filled in for the recording sessions. Bob Pantella (Raging Slab, Halfway To Gone, A Thousand Knives of Fire) would join in November 2003 after the recording sessions for the album but is "introduced" in the credits.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Work would begin on Monolithic Baby! in August 2003 when Jim Baglino had joined the band. Michael Wildwood would briefly join the group and fill in on the drum role.[2] Initially the album was to be called Radiation Day and the band was originally working with Joe Barresi.[3]. However by September recording would take place at The Chop Shop in Los Angeles that September, working with co-producer Scott Humphrey.[4] The album featured a total of three covers: "There's No Way Out of Here" which was originally recorded by Unicorn on their 1976 album Too Many Crooks, "The Right Stuff" which was originally by Robert Calvert from his 1974 concept album Captain Lockheed and The Starfighters and "Venus in Furs" by The Velvet Underground from their 1967 album The Velvet Underground & Nico.

Upon it's release Monolithic Baby! was originally pressed on CD and 2LP, the latter somewhat of a rarity as it hasn't been re-pressed in any capacity. The North American CD featured two bonus tracks in a re-recorded version of "King of Mars" from Dopes To Infinity and the Velvet Underground cover "Venus in Furs". A 2CD version featured a bonus DVD with music videos for "Unbroken (Hotel Baby)" and "The Right Stuff" along with an interview and two live songs in London. Lastly a third music video was made for the album, mainly for the title track "Monolithic". Though it only charted on the Mainstream Rock Tracks ("Unbroken (Hotel Baby)" peaked at #31) in the US, Monolithic Baby! did chart worldwide, peaking in other countries such as Sweden (#7), Germany (#13), Finland (#19), Norway (#26), Belgium (#37), Austria (#46) and France (#140).[5]

Monolithic Baby has been mostly praised by critics at the time of release such as KNAC (Four Stars),[6] Metal Reviews (95/100; Album of The Month),[7] Chronicles of Chaos (9/10),[8] Sea of Tranquility (Four Stars),[9] Rock Hard (9/10),[10] My Plain View (7/10)[11] and Daily Vault ("A" Rating).[12]

TracklistEdit

Monster Magnet-Unbroken(Hotel Baby)

Monster Magnet-Unbroken(Hotel Baby)

Monster Magnet-The Right stuff

Monster Magnet-The Right stuff

Monster Magnet - Monolithic official video (HQ)

Monster Magnet - Monolithic official video (HQ)

All songs written by Dave Wyndorf except where noted.
Tracks 13 and 14 are US Bonus Tracks.

  • 1. Slut Machine (3:28)
  • 2. Supercruel (3:40)
  • 3. On The Verge (5:54)
  • 4. Unbroken (Hotel Baby) (3:42)
  • 5. Radiation Day (4:56)
  • 6. Monolithic (4:39)
  • 7. The Right Stuff (4:32) (Robert Calvert)
  • 8. There's No Way Out of Here (4:10) (Ken Baker)
  • 9. Master of Light (4:45)
  • 10. Too Bad (3:33)
  • 11. Ultimate Everything (7:26)
  • 12. CNN War Theme (3:35)
  • 13. King of Mars 2004 (4:27)
  • 14. Venus In Furs (4:51) (Lou Reed)

PersonnelEdit

  • Dave Wyndorf - Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Mixing, Producer, Design
  • Phil Caivano - Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Assistant Producer
  • Ed Mundell - Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar
  • Jim Baglino - Bass
  • Josh Freese - Drums (9)
  • Michael Wildwood - Drums (1 - 8, 10 - 14)
  • Tim Cronin - Eye Of Agamotto And The Sum Of All Fears
  • Chris Baseford - Engineer
  • Scott Humphrey - Mixing, Producer
  • Matt Hyde - Mixing (7, 12)
  • Tom Baker - Mastering
  • Susanne Kammer - Design
  • John Eder - Photography, Album Cover
  • Dan Druff - Technician

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Monster Magnet Official via Wayback Machine
  2. Monster Magnet Official via Wayback Machine
  3. Blabbermouth
  4. Blabbermouth
  5. / Australian Charts
  6. KNAC
  7. Metal Reviews
  8. Chronicles of Chaos
  9. Sea of Tranquility
  10. Rock Hard
  11. My Plain View
  12. Daily Vault
V·T·E Monster Magnet
Current Members Dave WyndorfPhil CaivanoBob PantellaGarrett SweeneyAlec Morton
Past Members John McBainTim CroninTom DielloEd MundellJim BaglinoJoe CalandraJon KleimanMichael WildwoodChris Kosnik
Studio Albums Spine of GodSuperjudgeDopes To InfinityPowertripGod Says NoMonolithic Baby!4-Way DiabloMastermindLast PatrolMindfucker
Extended Plays Monster MagnetTabSuperjudge / She Digs That HoleDopes
Demo Albums and Remix Albums Forget About Life, I'm High On DopeWe're Stoned, What Are You Going To Do About It?The TAB RemixMilking the Stars: A Re-Imagining Of Last Patrol Cobras and Fire: The Mastermind Redux
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