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  • Dirty, black savage riffs come roaring out of the speaker. At times it seems as if Monster Magnet are trying to summon up El Diablo himself, as in ‘Evil (Is Going On)’, though they never fall into that gruesome abyss of Death Metal, so beloved by … like Deicide etc. In fact, they’re capable of the odd deft tuneful touch and – gasp! – self-doubt on songs like ‘Black Balloon’, whilst the acoustic driven ‘Cage Around The Cage’ casts aside sharp sardonic observations before they erupt again. Unashamedly retro, using Sabbath, Hendrix and Twilight Zone rock, with a smattering of Eastern Promise, they nevertheless do their dark, druggy and abrasive thing like they mean it.

    Posted on December 22, 2009