God Says No, the group's new release, continues their tradition of blaringly loud rock 'n' roll. Monster Magnet incorporates the use of newer elements such as additional percussion, electronic drums and synths. These extra instruments add a refreshing sense of eclecticism to the album, and they're used sparingly enough not to come across as a gimmick. The current single, "Heads Explode," crushes the listener with dance-organ fury. On the other end of the spectrum are songs like "Take It," an eerily cheesy synthesizer ditty with haunting vocals and drum machine beats of Cro-Magnon simplicity. Unfortunately, such strong tunes are interspersed with an equal number of passable and boring songs.
Due to God Says No's lack of cohesion, the album sounds like a grand anachronism. A mix of '60s mod, '70s psychedelia and over-the-top '80s metal, the final product barely sounds like a disc released in the 21st century. Frontman Dave Wyndorf continues to exhibit true musicianship and a penchant for writing catchy and strong tunes. However, the poorer tracks dilute the quality of the album as a whole, leaving the listener with a sleazy cock-rock opera of metal mediocrity.
Monster Magnet plays the Masquerade Sat., April 28.
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