Monster Magnet Biography
Originated in the late '80s and based in Red Bank, New Jersey USA, Monster Magnet, who started out as a trio in the late '80s, was originally comprised of charismatic mustachioed singer + guitarist David Wyndorf, guitarist John McBain and vocalist + bassist & drummer Tim Cronin. Fusing '70s Hard-Rock and Metal the group became one of the most influential bands on the Stoner-Rock scene.
In 1990 Monster Magnet expanded its line-up with the addition of bassist
Joe Calandra and a new drummer, Jon Kleiman and eventually unleashed a
self-titled 6-track EP on the European label Glitterhouse.
The group then signed to Caroline Records issuing their debut full-length disc, "Spine Of God".
During 1992 the New Jersey rockers recorded another EP, "25...Tab" and toured America as a support act for Soundgarden, this buzz ultimately landed them a contract with A&M Records. Before the band headed back into the studio for the next release, Cronin opted to stay behind and McBain was fired; Ed Mundell was introduced as the new lead guitarist. In the spring of 1993 was finally released the band's second album, "Superjudge".
Two years later "Negasonic Teenage Warhead" climbed the Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart reaching the #19 position, the track was taken from their third LP, "Dopes To Infinity"; the band spent a lot of time on the road with Corrosion Of Conformity to promote it.
The commercial breakthrough album, "Powertrip", saw the light in mid-1998, it smashed at #1 on the Billboard's Top Heatseekers and cracked the top 100 of The Billboard 200 Albums charts; the record generated three Mainstream Rock charting singles: "Space Lord" rose to the #3 spot, the title-track entered the top 20 and "Temple Of Your Dreams" crested at #25.
Following an extensive tour, during which Monster Magnet introduced the new rhythm guitarist Phil Caivano and co-headlined dates with Aerosmith, Metallica, Queens Of The Stone Age and Megadeth, the band released the single "Silver Future" which debuted at #15 on the Active Rock chart and prefaced the group's fifth offering, "God Says No"; it reached #153 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart upon its release in April 2001 and spawned one more Mainstream Rock top 30 hit , "Heads Explode".
In early 2003 the band's former rhythm section split; while the remaining members began work on the new album, "Monolithic Baby", Jim Baglino replaced Calandra on bass and Bob Pantella took the place of Kleiman behind the drum kit; the album was released in May 2004 on the indie label SPV, but didn't perform well on the charts, only making an appearance on the Top Independent Albums chart at #22. The lead single, "Unbroken (Hotel Baby)", reached #31 on The Mainstream Rock chart.
Over the course of the next two years Caivano left the band and frontman
David Wyndorf nearly succumbed to a drug overdose.
After a successful battle with his personal demons, Wyndorf returned stronger and more focused recording Monster Magnet's seventh full-length overall, "4-Way Diablo"; released in November 2007, however, it failed to register on Billboard's Independent chart and the impact of its only single, "Wall Of Fire", was identical.
Two years later the band inked a new worldwide deal with Austria's Napalm Records who released "Mastermind" in October 2010; it took Monster Magnet back into The Billboard 200 Albums Sales chart. Songs such as the first single "Gods And Punks" and "100 Million Miles" are among the catchiest and heaviest hitting tracks in band's storied catalog.
Monster Magnet's ninth studio album, "Last Patrol", followed in the fall of 2013.