Monster Magnet Announces Rescheduled 2021 “Celebration of Powertrip” US Tour Dates

Monster Magnet has been forced to cancel their current tour dates due to the due to the outbreak and ban on public gatherings, which was to be their “Celebration of Powertrip” tour. Now they have rebooked the dates for 2021. Tickets for all postponed dates will be honored for the newly scheduled shows. Find a complete list of dates below. Continue reading

Psycho Las Vegas 2019 Adds Fu Manchu, Graveyard, Clutch, Amenra, Deafheaven and More

Psycho Las Vegas rolled out a bunch of new bands today for 2019, via their Instagram account and first reported by The Obelisk. Fu Manchu, Graveyard, Clutch, Amenra, Deafheaven, Old Man Gloom, Powertrip, Bad Religion, and Rotting Christ have all been added to the bill. Psycho Las Vegas take place August 16-18, 2019 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino for Psycho Las Vegas––featuring four stages, late night parties, and exclusive performances you won’t see anywhere else. Tickets on sale at the link below. Continue reading

Powertrip Begins Two Nights Of Sold-Out Shows In Brooklyn

One of the fiercest, best bands in the world right now is Austin Texas’ crossover thrashers Power Trip. Tonight they kickoff two completely sold-out shows shows in Brooklyn New York at Elsewhere club. Direct support on the tour is coming from Sheer Mag, Fury and Red Death. The band is out on the road supporting their recent compilation album Opening Fire 2008 -2014 via Southern Lord Records. You can stream and order the musical badassery below and catch them on tour, at a show not sold out.

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Heavy Montreal 2018 To Feature Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, And More!

After skipping 2017, Heavy Montreal is officially back, and the 2018 lineup is HUGE. Continue reading

Nightmare Logic – Riley Gale Of Power Trip Talks Trump, Texas And More!

Power Trip has released one of the undeniably great albums of 2017 thus far with Nightmare Logic, out now on Southern Lord Records. While on tour with Iron Reagan, Ghost Cult’s Keith Chachkes caught up with front man Riley Gale at Webster Hall in New York City to discuss politics, radical philosophy, metal and more. With inspiring music and a chaotic live show, Power Trip are one of the most impressive bands on the scene today. Continue reading

Monster Magnet – Milking The Stars: (A Reimagining of Last Patrol)

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I’ve never been a fan of an artist tweaking with a release, especially after it has been available for fans to pay money for a couple of years.  It rarely improves the product and in most cases damages the initial spark that brought it to life in the first place. Perfect example, how many people watched Star Wars and thought “Oh I wish Han didn’t shoot first!! Can we have a shit laser blast to appear from nowhere and make the character a little less bad ass please?” No one? Thought so.

Milking The Stars (or fans’ bank balance) is the new album by veteran space rockers Monster Magnet. The record features re-recordings of five tracks from the bands previous album The Last Patrol (both Napalm) which itself was released the previous year in 2013. Despite this Milking The Stars:  A Reimaging Of The Last Patrol ,to give it its full title, reckons it would be a good idea to rerecord them. Oh and by ‘reimagining’ Dave Wyndorf and co basically mean, make it sound like The Doors then add more acid and tie dyed sheets.

The album opens on one of the new songs recorded for the release (five reimaginings, two live tracks and five brand new tracks for the album in total) called ‘Let The Circus Burn’ which can be best described as seven minutes of the band instrumentally pissing around. It might sound good if you were let’s say, smacked out on enough acid to wake Jim Morrison up in the morning, or think it was a good idea to let Ringo sing on a few songs, but to me this is unbearable self-indulgent hokum of the highest order.

The album does have some pretty dirty moments peppered throughout the record when it is not off tripping its face off. The third track ‘No Paradise For Me’ is pretty filthy stuff, not necessarily a return to their stoner roots or their Power Trip (A&M) days, but there is at least something in there.

Overall, Milking The Stars:  A Re-imaging Of The Last Patrol is a reinterpretation of more recent material released by the band less than a year ago with more of a psychedelic vibe. I am going to be honest and say I am baffled as to why this “reimagining” exists as the tracks already feature a heavy psychedelic presence , with the re-recording seemingly pushing that into overdrive, damaging the album in the process.

 

4.0/10

 

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DAN O’BRIEN