“Tab” (remaster) by Monster Magnet

Artist: Monster Magnet
Title: “Tab” (remaster)
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 4/4/2006
Genre: Stoner Rock
Rating: 3.5/5

Presenting the listener with a twisted, Psychedelic and sonic melee that is not for the timid comes from Monster Magnet with their remastered version of “Tab”. The albums epic track of “Tab” runs a full 32 minutes and its full drug referenced lyrics and spoken word, presented in a mass of trippy sludgy, delay laden, soundscapes that swirl over a slow grinding, hypnotic, and trance like groove. There is feedback infused wah-wah, and tortured guitars that punctuate the sonic almost nightmarish onslaught. Some listeners might find this plodding and repetitive, or an unending drone while others may find it an epic work of controlled chaos and drug soaked brilliance.

The second/third track of only four on the album is “25/Longhair”, a shorter but equally trippy track, that rocks a bit more with some changes and breakdowns that take it out of the pure stoney trance mode. The shortest track clocking in a 4:09 is “Lord 13” and it is an Indian rhythm influenced, fuzzy guitar, jangle filled riff frenzy. This remastered edition includes a bonus track, which on this release is a live performance of “Spine Of God”. The quality of this track is not the best but the band’s powerful performance comes through despite the low quality of the audience recording. Overall, “Tab” is a Stoner, complex Space-Rock epic journey that is on the verge of complete insanity, darkness and chaos.

Track List:
1. Tab
2. 25/Longhair
3. Lord
4. Spine Of God – bonus

Official Web site: www.monstermagnet.net

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