Monster Magnet – Cobras and Fire (The Mastermind Redux)
Napalm – 2015
The highly entertaining project of re-imagining once previous released albums is something Monster Magnet could continue for a pretty damn long time. Although I’m not sure some of their earliest works could get any better. Tony wrote a glowing review of Milking The Stars, the redux album of their last studio effort Last Patrol. Which, without any doubt, was a damn fine new psychedelic variation of an already great record. And now they do the same with Cobras And Fire, a fresh version of The Mastermind album from 2010. And on it we are once again treated to novel arrangements, different lyrics, upgraded bonus tracks and a cover version of the Temptations song Ball Of Confusion. And we can definitely state we love the record and we love the fact Wyndorf and his mates keep enjoying messing around with their material this much. Cause we dig the new psychedelics and we dig their more staccato imagining of the tracks. But perhaps this one isn’t as amazing as the original or the Milking The Stars album. But then again, the cycling between those four records has you on the edge of your seat and enjoying every moment. So who’s complaining? I sure ain’t!
(Written by JK)