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Monster Magnet - Last PatrolThis latest studio outing from the mighty space rockers has the same vibe as their seminal Dopes to Infinity, but the two albums are not replicas.  Last Patrol has a spirit that is unique to its own beating heart.  As main man Dave Wyndorf himself explains, “Last Patrol is a return to our roots in terms of vibe and recording style.  It’s full-on psychedelic space-rock with a 60’s garage feel, recorded almost exclusively with vintage guitars, amps and effects in our hometown of Red Bank, New Jersey.”

I Live behind the Clouds is where Wyndorf wishes to remain as the opening song reaches its end.  The title track is epic and proves to be one of several highlights on an album which is given the credit of being their 10th studio album.  This is quite an achievement for a band that endured a few trials and tribulations during their career.  Take Wyndorf’s own personal tragedy when overdosing on prescription drugs in 2006, and the odd line-up change that occurred as examples.

An interesting choice to cover a Donovan song called Three Kingfishers is nestled amongst the nine tracks on the standard edition of this album.  It works remarkably well with the turbo-charged presentation of the ‘Magnet power-chord.  The stomp at the beginning of Hallelujah signifies another highlight as the super-sonic swagger that lurks beneath gets to shake its tail feathers once it finds its stride.  End of Time segues directly in to Stay Tuned which finishes off what is a real pleasure.

Wyndorf is colorful about his lyrical expression when he shares his thoughts regarding what is showcased on Last Patrol.  “The songs are a kind of Space-Noir, tales of cosmic revenge, peaking libidos, alienation and epic strangeness.  It’s a weird trip through the back alleys of a dark, retro-future, which not by coincidence very much resembles my own life.”

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