Label: Napalm Records - NPR 336LP • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Album, Limited Edition, Repress Yellow-Red Splatter • Country: Austria • Genre: Rock • Style: Alternative Rock, Stoner Rock
Even without the lyrical cues, it'd be almost irresistible to play armchair psychoanalyst at the decade-in-the-making slo-mo trainwreck that has marked Dave Wyndorf 's descent from the gold-record peaks of "Powertrip"through fan-dividing records like "God Perish In Fire - Monster Magnet - Mastermind No" and "Monolithic Baby".
The story has it all — rehab, relapse, weight gain, creative ennui even Wyndorf is disowning 's flaccid "4-Way Diablo" and eventual rebirth. This Wyndorf sounds hollow-eyed, husked out, a little pissed off, and ready to give it one more kick at the can to see if a clean, sober, middle-aged space lord can still kick out the jams.
Luckily for us, the answer seems to be yes — "Mastermind" casts a pall of glowering doom over the band's latter Perish In Fire - Monster Magnet - Mastermind stoner-cock-rock swagger, cranking out a dozen darker, more sinister anthems that still bring the piss and vinegar, but are a total eclipse from the party-all-night vibe of, say, "Hotel Baby".
It's still catchy, hooky as all hell, and full of headbangable riffs and bone-primal rhythms. But it's a world-weary, sleep-deprived, even downright cranky manifesto.
Songs like "Hallucination Bomb" and "Dig That Hole" grind like tank treads, slow and angry, heavy and throbbing, and the vibe gets positively epic on the ponderous "When the Planes Fall From the Sky". Even "Mastermind" 's best rocked-out moments, like "Gods and Punks" and the title track, have a slower, more stately mood going on.
When the band does try to kick it into a more boogie-ing tempo, as on " Million Miles" "Perish in Fire"the results end up Over The Hills And Far Away - Led Zeppelin - Dazed And Confused little weak, with a sense of going through the motions. This record is at its best when it's grumpy, angry, and heavy as hell, with a chip on its shoulder and something to prove.
But for all the navel-gazing, self-revelation and the apparent banishment of the hotel-party vibe to the dust-bin of rehab history, "Mastermind" is still a bestriding colossus of a record. It's a bit on the grumpy, sardonic side, but that's not necessarily a bad thing Here's to Dave Wyndorfand his new incarnation as grouchy old dad at the stoner-rock dinner table.
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