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Experience the Psychedelic Punk of MONSTER MAGNET ‘Test Patterns: Vol.1’

I didn’t know much about the 1980s wacked-out psych punk band called Monster Magnet until I got wind of a re-release. Test Patterns: Vol.1 features their seminal 24-minute track “Tab,” released in 1989 on their demo Forget About Life, I’m High On Dope, plus a 2021 remix version by OG band member John McBain. Test Patterns: Vol.1 comes out on November 11th via God Unknown Records — you can pre-order it here. Today we’re stoked to be sharing a preview of this dark trip of a record that they describe as “The Stooges terrorizing Hawkwind at the most unpleasant free festival imaginable.” This is a short clip but its already got me mesmerized! I can imagine the full experience is nothing short of a disorienting and devious sonic rollercoaster!

Julian Cope described the original release as distilling Hawkwind, Sabbath and The Stooges into a lysergic soup of brown acid and bathtub meth, and ultimately cultivating a “Altamont vibe”; that is, the negative end of the psychedelic spectrum.

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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