Monster Magnet: Cobras and Fire (The Mastermind Redux)

Monster Magnet: Cobras and Fire (The Mastermind Redux)

By Chris Conaton

Monster Magnet re-imagine one of their existing albums for the second time in two years, playing up the psychedelia without sacrificing the heaviness. 7 Oct 2015 // 2:30 AM

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