Power rock band Monster Magnet compromises Dave Wyndorf (vocals and guitar), Phil Caivano (rhythm guitar), Tim Cronin (vocals and drums) and Bob Pantella (drums). Throughout the band’s 20+ year career, there have been a number of different band line-ups.
Monster Magnet was taken from a childhood toy that frontman Dave Wyndorf used to play with and became the band’s name.
Signing to Caroline Records in the early 1990s, Monster Magnet first brought out the album Spine of God (1991) which was a fusion of all subgenres of rock: punk, heavy metal, psychedelic rock and space rock. The album became one of the earliest examples of stoner rock and Monster Magnet was placed in the top 50 on stoner rock blog Heavy Planet.
Hard rock icons Soundgarden toured with Monster Magnet and this enabled them to get signed to major label A&M Records.
The band’s final release on Caroline Records was the Tab EP and this was followed with the debut album Superjudge and accompanied with videos for the singles "Twin Earth" and "Face Down". Subsequent albums raised the band’s popularity; Dopes to Infinity (1995) which contained the only hit single from the album "Negasonic Teenage Warhead," and became one of the band’s anthems for their live sets on tour. Their next album Powertrip (1998) had three singles "Powertrip", "Temple of Your Dreams", "See You In Hell" and allowed them to tour with hard rock connoisseurs Aerosmith, Metallica, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson.
Post-touring, Monster Magnet failed to match the success of Powertrip, and Dave Wyndorf suffered a turbulent period where he entered rehab in 2007. The band went on to release the album 4-Way Diablo which contained the single "2000 Light Years from Home" and featured Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
In 2010, Monster Magnet returned with the band’s eighth release Monstermind, which was the first album since 2001 that reached the Billboard 200 Chart.