Monster Magnet, Headquake @ Piraeus 117 Academy

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A little over a year has gone by since Monster Magnet’s last visit in Greece, for what proved to be a very different experience.

Headquake was supporting, combining their experience as a band and a sound that fit the occasion. They had no problems with the sound, and as the crowd grew larger, they successfully warmed up the place.

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Since the first notes of ideal opener ‘Crop Circle’ it was apparent that this Monster Magnet show would surpass the previous one in terms of energy, fun, and the crowd’s participation. I don’t blame the songs off ‘Last Patrol’ for last year’s ‘calmer’ situation. The biggest differences were the much more appropriate venue this time around, and Dave Wyndorf’s great mood.

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The band got right into ‘Powertrip’ and then ‘Melt’, from the ‘God Says No’ album. The most underrated album of all time stayed that way, and that’s the only complaint that one could address to Wyndorf; he doesn’t fully take advantage of the impressive and diverse arsenal of songs at his disposal. The duke of supernature kept dancing, flirting and animating his delivery of some of the best lyrics in the whole of rock ‘n’roll. ‘Dinosaur Vacuum’ is always welcomed, the two finales with ‘Space Lord’ and ‘Negasonic Teenage Warhead’ amazing as expected. See you soon…

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Photos: Chris Kissadjekian / www.livephotographs.com

Setlist: Crop Circle, Powertrip, Melt, Superjudge, Twin Earth, Look to Your Orb for the Warning, Dinosaur Vacuum, Cage Around the Sun, Tractor, Dopes to Infinity, Space Lord
Encore: I Want More, Face Down, Negasonic Teenage Warhead

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