Spine of God
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 6, 1991
Recorded1991 at Subterranean Sound, (High Street, USA) Long Branch, New Jersey
GenreStoner rock, heavy metal, space rock
LabelCaroline Records
ProducerDave Wyndorf & John McBain
Monster Magnet chronology
Spine of God
2006 reissue
Cover of the 2006 reissue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Kerrang!4/5 stars[3]

Spine of God is the debut studio album by American rock band Monster Magnet, released in Europe in 1991 and in the United States the following year. The album represents one of the earliest examples of the emerging 1990s sub-genre of stoner rock. Though Spine of God did not perform well commercially upon its initial release, the album was listed on Spin magazine's "Ten Best Albums of the Year You Didn't Hear" for 1991.[4] The song "Medicine" was released as a single with accompanying music video.


Spine of God features a cover of Grand Funk Railroad's "Sin's a Good Man's Brother". Spin magazine, in its December 1991 issue, referred to the album as "a total KO" while comparing it favorably to the work of grunge rock icons of the day such as Soundgarden, Tad, and Mudhoney.[4]

Spine of God was re-released in March 2006 on Steamhammer records with new artwork, new liner notes, compressed dynamic range, and a previously unreleased demo version of "Ozium" included as a bonus track.

Track listing

All songs written by Dave Wyndorf unless noted otherwise.

1."Pill Shovel" (McBain, Wyndorf)4:00
3."Nod Scene" (McBain, Wyndorf)6:46
4."Black Mastermind" (McBain, Wyndorf)8:13
5."Zodiac Lung"4:44
6."Spine of God"8:02
7."Snake Dance"3:10
8."Sin's a Good Man's Brother" (Mark Farner)3:31




Art and design


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Monster Magnet Spine of God review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-15.
  2. ^ Alisoglu, Scott (24 April 2006). "Monster Magnet - Spine of God (SPV re-issue)". Blabbermouth. Roadrunner Records. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-15.
  3. ^ Gitter, Mike (12 October 1991). "Monster Magnet 'Spine of God'". Kerrang!. 362. London, UK: EMAP.
  4. ^ a b Levy, Joe (December 1991). "10 Best Albums of the Year You Didn't Hear". Spin. p. 88. Retrieved 1 February 2011.