MONSTER MAGNET at Parkteatret (Oslo, Norway)
Opening act: PUPPY
Sunday, January 13, 2019
by Jorge Patacas
Almost twenty-one years have passed since the Monster Magnet breakthrough album “Powertrip” was released and their videos for “Space Lord” or “Powetrip” were in MTV’s rotation when it was actually a music channel. Times have changed a lot since the end of the 90’s, but the group hailing from New Jesey which has the vocalist/guitarist Dave Wyndorf as the remaining original member, has managed to be active for thirty years now releasing good material. “Mindfucker” is their tenth full-length album which was released by Napalm Records in 2018, so they’re currently promoting it. As part of their European tour, they arrived in Oslo on January 13th to play for a sold-out venue in the heart of Grünerløkka area.
The doors were opened at 19:10 and fifty minutes later, the warm-up act Puppy took the stage to play a 30-minute set. Don’t let yourself get fooled by the band’s name which may cast some doubts, they’re going to convince you with their music from the first minute. Puppy is a trio from London, England which was founded in 2015 and now they’re about to release their debut album “The Goat” via the well-known Finnish label Spinefarm Records. Their sound has a clearly 90’s vibe mixing Alternative Rock/Metal, Grunge and some Nu Metal influences with “Billy Corgan-ish” vocals. “Entombed” is one of these songs that could be considered a classic hit now if it would have been released twenty five years ago; it’s catchy, it has a very good guitar solo, and even the video looks like it was released two decades ago. But all of their songs are worth to listen to, so check out their debut album when it’s out!
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