Well, it’s surprising, but it’s not really a surprise. Ed Mundell‘s been involved in a number of outside creative endeavors separate from Monster Magnet the last couple years, and now that he’s left the long-running Jersey band, he’ll be able to pursue whatever he wants to full-time. I can’t really hold it against him. Blabbermouth broke the story yesterday, but I figured I’d post it here too in case anyone didn’t see it there or the hundred thousand other places it popped up:
After 18 years, guitarist Ed Mundell has left Monster Magnet for “personal reasons.” The band’s mainman, Dave Wyndorf, states, “What can I say? [Ed] told me this two months ago and I gave him some time for him to perhaps reconsider but no go. It’s a bummer, yeah but we’ve been through this kind of thing before. Make no mistake, Magnet goes on. We start the ‘Mastermind’ tour tonight [Wednesday, Nov. 3] in Cologne, Germany with Phil Caivano and Garrett Sweeny [Riotgod] handling dual guitar chores.” He adds, “I’d like to thank Ed for the immense talent he’s brought to the band over the years and wish him good luck in whatever he decides to do next. Good luck, Ed, we’ll miss you!”
About guitarist Garrett Sweeny, Wyndorf states, “[He's] a maniac! He learned a fuckload of Monster Magnet songs in less than two months and is shredding the shit out of ‘em! See for yourself.”
Mastermind , the long-awaited new album from Monster Magnet, sold around 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 165 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous effort, 4-Way Diablo, opened with 1,800 units back in November 2007.
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